A warm sunny day broke loose this morning encouraging an exploration of the flora and fauna in the yard of our VRBO. Insects were much more active with the increased temperature. As part of my ongoing journey to appreciate all that is around me and look for beauty in the oft reviled or ignored a few pictures follow. I force myself to forgive the impulse to swat for a moment and instead look for beauty in the fine details.
This was a most interesting finding. I don’t have an explanation but suspect some insect secreted the mass of bubbles (eggs?) for a specific reason. Those entomologists among us feel free!!
After a leisurely breakfast we headed out on a studio tour day to explore some of the artisans on the Isle of Skye. Our first stop was a fascinating tannery called SkyeSkyns. Started 40+ years ago it remains true to the traditions and equipment from former generations. Grace, our guide was knowledgeable and forthcoming with all kinds of information and demonstrations of the equipment used in the tanning process.
This paddle machine used to soften the hides after salting was still in use. I would have bet a lot of money that the corrosion encrusted motor would not move or at least start a fire if turned on. So much for my knowledge of old equipment. It worked fine.
A shop displaying a large selection of finished products turned out to have a shipping program for people who wish to travel with carrry-on luggage only. No I’m not explaining that any more!
A lovely tea house set up in a yurt accompanied the tannery. This stop turned out to offer the best scone I have had so far in Scotland. Complete with espresso coffee and clotted cream I was in heaven.
After leaving the tannery we came upon some of the famous Highland cattle (Scottish Gaelic: Bò Ghàidhealach; Scots: Hielan coo). They were happy to pose for some portraits.
A short jaunt away I was fascinated by three chickens clucking and following along behind a fellow. He said they were hungry and knew he was going to feed them.
Our last stop was to wander through a pottery studio and workspace.
We leave tomorrow for Glasgow and start our way back home.
A big thank you to all who followed along on this journey.