This has definitely been a month of two halves and the first stage of a 10 week trip away. I'll enjoy the trip but will definitely look forward to being back home again.
First stage was almost two weeks in Queenstown looking after our friends house and dog. That is of course a golden opportunity to get out with the camera and thoroughly enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds this area. The first few pictures of this months journal, hopefully, show just how beautiful it is.
It was also a time for catching up with friends and making new ones. New friends were made at the Queenstown Bowling Club who made me very welcome and invited me to use the clubs facilities whenever I wanted to and even let me join in with a coaching session. It's a beautiful facility and the members are lovely so a big thank you to them. Being a fan of craft beer was a great excuse to catch up with a mate for a few beers at the Atlas Bar and Cafe, having the water taxi available to get back was a definite bonus that night!
Straight from Queenstown for a few days in Christchurch before heading on the extremely long journey to London for the start of a trip through Scotland and the Lake District. First stop was catching up with family that I have not seen in many years and then first class on the train to Edinburgh which we have spent the last week exploring. I should point out at this stage that the epic trip over the next few weeks is to celebrate my 50th birthday and my Mum's 70th birthdays last year. Mum had never seen Scotland so this is an epic Mum and Son road trip......hopefully we'll still be talking at the end of it ;-)
London was great, even if we did inadvertently get caught up in the Brexit demonstration as we had to get through the crowd so we could get to see the show Wicked. That, by the way, is well worth seeing.
Edinburgh has been amazing and is a beautiful city with highlights being the amazing architecture, stunning views from the walk up to Arthurs Seat and, naturally, a lot of whisky tasting at the The Whiskey Experience. A couple of people did not turn up for the tour.....I assumed they wouldn't pour their whisky back into the bottle so thought I'd help with tidying up....it was a very good evening ;-)
Unfortunately Edinburgh also has a couple of negative points :-(. Firstly there is plenty of graffiti which ruins the beauty of the architecture and secondly a lot of beggars on most streets. I'm potentially a bit non pc here as I'm sure a few of them were genuinely on hard times, but, more than a few appeared remarkably well dressed and had cardboard signs proclaiming they were not on drugs etc with a family that needed support.......all in the same handwriting! We saw the same pattern in London and I've no doubt it happens in most major cities. It's a strange world we live in.
With the start of April we will make our way into less populated areas. Firstly Fyfe, then into the Highlands before heading across to the west coast around Glencoe and finally into the Lake District. It should be a fun filled few weeks with stunning scenery which I am thoroughly looking forward to :-)