It's been a while since I last posted, so here are pictures from my holidays up in the Peak District and around Scotland.
We spent a long weekend in Edale where the first international Spoonfest was held. Over a 150 turned up to attend workshops by an international cast of instructors from as far afield as the US. There was also ample wood of supply for people to just sit around and carve spoons with like-minded folk. It was a wonderful event and the three days went by far too quickly.
|Spoonfest in Edale|
|A selection of spoons on show in the Town hall|
|Barn 'the spoon' running one of the many workshops that went on during the weekend.|
|Edinburgh, after we'd eventually found somewhere to park. Pretty much our only time in Scotland without rain|
|An old church that was now hosting free burlesque during the Fringe|
|Juggling flaming torches whilst riding a giant unicycle in just your underwear? Fair enough.|
|Outside the mad slalom of people handing out flyers|
|Taking Shark Week a little too seriously.|
|Two very creepy toys from the Edinburgh childhood museum|
At our campsite, in an extremely picturesque spot, we were initially plagued by midges. This was the time to test the 'Nordic Summer' insect repellent I'd purchased. Whilst road tripping in the US we used DEET, but having seen first hand that it melts plastic I wanted to try something a little less toxic. The little tin of repellent I had was made up from mainly birch tar and left you smelling like a campfire. Most importantly however, it drove away the midges incredibly well. By the end of our trip I came to quite like the smell of the stuff. Plus we hardly made a dent in the small tin of the stuff we had, so plenty left for future adventures.
|Our awesome campsite in Fort William.|
|On approach to Ben Nevirist|
|When we were halfway up we were neither up nor down.|
|Rain, the defining feature of our time in the Highland.|
|Our roadside tea stop by Loch Ness. Wrong time of year to spot Nessie though.|
|At the Glen Ord distillery|
|Malt barley. Along with water, yeast is all that goes into making whiskey. Plus a lot of time.|
|Mandatory shot of me jumping.|