Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 29, 2017

Wonderful Northumberland part 2

This was the day that didn’t go quite to plan but we enjoyed it anyway.

We took the coast road along through  Seahouses and then along to Bamburgh with its famous castle.  You also get a good view of the Farne Islands lying off shore.

In Bamburgh we turned on to the B1341 and went inland and up to the Outchester Duckett.  It is 65 feet high tower and was possibly built as a dovecot. Now it has been restored and is a holiday home for rent.

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On my old map it is listed as a windmill  but apparently it never was but the information did say that the name Outchester may be a Roman name.

We were surprised to see these beauties in the field.  Are they bison?

There is a bit of climbing from here up through Belford and Detchant and then a nice run down into through Fenwick and then across the A1 near Beal. We were lucky that it wasn’t too busy and we got across and down to Beal. We spotted a new campsite here and then there is a gate and a path down to the coast. For the first time I have cycled here , the crossing over the causeway  was open  at a suitable time to go across and back. I have wanted to ride over to Lindisfarne for some years and today I did it under a glorious sun.

You have to look up the tide times and many people have become unstuck and had to get into the safety box while the water engulfs their car.

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Unfortunately, the whole island was awash with tourists and this wasn’t good for me with my sensitivity induced spasmodic dysphonia so we kept to the less occupied spaces.  We discovered the Lindisfarne  garden. I cant remember its name but it was tucked away in a little street near the Lindisfarne gospel experience.

It was awash with colour and bees and wooden carvings and was really peaceful so I had to take plenty of photos .

We also went into a United Reform church that seemed to have been altered but there was a beautiful stained glass window and some textile work.

I loved this box – Letters for the Minister.

We saw a chap running across the causeway and he said he was going to collect the car for his party.

Another couple took a photo of us coming back across.

 

Once  back on the mainland, we followed a rough track across the dunes to Goswick. That’s when things went wrong. I had looked up the campsite on Campsites UK but while it is still listed there is a line that says closed in 2012. Duh!

We didn’t want to go further north and  local couple out walking suggested we went to the Barn at Beal campsite . We did not have a good reception there and they would not entertain accepting us for the night. They said they were fully booked for the weekend but even though I pointed out unoccupied pitches there was no way they would help. Their loss though as we would have  eaten in the restaurant too.

So we filled our water bottles and decided to find a wild camp for the night. Riding back up to the A1 I spotted a tent and a motorhome at the back of a building. We decided to ask if we could camp. Yes of course as long as you buy breakfast. This was said by the Geordie lad who helps his wife run Eat and sleep Lindisfarne. It turns out they have a bunk house so at £20 a bunk, we got a room for the night with use of a well stocked kitchen and a smashing bathroom with a real bath and a shower over it. We used the bathroom and the kitchen so it was well worth it.

miles ridden 33.9

 

 

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Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 29, 2017

Wonderful Northumberland part 1

Well, this past weekend was a Bank Holiday here in England and as I haven’t been up to Northumberland this year. We chose to drive up to my cousin’s home in North Shields and took our folding cycles and the trailer and packed lightly for the 4 days.

We were very lucky to have had very good weather with just a couple of short daylight showers. So after getting the cycles loaded up, we said our goodbyes and left the car on P and D’s driveway. Fortunately, they don’t like going out on Bank holidays . The roads tend to be chocked anyway , which is why we like to be cycling then .

So we cycled down to the promenade in  Tynemouth and picked up  NCN 1 and cycled along with the wind on our backs. We did make a slight detour (heehee) down on to the promenade in Cullercoates cue to me remembering about cycling along the lower prom. Not here though, further along in Whitley Bay. We stayed on the top level along to St Mary’s Island where I stopped to take a couple of photos.

The route here is on an unpaved surface but is very enjoyable riding through a nature reserve. After this comes Seaton Sluice but I didn’t take any photos of this beautiful little harbour. More off road riding through the dunes, is my DH’s favourite part of the route as it undulates along. He couldn’t go quite as fast as he would have liked due to pulling the trailer – or was it because he didn’t want to leave me behind?

We had our first stop in Ridley Park in Blyth. It was warm and sunny and families were making good use of the water feature.

 

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As is common to cycle routes, the way went through industrial areas but then along the river where we saw a man picking something in the mud. I could not see what but expect that it was some sort of shell fish – winkles – maybe.

