Pippi LS

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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 10:59

Happy birthday Yums! Hope the weekend went well. did you need the bike and cossie? Or was it like my friend who had to take wellies, swimming kit and a towel, and ended up being taken to see a musical in Manchester? (I'd have preferred something with wellies personally ...)

DL This one Similar to our old Vango. I've always like the look of Outwells. We are off to test it for a couple of nights on Anglesey and do a bit of the coast path. I did think, almost as it was happening, "This is a DL type of holiday story!"

The first batch of photos from Orkney are here if you are interested. I don't think they really do it justice though.

Becks, don't worry. You are training for it which is more than some people do! A week or two off won't make a huge difference, and once you have got to 10 you'll be fine for the half. Honest.

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Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:33

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Posted: 20/08/2016 at 13:20

We did the Parkrun while it was still fine (actually not too bad still, but blustery!), then had brunch as planned! It took me 2 laps (out of 3) to loosen up but the last lap felt great. I have quite stiff ankles atm, and I'm not sure why. We walked every day, but not especially far or hard.

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Posted: 19/08/2016 at 21:29

I know two adults who were pushed into a degree rather than their chosen careers which weren't degree level then (primary teaching and physiotherapy). both people did their degree and then went to their chosen career ... It's such an expensive mistake to make nowadays too!

(although if it had been Pippette ... I hope I would have made my views clear but left the decision to her ...)

Tomorrow - Parkrun then brunch with Pippette.

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Posted: 19/08/2016 at 19:11

We spent the rest of the holiday at a B&B in Lerwick, which wasn’t what we’d planned but was very nice all the same. A very friendly, down to earth woman running it, who gave us lots of ideas of where to go. It was quite central so we were able to get around easily and explore.

Sumburgh Head is the lighthouse at the southern tip – we went there on a glorious sunny day (but very windy and cold – photos show us all wrapped up!). There were no puffins, although you can often see them just over the wall! We did see quite a number of puffins in other places though. It is the sort of place that could make you a bird watcher. We spent ages just looking at the seabirds on the cliffs and out at sea – lots of nesting fulmars and chicks.

Shetland to me looked Nordic – not having been to Norway or Iceland, it is how I imagine them! Sea inlets, bleak hills, scatterings of colourful houses. They have recently started to import Norwegian timber houses in all different colours. The cliffs were spectacular. It is the sort of place where every corner you go round makes you go “wow!”.

We did get up to Unst, the northernmost island, and walked over to the cliffs on the far side. However, this was the worst day for low cloud, and as visibility was down to under 50m, we walked as far north as it was prudent!

The weather was never as bad as those first two nights, so we would have been fine in a tent later. Some people had been on the ferry that night and had a dreadful crossing. Apparently, they were some of the strongest winds Scotland had recorded in August …

Despite that, I’d recommend both Orkney and Shetland. Both Mr P and I said we would choose Shetland if we had to, although Orkney had more things to visit, the scenery in Shetland was wonderful. I just didn’t have the light for photography to do it justice …

Hope I haven’t bored you … but you didn’t have to read …

We’ve bought a new tent today!

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Posted: 19/08/2016 at 19:01

On to Shetland – an overnight ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick. There had been some warnings of gales, and I’d been checking the forecast to see what our crossing would be like … pretty smooth! But the gales were then forecast for later, so we got to our campsite on the west of the Shetland Mainland in good time to get the tent up before the wind got up. We pitched with the back of the tent facing into the wind, pegged it down firmly, and huddled down as it was a bit drizzly, cold and windy. The site was right on the coast, and had a small amenities block with kitchen sink, kettle, laundry room, showers and toilets. How lovely to do the washing up and see seals and terns outside the window!

I woke up a few times in the night and you could hear the wind, and the tent was blowing, but seemed secure. But then the wind changed. Mr P needed to get up at 6am so I looked out of the bedroom part to see the front end of the tent was blowing inwards and rain was getting in! So we both grabbed some clothes and went out to fix it.

We struggled and hung on to it, got the pole back in where it had come out, put some extra guys in at different angles, but the tent was still buckling. We decided that it was far too windy and we should give up and find somewhere to stay for a couple of nights. We grabbed our bags and threw them in the car, then gathered up the rest of the stuff, throwing that in any old how. As we were packing the tent up, we saw that it had actually ripped.

So, the tent went in the bin, we went to the amenities block to dry out (this was the rainiest 2 hours of the holiday, of course!) and have a civilised breakfast at the table in there!

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Posted: 19/08/2016 at 18:52

We were camping near the island Brough of Birsay which you can walk to at low tide. There are Viking remains on the island, a lighthouse, cliffs with seabirds. We got to see a group of puffins – I had thought they would all have gone by now. I have only ever seen one puffin before, on Anglesey, looking through an RSPB scope, but these were very close, just below the cliff top. Mr P will stand on the edge and look over, so he probably had a better view, but my view was okay too! And less scary.

We stayed on Mainland most of the week, if you don’t count South Ronaldsay etc which are joined by the Churchill barriers (road causeway at the side of Scapa Flow). We did have a walk on Rousay, the nearest island, where we hopped in and out of several Neolithic tombs!

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Posted: 19/08/2016 at 18:46

Here's the first instalment of my holiday report

We had a good drive up to Inverness – rainy through Cumbria and the Southern Uplands, but warm and sunny further North. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to drive so far – in the past we have always been rather conservative about the distances we travelled in Scotland, but the roads, and our car, are so much better than years ago!

Next day, on to Scrabster and the ferry to Stromness on Orkney. A small fishing town that deserves to be described as ‘quaint’. Old stone buildings and a narrow, paved main street. We camped on the northwest coast of the Orkney Mainland, and the wind got up as we arrived. We had been told it would be windy, but hadn’t really taken the wind-chill into account, and it was rather cooler than expected!

We were fairly close to Scara Brae, so cycled there and back via the Kitchener Memorial on the cliffs close to where his ship went down. Lots of rolling hills for cycling! Over the next few days we visited some truly impressive archaeological sites – standing stones and Maes Howe burial cairn. That needed a pre-booked ticket and a guided tour. We also visited other burial chambers, which you could just crawl into, or go in through a hatchway. They weren’t quite as impressive, obviously, but it was a good experience to just explore like that.

There was also an ongoing dig near Maes Howe – Ness of Brodgar, if you are interested – that I had been reading about. There was a free tour and talk by one of the archaeologists and we stayed fascinated for well over an hour listening to him, despite the bitter cold that day! It is a really bit Neolithic site, only recently discovered and they are still working out what it was – ceremonial? Linked to Maes Howe and the standing stones nearby?

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Posted: 17/08/2016 at 13:06

I'm back!

What an adventure! You'll have to wait a bit for me to write it up ...

and now I've just sworn down the phone at a stupid person telling me my computer has a fault and has been downloading problem stuff over the past two weeks - when I haven't even been here!

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Posted: 27/07/2016 at 09:18

Very brave of you, Yums!

im also popping in and out. Mr P has one more night shift tonight, then we are putting him in the car while I drive to Inverness and thence to Orkney and Shetland! 

With a tent ... I'm taking layers of clothes. And midge repellent, although they aren't meant to be bad up there ....

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