August 12 | Tuesday


We’d been tae Switzerland an’ France,
We’d watched the gay Majorcans dance,
But nane o’ us, by some mischance
Had been tae Skye,
A fau’t we thocht this year, perchance,
We’d rectify.

Jessie, Betty, Phae an’ Bet,
(We had na got oor “by names” yet)
Talked an’ planned. A date was set,
A time was said.
The nicht afore, few hours I’ll bet
Were spent in bed.

The Glorious Twelfth! It was indeed,
6:30 saw us ower Pathheid.
We hurried on an’ made guid speed
Through Glesca’s streets.
Loch Lomond saw us in the need
O’ coffee an’ eats.

The foldin’ table was brocht oot
Frae deep within the roomy boot,
Plus a’ the graith, ha’e nae doot,
Fur makin’ tea –
A process often cairrit oot
Wi’ muckle glee.

Then on we press fur Onich bent,
Tae seek fur beds wis oor intent,
Tae ae door Phae an’ Betty went-
It’ll mak ye grin –
Twa single beds wis whit she meant
Tae pit fower in!

Fort William was oor howf that nicht,
An’ Lochiel Villa was just richt.
Sune, fed an’ watered, we doused the licht
An’ slept gey sune.
Oor landlady must ha’e gotten a fricht.
When she lookit in.

August 13 | Wednesday

Journal Extract

Distance Today: 168 miles

Found Mrs T. MacDougall, Lochiel Villa, Achintore Road, Fort William. Unpacked  – Swiss and Turk carried in suitcases. Room 2 double beds. Washed and had a walk . Visited Scottish Crafts – up street, bought P.C.s (postcards) met Bob Park and Craig. Back for dinner.

Brown Soup
Baked Fish or Cold Meat Salad
Apple Tart & Ice Cream
Tea & biscuits
25/- (£1 25p)

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