Further along the river Blyth is crossed and then near North Seaton, busy roads have to be crossed, one side at a time. My concern was the trailer slightly overhanging the available space but the flag does alert drivers so DH wasn’t concerned.  At the first of these crossings , we saw a couple of people putting out bright yellow signs for the Great North Cycle ride which was taking place on the Sunday.

After Bedlington Station, you need to be careful, as the signage isnt too good and passing through Sleekburn you go under the A189 but have to get up onto the bridge and the signage has gone. Fortunately , I remembered this bit from previous times I have ridden this route.

The route here is pretty good along the A189 , on a separate paved way . It is well wooded too so makes a nice nature corridor. There is also a museum to the coal industry that used to thrive here, Woodhorn , which was a colliery when I was a child.

Passing by the old aluminium smelter works, you enter Lynemouth and then Cresswell. Here there is a lovely homemade ice cream shop, so we stopped and had 2nd breakfast and then an ice cream too.  There were lots of what I believe were swifts darting about from the bus shelter , were they appear to have nested and raised a brood. I managed to get this photo so perhaps someone can confirm if they are swifts.

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Off again we entered Druridge Bay nature reserve. This is along an old road for part of the way both  ends but the middle part is across dunes and the path is reasonably well paved. The old road hasn’t faired so well though and it is fairly potholed. Once in Low Hauxley, the proper road is joined and rises past some cottages and on along to Amble.

Coquet Island can be seen off the coast here but I don’t seem to have taken a photo of the lighthouse.  Not too long after, the road  goes in to Warkworth, whose skylight is dominated by the castle. When we first road this route , well over a decade ago, the way climbed up into the hills, now there is a great path along the roadside, separated by a hedge. This goes all the way into Alnmouth and then continues down to Boulmer where the RAF , at the moment still has a camp. There are two routes here, one along the coast on a rough track to Howick but we chose to ride up to Longhoughton and along the road to Embleton. There was a bit of traffic here, but not too bad. We chose to keep diverted from the official route on the B1339 to Swinhoe where we turned left onto the B1340 and down into Beadnall.  It is much bigger than it used to be and apparently there are plans to increase it more. Here is a view from inside the tent. That is our little Helinox table  covered in stuff.

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Miles  cycled 57

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Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 29, 2017

Short Week

Only 3 days cycling to report on for now. I have been working on another small quilt depicting a scene from another Outer Hebridean  scene from my friend Mike.

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I also managed to get a couple of bird photos when cycling along the river. This heron reminds me of Mr Grumpy that Tootlepedal often sees over in the west of the country.

 

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So for the week I got in 39.7 miles making 2376.5 miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 20, 2017

Disappointing Cycling Week

Sorry Folks , haven’t got too many miles in this week. I had a couple of days booked off to do an overnighter solo, but when they came I felt quite blah and didn’t go off and increase my mileage.

So I did get out for a few mornings though and got a few photos taken. The weather was a bit iffy with some heavy showers and high winds.

 

The early morning view across the river and out to Roseberry Topping was good if a little hazy.

On Thursday, one of my free days, the weather was sunny , so we took out bikes and rode across to Saltholme where we picked 4.5lbs of brambles in about an hour.

We wore old cycling gear and  took walking sticks and surgical gloves. These help in getting the canes at the back and help keep our hands free from staining.

 

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I said to DH that we should have little carrying slingsto support the plastic boxes  – recycling them of course.

 

I also managed to get a couple of bee photos on the plants that are still flowering .

I am so pleased with these. A flying bee – woohoo.

I spent most of Friday sewing another small landscape . It isn’t finished yet but will be soon , so I will show it when it is.

On Saturday, no cycling again, as we went across to the LDS Temple in Chorley to be there for a young man I used to teach in Sunday School , who was being sealed to his wife. On the way there we realised we would be going through Colne , having decided to travel via Skipton , so we could see the heather on the moors. I didn’t get a great photo but I took this from the moving car. Yorkshire and Lancashire are looking lovely at present.

We also called in to Empress Mills. They have a place for men to sit and wait while the wives shop. I was  greeted on first name terms and later DH asked me how they seemed to know me so well. Haha , he doesn’t know the business I do with this Aladdin’s cave of a shop.

