21.05.2015 - 21.05.2015
I have often wondered what it would like to be a bird, to fly high, above all else. Today we walked higher than the birds were flying, along part of Hadrian's Wall at Fort Housestead (Vircovicium in Latin) The wind blew a chilly breeze as we climbed the hill, walked along the wall and walked around the ruins of the fort. As I looked down at one point I wondered what the black specks were in the air, then realised they were birds, way below us. It was quite a moment.
There was a group of school children on an outing who were more interested in trying to push each other off the path, or talk to their friend than look at what was around them. Here I was captivated in the experience and they were whiling away time until they could sit in a part of the ruins and eat their packed lunch, just another school day! Maybe when they are 53 they will see it all differently.
The wall is 72 to 84 miles in length, depending on which information post you read, and was built along the River Tyne commencing AD122. Our first stop, at Chesters Bridge had one part of the fort built on each bank of the river. The second stop was the auxiliary fort at Carrawburgh, The fort was named Brocolitia. Next to it was the Temple of Mithras.
There were many walkers out today walking the wall which is obviously popular given the number of walkers and then the number of youth hostels at regular intervals along the way.
To ease our load we posted the most expensive brochures and booklets in the world home this afternoon, to avoid excess baggage. I am glad I have taken photos of The Royal Mail being delivered by hand, in vans, on bikes and beautiful old post boxes, even bought a ER post box charm for my charm bracelet, as we now own half of it!
Our first night in Penrith we ate at the Indiagate Restaurant. The food selection was extensive and chatty, kind service, so we returned tonight for our final meal in England following our final ramble around streets, gardens, church yards, alleys and pathways.
We shopped at Sainsburys this afternoon for supplies for our next few stops. Two will be self catering, in remote areas, overlooking Lochs in Scotland ......something else to look forward to.
We paid a lovely laundrette today to do our washing while we went out and about.... nice!
Rob is proving to be very remiss at the moment. He seems totally incapable of assisting me to recall vital pieces of trivia I have forgotten, so I can include them in this blog! His excuse is that he can't know what I am thinking, just because I did not tell him in the first place. There is so much to see and do and he's an intelligent man, he should know I need help... ( he says psychiatric help....rude)
SO... he says is it.......
Short people....is there a correlation between shortness and northerness
Mr Lez Murdy....who was delighted to show us his name badge when we said we were from Perth
I spent £3.60 on the world's worst cup of coffee today, just so I could use the toilet. It was the most expensive toilet stop yet, beating the 50p at Tower of London. We tipped the coffee out....
None of those were IT .....I'll remember and tell you all next time. ....