The best part of the market was seeing an old friend and his family. I had met with them when I was back in the States to help them plan their trip to Scotland. I was thrilled they stopped by (I told them they would find us there on a Monday) and to hear that their trip had been really lovely and they were so happy to have had my input. That made me smile inside and out - I love telling people about this beautiful country and all the hidden gems that are off the beaten track.
As we headed home, we decided to go by the coast and along Little Loch Broom. But, it was interesting to note that we were looking with the eyes of my friends, who would have travelled this same route perhaps just an hour or less before we did. With each changing view, we commented that we hoped the light had been this lovely when they passed through, knowing that whatever the light, the views are just phenomenal. As we reached the part of road that heads inland and we rose higher, heading toward Braemore Junction, we looked to the left to see a rainbow - below us! I've never been over the rainbow before, but now I can say I have.
We so enjoyed our day yesterday; we enjoyed the drive, we enjoyed our new friends at the market and we loved seeing my old friend and his family. I know he and his wife and daughters are having a wonderful time. I suggested they travel to Ullapool and then up to Assynt and along the loch to the village of Lochinver where they would find many lovely B&Bs (they are traveling in the wonderful way of not making any plans or reservations but letting each day take them where it will) and a marvelous view of Suilven rising up from the deserted and gorse-covered land. (We also told them about Smidge - a wonderful repellent to keep the little biters at bay - they are quite "out and about" right now here in the Highlands.)
We have several days until our market at Culbokie on The Black Isle. Another market we love and enjoy. Last month they had a classical guitarist playing during the market - I wonder what it will be this time? Whatever the day may bring, we will be doing what we enjoy and meeting more people. Last month a pastor from Texas came to my table - bought a pendant for his daughter. You never know who you are going to meet!