Tag archives for days out

Driesh and then Mayar [Munro 2 & 3]

Driesh is the closest munro to our new house in Scotland, and Mayar is only a couple of miles on the same ridge from it. So on Saturday 22nd July Alex and I went for a walk to bag two more munros by doing Driesh, and then Mayar. We did them in that order because of the proximity, even though most of the guides have the walk in the opposite direction. Our route was up the Kilbo path on the  side of the Shank of Drumfollow to a saddle between Driesh and Mayar. We then detoured East for a mile to the summit of Driesh, and then back to the same point to approach the summit of Mayar from the East. We then turned North and walked to the source of the Fee Burn and then descended into Corrie Fee…
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Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura

I was in Edinburgh visiting family at the weekend and amongst other things we visited the Camera Obscura up at the top of the Royal Mile. Despite many visits to Edinburgh I'd never been there before. My expectations were of a panoramic view in a classic Camera Obscura. The attraction is so much more than this. The whole place is packed full of optical illusions, most of which you are invited to directly interact with. Two of my favourites, which unfortunately I don't have pictures of because I was too busy enjoying them, were the mirror maze and the vortex tunnel. The mirror maze was a series of mirrors mounted at 60 degree intervals as you looked at them. ( from above they'd be at 60 degrees from each other). Although quite a small space from outside it was very…
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Drusilla’s Zoo

I've got house guests, so been a bit too busy the last couple of days to write any posts. More will happen at the weekend. We had an awesome day out with my daughter and my niece at Drusilla's yesterday. I'd heartily recommend it for anyone with pre-schoolers or primary age children. There's a zoo with lots of monkeys and also lots of play space.  For more pictures see my Google+ profile or my Flickr account. Two Kemp girls at Drusillas (Photo credit: greencoatboy)
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Science Museum

Alexander and I had an afternoon out in the science museum, mostly in the basement playing with the boats in the water. We managed to get out just after 12, after a false start where we went back into the house to make sandwiches as I had misinterpretted Alexander's wish to eat lunch in the museum cafe as meaning I was buying it when we got there. A slow walk to the station, stopping a couple of times to watch the men digging up the roads and a lorry emptying a load of steaming tarmac back onto another filled in hole. We got the 12:41 into Victoria (changing at East Croydon) and then waited for a bus to South Ken as a small boy wanted a bus rather than the tube. We had an entertaining 10 minutes or so calling…
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