This last week has certainly scotched the idea that Nancy and John always get nice weather for their walks. We have managed to see the sun just two days out of our 9 days of walks, since we started nearly two weeks ago. The rain, cold and strong northerly winds means that we have met few people on our walks and the ones we have seen have been like us muffled up and not wanting to stop and talk.
However, there was plenty of conversation at Forfar East and Old Parish Church where we went last Sunday. Revd Barbara Sweetin had invited us to give a brief talk to the congregation about the Ethiopian project we were supporting and also a kind invitation to join church members for their Queen’s birthday lunch. This was delicious and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and church members were most generous – thank you!
We have still managed to admire the rugged coastline and the sandy beaches. We saw St Cyrus in the sun and then saw Dunottar castle in the rain and the impressive war memorial erected by the people of Stonehaven (birthplace of R.W. Thomson the inventor of the pneumatic tyre) which boasts an open air swimming pool. Sadly the weather decided we did not try it out to see if its 29̊̊° C boast about the water temperature was correct. Further north we visited Findon, home of Survitec who make survival gear for those at sea and saw their hundred or so orange boats. Further north still we went to the grey granite city of Aberdeen on a grey day. It was busy and bustling except for the beach which we seemed to have entirely to ourselves for the journey between Newburgh and Aberdeen – all that is except for a full village of common seals which seemed just to wait for our arrival (or was it the state of the tide) to start to move around. There must have been hundreds of them,
Miles walked so far 96
Money given so far £838.50
Scrabble this week Nancy 5 John 1
Scottish beef 2 steaks