Glen Coe 007

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Up at Glencoe today to see the 007 exhibition. Weather at home really pretty horrible, and leaving later than hoped, but on the travel west the weather improved. Scenery absolutely gorgeous.

Lots and lots of people over that direction, with the Caledonian Challenge, hundreds of walkers, tourists and ad hoc others. The actual 007 exhibition although nice was very small and pretty underwhelming compared to expectation. The rest of the centre was however worthy of the journey and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful.

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Leaving the visitor centre we went down to Kinlochleven, definitely need to go back there with the van, loads of places to park up. Had a walk up the waterfall walk, not long but very very uneven and slidy as shown by Miss A landing flat out on the way back down.

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Tried out and can recommend the chippy in town, yummy and just as well as we were starving!! Long journey home, all very tired, and wishing that if we had the van we would just have camped up! Home and sleepies though and thankfully a long lie opportunity on Sunday 🙂

Mountain bike downhill – Fort William

Roasting toasting and not typical scottish weather 🙂

Finished work at 4 on Friday, walk along the Dundee waterfront, to meet Mr A and Miss A.

Camping at Glen Nevis, Fort William, ETA around 8, and apart from a stinky stuck in traffic moment at Broxden where we lost 30 mins, journey was ok. If the road from dalwhinnie to fort William could be a bit broader that would be even better. Scenery lovely but road seems to go on forever.

Arrived at one of the biggest campsites I have ever seen in my life, thankfully we were booked, so no fingers crossed and hope for a space. Camped up, oven on roasting chicken dinner, camping chairs out and beer out of fridge. Weather roasting, right at bottom of Glen Nevis, so scenery mental too. Actual pitch minute, but next door neighbours not arrived 🙂

Oh no neighbours arrived late, with a bouncy spaniel, thankfully girls are with granny and grandad, or they would have spent the weekend bouncing off the window!

Sat am, up later than expected and prep for day up hill in the sun took way longer than we would normally do for the rain! Lots and lots of layers of sun cream and smidge! 2 mile walk back into fort William, Mr As thighs already causing problems, Miss A fancying conquering Ben Nevis, I bet that doesn’t continue if we actually come back to walk it!!!

As expected arrived in FW and could see our bus leaving in the distance 🙁 lot of the day wasted walking into town to find toilets and wait for bus. Would have been quicker if bus driver wasn’t parked beside us eating his lunch.

Finally arrived at Nevis range about 1.30, amazed by amount of people, very busy! Headed straight for gondola, and were lucky not to have to queue for long. Ended up on a gondola with 2 riders, one girl away to do run and a ginger nut eating Australian just putting off time before his ride later.

Ride up similar to Austria, where tracks go underneath you,so was good to get a view of some of the course. Pretty short ride up, and top has cafe, lots of lots of bods drinking lots and lots of beer. Luckily weather was still roasting, so stroppy top and shorts, were still ok 🙂

Timing meant we had time for lunch, and a seat before starting the walk down, to see the biking as we walked down. Could see the red track going round the hill, looks amazing, must go back and ride that 🙂

Ground was steep, peaty and wet, so lots of people sliding all over the place on the way down, especially the muppets wearing stupid shoes, and that’s not just the kids! Walking down the course was really interesting, the pictcures from the telly don’t do it any justice, either the steepness, the rock or just how hard it it. Lots and lots of photos taken, some really pretty good ones, and we have all vowed never to try and ride that course!

What was mental coming down beyond the riding was the number of crashes, and flats, must be a complete nightmare to travel that distance, and to not make the time because of a flat.

Biking down would be hard, but walking down was hard too. We followed some of the normal down hill course and must have looked like idiots too, hanging onto trees and anything else that you could, to even walk down.

Half way down and a stop for a burger, could have been old boot at that point, we were pretty much all starving! Still making our way down,you could tell you we’re getting closer to the bottom as you could hear the tannoy, between that and hearing the whistle indicating that a rider was just passing. Bummer the amount of people who had got there earlier, and managed to pick up all the freebies, we were so late, we didn’t get any 🙁 although one person was walking around with a frame, seemed a but strange!

