Caves, Dolphins and Cullen Skink

Banff footballers
Banff footballers
We have been enjoying the scenery of this Moray Coastline very much. The weather has been heavy showers and sunny intervals which has kept us on our toes and although we have got used to the day after day walking, our muscles are sometimes begging us for a rest. However, in Banff we were put to shame when we saw a football team out training on the soft sand. They jogged backwards and forwards on about a 100 yard sretch with every now and then the coach telling them to sprint. It made me tired to watch!

St Andrew's Church
St Andrew’s Church
Last Sunday we received a warm welcome from the church of St Andrew at Lhanbryde and Urquhart. They were having a special ‘café’ style service to mark the moving on of some of their children who were either starting school in September or moving to a new school. The service was led by Grant and themed upon St Paul’s letter urging his fellow Christians to run so that they completed the race. It included some thought provoking clips from the Olympics as well as some thought provoking questions. We enjoyed it very much. Thank you all.

Pet's cemetary Cullen
Pet’s cemetary Cullen
The coastal scenery has included some dramatic cliffs and caves, with some equally dramatic climbing and descending. After a particularly stiff scramble we came across the Cullen pets’ cemetery which is right by the coast path. It looked very well tended and as well as including well-loved cats and dogs, it also had a seal, a puffin and a shark.

Dolphins - honest!
Dolphins – honest!
Further west along the coast we came to Portknockie, where a very helpful gentleman pointed out the dolphins playing in the bay. Once we had our ‘eyes in’ it was fairly obvious and a great treat to watch. There we also met Val who offered to take out photos (with us both on) and who is a Sunday School teacher at the church in
Portknockie. ‘Hello’ to all your children Val. Thanks you our Portknockie experience we were able to spot more dolphins further along and also some Atlantic grey seals at Craigenroan rocks just east of Buckie.

We met some more lovely people as the week went on Hi to all of you: Terryl and Rod doing some ancestor hunting at Findochty, Barry at the Kingston Nature Reserve, Grant working for Stagecoach buses in Elgin, Carole Ann at Hopeman, Harry and Liz on holiday at Lossiemouth and Doreen at the Information centre at Burghead. What a great place to visit and a very friendly welcome there.  Just past the Information centre is a ‘dig’ for Pictish and Saxon remains. Post-holes and an Alfred the Great coin discovered there.

Dig at Burghead
Dig at Burghead

Less than a week to go and about 40 miles to walk to the Kessock Bridge!

Miles walked so far  220
Money given so far  £1166.61
Scrabble this week Nancy 5 John 2
Castles 6
Cullen Skink 2 bowls
Stovies 2 portions

Cullen Skink - in the bowl I mean
Cullen Skink – in the bowl I mean

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