Monday, 25 February 2013

Saturday In North Berwick

Bass Rock from North Berwick
A North Berwician Sea burd

 After getting off the train, Jay and I headed for a wee stroll down the harbour.
Best part is we didnae even pay for the train. Gid when that happens! My only concern was that I had Skye parked in Prestonpans. Wasn't too sure that she would still be there when we got back

 Fecken proud bird

They may be rats with wings, however they still look good on camera.
Mind you so does Jennifer Lopez.
 Bass Rock again with some added flare

 North Berwick at low tide with the Law overlooking - our destination.

 Some unwanted book cases

 These guys are found right outside the Seabird Centre. We only went inside the gift and spent mybe ten minutes.

 I believe that this was the second church built in North Berwick, opened for worship in 1664 and served as the towns only church untill 1843. Ive seen in older photos that the tower used to have a bell shaped roof. Just imagine if we had a photograph from the buildings prime to compare a before and after. On closer inspection it is very apparent that the structure is becomming unstable.

 The Law...


 Jay taking his first steps on the Law.

 Ye should have grabbed that welly mate!

 The only path to summit sign iv seen that points to the ground.

 Didn't take us too long to get to the top and Jay managed quite well not to mess up his shiny white shoes.

 The remains of some ancient ruins. These buildings were once used by lookouts in the Napoleonic Wars.

 Looking West on the Law you can see another lookout, my guess was built and used during the war.

The famous whale's jawbone, pictured above and below, collapsed in June 2005 after rotting away, and was removed by helicopter, much to the surprise of North Berwick residents. A jawbone has stood there since 1709, the last one having been there since 1933.
On 26 June 2008, a fibreglass replica whale bone, the same size as the one that was removed in 2005, was airlifted into place to give North Berwick Law back its famous landmark. The funding for the replica was donated by an anonymous friend of North Berwick. - So says Wikipedia.
 It was a shame that I couldn't get my GPS working for some reason. Im sure that there is a Geocach somwhere nearby. Ach well, will just have to come back again.
 It looks so tiny from up here.

 Jay leaned too hard against the wall.


"Andre! quit fannying around!"

 This is what they done before they had telly...

Only 613ft (187m) above sea level but what a view!.

Mybe next time we come back here we'll go on a boat trip to some of the islands! Aye! Im up for that!

 One last shot before heading back down

 And looking SouthWest we can see the Lammermuir hills to the left horizon, still bearing snow and looking over to the right we can see Traprain Law. Didn't realise this at the time but the following day was to bring beautiful weather. So I headed out with Skye (my bike) to Traprain Law.

 Until next time...

It didn't take us long at all to make our way back down. 7minutes in fact, if I remember correctly. 
Afterwards we made our way back to the train station. Unfortunatly however this time we had to pay. Damn you conductors for doing yer job!  
When we got back to the Pans, I was happy to find Skye was still there and yes, she still had both tyres.

Traprain Law, Beach and some early Sun.

 It was a Febuary Sunday morning, The Sun was shining, it was unusually warm for the time of year and I had the weekend off! :D YUS!
Altogether it must have taken me around an hour and a half to decide where and what to do today, spending careful minutes skimming over maps untill I just said F**k it! Im just going out and I'll make my day up as I go along.

It worked beautifully...

After going to the Spar to fill Skye up with fuel, I made my first stop at Traprain law
 To my surprise, I was greeted my some curious faces, as were these Boxers.


 These friendly guys seemed to dominate the hill

 The view looking South West
 Somewhere in this direction is where Id be spending the last drop of Sun for the day
Bellow is looking South East.

 My compass seems to be a little off
 This very nice lady below seemed to be good friends with the ponies, feeding them, grooming, chatting away and even playing them songs with her flute.

 Aye well thats what ye get for pissing in the water!

 I thought these guys looked sweet
 It was soo hot today. Doesn't help that I walked up still wareing my thick jacket
 North Berwick Law. Was just there yesterday.

 Byres Hill and Hopetoun Monument, outside Haddington (above)
I will document a day out here in the summer

 Just ignore this guy...

 Stallone would be dissapointed

 Sitting looking East


 Once I jumped back out on the road with Skye, we decided to head out to Tynningham Beach where I bumped into these happy guys!
 The beach car park was very full so once I managed to park up and as I was sorting out my gear I heard someone call out my name. I couldn't believe it! It was two of my good firends, +David and +Katy! The timing of our run in was so hard to believe. They too had only just arrived at the same as myself. Oh aye and of course I musn't forget to mention Hurley, the other wee guy...

 Was funny this, I was just talking to David and Katy about Geocaching so when I took out my phone I discovered that we were almost standing, pretty much right on to of one.

 The wee man was loving it!

 Bass Rock:
 Heading back to the car park as it the day was getting on...

 So after parting my my friends I decided to head back out South towards Traprain Law
to a place called Balfour Monument:
 It's been years since I was here last. Came here with a few friends during the summer and ts always been a place where i've been meaning to return. And so I did...
 Balfour Monument with Traprain Law in the background.

 What a good way to end a perfect day with a view to an exceptional Sun set.

 I will head back out this way again in the Summer. Not done with exploreing out here yet.
The days this time of year dont last very long.

 Balfour Monument is located to the South West of Traprian Law. It was erected in memory of 
James Maitland Balfour (5 January 1820 – 23 February 1856), of Whittinghame, East Lothian, was a Scottish Member of Parliament. He was the father of Prime Minister Arthur Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour.

After spending the last of the Sun here I decided to set course for home. My wee village. If there is someone to thank for this day, cheers!