After the Temple, we travelled down to see one of the ladies we used to kayak with. I was shocked when she told me her grand daughter is now 30. I remember the day her husband found out as we were kayaking and camping near Derbyshire and I remember her husband coming from the farm house to tell us the baby was a girl. This was before the proliferation of media that we have now. We spent a lovely 2 hours eating cake and reminiscing. Happy days.

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It was wonderful to see this lady looking so well and happy even though she no longer cycles due to the increase of traffic in her village. We used to cycle as well as kayak together.

46.3 miles this week. YTD 2336.8 miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 13, 2017

August or Autumn

I have to say, what summer we have had is passing very fast. This week felt very autumnal with wind and rain for quite a bit of the time. Tuesday was so wet I didn’t even cycle!!

Still I have been out and when we cycled through the park I saw the goslings which are now almost fully grown. Such a short time to turn from little fluffy things to this.

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One of the highlights of the early morning was standing by the side of the river watching a seal eat a large fish. It wrestled with it as it must have been 18 inches long. The one morning I didn’t have my camera too. I got a shot on the phone , but it isnt very good. Still I will include it for myself to remember in years to come. You can just see it in the middle of the shot.

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The fields have ripening grains and are being harvested now and I am seeing wheat and barley.

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Yesterday, we looked at the weather forecast and decided it was going to be good enough but there was a threat of heavy showers later. We set off westwards to go over to Cozy Coffee as Rosie was having a charity fundraising event for Children of Chernobyl. She was offering to donate a percentage for every milkshake sold , so we had to have one. As they say it was too wet , so we had to have cake too. I had marmalade cake and DH had ginger.

We then rode along through Cotham Munderville  and up to the main road. The minor road has been resurfaced with chippings but they still haven’t sorted out the lumps and bumps though. Once down into Darlington, we walked through the town centre and then headed out of town through Blackwell and up to the village of  Stapelton and then continued climbing until we descended down to the turnoff for Croft. From there we road the  A167 through Dalton on Tees and along to the Great Smeaton turnoff. There was one stretch that was a climb that flattened out and then got even steeper. I seemed to run out of steam/ was worried about the fast traffic so I dismounted to get on to a pavement. There was a high kerb and as it was uphill, once on the pavement I couldn’t start again, so walked until it flattened out and could ride again. Let me say again, there is no shame in walking.

We stopped and ate again under the shade of a tree but I had seen the clouds building to the east, the way home. You could see it was hammering down over there. Nothing for it to see how far we would get. Once in Appleton Wiske, it became chilly and we stopped at Worsell corner as DH wanted to know if we should put waterproofs on then or later. As I was damp with sweat anyway we decided to wait. As we approached Kirkleveington, water was streaming down the road , but no rain in the air. On the way down into Yarm, there were lots of deep puddles and so we jacketed up then because of the spray. At one time the sun began to shine and I thought it was past. Not so. Down near Thornaby, the constant rain began to come down steadily , so it was a wet return home. We were lucky though as it had rained far more at home , than where we had been.

I also had time for a bit of stitching this week and used a photo I had taken while cycling over to Clitheroe earlier this year. The field was full of buttercups not oilseed rape. it was along the road to Appletreewick.P1000676

 

Mileage for the week 95.4  YTD 2290.5 miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 6, 2017

Busy Week

It has been a busy week for me work wise and I also had the opportunity to  teach 4 ladies in a quilting class ( see separate post) .  Still, I made sure I got out most mornings  but it only amounted to about  30 miles.

Still , Saturday was a reasonable day weather wise with a westerly wind predicted to be about 10 miles an hour. Packing our stuff for the day and having eggs for breakfast, we were away by 8.00am. Newport bridge is closed  on the usual side we go over, and the surface on the opposite side isnt good. So we chose to  go over the Barrage and up to Norton. This way saves the climb up Beaconsfield road . Then it was up the Cast;e Eden Walkway heading north. We saw lads unloading mountain bikes  in the carpark and they soon passed us on the track .

It seems they had a similar destination to ours  but we never saw them again. It was a beautiful morning and we continued up the rack  until we came to Shotton Colliery. The track after this deteriorates after this for a time , so we chose to ride up to South Hetton via Haswell on the road.

Once in South Hetton we rejoined NCN1 and rode up to Ryhope. There was a lovely view at the top of the rise.

