This was always going to be a long day with a late night. Months ago Charles had suggested that we go to the Edinburgh Tattoo while here and we had accepted that suggestion with enthusiasm. Late summer sunsets mean that the performance does not begin until 9:00 pm, necessitating a late night. Last night we had discussed logistics for today and decided that rather than shuttle to and fro, we would go into the city in the morning, spend the day sightseeing, and then eat before going to the Tattoo.
We have been blessed with well timed weather. Yesterday was mostly sunny for our day around the Lake District. This morning we awoke to find it raining but we expected to be traveling or inside most of the day so it would not prevent us doing what we had planned.
We were here because over the years I had heard so much about the Lake District of England as the source of literature and art. More recently I have seen many beautiful photographs from the area. It happens to be about halfway between Birmingham, our point of entry and exit convenient to the wedding we will attend on 1 September, and Edinburgh, where we go tomorrow to visit old friends, Charles and Cathy Michie.
Today was to be a major travel day so we were up a bit earlier to ensure we made our flight from Paris to Birmingham. Breakfast was the last of the farm eggs, the last couple of slices of bread toasted, fruit and coffee. Our suitcases have increased in weight over the past five weeks and we had some serious decision making about what would have to be left behind to meet the baggage allowance on our small plane flight across the Channel.
This was a day of departures and preparations for departure. Marie-Françoise and Roland were going home to Veyras in Switzerland and we needed to prepare for our travel from France to England tomorrow. Continue reading