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Train journeys

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Today we catch the train as we always do but the mornings are getting lighter and so is the chatter.  Amazing how daylight makes people more friendly and less guarded.
The regular conductors now know what our ‘usual’ tickets are and regular passengers smile and gesture for my daughter to board first before returning to their mobile phones.  This is progress.
So today I join the mobile users having finished ‘peaches for monsieur le cure’ yesterday and I am reluctant to start a new book while I remember and think through the plot and the relationships in the one I’ve just finished.  A sign of a good book, tears at the end, completely engaged with the characters.
Something will need to detract from the chap snoring in the seats next to us today however 🙂

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The Hollytree Hotel

This week we have been fortunate to stay in an amazing hotel in Kentallen on the banks of Loch Linnhe in Scotland.
The Hollytree Hotel is blessed with amazing views and stunningly good food.  The service we have received as a family of 6 has been outstanding from the Mcfatridge family and their staff, so much so that we have chosen to eat here every single night.
The children have loved the pool and have enjoying getting to know the staff and entertaining with their snow dance on the jetty.
I would recommend this place to anyone who would like to visit this part of Scotland. It is near to Fort William and Glencoe so is ideally placed for skiing but if watersports, fishing, photography,  walking or mountain biking are your thing you will be happy here too.
It’s a short drive to oban where you can hop to one of the Scottish Islands such as mull or skye.

http://www.hollytreehotel.co.uk/

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Merlot

I used to run a Facebook group called ‘i love merlot’ however folks felt the need to meet me to drink it so it ended without ceremony.
This week I have thoroughly enjoyed this fine wine on the banks of Loch linnhe in Scotland 🍷
After several of these tge other evening I wondered about creating art with alcohol, seems a waste I hear you cry, but if it works it could be a great concept and quite fun testing samples for colour purposes!!!
Blue bols, grenadine, cassis …
Yum hic!
I’ll let you know how this turns out.

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Loch Linnhe

Drove to Scotland to a fabulous hotel called ‘the hollytree hotel’ on the banks of Loch Linnhe.   The views are amazing!!!!

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Plus to top it off it hosts a sumptuous fish restaurant serving all the favourites but in the best possible way.
http://www.hollytreehotel.co.uk/
The girls can’t to try out the swimming pool after a days skiing at either glencoe or the Nevis range and frankly o am looking forward to more exquisite wine and chill in the sauna.
Happy family = happy debsta

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RIP Tony Hart

A sad day as Tony Hart, an inspiration for many young artists, dies aged 83.
Noone lives forever but it always comes as a shock when people who have played a major role in your childhood die.
He inspired me to draw and paint, made us laugh with morph and had a calm personality admired and respected by many.
Rest in peace dear man.

(Note to readers – this occurred in 2009 😦 I had no idea)