Last week, we went to visit friends of @HeatherAlex who had come over from America and were staying at a cottage on the Isle of Mull. We usually go to the Isle of Arran, so this was a new island to me (so far, I’ve been to Arran lots of times, and also to Lewis, Harris and Skye).

onboard the boat

The boat we went on was called the “Isle of Mull” too – that’d be too confusing if they used it for a different trip!

I’m not a huge fan of these boats that we go on to get to these islands as it is mostly pretty boring for me, unless I get the chance to sniff around. People do leave some crumbs around sometimes…

checking under the railing

Just checking for crumbs…

When we got there, we met the Broadways – Mike, Tina and the twins, Rachel & Katherine. Mike & Tina used to live in the same place as @HeatherAlex but then they moved away to America. I thought they were very cool and I definitely want to visit them in America – they played with me loads of times, much more than A Certain Someone, and took me for plenty of walks too. Hey, maybe I could move in with them?? (only kidding)

We stayed in Tina’s family’s cottage near the shore. There was a field of juicy-looking sheep in front of the house, and some of them came to visit and eat our grass sometimes.

The cottage we stayed in

Can you see the sheep poo in the front garden – that’s a clue to sheep coming here, right?

I wasn’t allowed to chase them, but a girl can dream…

The next day, we went for a run around Calgary Bay to the north. It’s a lovely beach, with lots and lots of sand for me to run around in, plenty of sea to cool down in and even sand dunes full of rabbits. What a great place! I did lots of chasing the ball…

ball throwing

Oh boy, this is great – throw it again, please please please….

Mind you, I did scuff up quite a lot of sand…

sandy nose

Could you wipe the sand off my nose please? My tongue can’t reach that spot!

…so they started throwing the ball into the sea. That was even more fun AND I didn’t get sand up my nose or in my eyes!

cooling off

Time to cool down a little, I think

and now to shake it off

…and now we get rid of all that sea water (I like to find someone nearby to stand beside, hee hee)

thow it again

Honestly, I’m not tired, you can throw it again!

more throwing

Yay, someone else has taken over throwing now…

Mike taking pics

Meanwhile Mike was doing what he loves, taking photographs…

Mike takes some great photos and puts the best ones on the web – it’s worth a look. Here are all the Broadways…

Katherine, Rachel, Mike, Tina

That’s Katherine, Rachel, Mike and Tina

Back at the house, I was playing “spot the sheep”, first of all across the road…

There are sheep out there...

Looking from our cottage, the views of the sheep were great…

And then they came up to the cottage, yay…

spot the sheep

… then one went past the window, so I had to go have a look…

spoy the sheep

… ooh look, if I am careful, I can get up on the ledge 🙂

They didn’t stay for long so I found a bigger window ledge to keep watch for them coming back:

spot the sheep

It was a nice sunny spot too, and a great place to sheep-watch

Meantime @HeatherAlex & Tina went to visit a garden. It was a very unusual garden called Lip na Cloiche, right up the hillside, full of plants and some other bits and pieces too:

Lip na Cloiche garden

Not just plants in this garden…

Lip na Cloiche garden

and great views from the top of the garden…

I didn’t go, I was too busy enjoying my sun-puddle by the window:

snoozing

Snoring, errm I mean, snoozing in the sun…

Sadly, I also had colitis (AGAIN) on this trip, maybe I’m allergic to travelling?? Anyway, it meant we had a couple of overnight walks so I could get out to do some “business”:

moon by tree

I went for a walk by the light of the silvery moon one night…

All too soon, it was time to go home. We had a bit of time to spare, not enough to climb Ben More this time sadly (next time)

Ben More

Ben More was @HeatherAlex’s first Munro – I want to climb it too!

…so we just explored by the seashore till the boat came in…

boats by the shore

I don’t think that small boat will be going very far…

I hadn’t realised before, but I think the big boat is secretly a monster. Just look at the way it opens its mouth to swallow things:

boat

You can just see it’s beginning to open…

boat

Wide open and ready to start eating cars…

We had a great time though. Big thanks to the Broadways for a lovely few days 🙂  What was even better was that they came to stay with us next day and played and played with me. I’m sort of tired just thinking about it! It was brilliant. I hope to see them all again soon…

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