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Drove down several motorways from Stirling to Dumfries. Then to Caerlaverock Castle.
What a contrast from Stirling yesterday!
Caerlaverock is the ancient seat of the MAXWELL family and now no more than a splendid ruin in an idyllic settling. Fiona and Rowan had been there in 2006. Situated almost on the sea, south of Dumfries, surrounded by a moat, it was fantastic to wander through the ruin and imagine John's distant ancestors living there! Built in ...
Tues. Went to reghed and had look around. Rohan went to football match Carlisle United. I went Out to pub in Stainton for dinner. Wednesday, met up with family for lunch at the Sportsman inn, had a great afternoon. In the evening went to the local pub for a quiz evening. Thursday. Went on the Ullswater steamer, for a ride up the Lake. Beautiful scenery but rather chilly. Fish and chips for ...
... was a visit to the Devil's Cauldron Museum. Apparently in the first world war the government established a large number of munitions factories in this area, employing thousands of women. The museum commemorates those who worked to produce explosives, they had large concrete cauldrons into which went a variety of noxious substances which they then mixed with their bare hands. The side effects were horrendous - no health and safety in those days. I am afraid I have a ...
“But the big hills up at the lake helped to make him feel that the houseboat man did not matter. The hills had been there before Captain Flint. They would be there for ever. That, somehow was comforting.”
... the Messiah and Elgar's masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius. The composer Benjamin Britten wrote his second opera, The Rape of Lucretia, with Kathleen in mind for the title role.
Kathleen was treated for Beast Cancer in 1951 and battled with the disease for two years until her untimely death in 1953 ...