When planning this part of the journey it had always been my intention to explore the place one bit at a time and savour every new place - and to do as much of it as I can with Jill. We have been amazingly lucky with the weather and the first ten days were incredible.
The weather prospects have changed for a while - we are heading for some wet and windy 13 degree days. I am a stupid person and am amazingly cold tolerant and I love sailing so much that I would sail in between the showers but I know that Jills increasingly rheumatic hands would be better off gardening at 19 degrees in Oxford than sailing at 13 in scotland.
So on Monday we will be beating our first strategic retreat from the scottish climate and scvuttling off home to cut the grass and live in a big house fort a week. I will return here next week whatever the weather man says - while Jill will wait for the next spell of hot stuff to hit Scotland.
So I am going to leave the boat at Dunstaffnage Marina - £17 per meter for a weekly rate.
We have spent four nights here now and it ius clean, tiday, the loos are brilliant, the place has a bath, it is easy to get to and easy to park, the cycling around here is excellent and there are even some lovely beaches close by. Oban is a terriffic town. I know the boat will be safe here - although if there is anyone local who would be prepared to drop into the boat mid week and have a peak at the builges for me that would be a great comfort to an old bloke 600 miles from his boat. She has a minor leak from the starboard keel bolts and a report on how many pints it has let in would be lovely.
the plan was to do scotland one bit at a time and mainly when the weather is good. We have been amazingly lucky
As part of the grand plan the general idea is that Jill, dog and myself will sail together when the weather is perfect - as it was for the first ten days. Now daily temps this week are forecast for 13 with rain. I am amazingly cold tolerant but Jill finds the cooler temps harder to deal with - the cold gets to her hands in particular.
So we are going to leave the boat at Dunstafffnage for a week while waiting for the weather to improve.