We also started on the berries and some got to start the birds. We laughed a lot, progressed our work and enjoyed ourselves.
After lunch we set of for Cawdor Castle, about 45 minute drive from Inverness - beginning along the shore of Loch Ness.
Today would have been Jim's birthday, and I thought it fitting and touching that the motto that greeted us as we crossed the drawbridge was "Be mindful" - which could easily have been his motto.
We were let loose to make our way around the castle. I went all the way this time, in spite of several spiral staircases that I negotiated with extreme care (being mindful). The castle has a number of large,significant and beautiful tapestries, particularly in Lady Cawdor's bedchamber. Photographs are not permitted inside so I can't show them.
There is also a William Morris embroidered wall hanging of great beauty, which we were able to see close up, as well as an embroidered silk waistcoat and some smaller items.
The gardens are lovely, as is the exterior of the castle.
After dinner, one of the antique suzanis collected by Lady Cawdor was brought down from its room in the turret for us to examine - really beautiful.
By the time we came to leave, the drawbridge has been raised and we couldn't get out. The thought of the 15 of us being in the castle for the night was enough for someone to lower the bridge again!