Ings, Flashes, Carrs, Reservoirs etc.: Sheffield etc, 19th-24th April 2022

With the boys back at school on Tuesday 19th April, we decided to go visiting and so headed to Keyingham, the other side of Hull, to see our friends Micky and Sharon in their new house. We went for a pub lunch in nearby Hedon and I had a rather impressive posh fish finger sandwich: … Continue reading Ings, Flashes, Carrs, Reservoirs etc.: Sheffield etc, 19th-24th April 2022

A Long Stopover at St Aidan’s: Musselburgh to Sheffield, Monday, 11th April 2022

Ironically, having praised Premier Inn for being so much quieter than Holiday Inn, we were placed in a room at Newcraighall which felt as though it was in the middle of the passing railway lines. And these lines don't just carry passenger traffic; there were several lengthy freight trains passing at all times of the … Continue reading A Long Stopover at St Aidan’s: Musselburgh to Sheffield, Monday, 11th April 2022

A Wedding in Westhill and a Match in Musselburgh: Westhill to Musselburgh, Scotland, 8th-10th April 2022

We were in Westhill for the wedding of a former colleague from Baltasound school, who we knew as Jennifer, but everyone else apparently knows as Jenna: not sure how that came about. She arrived on Unst due to another of those 'ticking-the-I-will-go-anywhere-box' happy accidents, met a mussel farmer named Paul, promised she'd never leave Shetland … Continue reading A Wedding in Westhill and a Match in Musselburgh: Westhill to Musselburgh, Scotland, 8th-10th April 2022

Quick, Quick, Slow Worm: Inverness/Strathglass, Scotland, 6th-7th April 2022

We explored a new back road on our way to Struy in the morning. Instead if going along the Beauly Firth we headed towards Loch Ness and then along a minor road which is close to the route taken by the Great Glen Way. It came out beside Loch Laide in a hamlet named Abriachan … Continue reading Quick, Quick, Slow Worm: Inverness/Strathglass, Scotland, 6th-7th April 2022

And Now, South (Although Many Might Still Call it North); Stromness to Inverness, Scotland, Monday 5th April 2022

We planned our journey south through Orkney. It is possible to get the ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall, drive across Orkney in the dark and then board the ferry in Stromness for bed & breakfast, arriving in Scrabster at about eight the next morning. COVID has, however, but a slight spanner in the works. Whereas … Continue reading And Now, South (Although Many Might Still Call it North); Stromness to Inverness, Scotland, Monday 5th April 2022

And Then, West: Foula, Unst etc., Shetland, 28th March to 4th April 2022

After some 'interesting' flights into Foula, our flight on 28th March was 'satisfyingly mundane'. For our latest stay on the 'island west of the sun', the winds had turned to the north, after that brief eastern dalliance, and our stay was cold with snow showers. Spring delayed for a little while. Skeld from the air … Continue reading And Then, West: Foula, Unst etc., Shetland, 28th March to 4th April 2022