Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
Showing posts with label TGOC Reunion 10/19. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TGOC Reunion 10/19. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

5 and 6 October 2019 - More photos from our Newtonmore Trip

Belatedly - here are some more pictures from our weekend in Newtonmore, starting with the view from Room 26, now being refurbished, on Saturday morning.
My original posting is .
We started with the Aviemore parkrun. Here is Gayle, on a recce.
Posing before the start.
Posing at the finish. Sue is just about in shot!
Preparing for the assault on Cruben Beag.
There wasn't a path, though we met a chap, 'cjo', who was nearing the end of an anticlockwise circuit around this ring of hills. Good views.
A deer fence looked as if it would present a tricky obstacle, until we found a crossing place where it had blown down.
A fine little summit - Cruben Beag, 590 metres.
Here's the route - 4.3 km, 350 metres ascent, taking 2 hours including breaks.
'Touch Not The Cat But a Glove', say the Macphersons, whose 'cairn' is situated beside the road back to Newtonmore.
Sunday (original posting ) was forecast to be dire weather, so we went for an 8 km run to Kingussie and back with Mick and Gayle.
A visit to the Highland Folk Museum followed.
The next picture shows the interior of the C18th building shown in the picture below it.
Here's part of the 18th Century township.
This pond was apparently used for curling, back in the 1700s.
At the other end of the large museum site, a number of buildings etc transport the visitors into a 1930s environment.
This is the 'best' side of this old car, an Austin Seven?, so it needs a fair amount of restoration.
As does this Fordson tractor...
Enough said - this museum is full of 'work in progress', but the restoration projects have already borne fruit, and they are continuing apace. Well done to all concerned.

I'm not sure whether this bike, very like one I used to have, is an employee's or an exhibit!
Well, that's it from this trip - click on any of the pictures for better resolution and access to a slideshow.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Sunday 6 October 2019 - The Highland Folk Museum




On a rainy morning, after a sociable evening and breakfast, Sue and I joined Gayle and Mick for a jog to Kingussie and back. 8 km in about 50 minutes. A good way to start the day, especially as by then the rain had eased.

After a lengthy elevenses in Bertie, M&G's campervan, Sue and I decided to visit the Highland Folk Museum that we had jogged past earlier. We went by car, after discovering that the batteries in both of our keys for Sue's car had failed. Consequently, when we used the manual key to enter, the electronic key wasn't recognised and the alarm sounded. A loud siren. Luckily this wasn't in the relatively remote spot where we had been parked when we last started the car yesterday, and replacement CR2025 batteries could be bought from the CoOp that is next to the Balavil Hotel where the car was parked. We were also relieved that it didn't appear to relate to another issue whereby the car's warning messages insist that one of the tyres is flat, despite it being properly inflated.

Anyway, we got to the outdoor museum in time to enjoy a three hour wander around all the many and varied exhibits, giving visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s! This is done by displaying over 30 historical buildings and furnishing them appropriate to their time period. Some have been built from scratch on site, and some have been moved here from other locations.
The site is a mile long with a 1700s township at one end, and a 1930s working croft at the other.

The weather had cheered up by then. The expected rainy day didn't transpire.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Saturday 5 October 2019 - Aviemore parkrun and Cruben Beag




Mick and Gayle joined us for the picturesque Aviemore parkrun, on a well surfaced there and back course along the Speyside way in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains. Only 88 people took part, but they managed to fill the café afterwards.

Full results - we were all happy - .

After returning to Newtonmore we changed into hiking gear and drove a short way to the foot of 590 metre Cruban Beag. A small hill with fine views. A pathless ascent beside a deer fence brought us in little more than an hour to the summit pillar where a 'selfie' was taken. Gayle's more comprehensive report is .

After lunching on the way back to the car, we returned past The Centre of Scotland, and a memorial cairn for the MacPherson clan, provided by its American descendants. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh




Today's pictures are just a taster of the many snaps taken today at the Botanic Gardens, before we headed off to Newtonmore.

The top picture is allegedly Britain's biggest plant fossil; the other pictures are of random flowers and lily pads.

The orchids and other plants in the glass houses were many and varied - most colourful on an otherwise grey day. The oldest of the trees here were planted over 200 years ago. The gardens are a very special place. A slideshow will follow in due course.

We are now at the Balavil Hotel in Newtonmore, at a reunion of TGO Challengers. A happy gathering of like minded folk.