In August I was honoured to be asked to coach at the WSKF on Bute.
|Getting to grips with balance|
|Round the Burnt Islands|
I had 4 lovely ladies needing an introduction to seakayaking. What a thoroughly enjoyable weekend I had, all the more so as one of the ladies was battling cancer at the time and her determination was awe inspiring. I must have done OK as I have been asked to the Devon one this year.
Back home, we now have no shower and very little kitchen. The garage still doesn't want to come down. Time to head off again!
This time 5 of us, Andy, Ansgar, Alice, Ken and myself, headed off to Lewis and Harris.
Our first night was a flat calm trip out to the Shiants, that saw Andy sleeping fully clothed with one eye open most of the night due to the fact there wasn't much beach and the tide was fairly high! With a bit of a strong breeze forecast, we didn't want to hang around too long so after playing in and out the rocks at Galtachan, we cut straight back to the lighthouse at Rubha Uisinis and up to Leumrabhagh.
We then decided to camp outside the hostel at Reinigeadal as the weather was forecast to get really breezy. We managed a lovely trip out round Scalpay, a very fast, one way trip/surf the full length of Loch Seaforth and a walk over the hills to Tarbert for a swim, just to find the pool was closed due to lifeguard shortage!
|Garenin Blach House|
We spent the next few days over at Garenin where we stayed in a Black House hostel, I would highly recommend it if you are in the area. From there we had trips out from Miaghaig, passing the "Cuma", no-one was home. and round the inside of Great Bernera, another trip out from Carlabhagh round by a stormy Craigearn and back in through a massive jacuzzi.
|Sheltering from the "breeze"|
Unfortunately due to the drafty conditions, we were kept well away from all the outer beaches. The last of our time up in the Hebrides was spent storm watching!
|Still a wee gap on the floor for our kit!|
Even less kitchen now, but beginning to get new windows. Garage is eventually down to the foundations!
Time for some warm water! A wee trip to Gran Canaria was in order.
Kitchen units are now in, still no shower. Garage is beginning to be rebuilt!
|Spot the paddling kit on the line!|
Time to get away again!
|Ice cream stop|
Off to Torridon for a weekend with LSKC this time. We had great trips out on Loch Sheildaig, managing an icecream at the hotel there. Next day, we had a mass paddle out from Arddaroch, passing Kishorn island, round to the coral beach then in to Plockton for icecream. As good a weekend for socialising as it is for paddling!
|More paddling kit drying!|
As for the house, garage is getting there, heating is in and the decorating is just beginning (my job!) Guess I'll need to stay at home a bit now!