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Isle of Arran – Day 4

Rain over Brodick Today was forecast to be the best day of our mini break, so today was the day we would try to reach Goatfell Summit. We got up a bit later and had a more relaxed morning, before driving a brief way to park at the start of the walk. Goatfell

The weather forecast had remained favourable so we set off optimistically to reach the top.

Raining The first thing to note was that it was very windy. Due to this we didn’t make it all the way to the top. Goatfell

The second thing to note was that on our way back down it started hailing pretty much sideways and we got soaked – so we were glad we didn’t go all the way to the top!

Downpour We are now both pretty pooped! The Path to Goatfell

Early Mornings – September 3

Getting up at 5am to take someone else to the airport so that they can go on holiday isn’t my favourite thing to do in the world; but non the less that’s what I was doing this morning.

Early Mornings
Early Mornings

The advantage to this though is that I was driving over the Pennines when the light was good, so of course I stopped for a shot.
On a side note I’m also quite pleased with my hair πŸ˜›

Rest of the Wales shots

Clearly I forgot to publish this, so it will be a bit of a photo dump of the last couple of days whilst we were in Wales !

Today there are gale force winds in Wales. So naturally we decided to go up a mountain. Where it was really exposed. And there was no where to get away from the wind. Classic idea!

Fallen from Grace

 

The day after we went to Yyns Llanddwyn. This was a great little place to visit, and one of the highlights of the trip for me. Although nothing will beat the ship wrecked boats!

Yyns Llanddwyn Some more from the brickworks… Porth Wen Brickworks

The Old Brickworks, Porth Wen And from South Stack lighthouse South Stack

Day 5 – Trollstigen

This was our first proper driving day (Of two), and kB drove us to Trollstigen. This was about a 4 hour round trip (2 there 2 back).

Trollstigen, Norway The route there involved driving part of the Tourist Route 63. It was a very pretty route and we kept stopping off along the way. Waterfall, Gudbrandsjuvet

This was the longest kB had driven on “the wrong side of the road” and he did good!

Trollstigen Once again the weather forecast was predicting rain but once again we didn’t get any! Well we did have a bit of a down pour on the way there but it didn’t last long, nor did it happen when we were at trollstigen, so all good! Waterfall, Trollstigen

We didn’t get back to Γ…lesund until after 9pm though, so it was a loooooooong day.

Rising mist

#Holland

Tulip Fields

At the weekend me and kB went to Holland.

Windmill
On the first day we went to Zaanse Schans to see the windmills (see above).

Red Tulips, Holland On the second day we went to Keukenhof and had a bike ride around the tulip fields (see above).

. Amsterdam
I think for some time I’d been a little bit worried that we would get there and there would be no tulips at all. However I needn’t have worried – there were loads. There were still some daffodil fields as well!

Pink tulip fields

Β We arrived in Amsterdam at about 930 am. We navigated our way to the station at the airport, bought a day rider thingy, and got on the train to Amsterdam Centraal.
Once at the train station (Centraal) we got the bus to Zaanse Schans – this is where my planning paid off as I knew where to get the bus from and the bus times.

Windmill

The bus had a little TV screen in it that told you what stop you were at, what the next 5 or so stops were and how far away you were from the destination. The destination of the bus was the Zaanse Schans so that was nice to know.

The bus dropped us off just around the corner and we strolled to the windmills. This was a lot busier than I’d expected it to be, but I managed to grab some shots without loads of people in them. kB tried mustard soup and we had some chocolate cake before heading back into the centre.

Tulip field

Once we were back in Amsterdam we had a little walk about in centre before getting the Metro to our hotel. Out hotel (Jaz) was next to the arena so it was a bit out of the way, but the super public transport made it easy to get to. The hotel was really nice, and the bed was so comfy. We had a shower and a nap before heading out for tea.

Daffodil

We had ribs for tea, then caught the tram to the main area where kB had a waffle. We had a stroll about for a bit and ended up in a nice pub which served beers brewed in Holland. I even had some fruit beers and enjoyed them!

Tulips, Holland The second day we got up fairly early so that we could get to Keukenhof and have a bike ride around the tulip fields before flying home.
I had pre booked Keukenhof tickets with the bus fair included, so once we were at the airport we got the 858 bus to the gardens.

Keukenhof was a lot better than I expected it to be. I’d not even originally planned on going as I was only really bothered about seeing the tulip fields, and I booked it out of anxiety in case all the tulips were gone from the fields.
I’m glad I booked it though, and even kB enjoyed it.
We had a great crochet thing, which was basically cheese, mustard and meaty bits with bread crumbs around the outside in a bread roll. OM NOM NOM. Delicious!

Tulips, Holland

We spent a couple of hours in Keukenhof before heading to the Rent a Bike place just outside Keukenhof. We tried a tandem bike but we couldn’t do it and it was horrific and would not have been safe at all to ride on the roads because we couldn’t pedal in a straight line. So we took it back and swapped it for 2 normal bikes.
Flowers, flowers everywhere!

We tried to follow the bike route given to us by the rent a bike place but loads of signs were missing and we got lost.
Some of the fields were already cut, some were in bloom and some were about to bloom.
There were tulips, daffodils and hyacinths ^_^
I somehow lost an hour taking photos and we ended up being almost late (We needed to be on the 3pm bus back to the airport and it was 215 and we were lost!).
We asked a lady who was selling lavender where we were and we were what looked like miles off route. She then explained it would be quicker to follow the cycle route back and it would only take us about 15 minutes.
Phew!
So we set off back and made it onto the 3pm bus and back to the airport with bags of time. Time enough to shop in the duty free for chocolate and eat a pizza πŸ™‚

Daffodil field ^_^

All in all it was a lovely weekend and kB wants to go back to Amsterdam at some point. He liked the architecture.

Change

Take what you will

It’s proving to be harder than I thought it would be to get a photo every week which falls in line with what I consider to be acceptably within the range of “The Changing Seasons” without resorting to loads of images of flowers.
The original plan was that I’d take more landscapes, and whilst I think I’ve met that to a degree, it’s hard to get somewhere every weekend. Especially as weekends get filled up pretty easily, and it’s hard to say “Oh I’ll leave you to do that on your own [like dismantle furnature in prep for redecorating the bedroom], I’m off out for an hour or so to take a picture” and believe that you’re being reasonable.

I’m sure once the nights get shorter then it will be easier to nip out on a week night and shoot!

09 // Moorlands