Moving Mountains, Visiting Mountains.

For the past few weeks I have started off each Monday morning with setting goals for the upcoming week and this has been really effective for aiding my productivity. Last week was no different and I 'moved mountains' on Monday and Tuesday, from writing a business plan, building a website and a zoom meeting with a Business Gateway advisor. However, my husband, Eddie, came home on Monday night and said he had a few unexpected annual leave days so instead of moving mountains for the rest of the week, we went to visit some!

This was a great break away and we did the east half of the North Coast 500, having done the other side last year. I was able to see places I had always wanted to see and take some reference photos for future paintings. It was interesting to visit Cromarty where an episode of Landscape Artist of the Year was set, seeing the juxtaposition of oil rigs against the natural beauty or the Firth. I absolutely loved sitting on the beach at Dornoch listening to the waves and though the sky was heavy with cloud, the sun would occasionally break through and light up the sand. On every break Eddie has to visit a castle. This time we visited Dunrobin Castle and the ruin of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, where on the walk back to the car I saw my first ever teeny, tiny shrew. Eddie would have visited a third but the Castle of Mey was closed due to Covid 19. We did the Big Burn Walk to a waterfall at Golspie, saw some amazing geological stacks from at Staxigoe Harbour to the Duncansby Stacks and it was great to see over to the Orkney Islands from Dunnet Head. On our last day, before a long drive home, we visited the Kyle of Tongue which was breathtaking and Dun Dornaigil, a broch (dwelling) from 2000 years ago, which lies under Ben Hope and on the land which would later be the scene of the Highland Clearances. We really had a great time.

Holidays never last though, so this morning I was up before 7 a.m., pen in hand, planning what mountains to move this week, charting the progress I made last week and feeling very blessed.

I hope you have a great week, achieve some goals and feel blessed!

June x