Just this one more and then I’ll go on to that mystery destination.
The rest of the week in Doune just flew by. We made lace every day but also got out and about to explore. There were new independent guests, Sharon and Steve, who were also interested in what we were doing. Sharon was a knitter, but like Geoffrey and Stewart, she had a lesson in lace-making from Margaret – and professed a real interest in taking it up as a hobby. Have we recruited a new member for the Doune Lacemakers? We hope so!
There was some snow on the Cuillin hills in the morning
It was a lovely day for taking the last few photos. The colours of the water by Doune Head were beautiful. Remains of the pre-historic vitrified fort that gave Doune its name can be seen on the cliff between the two trees in this picture.
In the afternoon we saw tall ship Eda Frandsen coming into the bay. This could in fact be the last time we see Eda, as she has been put up for sale. For a good number of years Eda has been available to charter for trips out to the Hebrides and beyond, but now she has come to the end of her time at Doune, and could go anywhere in the world. She was originally from Stavanger in Norway as a bit of a wreck, and was rebuilt at Doune – twice, in fact, as a devastating fire in the boathouse soon after she was finished destroyed all the hard work.
So the day passed. Lace pillows were packed away, and it was soon time for the traditional last night dinner! It was prawn night! A large platter of locally caught prawns and several dishes of assorted salads were laid out on the serving table.
So, next morning it was time to leave. Our luggage safely stowed aboard Gripper we all piled in, ready for the trip back to Mallaig. It’s always sad saying goodbye to Doune and the Dounies, but we hope to be back before too long. It won’t be this year though - sadly!