Rickwood House Hotel
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- Pets allowed
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Domestic duties. Found a laundry and arranged to collect our washing in 2 hours. Time to look at Robbie Burns' house, where Scotland's national poet lived for many years, with his wife Jean Armour until he died in 1796. Interesting to look at paintings, drawings, poetry, of course, and the furnishings of the little house they lived in. Supposedly the couple were well off, with a maid, in ...
... gardener, Gabby, as guide. Unbelievably, I was the only
interested party! I spent a lovely hour with Gabby, who explained the history
of the gardens and passionately pointed out particular treasures in the plant
collection. The walled garden is edged by a woodland, with loch side views,
rich flora and fauna. I was accompanied for part by a herd of cattle!
I ventured to the most southerly ...
... from the sky! But no, it was just the foam blowing off the ocean. The first section was half along the coast and the other half in land. The coast was the part we were unsure of with the gale force winds. But in our favour the wind was blowing us into the cliffs rather than off, it was blowing that hard at some points James even had to hold my hand while we walked up sections! The wind would make you loose your footing, so you would walk one step forwards, blown to the right then ...
... be told that bikes were not allowed; no negotiating or begging helped. We chained our bikes up and lugged out pannier bags, tents and valuables on board, on a mission to find a bike shop and return in the evening with a new pedal. Finding one to match his cleats wasn't possible, but we happily arrived back at our bikes and fitted one outstandingly odd red pedal! Our technical hitches behind us, we finally enjoyed some drama free days of glorious cycling up ...
... lucky person seating at each table . .. and those local tattie of course! Dessert included some form of chocolate so I was happy. Speeches were short and to the point, punctuating courses and leaving the meal as the center of attention rather than the speeches being the main course.. very civilized. And yet despite the lack of a formal agenda and the absence of some of the common traditions we tend to expect ...