Getting a head start

We prepared the van today and then hung around long enough for DPD to deliver our new mobile WiFi unit. Then we were swiftly away to Dalbeattie Post Office, where we sent a consignment of 4 boxes back home to be ready when we get there.

As we departed the Post Office, we noted a “Road Closed” sign but made little sense of it. Later we saw another, with a Diversion directing us straight ahead… so the closure and diversion were in the same direction. Now things made no sense at all. We drive on past another Road Ahead Closed sign, in the hope of detecting the Diversion route. Eventually we found both the road works and the opportunity to turn and divert left, though no signage was apparent. 

So, yet again, we have explored some new scenery via a single track road. It is becoming a habit!

Having safely regained the A75 after our diversion around Lochend we soon left it again in order to fill with petrol at Tesco in Dumfries but were not enticed into the shop. Hurrah.

The weather was pleasant; sunny and dry, and with good visibility such that the snow-capped fells of Lakeland were clearly visible across the sands of the Solway Firth (the tide being out) as we drove along towards Gretna. A short hiatus followed whereby a large sum of money was expended in the Cadbury’s outlet (MAYA GOLD!) before we left again, though not before we had a close shave in the car park with a rapidly reversing car containing what we may only presume was a dizzy blonde. Thankfully the speedy application of his brakes kept Vincent from harm.

We parked up at the Metal Bridge Inn well in advance of opening time so had time to relax before dinner (Loin of Lamb for me and Steak and Ale Pie for him) and emerged in time to see the sky flaming as the sun went down over  the far side of The Esk.

There – that was a boring post, wasn’t it!

Hopefully tomorrow will bring more photogenic qualities. 

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