The delightful assistants have both had birthdays in the past week.
To celebrate their continued survival I took them to the Trossachs, a popular picturesque area north of Glasgow.
Our ultimate destination was Stronachlachar on the shores of Loch Katrine, but we stopped en route for a bit of fresh air at the smaller Loch Arklet. It was incredibly quiet.
The road between the village of Aberfoyle and the small settlement of Stronachlachar is less than 12 miles long. If it had been smoothly finished and reasonably straight it would have made for a very pleasant drive. However, it was neither smooth nor straight. Parts of it constituted the worst bits of road I’ve ever driven along.
The up side of this was that it made arriving at Stronachlachar in one piece feel like quite an achievement.
As the signs in the above photograph suggest, the building on the left of the picture contained a tearoom. I won’t go into details about it because I had a dodgy stomach after my lunch there (I can’t say for sure that it was a result of what I ate, but you know how it is, connotations and whatnot). One thing I will say in its favour is that it served up very nice Lady Grey tea in a stylish little teapot .
We started off on the level, nice and easy.
The first obstacle was a muddy grass slope. Sticks in hand, they negotiated it without incident.
After trotting around on some bouncy grass they made their way up another slope, much steeper this time and littered with trip hazards.
Delightful assistant no.1 surged ahead, while her spouse took the dangerous decision to rest against a pine tree. (Anyone who remembers reading about their visit to Loch Garten might be able to guess at my anxiety on seeing the pose below.)
Thankfully, both tree and intrepid assistants remained upright.
Back on the flat, delightful assistant no.2 went into the lead and marched off to investigate two poles in the distance.
Although it was a cold day for May and we were bombarded with heavy hail showers on the way home, we were fortunate to get a bit of sunshine.
Now 86 and 79, the delightful assistants aren’t doing too badly, I’d say.
Incidentally, on an administrative note, if you happen to have this blog bookmarked as lornastearoomdelights.com, that address won’t work in a few days’ time because I’m not renewing the upgrade required to get rid of ‘wordpress’ in the URL. The blog will, however, continue to function in its freebie state at lornastearoomdelights.wordpress.com.