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Once down in the village , we took to the road to Seaham. I used to ride this way on a Honda 50 motorcycle nearly 50 years ago when I worked at Seaham Hall Hospital. taking x-rays as a radiography student. Open heart surgery was in the early days and this hospital did  some of the early heart valve replacements with a fair few dying. If it hadn’t been for those people  , we wouldn’t have the relatively safe procedures that happen now.  I was able to take a photo of the old lodge and driveway as this is now one of the most expensive hotels in the area.P1000665

 

We stopped in the picnic area and had second breakfast. This consists of granola and frozen blueberries and yogurt mixed at home before we set off. We find that having the eggs and then the granola  is good for us.

Setting off from the  picnic area with its Turning the Tide artwork, we cycled along into Seaham which has changed beyond recognition over the years. We saw a cycle sign leading up to South Hetton but then ended up going through Dawdon and eventually along some old worn tracks and then up near the A19 – not  a good place to cycle. Fortunately there is a place to cross if you dodge the traffic on the approach roads, and it was back to poor tracks. There are lots crossing the area we haven’t ever seen before. Then we came to a place that was broad road with no vehicles at all. There were a couple of chaps trying to sort a bikes gearing so we asked them for directions. They said to follow them. I think they may have been father and son and we ended up on the roughest ground ie. the remains of the old slag heaps so we knew we were near.

Once in South Hetton , they went down the track we had taken to Ryhope and we used the road back to Shotton where we rejoined NCN1. About now it started to rain so we donned the waterproofs we had sense to bring and headed down the Hart to Haswell track. I like this track heading south as it is essentially down hill.

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I was determined to have an ice cream so once in Seaton Carew, after some sensible sustaining food, an ice cream it was. We ate under shelter while it continued to rain. It did dry up a bit but near to Saltholme Bird reserve it hammered down, and the sun was still shining!! We didn’t go into the reserve as they have had to make it more difficult to get in/out at the far end. Still it increases the mileage.

 So Saturdays mileage was 68.9mls and the  week 102.3  YTD 2195.1miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 5, 2017

Teaching Quilting

This week a few from our quilt group met at Knot in Guisborough, the needlecraft workshop owned by Beryl. She allowed us free use of her premises and stayed to make us refreshments too. Beryl is a good teacher and has a lot of students in her various classes.

So , I got to be the teacher for the day. It began because out group, Pieceful Days Quilters has been set a challenge to make small wall hangings based on the houses we live in. M has an unusual 1960’s architect designed house and she wanted a way to do trees. She has seen my small quilt that I made earlier in the year and wanted to learn the technique.

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I learned it from watching the Quilt Show which is a subscription internet channel. Laura Fogg an American quilter showed her most used technique of raw edge free form collage. This uses even scraps of fabric placed directly on top of wadding and then overlaid with fine tulle. Then the fun of free machine quilting can begin.

I contacted Laura and asked permission to show some of her images to my class and she graciously agreed. These are the small quilts  layered up and pinned but not stitched.

So I have some pictures to show. No one got the pieces completely finished but you can see how they came on.

Here is some stitching going on. The pink grippy stuff helps to move the quilt. This acts like the gloves. Different people like different ways. I told B that she could try with the free dogs up or down. She preferred with the feed dogs down.

 

I learned as well. I took it for granted that these ladies knew how to free machine quilt. Not so. One lady had been put off by having a class with a well know quilter/author who told her that until she got a better machine she would never manage it. I told her of quilters who free machine on very old Singer machines who do beautiful work.  Before starting her on the piece she had layered up , I gave her a  practice piece and she put on my quilting gloves and then she had a try. By the end of the class she was delighted and had great success.

Another quilter who produces beautiful work said she nearly always uses a walking foot and not free machining and she too went away feeling confident to proceed at home.

One lady used a card she had kept for many years as her inspiration, one used a photograph I had taken earlier this year of poppies and alliums and another used a landscape scene.

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All agreed it was a worthwhile day. I had a feeling of happiness that I had passed on a skill.

 

Posted by: brendaintheboro | July 30, 2017

Comparisons

A bit philosophical for me but this week , while out cycling solo, I began one of those conversations in my head. I thought back to years ago when I used to pull myself down because I couldn’t sing like my friend Barbara, or I couldn’t bake as well as my friend Margaret. I think women in particular do this to themselves a lot of the time.

