Today we went to the Inverness Botanic gardens for a wander and the first thing we did was go into the cafe and have cake. Mine was the closest I can get to a Cherry Ripe in this country - chocolate, cherries, and coconut in a cake.
The botanic gardens are small but beautiful and there were so many flowers out which made it even more spectacular. This Orchid is such a lovely colour and the flowers are quite big.
I'm not sure what this plant is but I liked it because the leaves are pink.
Not long after we arrived we were welcomed by Shadow who lives at the gardens. Such a handsome gentleman and so glad we got to meet him this time.
Here's a few photos taken around the garden showing the gorgeous flowers.
There are some great examples of recycling with strawberries being grown in water and milk bottles.
Dotted around the gardens are homes for animals including hedgehog houses and like the one below, bug hotels.
Really liked this potted tree with the lovely flowers around the base.
I loved this area of the garden with lots of lavender and climbing plants to cover the arbours.
This Wullie has been designed by Sally Adam and was inspired by Marilyn Monroe - not sure what die hard Oor Wullie fans will think.
When we got to the cactus house we discovered that Shadow had found a lovely warm spot to have a sleep - sensible cat as the stone bench was very warm.
I love cacti and there are some really large spectacular ones at the botanic gardens - mine have got a little way to go before they get this big.
The last of the Oor Wullies at the botanic gardens - this one was designed by John Carr.
Huge holiday barge passing through the canal - they have canoes on top and cater for walkers, cyclists, and canoeists.
After we had been walking for a while we sat down to enjoy the view and Bramble decided to show her daddy some love.
Arty shot of an old piece of chain - I'm presuming it was for tying up boats.
Gorgeous daisies in a neglected garden beside the canal.
Bramble enjoying playing in the grass - Ken and her chase each other around and in between she tries to eat anything she can get in her mouth.
Ken then chose a side road and we went for a drive up through the hills on a single track road enjoying the scenery. The houses were few and far between and it must be quite grim in winter. We came upon these great gate post creature at the bottom of a long drive - I think a mad professor probably lives there.
This lovely wooden carving of two hands was in the garden around a community hall.
We then spotted this very gorgeous kitty cat who was out on the prowl. After a chat he decided to come and grace us with his presence and was even gracious enough to let me cuddle him. Such a sweety.
That was our Saturday - I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time be good, stay safe, and say hello to the next animal you see.
Pamela & Ken
P.S: Final shot is of our Muffin Monster who is milking being sick for all it's worth - here she is cuddling up to her daddy at night.