Coniston Capers!

Posted in Lakes on March 4, 2013 by ayrshiretiger

I know it’s been a long time (again!) since I posted on the blog.  Same for Elaina but at least she’s put this up…

http://www.bletheringblonde.com/2013/03/coniston-fells.html

I will make an effort to post more regularly, honest!

A Blustery Weekend in the Lakes

Posted in Lakes, outdoorsmagic.com with tags , on January 23, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

We headed south on Friday for a weekend in the Lakes with friends from http://www.outdoorsmagic.com. Accommodation for the weekend was in the excellent Bury Outdoor Pursuits Centre near Glenridding.

A good night was had on Friday evening with a variety of Tesco Curries. There may also have been the odd bottle of beer consumed also!

The forecast for the weekend wasn’t too bad, a few wintry showers and a bit breezy. Elaina is still building up her hill fitness so we decided to do a relatively easy day doing Catstye Cam next to Helvellyn. However it turned out to be a bit more challenging than anticipated. The walk up towards Red Tarn was easy enough but as we headed up the east ridge of Catsty Cam the wind started to pick up. By the time we got to the summit we were literally on all fours crawling. I’ve been in some pretty windy conditions but the difference this time was the sheer strength of the gusts interspersed with lulls. We had planned to head off the north ridge but quickly decided to head southwest to the bottom of Swirral Edge and down to Red Tarn. From there we had a leisurely walk back to the bunkhouse. Thankfully the only casualties were two lost hats! Later that evening we found out that a woman had been airlifted from near Coniston.

As we were back a lot earlier than planned we headed to Ambleside for a well earned hot chocolate and cheesecake. An entertaining evening again followed with excellent home made lasagne and rice pudding.

An absolutely cracking weekend, looking forward to meeting up with the same folk at Black Sail in March!

I didn’t take many photos so here’s some taken by Maria and Robin.

Off to the Lakes…

Posted in Hull City, Lakes, outdoorsmagic.com with tags , , on January 20, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

OK, I know I’ve not really kept up my New Year resolution to post more often despite good intentions on the first two days! However this weekend we are heading to the Lakes to meet up with friends from outdoorsmagic.com so will hopefully have adventures to report on when we return!

In the meantime hopefully the Tigers can get a result at fellow play-off contenders Reading. Hesitate to say it but we might just have an outside chance of going back up to the Premiership…

No snow but plenty of sand!

Posted in Ardeer, Ayrshire, Holderness, Stevenston with tags , , , on January 2, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

Another windy day but not too wet so we decided to go for a wander along Ardeer beach below the former Nobel Explosives site between Stevenston and Irvine.

We parked the car at Stevenston (NS270401) and set off south-east with the breeze behind us. It wasn’t long until we came across an image of Rabbie Burns on the sea defences along with accompanying grafitti!

Rabbie Burns

Rabbie Burns

A little further along I thought for a minute that I’d been transported back to Holderness and its eroding coastline. I suspect, dramatic as it looks, the Ayrshire coast will take a bit more of a battering before it disintegrates as quickly as the East Riding boulder clay!

Eroding Ayrshire Coastline

Eroding Ayrshire Coastline

Eventually we reached the River Garnock as it enters the Clyde at Irvine with the now closed bridge to the now defunct “Big Idea” aka the Tellytubby House!

River Garnock at Irvine

River Garnock at Irvine

Laa-Laa says "Eh Oh"!

Laa-Laa says "Eh Oh"!

Elaina then did an impression of Laa-Laa before we headed back across sand dunes before dropping back down to the beach for the long walk back to Stevenston. There may have been lots of snow up north but as the following photos show at least we were able to have a bit of a slide in the sand!

Going...

Going...

...going...

...going...

...gone!

...gone!

We finally got back to the car just as it was getting dark and before the tide came in! Another cracking wander and one we will need to do again with Craig!

Happy New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and healthy new year for 2012.

I had the kids with us this weekend so had a fairly quiet Hogmanay watching Jools Holland’s show on BBC2. Surprisingly Craig had a bit of a lie in this morning which made a refreshing change! After the obligatory bacon roll we went for a wander along Saltcoats beach making the most of a rare glimpse of sunshine!

Elaina and Craig silhouetted on Saltcoats Beach

Elaina and Craig silhouetted on Saltcoats Beach

After the fresh air we went home for an excellent New Year’s Day dinner of Steak Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Roast Parsnips , Sprouts Cabbage and Carrot & Swede mash. Thanks Elaina!

Looking forward to getting some snow to replace the constant rain we seem to have had for weeks if not months!

New Year Resolution!

Posted in Hornsea, Hull City with tags , on December 20, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

I know I’ve said this before but I really must get back into posting more often so come the New Year I will endeavour to post something at least once a week, even if it isn’t particularly exciting!

At least I’ve got a few hillwalking trips planned…Glenridding in January and (another!) return to Knoydart in March folloowed by a first visit to Black Sail Youth Hostel. And I’ve promised Craig a first wild camp at some point!

As for the Tigers, things are looking pretty good despite the disruption following Nigel Pearson’s return to Leicester. But I’ve been a City fan for far too long to get too excited, it is only December after all!

And I’m trying to organise a school reunion to celebrate our 50th birthdays – mine was earlier this month and I had a fantastic time with family, old school friends and hillwalking pals.

So hopefully I’ll have enough stuff to talk about. Until then have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cycling Capers!

Posted in Bute, Cumbrae, Cycling with tags , , , , on April 24, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

Over the last few weeks due to Elaina’s ongoing knee problems we’ve not been up any hills. Instead we’ve been out and about on our bikes. The first adventure was a short one to Stevenston Beach, somewhere I’d never actually been to despite living here for 15 years! It really is quite surprising what little gems you can find when you look!

Stevenston Beach with Ardrossan and Arran beyond

Stevenston Beach with Ardrossan and Arran beyond

Our next trip to us to the Isle of Cumbrae and a fantastic circular route. It was so good that we decided to go again the following week this time with Craig who had created his very own map!

X marks the spot!

X marks the spot!

Of course no visit to Cumbrae would be complete without a photo of the Crocodile Rock!

Craig on Crocodile Rock

Craig on Crocodile Rock

We then decided to venture further afield to the Isle of Bute. We drove up to Wemyss Bay to catch the ferry across to Rothesay. Fron there we headed south towards Kingarth and Kilchatten Bay. On the way we got a good, and different, view of Arran.

Looking over to Arran from Bute

Looking over to Arran from Bute

After a quick rest at Kilchattan Bay we headed for a the Kingarth Inn for some lovely Scallops and chips and a pint (or was it two?!).

Elaina relaxing at Kilchattan Bay

Elaina relaxing at Kilchattan Bay

The Kingarth Inn

The Kingarth Inn

Really good day and one we will need to return to with Craig!

So this weekend Craig was desperate to go for another bike ride especially as Elaina’s Dad had given him one of his bikes! Saturday morning wasn’t great but it cleared up in the afternoon so we decided to head to Eglinton Park which is about 4 miles away.

Craig looking very pleased with his "new" second hand bike!

Craig looking very pleased with his "new" second hand bike!

A new adventure park has recently been added to the park including an interesting climbing frame which Craig enjoyed doing a bit of bouldering on!

Craig bouldering!

Craig bouldering!

"Dad, you're upside down!"

"Dad, you're upside down!"

I must admit a was a bit doubtful when I started this cycling lark but have to say I’m quite enjoying it!

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