Today’s guest picture was taken by my son Alistair and shows an old man relaxing on his holiday.
I did get out for a bit of activity though. Matilda and Mrs Tootlepedal and I paid an early visit to the beach and later on, we were joined by Al and Clare and we walked up North Berwick High Street to do some shopping, have a refreshment….
…and a look around.
After lunch, I left the others to the delights of flying a kite on the beach and went off for a ride on my new bike which we had brought with us in the back of the car.
It was breezy but the new bike is such a pleasure to ride that I didn’t mind and the views on the way offered constant pleasure. As the road surfaces were smooth and there were no potholes, it was a most unusual ride for me.
A brief summary of things seen follows.
I stopped at Preston Mill to have a quick look round.
Although it was reasonably warm, there was no hint of blue sky or sun while I was pedalling which is why the pictures are a bit dull.
I only had a road map of the area with me and I didn’t want to take that along so I took a photo of the map and looked at my camera when I wanted to get directions. It worked surprisingly well.
By zooming in on the map in the camera viewer, I could see quite well where I might go. I have inked in my route. I made it up as I went along with the aim of making it came to 20 miles. It ended up as 21 so I was quietly pleased. Those interested can find details here.
I went for a short walk before tea to stretch my legs.
A boat full of passengers was coming in to the harbour.
Although they were too far away to photograph properly, I could see a host of birds on Craigleith Island and it was clear enough to see two fields of rape in Fife on the other side of the Forth.
After an excellent tea of roast chicken, roast potatoes and veg, cooked by Mrs Tootlepedal, she and I went for a walk along the beach while Matilda was being out to bed.
The wind had died away, the skies had cleared a little and it was a lovely evening for a stroll.
We are promised warm sunshine tomorrow. That will be nice.
Another flying gull of the day.
22 thoughts on “Sea, sand and a cycle”
I do hope that ‘babyccino’ is a Tootlepedal invention.
Far from it. They are very useful to keep a toddler happy in a cafe.
A local coffee shop offers them. I thought they had invented it!
I think that tulip is one called Jackpot.
You can get them anywhere here.
Excellent pictures but my favourite the evening look back at the town. Oh, what memories of our childhood you brought back with this post. I can remember leaving the train from London at Drem station.
Your new bicycle is quite a ‘tour machine’! Great pictures.
Babyccino – a.k.a. a steamer?!
Mostly fluffy milk in a very small cup. A good idea.
Looks like a great holiday.
Very good pictures! Attractive place near the sea. Enjoy your holiday. 🙂
What a beautiful, and interesting place to vacation! I had to look up oast house. A lot of hops are grown in may area too.
The castles look like they have some interesting history behind them.
Lovely pictures and reminders of my childhood days in that area – did you have a Walls ice cream?
We had a North Berwick Gelato!
The holiday has got off to a great start. Fingers crossed the weather stays on your side. The tulip photo is incredible.
enjoy your holiday – hope the weather stays nice
Wonderful photos around such an interesting place…a bit of everything to whet our appetites for more later in the week. You’ve chosen a good weather week to be away.
Absolutely lovely. Looks like you’re having a grand time! Continue enjoying and don’t bother about replying!
Looks like you’re all having a good time. Preston Mill looks interesting.
Hoping to visit
Don’t forget Phantassie Doocot – probably the best name in the world. 🙂
We have it in mind.
It would be a shame to miss it.