THEBUS, PHOEBE & ME

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The World is my Lobster........I never did like oysters

                                                                                     

 

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As I type this a small herd of red deer are grazing calmly on the grass running down to the beach in front of the most spectacular scenery.  I will only take a photo through the widow as I don’t want to scare them off – I am enjoying watching them far too much.  

 

They are mainly hinds but there is a stag with them and he is very wary, lifting his head often to check there is no danger.  We are probably a mile or so from Applecross by road, and they have all the hills behind us to flee into if any danger appears.

 

The food at The Applecross Inn in was fresh and tasty.  I had two starters, a glass of house white and a jug of tapwater for just under twenty five pounds.  Three very large Languostines with lots melted garlic butter and a salad of leaves with lots of french dressing, plus a thick slice of brown bread.  Then three plump scallops, perfectly cooked with a good heap of bacon lardons, fried not to soft and not too crispy with more of the salad leaves, but no bread this time.  I enjoyed it all. And it will be interesting to see how it compares to other seafood places

 

The pub itself is a bit of a time warp with varnished pine walls and matching tables, leatherette seating round the wall and the odd pub table with those little bar stools which I haven't seen since the seventies.  

 

The clientele were a real cosmopolitan hotch-potch with lots of American, Japanese and European tourists, though I think the couple at the next table were local, or at least known in the area.  I am a bit old-fashioned but I was surprised when they seemed to spend the whole time when they were not actually eating or drinking, on their mobile phones texting - I did half wonder if they were texting each other -  Are you enjoying your meal.  Yes it's lovely.  Would you like another drink.  LOL. Smiley.

But the surrounding scenery is so impossibly beautiful it doesn't matter, and there were lots of tables outside which would have been lovely to eat at, but it was just a little too cool and damp by the time I got there, with a few midges appearing, and though I have been taking my Vit B tablets and was sprayed with Skin so Soft I preferred not to take too many chances.  When I took Phoebe for a walk later she was shaking her head, so I think they got into her ears, and we ended up with some accompanying us back inside Thebus.  But I  don't think I was bitten, well  I am not itching anyway.  Mind you thinking about being bitten always makes me feel a bit itchy

 

 

 

 

Applecross Inn Applecross view from inn window

Above

Applecross Inn Bar

 

 

Below

View from the window next to my table

As the evening went on with the beautiful hills in the background over the now silvery water more and more deer appeared to join the first batch,  Mainly in groups of about five or ten always with one stag, but then often with one or two young males,  presumably last years sons, just growing their first buds of velvet covered antlers, and tagging along on the edges of the group, not wanting to leave their mums but a bit afraid of gettomg too near their dads.  

 

Eventually there were fifty or more in total straggled out along the short green grass at the head of the bay.  I though this was perhaps a normal occurrence, but about nine'ish what I would guess was a local in an old white pick up stopped in a layby for about ten minutes, watching the last of the groups coming down from the hills and picking their way across the road to join the others, so perhaps it was a privileged viewing that Thebus and I had -  Phoebe was fast asleep and snoring gently in her Tuffies Nest.  I think the Vit B tonic is doing her some good, her appetite is coming back a bit, but if the thing about the insects biting those lacking in Vit B is true that may be why she got the midges in her ears.

Applecross Cuillins

 

Applecross Bay with sun going down over the water

Applecross over the sea to skye

Over the Sea to Skye

View of the Cuillins

As the evening went on with the beautiful hills in the background over the now silvery water more and more deer appeared to join the first batch,  Mainly in groups of about five or ten, always with one stag, but then often with one or two young males,  presumably last year's sons and just growing their first buds of velvet covered antlers, tagging along on the edges of the group, still not wanting to leave their mums but now a bit afraid of getting too near their dads.  

Applecross Deer

 

Eventually there were fifty or more in total, straggled out along the short green grass at the head of the bay.  I thought this was perhaps a normal occurrence, but about nine'ish what I would guess was a local in an old white pick up stopped in a layby for about ten minutes, watching the last of the groups coming down from the hills and picking their way across the road to join the others, so perhaps it was a privileged viewing that Thebus and I had -  Phoebe was fast asleep and snoring gently in her Tuffies Nest.  I think the Vit B tonic is doing her some good, her appetite is coming back a bit, but if the thing about the insects biting those lacking in Vit B is true that may be why she got the midges in her ears.

Applecross Deer-

Above

One of the small groups silently grazing before they crossed the road to the foreshore

 

 

Below

This yearling got within about ten feet of Thebus

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BEALACH NA BA