Exploring Arbroath . . .

Today we both seem to be sitting about not doing very much. Tired after yesterday I expect. In the late afternoon we went down into Arbroath to look for “The Old Brewery” which we had read about and which seemed to be a likely place to find something to eat. On arrival we found that… Read More »

Catterline and Stonehaven . . .

Monday, 12th September 2016 Arbroath Target for today is Stonehaven, and Catterline. The weather appears to be more overcast than yesterday, but not too dull. Montrose, unlike some towns, gives a good impression as the visitor arrives. Industry is visible but the road crosses the waterway to and from the Montrose Basin and goes through… Read More »

A Scottish High Tea . . .

Sunday, 11th September 2016 Arbroath Good sleep. Sunny morning. Central heating “on” and an autumnal, Septemberish feel about things. It clouded over a bit later on but the sun broke through quite often. After a quiet day recuperating from driving, we went to a local restaurant at Auchmithie, a hamlet on the cliffs north of… Read More »

The Steading . . .

We had a pleasant drive to South Queensferry where we made use of the loos in the Forth Bridge Bistro and bought some post cards. We then made our way through the road works and construction of the new Forth Bridge to North Queensferry and managed to park in the street and get into Rankin’s… Read More »

To Peebles . . .

Home to Craiguart House, Peebles We set off soon after 10.00 am and stopped at the Garage for petrol and to check the tyres. The fitter, came up to us and said, “Do you know that your exhaust is blowing ?” “No” (Because I wouldn’t hear it anyway, being deaf . . . ) “Where… Read More »

EU Euphemisms . . .

“The European Union is a remote, elite, bureaucratic, anti-democratic form of supranational governance, to which our politicians have delegated power. Its political objectives transcend national interests: our votes cannot change policy or trajectory. It is unaccountable, and rides roughshod over the wills of the peoples of Europe.” So says the web site of Christians For… Read More »

The Idiot’s Lantern – 2 . . .

Michael Portillo has just finished another of his railway journeyings – this time around the eastern USA using a new old guide – Appletons. These programmes – there have been several series so far – always leave me puzzled and dissatisfied. But why ? The conceit upon which the series is based is that Michael Portillo… Read More »