14 August 2017

Explanation

The Old Hall in Bellerby
The weekend's weather forecast was encouraging so on Friday evening I headed north to Carlisle, Then on Saturday morning I crossed over the border into Scotland and headed west to Dumfries before cutting south along the coast, meandering and stopping occasionally to explore what to me was unfamiliar territory. And beautiful it all was as I  followed the twisting road to Kirkcudbright.

At five o'clock I reached my B&B in the hamlet of Girthon. It is run by an artist called Sheena. Her paintings filled the walls of the old Kirk House. That was my base. And on a bright and summe
ry Sunday,  I continued my tootling around Galloway with various stops for photographs.

Such a lovely corner of this great island. So green. So peaceful and with so many wonderful coastal vistas. I didn't return to the B&B till ten thirty. Sheena had left a little note on the door asking me to lock up. It had been a brilliant and memorable day.

Some future blogposts will report this weekend in closer detail. I snapped more than two hundred pictures but don't fret, you won't have to suffer all of them!

Today, after lunch in England's highest pub - "The Tan Hill Inn" I thought I would pay another well-known blogger a visit. I sped into the  North Yorkshire village of Bellerby. That's where Pat, The Weaver of Grass currently resides. Unfortunately, she wasn't in but I peered through her windows and saw some of the boxes she has been filling ahead of her impending move to the nearby market town of Leyburn.

I left her a tin of salmon rather than flowers. If you read her blog you may have also deduced that Pat is seriously addicted to salmon. Lunching out regularly, she just can't get enough of  this particular fish species. It would have been nice to spend an hour with her and I would also have got to meet her trusty hound - Tess.

Instead, I headed back down the A1 towards Sheffield.

31 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good tour with lots to see and do. I look forward to the photos.

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    1. In those three days I made lots of memories.

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  2. Oh! I'll bet Pat will be sorry she missed you! How nice of you to leave her salmon!

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    1. I think she must have been out for lunch... eating salmon.

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  3. My neighbours on the far side of this 3 acre property live on five or six acres...thereabouts...their home is not visible from my cabin. Originally from Scotland, the distaff member of the couple is named "Sheena".

    It would appear you had a very pleasant weekend spent in a lovely area.

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    1. I hope to show why in another couple of posts Lee.

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  4. If you ever feel inspired to send me salmon, i won't complain!

    Sounds like an enjoyable trip, I look forward to the photos

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    1. So you are also a salmon addict! Do you inject or smoke it?

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  5. A tin of salmon! having just left Scotland what was wrong with a nice fresh salmon, apart from the fact that it might of gone off by the time Pat got home.

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    1. I bought the tin of salmon at the village shop in Reeth. Unfortunately, I didn't have my fishing rod with me Derek.

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  6. Maybe you can visit some other time when she knows you are going to Pop in.
    By the way, I would not mind to look at over 200 photos of your recent trip!

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  7. That sounds like a lovely mini-break YP., and a beautiful part of the country - even the weather seems at it's best ! Looking forwards to your photos.

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    1. I had been waiting for the guarantee of good weather and happily I got it.

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  8. As you usually post daily, I wondered where you had got to. Sounds like you had a lovely break. Look forward to the photos, though maybe not all two hundred!

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    1. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I planned to go to Kirkcudbright but I needed a good weather forecast.

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  9. If you come this way could you bring a tin of Pedigree Chum?

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    1. You don't have to eat that Sue. I shall bring you Fray Bentos stewing steak instead.

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  10. We have been eating Pacific wild salmon twice a week for years. Import a bunch from Alaska and vacuum seal small packages to have till next summer. Just don't eat farmed salmon. Can't wait for the pictures.

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    1. So you freely admit that you are also a salmon addict Donna. Have you ever been busted by the FBI? No wonder you fled to a secret Colorado hideaway.

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  11. A shame to miss Pat but nice of you to leave a treat, YP. I am looking forward to lots of pictures of your rambles.

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  12. I, too, am looking forward to your adventure into this fair country, particularly as Dumfries and Galloway is not an area I know well it being 'The South' and all that.

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    1. I didn't know it either Graham - that's why I chose that area.

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  13. You haven't been over to North Wales to see us yet. :)

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    1. If I am ever in your neck of the woods I shall call in. I shall try to give you some warning so that you can bake some Welsh specialities for us.

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    2. If you're prepared to endure my limited cooking skill, you're on. I haven't killed Keith off yet, so I mustn't be too bad.

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  14. Aha! So THAT's where you've been. I figured you were out and about somewhere!

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    1. I bet you thought I was lying in a mortuary...

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  15. I wish you had let me know Neil - it would have been great to meet you. I had only gone a couple of miles to the village of Castle Bolton to spend the afternoon with friends.

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    1. Sorry. I didn't have the idea to visit you till I was having my lunch in "The Tan Hill Inn".

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