Monday, 16 May 2011

Loch Fyne - So Fine!

On Saturday I accompanied Suzanne to the Loch Fyne Food Fair where she was exhibiting in the Craft Tent.  The weather forecast was for sunshine and heavy showers - and so it was - but we managed a pleasant journey there entertained by the majestic Scottish landscape.

On this occasion I was a travel buddy/visitor rather than a stallholder so I was able to enjoy the day wandering around and clicking away on my camera - in between the driving rain, sunshine and howling wind! In Scotland you'll never be stuck for conversation because there's always the topic of the weather.  We say  "stand for  10 minutes and it'll change" - and it did - every 10 minutes! 

I visited the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Farm Shop stocked with the best of Scottish seafood and delicacies. 

As long as the weather conditions were right I snapped away.

Since my last blog I have discovered the joys of Picassa.    As I had taken lots of photographs (too many for my blog) I experimented with the Collage element of Picassa and so,

here in pictures, is a flavour of the day - and boy were there some flavours on the day!  The best of Scottish fair was on offer. Lots of people came and ate lots of delicious food. The smell of the award winning Arbroath Smokies, smoking outside in the traditional way, was outstanding and there were queues of people waiting to purchase pretty much all day. 

Suzanne's table was tucked in the top corner of the craft tent and she was in good company!  Tom Butcher's (Mansefield Studios) pottery pieces were on sale from the table next to her.  Next to him was Sam of Highland Bling jewellery.  It was a nice corner selling wares of a high standard.  If you click on the photograph below,  Suzanne's table is top right - and beautiful were her Harris Tweed and Japanese Linen products too!

In the evening there was to be a ceilidh but no heel stompin' or toe tappin' for us - we were tired and ready for the journey home.   On the way, we stopped to spend some time in the tranquility and beauty of Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens where the bluebells were in bloom (though a little drookit (soaked).  A beautiful spot - but we could have done without still more rain!

As tradition would have it, no day in the countryside is complete without a fish supper at the end of it, so we stopped at the Chippy in Arrochar

and drove to the car park in Tarbet where we scoffed our (not exactly award winning) fish suppers overlooking Loch Lomond (bottom pic left).  Another lovely day spent in the Trossachs! (Sigh!)

(I must say, I'm loving the Collage facility in Picassa - allows me to post more picutres this way.  Click on each photograph to enlarge.)


  1. i love all the beautiful skies in these pics :) :) you took some great photos!

  2. Hello:
    Your collages are terrific! How clever you are to have managed this and they give such a perfect feeling of the day and all its events.

    It is now many years ago since we were last in Scotland and we really must make another visit soon. If only to sample the local food which, we remember, as being absolutely delicious. Arbroath Smokies.....the food of the gods!!

  3. Love the atmosphere and colours in these photos - Loch Fyne looks gorgeous. I've been using Picnik for collages lately (also a new discovery for me) and now I'm curious to try out Picasa!

  4. Photo's are great - collage works really well when you have so many to blog!!

  5. Something is not connecting with the web address for your blog. Did it change? Lori at the Jarvis House,

  6. Gosh, so VERY different from round here!
    I love the collage effect.
    Such a wonderful glimpse into your world.
    It's going to be 90'F here tomorrow --horrors.
    Love from NY