How's your Easter weekend going? The long weekend has been mostly fairly quiet for us so far... youngest son was collected from Guildford with all his worldly shackles on Friday as he he will be living back at home with us for his final term. I managed a long training walk of sixteen miles for my Moonwalk yesterday, as it is only four weeks until the actual event. Despite a broken toe, endless blisters and even being bitten by a dog last week I'm determined not to be beaten. (If you have an urge to sponsor me you can do it here). And today we've had a fabulous meal cooked by my eldest son and his girlfriend... a traditional Greek feast. It remains to be seen what tomorrow will bring!
Before Easter we had a whistle stop visit to Scotland to visit Stewart's parents. We drove up, something we've done many times before and although we always stop for breaks en route they are never anywhere very interesting... Depressing motorway cafes with the ubiquitous Costa Coffee, McDonalds or M & S Food usually! But this time we thought we would try to stop at more interesting places... and tick a few more things off my sixty x sixty list at the same time.
I have long admired the imposing statue The Angel of the North as we whizzed past on the A1 but we've never stopped there before, always saying "we must stop and see it one day". As sixty x sixty is all about doing the things I'll get around to doing "one day" we took the short detour off the motorway to see the statue. At 20 metres tall, the 200 tonne steel statue, created by Anthony Gormley, is Britain's tallest sculpture and just as imposing as you might imagine. I thought it was wonderful!
After a couple of relaxing days in Dundee, taking Stewart's Mum and Dad out and about, it was time to head home again and after checking the tides we decided to take a little detour via the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
It was absolutely beautiful, remote, wild and rugged and we both thought it would be lovely to return one day and take time to do some walking.
However, despite what it may look like from my photos, it was absolutely heaving with people, all trailing along the various paths with their children, dogs and grannies. I don't know what I expected really, in a tourist location on a beautiful sunny day in the Easter holidays... but I couldn't help feeling it would have been really lovely if it was deserted. But very beautiful nevertheless.
We were back on the road in plenty of time before the causeway flooded and our next little detour was to another spot neither of us had been before...
A section of Hadrian's Wall, possibly not the most imposing section but we were happy to have found it and to walk along this well preserved section. I was amazed we could clamber right up and over it but maybe it doesn't get that many visitors?
Of course now I'm thinking I'd like to walk the entire 75 mile length of the Hadrian's Wall path from coast to coast... but probably not before I'm sixty! And that is the lovely thing about doing these sixty x sixty projects... they keep throwing up more things I'd like to do!
Maybe tomorrow we will venture out and about or maybe we will potter around the house and garden but all in all it's been a good week. I hope your Easter week has been fun for you!