I think what brought this about was I have joined a Facebook group for larger cyclists – well it seems to be open to everyone. FLAB stands for Fat Lad At the Back and they make clothing for the larger cyclist going up to 5XL  for men. They also do ladies clothing and I have one long sleeved top and a waterproof cycling jacket. Anyway, there seems to be lots of discussions about bikes and sportives and audax rides and even some triathlons. Looking at some of the posts , I began to think “oh, I can’t ride that fast”. Guess what? I was comparing myself with others, most of who are likely to be 20 years my junior. There were others who have just taken to cycling  and they feel pleased with riding 10 – 20 miles. So the point of all this rambling is DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS.

If you want to see how you are doing, look back to last year or even 10 years ago. How are you doing?

On Tuesday evening, I took the opportunity to go out with the Stockton Flab group. They were meeting in Ingleby Barwick so I cycled across with DS1. Initially he  was only going to  take me over and then go home but the organiser asked him to join us which he did. It was only an 11 miles ride in the local Hilton and  Seamer area  but as it had rained most of the day and the sun came out. We had a lovely time. There were only 6 of us but it was good to encourage others and see how far I have come.

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Saturday’s weather forecast was for decent weather so DH and I set off, initially to cycle to Northallerton. Well we did our usual route up through Yarm and along to Appleton Wiske. We stopped at Worsall road end and 5 cyclists came up the bank to the corner. By the time we had finished drinking, they were ahead of us but we soon passed them. I felt so strong and was riding in higher gears than I normally use. Is it because the Koga has been well serviced? I don’t know but it felt good.

From Appleton Wiske, we headed west up through Hornby and I had got ahead of DH so was able to get these photos as he came into Hornby.

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Then once in Great Smeaton , we turned right instead of left and rode along the main A  road  towards Northallerton but then turned right marked Birkby. By now, we were on new roads to us and at one point there was a train so close by , we thought it was a vehicle behind us. Then as we followed the road we came to East Cowton and turned right to ride along to North Cowton. All the time, the fine fretty rain came and went , so the rain jackets we put on and taken off multiple times.

At North Cowton , the rain came down more heavily so we decided not to go to Northallerton and headed across towards Moulton.I spotted this piece of street art/ yarn bombing and spoke to a chap. He said they are mystified about who is doing it. Well done I say.

 

This road to Moulton is another  we haven’t ridden on before and by the time we got there the sun came out again. We stopped  in the wonderful bus stop. Look at this .

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Isnt it nice that cyclists are mentioned specifically. I love how this little community works together. They raise money for village funds by having a book and plant stall with an honesty box. Members of the community keep the shelter clean and tidy. So good.  We stopped and ate 2nd breakfast at 11.00am.

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From here we rode up to Middleton Tyas and missing the turning, we ended up going up a long drag and ended up in the chaos that has ensued because of road works on the A1. So turning back, we whizzed back down the hill. We stopped to talk to a trio outside one of the houses. They said that its horrendous living there at present.

So we headed along to Barton , then down to Stapelton and in to Darlington. I didn’t stop to buy any fabric, so we headed along to Middleton St George. The track wasn’t too muddy, which surprised me, but we knew the bit along the Whinneys would be worse, so rode around the village.

We stopped in a pub restaurant and had a drink. The real reason though was that there were no facilities anywhere and my poor old knees are giving trouble if I have to squat in a field.  Probably too much information heehee!! The total distance for the day was over 62 miles.

So adding in the week’s mileage of 130.1 plus the 150 miles on holiday ,my mileage for the YTD is 2092.8 miles.

 

Posted by: brendaintheboro | July 23, 2017

Cyclesense

THIS IS NOT A PAID FOR PROMOTION.

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Back in the winter 2012 , I needed to get a new bike as I had come off mine and the frame had snapped. While it had been replaced with something similar ( frames change) , I wasn’t too happy. I decided what I really wanted was a steel frame. My son was browsing the internet and came across a sale of Koga cycles down in Tadcaster.

My DH wasn’t well pleased because a. he’s a Yorkshireman and b. Tadcaster is about 1 hours drive away. He wouldn’t come with me to “look” for a new bike. He knows me very well!! So DS1 said he would come with me and off we went.

I had phoned ahead and asked if they would permit a test ride. There was no hesitation and when I got there the bike was ready and waiting and off I went. I didn’t have to ride too far to know this was the bike for me. I have to admit black isn’t a colour I would choose but then colour isn’t everything.

