Thank you Charlie. I do appreciate your generosity so I'll get on with it with no further ado .....
It was a long time ago and the visit to Scotland is now a distant, but very pleasant memory. This one part, however, gave Charlie's Dad and me such a chuckle that I feel Aunty and you might just enjoy it.
It was our very first overseas trip. Well apart from NZ and here in Australia that doesn't really count. Not that we don't love NZ. We do. I can't remember the year but it was in the early 1980's and what an adventure it was for us. The mention of Loch Linhhe in Aunty's post sent me into peals of laughter at the memories of our time there. Here's what happened.
We had been travelling all day. It was getting late and we were yet to find accommodation when we saw this charming little B and B on the banks of Loch Linnhe. Now as you know my name is Lynn but EVERYONE calls me Lynny. Who knows why? At my age it sounds a little ridiculous but it's too late to change anything now. Because of this connection Loch Linnhe sounded pretty good to us. In we go and a dear, elderly, Scottish lady showed us a room which we accepted for the night. The bathroom was down the hall a bit but that was ok with us. The lady told us it was a share bathroom and please not to use the bath as it had been previously booked. This caused a little concern and we asked what time it was booked for as we did want to have a bath. She said .... 'NOW'. We asked if there was anywhere nearby to have a meal and were told the pub down the road had meals. We asked her about the quality of the meals to be told she had never been there so didn't know. We said we would give it a go and could we book the bath for after dinner. She said yes but not to be back late. Apparently she had to run the bath for us. We had our meal at the pub (and very good it was too) to return to find our bath awaiting us. She said we would have to share as there was no more hot water. Oh my ..... we looked in the bath and, so help me God, there was about two inches of luke warm water in the bottom. She left after informing us that breakfast was at 7.30am sharp. Needless to say we didn't get a bath that night but we did manage a good sluice down and then off to bed for us. Our room was lovely and the bed extremely comfortable. I have never seen a room so clean. I couldn't find a speck of dust anywhere and I looked. Even on top of the wardrobes. That room was immaculate as was everything else in the cottage. We slept extremely well and the next morning headed for the dining room with a little trepidation. This place was so quiet. If anyone else was staying there you'd never have known. We sat ourselves down a few minutes before 7.30am to a table beautifully set for two. The only table in the room which WAS set. We were feeling a wee bit uncomfortable as there was no-one around and everything was so clean and so quiet. On the dot of 7.30am a clock chimed and a head popped out of a servery window and asked if we would like tea or coffee with our breakfast. We replied tea and before we knew what hit us the dear lady appeared with the most wonderful, full Scottish breakfast you have ever seen. It was delicious and served beautifully. We enjoyed every mouthful. We could not engage the lady in conversation as much as we tried. When we went to pay for our nights accommodation, our bath (?) and breakfast we were most surprised to find it so reasonable. We tried to give her more money but she refused to take it. I left a note in our room thanking her for a lovely stay and also a few little nick nacks from Australia. We still don't know if anyone else was staying there that night but I very much doubt it. Who that other bath was for I shudder to think. Oh ..... Loch Linnhe ..... we'll never forget it.
Thank you Charlie!! I do hope I didn't ramble on too much for you. I'll post a few photo of you to make up for it, aye? I haven't any photos of our trip to Scotland but if you visit Aunty's blog you'll find heaps and she does a much better job than I could ever do.
Wanna run ... Love, Charlie.