Travelin’ Meads cont.

 

 

Scotland felt, in general, less tourist oriented than did England.  Bird and statue in Dumfries, Scotland.Scotland felt, in general, less tourist oriented than did England. Not as tidy.  Bird and statue in Dumfries, Scotland.

 

 

July 14 Tuesday

The plan was to stay 2 nights in Glenrothes, Scotland and explore Edinborough, but it didn’t feel right.  I called ahead to the B&B we were scheduled in for the following two nights and asked if we could stay a third night.  No problem, so after a complete Scottish Breakfast, (same as the English, as well as haggis and black pudding) drove across Scotland at the narrows between Edinborough and Glasgow.  Our final destination was Gretna Green and the Barrasgate B&B.   The address for Barrasgate B&B was Scotland yet we passed a sign welcoming us to England BEFORE we arrived at the B&B.  Were we in Scotland or England?  Apparently, Barrasgate B&B  lies in what is called “The Debatable Lands.”  When Britain and Scotland were separate kingdoms, this land, about ten miles long from north to south and 4 miles wide, was run by local clans who refused to follow the authority of England or Scotland.  They held onto this land causing havoc for over 300 years and becoming very rich in the process.  Our host, Alan, is a Graham, one of the local clans.  He was a small and gentle man and we all had to smile to think of him as a Scottish warrior!  It was finally resolved in 1603, but up until some years ago, the it still caused problems for the people who live there now.

Our room was fine, but small.  Once we had all our luggage and bodies in the room, the host looked at us and asked if we’d like to move downstairs into another room, with more space and a conservatory.  Oh yes.  

Ate at a local inn in Gretna Green. In England 1754, you had to be 21 and have both parents permission to marry. However, Scotland still allowed marriage at 16 and no parental permission was needed.  Gretna Green was this first Scottish town you entered after leaving England and it became the center for runaway marriages.  So far great disappointment with the food.  (Despite this, we all came back to Sweden feeling “thick.”  Too much time in the car and too many sticky toffee puddings.  I have the recipe.  Prepare yourself.)

July 15, Wednesday

Look closely and you can see the four of us.

Look closely and you can see the four of us.

 

 

We had been planning to see the new Harry Potter movie in England ever since we realized it was opening while we were there.  This morning we went into Dumfires, Scotland and bought tickets for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I talked to some kids who had been waiting since 10 am for the 1 pm show.  ( I remember as a kid cringing when my dad talked to everyone we met, all strangers.  Now I am doing the same thing and my kids are responding the same way.  However, they are more vocal about their embarrassment then I ever was!)   Nice, orderly lines waiting for the doors to open and when they did, all rushed for the open doors and up the stairs.  We still found great seats.  The crowd obviously loved the characters and the movie.  All ages present, including a leathered motor cycle man and his woman.  It was as fun as we thought it would be, seeing the movie in England.

We found a store that sold over 700 types of whiskey.  The owner and his son, spent a good 45 minutes with us, teaching us about whiskey, complete with props.  The finale was a visit to their back store room where we saw a sherry cask.

We found a store that sold over 700 types of whiskey. The owner and his son, spent a good 45 minutes with us, teaching us about whiskey, complete with props. The finale was a visit to their back store room where we saw a sherry cask.

We had cider (another reason for the "thick feeling") in The Globe, a pub that Robert Burns frequented.

We sampled another type of cider (another reason for the "thick feeling") in The Globe, a pub that Robert Burns frequented.

July 16th Thursday

 

 

Actually in England, Carlisle ( a celtic camp or caer)

Actually in England, Carlisle Castle (Carlisle takes it name from a celtic camp or caer) was built by the Normans. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for a short time and in the dungeons you can see where other prisoners licked the stones for hydration.

 

 

Sign Yarrow in Carlisle

Lanercost priory, founded in 1166.  Today the nave is used as a Parish church and the rest is in ruins. This is the tomb of Thomas Dace or his wife  who took over the priory as a private home in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, by Henry VIII.

Lanercost priory, founded in 1166. Today the nave is used as a Parish church and the rest is in ruins. This is the tomb of Thomas Dace or his wife who took over the priory as a private home after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, by Henry VIII.

Parish church at the priory.

Parish church at the priory.

Hadrian's wall stretches 73 miles across England and was built 2,000 years ago to remind everybody where the border of the Roman empire

Hadrian's wall stretches 73 miles across England and was built 2,000 years ago as the border of the Roman empire. We saw it at the Birdoswald. A Roman Fort was built here and is a heritage site.

We left Scotland and headed through England and the Lake District into Wales.

