Not the Meryl Beach again...!
As we are transitioning between seasons I have started to look back on past adventures wondering what the weather might do in 2018. This trip is one of my all-time favorites.
The summer of 2017 was wet, very wet. It had meant that our usual trips in open boats haven’t happened as much as we would have liked, wind being another feature of the summer. Our favourite open boat trip or Mummies favourite trip is always on a blue sky day out to the Meryl islands just off the coast from Arisaig. I am not so sure anything beats these days but 2017 meant we had to wait all summer to get the right kind of weather for this trip.
Well it was the first weekend back at school and the weather finally did the right thing. We grabbed the moment and packed up the trailer and boats and drove out west. The sea is emerald green, the little beaches nestled amongst the islands are silver white, there are little channels to explore and wildlife to see. Most importantly there are very few others around, certainly not little families like ours. It’s a very special trip and I felt satisfied that we had managed to get this done before the autumn.
But then the next weekend the weather did the same, another blue sky day amongst a grey wet 6. We approached the issue cautiously in the morning with the boys and yes we met resistance and grumbles but we talked the terrible two around and we had another beautiful day.
Then unheard of, another weekend with just one blue sky windless day. There was no pretending today we just met it all head on ‘Not the Meryl beach again….’ They chorused ‘No we are not going.’ Proper strop this week and I wasn’t for negotiating. Torrin in protest put on his keen sandals, perfect, but added smart wool socks underneath, which meant we would have difficulties dealing with wet socks later but it was a difficulty I could swallow!
But when we are all in the boats surrounded by the peace and bathed in sun no one remembered the earlier resistance! Sometimes I wonder if these two babies will ever realize how lucky they have been growing up with these sorts of trips!
The next weekend was wet and so the gradual slide into autumnal wet and winter raw wet. That was the boats away for another year. Let’s hope the sun comes out properly in 2018 if it does we might move out to one of the islands!
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About Me & Mine
We are Jennie, Matt, Finlay, Torrin and a whole extra family of fluffy animals some of whom join us on our adventures.
Favourite place in the world:
We have many favourite places but I think the one that tops them all is our recent discovery of the Singing Sands on the West Coast Scotland. Truly beautiful.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Canoeing, skiing, all sorts really, but best of all drinking coffee while sitting in the garden in our hammock.