Loch Lomond - with Nanny
So the eagerly awaited, next instalment….did daddy manage to catch his train to Newcastle? Well it was touch and go. Once we arrived at the lovely site (http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/scotland/nrglasgow/luss?_$ja=tsid:61182%7Ccgn:directorylink%7Ckw:Luss) and managed to fill the water up, (we decided not to bother emptying the tanks as it was causing too many issues and we were tight on time), we finally managed to get Pebbles pitched after a bit of a faff, as daddy tried to help with the levelling and got it all wrong, so in the end mummy started it all again and got her level quite quickly. It was a very hot day, about 30 degrees, so rushing was not much fun but it had to be done if daddy was going to catch his train. Daddy quickly packed his bag and then we were all back in the car and rushing to Balloch train station. We had 10 minutes to get daddy there and buy his tickets. Then, disaster, there was a traffic jam. So mummy is looking up the times of the trains from Glasgow and how long it would take us to drive there. Daddy was on a strict schedule as he had to get to Edinburgh to get the train down to Newcastle. It was going to be tight to get daddy to Glasgow by car at this time of day, so we were all panicking. Then, as if by magic, the traffic jam cleared and we rushed to Balloch. The train was already there, but as it was first on the line, daddy was able to get his tickets and get the train with about a minute to spare. It also helped that the train was about 5 minutes late leaving! After all the excitement we went back to camp and had a walk on the shores of Loch Lomond.
Whilst we went for a walk, nanny put her awning up all by herself. We were very proud of her. Then mummy cooked us all dinner and we went to bed. Although mummy decided she was going to watch tv all night and kept us up!
So the next day, in our tired states, we all went for a walk into Luss to see what was there. It was a very pretty village with lots of tourists everywhere. We found this beautiful calf on the outskirts of the village. The village was in a bit of a muddle though, as there was a massive power cut and it lasted all day.
So we went for a walk on the shores again and found the ducklings
On Wednesday we had decided we would go on a boat trip with nanny to Balmaha and round the islands. Me and Jim hate boats so we really weren’t looking forward to it. Turns out there were some very steep metal grate steps to get down to the boat and Harley Bear really didn’t like them. Nanny tried everything to persuade him down, but because we can’t carry him (he has double hip dysplasia) we had to give up on the idea. Phew!! So instead we walked around Luss, now that the power was working again, and played on the beach. This is where I learnt my new game of trying to eat the waves, and then barking at them!
It was very late when mummy bundled us into the car and we went off to pick daddy up from the train station. It was a nightmare, as daddy’s train got cancelled and then the one he was on got terminated suddenly, but eventually he was home and he brought the midgies with him. When we got home, Pebbles was full of them, and we all know how badly mummy reacts to them, so she was on a mission to get rid of them. Eventually we went to bed, but we were so tired the next day, we just chilled out and let nanny go off exploring.
There was this one duck that took a liking to us and kept coming over to play. None of the rabbits came over to play with us though. Don’t know why!
By Friday, nanny really wasn’t very happy with how her car was driving so she took it to Honda in Glasgow, and it’s a good job she did, as it had an issue with the handbrake which meant it was too dangerous for her to drive it. They would lend her a car and get it fixed on Monday for her. Meanwhile, Scratchy was catching up on some well needed sleep and we all went for a drive to Pets at Home, to stock up, and Go Outdoors, to look at these things called Kayaks. We had to sit in them with mummy and daddy. They were a bit weird and very tight. Luckily mummy and daddy didn’t buy one!
On Saturday we decided to take nanny up the big hill behind us, that we had run up yesterday. I say run, but it was more of a stop/start/breath kind of run. Anyway, it had some lovely views of Loch Lomond and nanny loved it, even though she didn’t like the climb up or down!
Jim was being a bit of a tinker as he had found some deer!
Belle was in on the game too, but me and Harley couldn’t be bothered with childish games!
The view really was spectacular, shame about the weather though! On the way back down, we had to be very careful as the sheep decided to play hide and seek with us, so daddy held Belle for nanny, in case she pulled her over.
On Sunday I decided to have a lie in, but mummy and daddy had other ideas. We went down to the shore and hired a kayak!!!! I was very scared and so was Jim and so was mummy! I don’t think it helped when the man pushed us out when we weren’t ready and then me and Jim kept moving around as the kayak kept moving. We didn’t realise that it moved cos we were moving. We were very scared. Nanny was watching us from the shores and she said we looked very good. By the time our hour was up mummy and daddy were more relaxed and enjoying it, shame the same can’t be said for me and Jim!
So Monday was here and it was time to move on. Nanny needed to go and get her car from Glasgow, and then she was going to catch us up. So we emptied our tanks, nearly forgot to pack Scratchy and headed off for Carradale Bay. Until next time, Love & Licks, Rosie xxx