Icecream at bottom and quick look round stalls, but was going to be a couple of hours before 4x started, we were all knack from heat, so took bus back to morrisons, to get tea and taxi back to campsite. Back on chairs with beer!!!!

Miss A just about broke neck trying out handstands, she would probably be the only person lying outside on chillow! Rest of night was pretty much us all collapsed, before aches and pains started for us to actually remember how hard it is on your body walking down hill.

Good weekend, good weather, body dead, lot of sleep to recover…

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Shaolin Warriors

Booked this a while back and to be honest without too much research into what I was booking!

Spent the trip down to Glenrothes trying to guess both what the show would be about and what the likely clientele of such a show would be….

Forgot parking at Rothes Halls is a disaster, so one trip round the car park later meant that we were parked further away than hoped, late to seats, but just on time for start of show.

Show started slowly, and Tk be honest didn’t look like we would stay for the first half let alone the full show, lots of fake fighting and jumping around, bowing a lot at each other!

However, it did get better, and if you got beyond the surreality of it all, it was really good. Some really mental shows of strength, a two fingered handstand, yes that’s a handstand using only 2 fingers. Lots of breaking hard things on your head, and holding your body up over really sharp points.

This probably totally under sells the show, but yeah would recommend it!!!

Secret Location

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Today MrA took me on a secret tour, so I didn’t know where I was going, although with the maps and notes he didn’t look like he knew where we were going either!!!!

The weather was roasting, the roads were not bad, across the forth road bridge, off at Ratho made macs a fair bet, but passed there and passed the climbing centre, and onto Jupiter Art.

Even going up the drive gives you a taste of what is going on, huge mounds of grass like outside Edinburgh Contemporary Art, and then a big horrible contemporary art monstrosity.

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Trying to park in the one car park, which is a complete free for all in a field no bigger than most gardens wasn’t a good start, nobody was actually telling people where to park, so some were even 3 deep, and there was no overflow car park. Not a good start, made worse with no signs to tell you where to go. Really taking the secret to the extreme! Even when you get to the buildings, it’s unclear where the start is, it’s a quaint little court yard and all very nice looking, but grrr from the new visitor… I could go on, but won’t…

Packed off with our wee map, into the forest, the arty bits start straight away, with colours peeling off the back wall of the shop, weird. You then follow a path through the woods, to various weird and wonderful art creations in the wood. We were lucky as it was a lovely day, therefore a pleasant walk. The downside was that there were lots of other people doing the same thing, therefore it was a case of trying to get to the next piece after the people in front had just left and before the troop behind with kids in buggies would get there and start hanging off everything.

That said we were there around 3 hours, and it was really good, towards the end you tend to get a wee bit more space, so it’s not so bunched up, there is a lot to see, and I would imagine pending everyone’s own taste what everyone likes the most will vary.

Best bit, probably the grass mounds
Worst bit, that horrible orchid
Weirdest bit, the 10 interlinked gallows that we were all sitting on.

Definately worth the trip, try to avoid the arty couple in front, who are over analysing each blade of grass, and the brood of 10 kids, who probably wanted to go to the local play park, be there early to park, and it’ll be fine!!!

We left the starving and went down into Ratho and went to the pub on the water, food was really good, unfortunately there were no seats outside, but if there had been we probably wouldn’t have left! Home and sleepies 🙂

Titan Crane

See if you can spot the theme…

I booked this for us on groupon, look a cheap offer, it looks like fun, click buy, book forget about it.
Get closer to the time, panic, freak out, curl up in a bll, omg what have I booked us up for!!!

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We arrived in Glasgow on one of the wettest windiest days imaginable, even still there were buds Bungy jumping off the end of the crane, thankfully not us though! A quick bus round the site dropped us at the crane site, for a chat on the history etc. then up an elevator, with glass panels (yippee, not) and out onto the top of the crane, with mesh to stand on, (even more yippee) well maybe if my legs had moved.

