We knew we were doing well for the weather in this walk having the driest spring on record in England. At that time Scotland were having
one of their wettest springs – and the rain has come to meet us!
Fortunately we have not had a day of continuous rain – but have had
to watch the sky and be on and off with the cagoules this week. Last
Saturday, there was a torrential thunderstorm over the Lothians.
Edinburgh station was apparently flooded so trains had to stop. We
saw it coming and managed to make it to shelter in time. The rain has
a shrinking effect on the balloons we have tied to our rucksacks and
so we are a little (but just a little) less obvious.
On our day walking across Scotland’s capital we scaled Arthur’s Seat
(trig point) which is the plug of an ancient volcano. The views from
the top are great – all the famous landmarks of Edinburgh can be
picked out and we could look back along the coast of East Lothian
tracing where we had walked the previous few days.
Wednesday saw a rest day unfortunately. I had strained some part of
my foot and so had to rest up – but this enabled Radio Scotland to make
arrangements with us for a reporter Anna to walk through Edinburgh with us and do an interview while we walked and took in the sights and sounds of the city.
We have met several people over lunch/coffee/cakes this weeks partly
related to John’s tales and partly social whilst we were walking and
so several ‘hellos’ to Gordon, Anne and John, Emma and Dave met in
Alistair and Cliff who bought us refreshment at the
Seabird Centre in North Berwick as we gazed at the Bass Rock; Laura
and her party to the west of North Berwick, Joan and Pat at Aberlady
Bay, Gordon and the congregation at Aberlady church (very interesting
to look round that church), Bill and his dog Ben (and the flowerpot
in the car) at Longniddry beach, Eddie, Cath and Laura at the
excellent Harbour Cafe in Port Seton which revived us enough so that
we could view the mural trail in Prestonpans (where they used to get
salt from the sea hence the name).
Hi to Martin and Marvin the cyclists and Jean all on the Promenade at Portobello (the seaside of
Edinburgh) and Jackie, Jim and Emma and the congregation at St Ninian’s Linlithgow. Hi again MHEE, we met him on the Flamborough walk – what a co-incidence to meet up again in Edinburgh, to Sylvia and Bruce by the Water of Leith, cyclist Ann (hope you have recovered from your fall), to Robina met at Dalmeny station and to Jean also at Dalmeny station, Hi to reporter Anna from Radio Scotland and
special mention of the excellent care and attention given by the very
good staff at Bomain’s guest House at Linlithgow.
We are now nearly three quarters of the way to John o’Groats as you can see from the photo by the Forth Bridge.
Week 16 Statistics
Scrabble: Nancy 2 John 3
Trig Points 1
Kissing Gates 2
En route donations £64.20
Mileage 51 miles
Haggis, Tatties, and Neeps in whisky sauce
Scotch pancakes 2
All butter Scottish Shortbread 200 g