Monday, December 03, 2018

Dodd Wood and Bassenthwaite Walk

Rob, Brock and I had a beautiful walk in The Lake District this morning.

The walk was number 4 from the book "Pathfinder Guide No 13: Lake District Walks" ISBN 0-7117-0463-5. It is around three miles long, and takes in woodland, fields, farm tracks and a small amount of road walking. The woodland part is a bit steep in places, but otherwise it is a fairly flat walk. You can also visit the stately home: Mirehouse when it is open during the summer season.

Dodd Woods

Sheep, seen walking down to Bassenthwaite Lake

First view of St Bega's Church

Rob's photo of the stained glass windows

Mirehouse with Dodd Fell in the background

We drove back into Keswick afterwards and had a tasty jacket potato and salad for lunch at Abraham's Cafe.

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Walk Near Hoddom

Rob, Brock and I had a lovely walk on Sunday, around the Hoddom estate, along the River Annan, around small back roads, and back to the car park (about 3+ miles).

 Eagle swooping on a salmon, wood carving

Repentance Tower
Brock meets a tall, new friend

Trees on the golf course, with Hoddom Castle seen at right

Beautiful, old tree

There was a children's bicycle race event on, around The Castle grounds, so we had to make a slight detour back round the golf course rather than through the woodland.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Autum at Talkin Tarn

Rob, Brock and I had a trip to Talkin Tarn, Cumbria on Sunday. The weather was sunny and it was very busy with dog walkers, rowing enthusiasts and people enjoying the view from the cafe on site.

Monday, November 12, 2018

New Design in Three Colour Palettes

After making some drawings from plant subjects, I came up with some stylised shapes to play with.

I made a cut paper and mixed media collage with hand decorated papers, using the coneflower seed head shapes (seen above at top right); then used digital manipulation to come up with the following colour palettes...

Neon Bright

Muted Greys

Yellow and Grey

I have added these designs to my Redbubble and Society 6 sites, where they can be purchased on merchandise or as wall art.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Holiday in North Berwick: Dunbar, Haddington, and the Journey Home

Our first stop of the day was at Dunbar. It had a working harbour and a mainly pebbly beach, so was not as nice to walk on as the beach at North Berwick.

Haddington, a small market town, was our next stop. It is an attractive town with independent shops, cafes and charity shops. We alighted upon a lovely German-inspired bakery/restaurant called Falko. A couple just leaving highly recommended the food, so in we went.

I had a goats' cheese salad that consisted of rocket, beetroot, walnuts and two generous rounds of cheese with a delectable lemon dressing. It was one of the best salads I've eaten. Rob had a grilled cheese sandwich followed by black forest gateaux. I was delighted to find that they served a gluten free sachertorte (chocolate and almond cake) that was one of the best gluten free cakes I've eaten. Definitely the best meal of the holiday!

 Falko's sachertorte (photo copyright Falko)
Falko Restaurant

On Saturday, we took the cross-country, scenic route home, stopping off at Melrose and Hawick on the way. We walked Brock in Wilton Lodge Park at Hawick and had a good lunch in the Heart of Hawick cafe.

Autumn in the park. You can walk for a couple of miles around the perimeter of the park, and this end is normally very quiet.

We finally arrived home at 3.00 pm.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Holiday in North Berwick: Port Seton, Cockenzie and Portobello

Today was to be a day of walking the coastline. We started with a repeat of our walk to the golf club along the beach at North Berwick.

Bass Rock can just be seen on the horizon in these pictures

After lunch, we drove North along the coast, stopping at Port Seton and walking along the coast to Cockenzie and back. We kept seeing mention of John Muir Way, of which this coastal trail is a small section. The walk goes from coast to coast across Scotland and is named after the naturalist who was born in Scotland, but moved to America, where he made his name.

We then drove on to Portobello, parking on the outskirts of the town, walking along the beach and circling back through the town centre to the car.

No! This is not Brock, but 14-year-old Gracie, whom we met with her owners on Portobello promenade. We all had to do a double-take at the similarity between the two dogs.

Brock having fun on the beach

Pottery Kilns, seen from the beach. These kilns were recently rebuilt, but they date to 1909, at the former site of A W Buchan & Co. Pottery. They represent the last surviving upstanding remnants of the pottery industry in Scotland.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Holiday in North Berwick: Edinburgh

It was Rob's 60th Birthday, so we decided to have a day out in Edinburgh. Brock was booked in to a local kennel for 24 hours.

Morning coffee at I J Mellis in Morningside... excellent coffee!

Our next stop was the Royal Botanic Gardens. The cafe there was very busy. There was no gluten free cake listed on the menu, but the waiter said they could provide a chocolate brownie ... and here it is. Very nicely presented, but I got a nasty shock at the till when charged £5.75 for this fancy tray bake!

We visited the Natural Selection exhibition at Inverleith House in the RBG, which was quite interesting.

A Bower bird's nest, made at human scale

A ceramic re-creation of a confiscated egg collection

We went on to the National Museum of Scotland.

 The Grand Gallery looked wonderful in the dappled sunlight

I always enjoy looking around this museum as there is such a variety of things to see, plus interactive installations for those of us who are still children at heart.

Mother India's Cafe was our lunchtime venue. It serves tapas-style curries, and we chose four of them to share with a rice, peshwari pitta bread, coriander chutney and poppadoms: chana aloo (chickpeas and potato); okra and tomatoes; aloo gobi and green beans (potato, cauliflower and green beans); and vegetable samosa. With two soft drinks, the bill came to £30.45.

We caught a bus back to Bruntsfield and walked back to where we'd parked the car, all the way though Morningside, stopping along the way to look at some of the more interesting shops and charity shops.

We decided to pick Brock up early from the kennels and went back to the flat exhausted after a very busy day.


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