We all got thoroughly soaked, and just to make it worse the weather turned nice just as we were leaving!!

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Overall, quite interesting, probably happy to have got it cheap, as the bungee jumpers and their families did spoil the experience. They walked in front of the video at the top of the crane and had taken over the visitor cafe, so no wouldn’t rush back, which is a shame.

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Melrose 7s

Having just come back from hols, it was a really short week at work, before getting off again to Melrose for the 7s. Going down on the Friday, as expected it was busy, all the hospitality tents and stands were going up. Booked into site, we got the choice of 1 of 2 last pitches. The site staff were just as grumpy as always. Lovely site but the staff have to be one of the grumpiest staff I have ever seen on caravan club sites.

The morning of the rugby, was an early wake up to all the training happening on the pitches next to us, then an ambulance, never good.

Thorpe Park :D

Yesterday we went to Thorpe Park! It was awesome! I went on loads of rides! I went on the detonator, a huge tower which you get lifted up in and dropped, i went by myself because Mrs A doesn’t like heights and Mr A doesn’t like wind in his face!

I also went on 3/4 water rides which were good, i didn’t go on the last one ‘Tidal Wave’ because noone else wanted to go on it but when we go back we will probably do it :)!

We went on ‘X :/ no way out’ which is a secret ride which builds up the tension, but it is great (although it makes your head a wee bit sore)!

Me and Mrs A went on Nemesis Inferno which was a huge roller coaster that spins upside down, around, swings, does loop-the-loops! It looks really scary but it isn’t that bad! 😉

We had a brilliant time at Thorpe Park, i would recommend it to anyone! 😀

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Thaw-pe Park

Today’s outing wasn’t too far from the site. Thorpe Park. Not really my thing but the girls like theme parks. Extra thermals and full waterproofs were needed as it was perishing. In fact it even snowed for a chunk. That meant 3 of the rides were off but the place still seemed fairly busy to me. Except the water rides that was. No problem there. Hoods up and heads down. No getting wet here ;).
Pretty good day though. I only had to stand around waiting while the girls went on one ride. The rest I actually got on too –  a minor miracle!

Lego Land Bricks

Bricks rather than rocks, Not funny if you have to explain it?!

I’ve always wanted to go to Legoland, ever since I was a kid, so actually getting to go, could have went one of 2 ways, either shattered childhood dreams or been brilliant. Thankfully it was brilliant. We all got way too excited firstly driving past the hotel and then seeing all the wee legomen on the way up the drive.

It was school holidays so as you can imagine it was hoaching, but what was good was all the little darlings were wanting to go on the rides, and we were looking round everything made out of Lego. The rides being pretty lame if you are over 7 or 8. Certainly if you are used to Alton Towers etc.

I have so many fantastic pictures I can’t possibly put them all up, but here are some of the cool ones…

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We ran out of time, so would go back to see the bits we missed, especially with our Merlin pass so it doesn’t cost us anymore for the year.

Longleat

Yesterday we went to Longleat, the UK’s number 1 safari park! It was AMAZING!?! I got to…

– hold a snake!
– feed lorikeets!
– walk with lemurs!
– go on a safari bus!
– go past Postman Pat Village!

I was a little bit scared going to hold the snake but when i finally got to the feont of the queue, i was really excited and all the weariness had gone away, it was awesome!!! Mrs A didn’t want to hold the snake because she was too scared and Mr A cant even look at the photo of me holding the snake that Mrs A took! He is really scared of snakes!

I had the chance to hold a tarantula but i don’t really like spiders so i said i would pass on that!

When i was feeding the lorikeets it was brilliant, it felt really weird at first but it got better as more came. I held a little pot of food in my hand and they flew off the branches to get the food. There were three little girls in front of me and they started squealing when the birds flew towards them which was funny for us because they looked so scared of some little birds! 😀

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