A week ago who would have thought the Manhattanites would be talking about balloons ? Come to that, who would have thought that balloons could be so big or their ancillary systems so complex ? One of the Manhattanites says ( with what might pass for authority ) ' It was 200 feet high. That's the height of a twenty storey building '. Surely, that must be way up there in the category of statements you never thought you'd hear .
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Battling the elements
Saturday morning and the shore is busy. Sophie heads off across the dunes but then pauses and looks over her shoulder to make sure I'm keeping up. Even the bravest of girls like to know there's backup close at hand when faced with a beach full of runners heading towards her. A few words of encouragement and she's off again.
'The Font' comments on the signage on the van in front of us. I guess there was a time when all joiners doubled as undertakers. Now it seems an odd combination - fitted kitchens and coffins.
There's a parking space in the small medieval street that runs down to the ruins of the castle. We nearly bought a house here once but backed away when we found the street acts as a funnel for the wind that blows in off the North sea. Scotland is windy at the best of times. Live in a street that funnels the gales and you'll be forever bent double battling the elements on your way home.
This morning it's the turn of the ' Where William met Catherine cafe ' for a coffee and a bacon roll. Sophie is well known here and is greeted by name and given an oatcake. It's coming on six months since we left France. At one stage we were worried that Sophie might find it difficult adjusting to her new life. How wrong can you be ?
Outside the cathedral ruins a 60's era Morris Minor. No seatbelts, wind up windows, atrocious build quality and steering that had only a distant relationship with the direction you wanted it to go. How did any of us survive driving in these things ? The student owner probably thinks it's mega-cool.