We left Scotland and headed through England and the Lake District into Wales.

July 17, Friday

 

 

 

Our hostel in Wales, Danywenallt.

Our hostel in Wales, Danywenallt. We stayed two nights here and finally washed our clothes! We were all thankful.

 

 

The view towards the hostel.  I am standing on a damn built at the base of a lake.

The view towards the hostel. I am standing on a damn built at the base of a lake.

The hostel is located in Brecons Beacons National Park.  A small park that runs 15 miles north to south and 45 miles East to west and holds four mountain ranges.

The hostel is located in Brecons Beacons National Park. A small park that runs 15 miles north to south and 45 miles East to west and holds four mountain ranges.

July 18th Saturday

We visited the visitor center and hiked up to an overlook.  The Black mountains are behind us.

We visited the visitor center and hiked up to an overlook. The Black mountains are behind us.

This was the view looking the other way.

This was the view looking the other way.

Lily neighed in a horse and confused the poor thing.  As we walked away the horse continued up the hill looking for the other horse.

Lily neighed in a horse and confused the poor thing. As we walked away the horse continued up the hill looking for the other horse.

Magical.

Magical.

Wales waterfall

Kurt found several species of damselflies, one the same species we have in Minnesota.

Kurt found several species of damselflies, one the same species we have in Minnesota.

Finally, good food.  The Star Inn is Wales Pub of the years and it deserves the title.

Finally, good food. The Star Inn is Wales Pub of the years and it deserves the title.

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Beer labels: merlin's Oak, Witching Hour, Holy Cow, Ashe Vine, Nutty Broomstick, Old leg Over, Keel Over, Figgy's brew, Hunny Bunny, Demon's eye, Davy George Crocker, Christmas Fairy, Titanic Lifeboat, Bucky's Best Bitter, Horse Tonic, Guzzer, Embalming Preparation, Little Squirt, Bran Wash, Steam Hammer, Sheep Remedy, Cat-A-Tonic, Bearly Literate, Hidden Potential, Tangle Foot, Black Bess and ... Piddle in the cold.

July 19th Sunday

 Hay -On-Wye is located in Wales with the English border 300m northeast of town. There are over 40 bookstores in this small town.  Kurt found the dragonfly books he had been looking for in store where the owner knew Philip Corbet, the grandfather of Odonteolgy.

 

 

Hay -On-Wye is located in Wales with the English border 300m northeast of town. There are over 40 bookstores in this small town. Kurt found the dragonfly books he had been looking for in store where the owner knew Philip Corbet, the grandfather of Odonatology.

 

 

 

We traveled down to Bath (Persuasion) and had a cream tea at Sally Lunn's.  There has been a tea house on the site since the 18th century.

We traveled down to Bath (Persuasion) and had a cream tea at Sally Lunn's. There has been a tea house on the site since the 18th century.

Sally Lunn bread with lemon curd and a pot of clotted cream.

Sally Lunn bread with lemon curd and a pot of clotted cream.

The Romans Bath museum is one of the world's best preserved roman baths.  The industrious Romans constructed a complex to take advantage of three natural springs.  A young man fell in and crawled out covered with algae.  They provide an audio guide free with the price of admission that offers adult and children versions.  It added so much to the experience.

The Romans Bath museum is one of the world's best preserved roman baths. The industrious Romans constructed a complex to take advantage of three natural springs. A young man fell in and crawled out covered with algae. They provide an audio guide free with the price of admission that offers adult and children versions. It added so much to the experience.

July 20th  Monday

Ifracombe

Ifracombe is a coastal town on the Bristol Channel. We spent the day here, chilling and decompressing after....

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a large van in the middle of a narrow country road forced us into the hedge covered stone wall. Crud.

Ilf Yarrow rocks

Ilfa Lily pensive

July 21 Tuesday

Really needs no title does is.

Really needs no title does it?

Our last day as tourists in the UK.  We stopped in Salisbury and then continued on for what should have a 2 hour journey.  Traffic in the UK is intense!  We were traffic queue 15 miles long and were delighted to get to our hotel, located several miles from the airport.  Again, we were given two rooms as their family room was experiencing flooding. Ha!  Our flight in the morning left at 7 am and given Ryan Airs disorganization we wanted to be there by 5am.

July 22, Wednesday  

6:30 pm arrival in Arvika.  So good to be back in Sweden.  

Images from the UK:

MIlk on stoop

Sign Butties to go
Sign Deer

Sign No dogs on wall

Sign No foulingsign Rising bollardsSign Take litter homeSign Please adjust dress

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