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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Blackpool August 16th 2016

We survived the night on what must be the hardest bed in the world.We are sure even prisoners in jail get a softer bed than what we have! Being tired certainly helps and if we are going to have repeat this tonight then we had better take a long hike today to make ourselves tired tonight. The weather today is perfect, mid 20’s by mid morning and it looks like the English summer has arrived for us. We will make the most of it as long as it lasts. We plan to wander the Blackpool promenade and take in how the English spend their day at the beach. And then as we need some more grocery supplies we will walk to a supermarket to get what we need. First though its breakfast and a dose of ... read more
The gathered holidaymakers
There a few people testing the sea water
Ready for the big drop on the rollercoaster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Blackpool August 15th 2016

Our two days with Carolyn and Trevor have gone in a flash and today we are off to Blackpool after a little more digging around the Angus area on ancestral matters. And not a bad day again has dawned which will give us dry weather for the reasonably long drive we face once we get onto the motorway and head southwest. First through Carolyn has got a special breakfast lined up for us of smoked salmon and scrambled egg, very tasty and something the BBA V3 hasn’t quite stretched too yet. Time for some photos in the garden to update those we already have from 2009 and then we are on our way after a memorable couple of days in Arncroach. We retraced our drive across the Tay Bridge to Dundee and headed first for Broughty ... read more
The firmly locked gates of Mount Rosa,Broughty Ferry.Home of the Banker of Dundee
A glimpse over the wall at the estate that is Mount Rosa,Broughty Ferry
Section HH,Balgay Cemetery,Dundee

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 13th 2016

We could have done with another couple of days in the Highlands but the place we have been staying at is so popular that we were even lucky to get the two days we did. We want to get to Arncroach as soon as we can so there was no lie in this morning and once breakfast was over it was time to pack up the car. Our hosts were heading out themselves as we were about to leave and after another half hour chat we were on our way. Our drive south would take us along the A939 to the A93 through Braemar and over the Glenshee pass before reaching the farmland at the foot of the Grampian Mountains and onto Dundee. We have a fine day ahead of us and even the temperature is ... read more
Can't get enough of the heather
Cosy lounge just big enough for a couple
Driveway to the chalet.Notice the yellow flowered crop on the hillside in contrast to the green

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 12th 2016

The day looks like it is going to be dry but it looks to be windy away from the where the chalet is located. We had a lie in this morning and won’t be in too much of a hurry to get out and about as nothing in the Highlands seems to have any urgency about it so we shall simply join the flow. The sun keeps appearing from time to time and the purple heather on the hills further up the valley show up more vividly than when the light on the hills is dull when the clouds roll over. We are going to take on the easier trail this morning just up the road past the whiskey distillery and then we will see how we feel after lunch as to whether we take on ... read more
Another view of the Seminary
Outer buildings
Local sheep

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 11th 2016

Yesterday as we had been driving up towards Munlochy we passed at least half a dozen fixed road signs warning that heavy rain was due in the Inverness area on Thursday (today). Opening the curtains this morning the light rain that was falling last night seemed to have all but stopped and away to the west the sky looked lighter and we had hopes of a reasonable day to do some ancestry searching of the Finlaysons,Gretchen’s forebears from the Ross and Cromarty area. Audrey, our host, had a breakfast ready for us downstairs and we spent another hour or so chatting to her and husband David about Gretchen’s connection to the area. David gave us some information on where the locations were that we were looking for to help us on our way. Our final destination ... read more
Farmland of Knockbain where the Finlayson's lived
An old cottage in Knockbain
The church at Contin

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty August 10th 2016

The adrenalin from attending the Tattoo last night was still pumping in the morning when we woke and it will be a performance and experience that we will never forget. Although we had just a bedroom with ensuite at the Royal and they did not have a restaurant downstairs we still managed an OK breakfast with our usual muesli, fruit and yogurt and croissants rather than toast to follow with coffee. We haven’t bothered to buy another toaster since we arrived in the UK which is probably just as well for us and the nearby Fire Brigade of Cumbernauld after the toast incident of the BBA V2 which resulted in the Travelodge we were staying in being evacuated when I burnt the toast and set the smoke alarm off! The weather wasn’t that great as we ... read more
A misty day in Glencoe pass
Glencoe cottage

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 9th 2016

When we had worked out that we were going to be passing through Edinburgh on our way to the Highlands we thought about the thrill it would be to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the place where it all started,within the grounds of Edinburgh Castle.Within moments of going online way back at the start of this year we had booked tickets and the day was set for one of the highlights of the BBA V3. It is going to be a long day today, as not only do we head north of the border to Scotland but we are also attending the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh and will have a 45 minute drive to get back to our hotel after the show finishes probably around 11pm. So our very good night’s sleep has put ... read more
Kids in body surfing,Northumberland coast
Bamburgh Castle,Bamburgh,Northumberland
Onto the causeway,Holy Island

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Alnwick August 8th 2016

Our original purpose of stopping in Blyth on the Northumberland coast was to spend the day visiting the offshore islands of Farne to see the puffins that spend time there over the summer season. However when we made enquiry by email regarding the short boat trip we learnt that the puffins leave the islands at the end of July and head off to where they spend the winter. We had left our timing too late as of course it is now early August. So we changed tact and decided that a short drive to Alnwick the location of the castle owned by the Percy family for over 650 years and used in the Harry Potter movies and also the last programme of Downton Abbey would be a good replacement for our sightseeing. This is the first ... read more
A wider view of Alnwick Castle
The Barbican,Alnwick Castle
Learning to ride a broomstick,Alnwick Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Blyth August 7th 2016

We wondered whether sleeping above a pub might mean a disturbed night’s sleep but how wrong we were. We arose fresh and ready to go chasing a spot somewhere between Hexham in the east and Carlisle in the west to watch the Flying Scotsman go by on its run from Leeds to Carlisle. First though we have another full English breakfast ahead of us. We could have gone for just some cereal but the knowledge that if we leave here with full stomachs we won’t need to stop anywhere for lunch and breakfast should get us through until dinnertime. We were downstairs just after the prescribed breakfast time of 8.30am and it was all that we expected and really it is pretty hard to resist black pudding for breakfast, well at least for me! We had ... read more
The Yorkshire Dales
Quarry on the Dales
Parade of farm tractors on the A6

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Ingleton August 6th 2016

Another lovely Yorkshire morning and I think I might even get into shorts today and discard the sweat top for our drive up into the Yorkshire Dales. On our last trip, the BBA V2 in 2013, we had hoped we could have made contact with my third cousin, Morag, of the Sturrock family living in Yorkshire but time and events counted against us. In the meantime I had become ‘friends ‘with her daughter Michele on Facebook and it was through a message from her that we learnt of Morag’s passing earlier this year just a few months before we were due in England. However, today we will meet up with Michele and her husband Andy and a further connection in my family tree will be made in person. With 2 suitcases full of clean clothes after ... read more
Man at the tiller
Day trippers buses at Skipton

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