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Hornsea Carnival 2010

Posted in Hornsea with tags , on July 20, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

We had a lovely weekend down in East Yorkshire for the annual Hornsea Carnival. Travelled down on Friday morning and after a couple of stops arrived mid afternoon at my brother Andy’s house. He was on holiday in Greece so we didn’t actually catch up with him and Janet but it was much appreciated letting us stay for the weekend – hope we didn’t leave too much of a mess!

A brief history of the Carnival can be found here. The Friday night Carnival events usually take place on the seafront but this year the whole weekend took place in Hornsea’s Hall Garth Park. So after popping in to see my mum we headed down to the park to go on the waltzers and watch the fireworks.

Saturday saw us meeting up with some of my old school friends, some of whom I’d not seen for many years, outside the Rose & Crown pub to watch the Carnival parade. As we walked down to the town centre a clown with a unicycle over his shoulder ran past us, obviously late for the start of the procession. At the same time a fire engine, also heading for the start stopped and offered him a lift! Absolutely priceless!

After a couple of pints and a good chat about camping trips from the seventies we headed to the park for more rides and live music. OK it’s not T in the Park or Glastonbury but it was still very enjoyable.

That evening Ian and Hilary invited us up to their place for a Barbeque. Again it was good to catch up with old friends and enjoy Ian’s excellent home made real ale. I’m not exaggerating when I say if I’d been served it in a pub I would not have complained, superb!

We headed back on Sunday having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Some photos taken by Elaina here

Return to Knoydart

Posted in Knoydart with tags on July 10, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Last week we returned to one of our favourite haunts, the so called Rough Bounds of Knoydart. We arrived in Mallaig in good time to catch the 12.30 boat to Inverie via Jon Sellars Meri 3 boat. Having only been to Knoydart before using the Bruce Watt ferry we were somewhat surprised that it only took 15 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes!

We met Hannah and Tim at the pier and they kindly transported our gear to our self catering cottage which was very well situated just up the road from the Old Forge pub. As Hannah hadn’t quite finished sorting out the cottage following the departure of the previous guests we decided to go for a quick pint and check about booking a table for dinner. We were a little perturbed to be told that they were fully booked! However they assured us that they would be quite happy to do a take away! Just for good measure we booked a table for the next couple of nights!

Will post a full report including the round of Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe that included one Munro (really!) soon. In the meantime here’s some photos…

Nesting swallows in a shelter just opposite our cottage…

Nesting swallows in Inverie

Nesting swallows in Inverie

Knoydart Stag on Luinne Bheinn…

Knoydart Stag

Knoydart Stag

Best pub view in the UK…

Best pub view in the UK?

Best pub view in the UK?

Inverie Bay from Sgurr Coire Choinnnichean…

Inverie Bay, Knoydart

Inverie Bay, Knoydart