So began my relationship with this family run shop. Big Dave (he’s not big)  runs the shop along with his wife and son.


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. He said to me , I would be back for another  for DH. We had no intention of  getting another  but his Dawes Galaxy was stolen and he also got a Koga Randonneur. Actually , he is on his 2nd as the first one was also stolen and no he isnt very careless. Dave kindly gave us a good deal on another. We also bought panniers from them too. As you can see its a well stocked shop and they do mail order too.

Eventually, we helped DS1 to buy another Koga, an F3 which he loves too. So that is 3 bikes we have from Cyclesence.

While we were away on our last trip , as I had cycled about 20,000miles on my bike I realised it was time for a major service and so arranged for it to be carried out while we were away on our Orkney trip. When we got back, we went down to collect it and I did a little test ride. I went over a speed bump and something went wrong.  It turned out that the freewheel mechanism  had broken. Dave and his son and the mechanic scoured the shop trying to see if they could find a suitable matching one but no joy. He ordered the part from Germany, as Madison the usual supplier were out of them, it came Friday morning and we collected it in the afternoon.

I am writing this because I think this is a great shop who will sell you the bike that is right for you and the aftersales service is wonderful. I wish them another 25 years at least in business. I will  likely be too old to ride by then  heehee!!

 

Posted by: brendaintheboro | July 22, 2017

Cycling the Orkneys – finale

Saturday 15th July 2017 was really wet.  I got washing done in the morning as 3 of us took turns to use the 2 machines. One lady wanted to hog both and had gone off back to her motorhome. I was having none of that. When she didn’t come back I removed her washing and let a young German couple with a baby use the machine. Mrs Canadian didn’t like it at all and said she had been there first. As I pointed out she had gone away and left her stuff. Well, I calmed her down and we got along Ok as the washing got dried and done. She even gave me some drier sheets.

It poured down the whole day and was a bit windy. DH didn’t venture out but stayed in the tent while I donned full waterproofs and walked into Kirkwall.

First I visited the Orkney museum near the Town Hall and had a mooch around there but it didn’t hold my interest as much as the other museums I had seen. Then I went into a craft exhibition and had a real good mooch there and talked to some really interesting craftswomen who are as interested in textiles as myself. They have a great group that work together to keep the stalls manned throughout the summer allowing them to sell what they make. I bought a couple of cards that I thought might be an inspiration for some quilting, only time will tell.

I then tracked down a shop I had been into previously run by a lady called Annie Glue   who machine knits beautiful cardigans, jumpers , hats and scarves in beautiful merino yarns. I wanted to know the name of the yarn as she buys it from an Italian company. Maybe my knitting machine will be brought out once more.

We sat in the lounge in the evening chatting to a couple of German cyclists and a lovely young archaeologist who is working for her masters  while raising her son and working part time in a school. It made for entertainment as they drank more and more whiskey.

On Sunday, it had dried up and we had every intention of going up to church again but as it got more and more windy we began to have second thoughts. Would the tent and equipment still be there? it was really blowing a  hoolie straight down the field.

We checked the weather forecast and  all the following week had high winds forecast so after listening to the Spirit, we made a decision to leave. I don’t think we have ever packed up so fast but it didn’t give us enough time to attend church which I was sad about. Still safety first.

We rode across to the bus station but as more and more people gathered we didn’t think the bus was an option. When it did come in , it didn’t have an underneath boot so we decided to just get a taxi. It cost us £35 but we couldn’t have ridden into the westerly wind that was blowing at about 40mph.

Once in Kirkwall, we again met a couple we have been bumping into all week and had a good laugh with them. They live in Grimsby which we have cycled through a number of times. We also met a couple of lovely young women from Tasmania who have been kayaking the west coast of Scotland with a young man who dashed  off to  watch the Wimbledon Tennis final.P1000571They came across on the ferry to Stromness and so I hope they are safe. They didn’t have trolleys so we helped them move the kayaks which were fully loaded with camping equipment. Having kayaked most of the west coast of Scotland we had a good talk with them.

The ferry terminal has some beautiful glass that I couldn’t help but take photos of.

Then  it was on the ferry at 4.45pm and the crossing took longer due to the wind and was pretty bumpy.

We arrived in Scrabster and got away from there by 7.30pm. DH was keen to be home so he drove through the night, stopping to rest on the way. He really is Superman.

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