Homeward Bound and Re-Entry

We woke up on a sunny Tuesday morning on the Lauder C & C club site . We stopped here for one night to break the homeward trip. A quiet site with a burn running through it makes it an ideal camp to be a touring base for the Scottish borders region.

No baps for breakfast this morning, just sliced bread, so bacon sarnies and a cup of tea were devoured under the Fiamma canopy. The first time it’s been wound out this trip. Am I the only one that feels like a shopkeeper setting up store when I wind the canopy out?

Lauder campsite with the Fiamma wound out

Lauder campsite with the Fiamma wound out

Lauder Campsite

Lauder Campsite

Our southbound journey saw us follow the A68 down through Jedburgh and right through the middle of the Northumberland National Park, an area we have never visited before.

We stopped briefly at Carter Bar the highest point hoping for a photo opportunity of Puffin on the Scottish / English border, but a coach load of Japanese tourists pulled up and took over site.

We eventually joined the A1 and stopped for coffee and a sandwich at the Washington service area.

As we past Newcastle, the Angel of the North came into sight. I’m always in awe of this figure for its simple, but stunning design and its engineering prowess.

 

Angel of the north

Angel of the North

Angel of the North

I had thought about heading for Bakewell in Derbyshire for an overnight stop, but as the miles passed on the south bound M1 and home was getting closer we both decided that we should keep driving and head back home.

Apart from an over zealous Eddie Stobart driver who tailgated us through the road works in a 50 mph speed limit, the trip was fairly uneventful motorway driving.

Driving into our hometown and re-entry to our normal lives after a trip away seems strange and a little sad as another adventure comes to an end.

Bring on the next one.

 

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Childhood memories

We woke up on a dry Monday morning, our last day at Nairn. We had a long drive in front of us. Ruby went for a quick walk in the forest and after a Bacon bap breakfast we packed everything away, drained the waste water, topped up the fresh water then set off towards Inverness looking for the Morrisons supermarket to buy food & diesel.

Our journey south took on the A9 past Aviemore and the Cairngorns. Eventually bringing us to the Forth road bridge. The traffic is always slow on the bridge, but it allows you time to take on board the views.

Forth Bridge approach

Forth Bridge approach

Forth Rail bridge from the Forth Road bridge

Forth Rail bridge from the Forth Road bridge

 

Once we were across I turned off the main road and headed for Queensferry, a small town situated below the Forth Rail bridge. A short drive along the High street lead us to a car park shadowed by the magnicent bridge.

Forth Rail Bridge

Forth Rail Bridge

I was revisiting my past. This was a sight I remember from my childhood. Back in the 60’s my Father had converted a Ford Thames Trader 15cwt van into a caravanette as they were known then and I remember sitting in it looking up at the road & rail bridges eating Fish & Chips in this exact spot.

South Queensferry carpark

South Queensferry carpark

Although this photo isn’t of Dad’s Thames Caravanette it is virtually identical right down to the colour and the round side window. I remember helping him when I could and I held that window in place as he pulled the string out from around the rubber seal to fit it with the black mastic squeezing out.

Ford Thames 15cwt Caravanette

Ford Thames 15cwt Caravanette

West County Explorers Club

West County Explorers Club

Puffin has been proudly travelling around Scotland displaying a West County Explorers Club sticker/decal kindly supplied by Nik Schulz from Western Sonoma County, California.

We didn’t stop for long, only enough time to take some photos and we were on the move again.

We travelled down towards Edinburgh. We decided not to visit the city as beautiful as it is. We had previously visited and realised that you needed to be dog less to able to appreciated the cafes & attractions of Edinburgh. It will keep for a future visit.

Our old sat nav with it’s out of date maps didn’t recognise the road system that swept around Edinburgh, so we managed to take a wrong turn. A quick U turn and we were on course again and heading for a choice of two camp sites for the night both situated along the A68. Lauder C & C Club site and Jedburgh C & C Club site.

I stopped and phoned the Lauder site and they had a pitch available. It was getting late and we needed to stop, so we reserved it and rolled up a half hour later. The long drive had taken it’s toll and we went to bed early after a light supper.