Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Hello again! Salvete!


Just a quick update. The B&B had a terrific Summer and we had loads of lovely guests (walkers, cyclists and families) from all walks of life (literally) and from all over the world e.g. Hawaii, California, Australia and so on.

The image above is taken from a stone at Great Chesters (Aesica). I liked the "H" symbol...if that is what it is....? I know I have promised some posts so will get onto those as soon as I can. There a lot of blogs which I need to get out and visit to say "hi". (Am feeling much better - the steroids seem to be doing their work. I can even drive again...hurrah!)

The bank have been extremely patient and we are in the final stages of handing over our business plan to them.

Before I rush off...I would like to mention a couple of things...

If you have a copy of this week's "Radio Times" (26 Sept-2 Oct)...have a look at page 26. Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe (Radio 2 DJs) have just walked Hadrian's Wall. Stuart writes about it in the article: "Let's break this addiction to London - it's time radio was proud to head for the hills"...my eyes popped out when I saw a photo of the sign for our local town "Welcome to Haltwhistle - Centre of Britain". (Only slight niggle..Stuart...we classify it as a town rather than a village...but completely concur with the content of your article!) It is not on the internet. I'm hoping to write to Stuart to see if it can be re-produced here. I've mentioned their walk under the "Latest Roman News" sidebar.

Mr.H. also had one walker stay with him. The walker absolutely loved his stay and walk along the Wall. He had but one slight hiccup...after a long day's walk he came upon a hut (there are several along the Wall). These huts are usually privately owned and are stocked with tea, coffee, snacks and an honesty box.

It had been a wind blown, rainy day and he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the hut. "It was like finding a Starbucks at the top of Mount Everest."

He carefully filled the kettle with water, got his mug, milk and tea bag at the ready. He was absolutely desperate for his cuppa. It was 50% of the way to being boiled when......

....the power failed.

The walker declared that he was tempted to use the lukewarm water with the tea bag and suck it dry...so keen was he for his longed-for brew!

He did wonder whether somebody had a very black sense of humour.....

Overall he had a super time and found everyone to be very friendly. Just not necessarily..the power supplier to the "honesty box" hut!

22 comments:

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Always time for a cuppa. Or maybe not! Glad you're feeling okay xx

Nota Bene said...

That's a splendidly uplifting post...glad to hear things are progressing well. Apart from the tea thing

Dumdad said...

Good to hear you're feeling good.

Haltwhistle - what a lovely name!

Maggie May said...

Brilliant to hear things were going well with everything except the cuppa!
Really interesting post as always.

Catharine Withenay said...

Good to know things are looking up, and delighted the B&B had such a successful summer.

Have you abandoned your other blog, or is there just a temporary blip?

Mark said...

There are some marvelous stones in North Northumberland too, bearing the cup and ring markings Early Man.

There are some near Longframlington, others near Belford. If ever you are out that way they are well worth a look.

the fly in the web said...

Well, things are on the up...good news!
I do feel for that poor blighter thwarted just before achieving paradise.

French Fancy said...

Oh C I am so gla you are feeling better and I hope you continue to improve every day. You sound chirpy and bright and whether or not it is an act, so what - if it works then that is all that matters. I stare at myself in the mirror sometimes and make myself smile - then I look so silly that it makes me (genuinely) laugh

Hoping to finally meet up one day
Julie
x

Expat mum said...

Well done lassie.

Ladybird World Mother said...

What a lovely idea... to have tea on your walk...
So glad that things are going well... a very cheery post! xx

Hadriana's Treasures said...

CJ: Hope you are feeling better too. You've not had it easy recently either...thanks for popping by. :)

NB: Been meaning to say for ages...I like your boat image. Marinely evocative.

Dumdad: Yes..I like the "Haltwhistle" name too. Many people (understandably) think it is from the train age but it comes from the old name "Hautwysel" believed to be derived from its location: "The high hill by two rivers" or "The watch on high". Apparently there is an oval shaped mound called the Castle Hill, which was fortified from ancient times by and earthworks and castle, parts of which remained until the mid sixties. (I've quoted all this from the local brochure entitled "Haltwhistle Historic Parishes"...a little gem.)

MM: Thank you!

Catharine: I've written to you about the other blog. :)

Mark: I definitely want to seek out "cup and ring" features. There are some local standing stones..just up above Haltwhsitle on the north side of the Military Road called "The Mare and Foal". If I was any good with OS map co-ordinates I could give them to you...they are near to Shield on the Wall farm. Very near (also) to a lot of other Roman camps also marked on the Haltwhistle-Hexham OS map. I'd love to go and see all these stones so many thanks for pointing out some more to me. (P.S.: There are more over beside Little Salkeld Mill, Penrith, Cumbria: Long Meg and her daughters...the third largest stone circle in Britain. Maybe you've seen these?)

Fly: You really do make me smile. Big time. :)

FF/Julie: Thank you so much and I really hope we do meet up. I've decided that it is I how we deal with what life throws at us...that which really matters. I'm determined to laugh, smile, guffaw, giggle, grin...whatever! Hope your back is feeling a bit better. Keep taking those magic pills...

Expatmum: Ta pet!

LWM: Yes...try as I might I cannot give up my wonderful teas and coffees. I can understand the walker and sympathise with him hugely. Poor bloke...he made the best of it. At least he saw the funny side of it. Occasionally we do get the odd power cut up here. The further into the country you go...the more power supplies get increasingly tenuous...........

Hadriana's Treasures said...

SEGNITER (sloppy work) !

...if I were...

...it is how we deal with...

tut tut Hadriana

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Haltwhistle....sometimes I think my fingers have dyslexia..

Lakeland Jo said...

Good to see u back in good form . Passed Haltwhistle today and waved! X

Saco-Harry said...

What a great post, and so glad to see spirit & flesh on the mend!

Loved the picture at Great Chesters too. I'm not an altar guru, but I have a hunch you're looking at a bloke (left part of the "H") forging something on an anvil (right part)... Or maybe an H. What do I know? :)

Seriously, glad to read the good news. Hope it all stays on the up & up!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Lakeland Jo: Waving back and saying "hi"!

Harry: I reckon you are right about the altar. I was just being fanciful about the "H".... ;)

Many thanks for the good wishes.

It looks like Vindolanda had another fantastic digging season this Summer. I heard about some more interesting finds from some diggers over at RAM.

Vindolanda have also had the longed for good news, which they have not made public yet. Waiting for that before I post it here! :)

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Completely Alienne said...

Salve Hadriana. Glad to hear things are going well and that you are on the mend.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Salvete Nishant and CA! Yes...feeling much better thank you! My smile has come back.

Lynne said...

Hi,
Glad your're doing okay. It's good to be back visiting you and catching up.
I usually listen to Stuart and Mark but haven't got back into the habit after the move. Shame, I'm sure they will have referred to their walk.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Lynne,

I must catch up with you too. Hope the move went well. Thanks for popping by. Yes...Stuart and Mark mentioned lots of businesses along the Wall as they did their broadcasts from various sites. They stopped at Walltown Quarry Cafe where our friends work. They were chuffed that they got mentioned three times!

Lynne said...

Real shame I missed the broadcasts.
Hope you're doing okay.
Just a quick visit for now. I must call back and read your newer post when I have some time to read it properly.