The other week Andy went to Aviemore for a Mountain Leaders course. It was held at Glenmore Lodge and covered navigation, rope work, water crossings and main other topics.
Most of the outdoor session were up in the Cairngorm mountains
Getting ready to cross a river, we all got wet, but this was our warmest day.
The final bit was a 2 day trek and camp, it was wet, misty and windy. We camped near the top of the Cairngorm mountain and were level with the snow line. That evening we met up at 10pm to do 3 hours of night navigation, its not really dark here till after 11 pm so a late night but good fun.
Saturday was the annual Highland gathering, it was a bit grey and we had some heavy showers but it did not put anyone off. The marching band above got the thing going at 10.30 am. Andy was there early to set up the Hill race a new job we have offered to do.
All the local classic cars were on parade
And the woodman with his chainsaw was there again with some fantastic creations, we bought an Owl and a Meerkat for the garden. Tried to buy one last year but he had sold out by the time we went to the stall.
The first leg of the hill race going up the farm track.
I'm a 10 yro collieXNewfoundland. My humans found me in a rescue kennels 9 yrs ago &a couple of years ago they moved up to Gairloch in Scotland. They love it here. I didn't like it at first, missed all my old pals & walking haunts. Now, I'm used to it, have new friends & the humans are always at home, so I get a great walk every day.
Sadly, our dear Jamilla went to the kennel in the sky back in September. Osteoporosis in her spine, which she'd coped remarkably well with, became too bad & she lost the use of her hind legs.
She will be a hard act to follow.