I decided we deserved a Friday morning treat so, as soon as the school bus left, Katie, the dogs and I bundled into the car and set off for Cromarty – which is rapidly becoming my favourite place to visit here in the Black Isle. I love the sense of history, the location and, perhaps strangely, the industry which seems so out of place in such a quiet and fairly uninhabited part of the country. Dog walking is something we do every day and is almost always a pleasure – but it can also become a chore, it has to be done no matter what else is going on and at times I feel we just need to fit it in as best as possible. For reasons of efficiency, and I guess also a sense of economy, we normally walk from the house. If you look at my instagram photos you’ll see where that took us yesterday – we’re incredibly lucky to have so much beauty on our doorstep. But it does feel very much like a treat to leave our home location, even if only a 15 minute drive in the car. There’s also the added bonus of being able to stop at Couper’s Creek for a wee snack before heading home! Back home to cooking, cleaning and reading the Gruffalo multiple times………..but all the better for this morning’s trip!