We went to Chanonry Point on the Black Isle for a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon, just to see if we could see the bottle-nosed dolphins.
No dolphins, but to our amazement we saw a basking shark. It looked like a seal nose sticking out of the water at first, but then the whole fin can out of the water, in fact you could see two fins. We only knew what it was because we saw them on our boat trip out of Tobermoray on Mull a few weeks ago.
It caused quite a stir with all the dolphin watchers rushing down to the waters edge to watch it meander past. One gentleman told me that that was the first time in 37 years that he'd seen a basking shark in the Firth.
Sadly no photos as I didn't take my camera with me that day.
One of the great pleasures of running a B&B is to have the time to look after the garden. The first summer we where here, 2004, we didn't really have time to do much as we only moved in in May. Last year the garden was very disappointing, partly I think due to teh cold summer, and partly due to the soil being poor here.
This year has been much better though. Our pots and hanging baskets are looking very good at the moment, as well as the flower beds.
And one thing I like t grow is standard fuschias, I start with 69p pots from the garden centre and by this time of year they should be reasonable sized bushes. But the trick to stunning standards is to keep them over the winter, they always look fantastic from the 2nd year on.