Monday, 18 August 2014

The high point (literally, at least!)

Today started with a slightly more leisurely breakfast - possibly necessary after last night continued after the now customary curry to a bar where we participated in bingo for the first time in our lives!

However, who we got onto the cello activities, the first was an absolutely glorious one. Playing in the 12th century Lanercost Priory, we had a much larger audience than we hade dared hope for, and we gave a performance lasting about 40 minutes. The fantastic setting and acoustic made this one of the highlights of the trip to date. Many thanks to all at Lanercost for making this happen!

After a coffee, we set off for Haltwhistle - the central point of Britain. We played for a while in the central square (below), before grabbing our lunch and heading off to Hadrian's Wall once again.

Our walking today consisted of a stretch of a few miles to the west of Housesteads fort. It was spectacular scenery, and included a significant amount of climbs and descents, sometimes fairly steep. We played at the highest point of the whole of Hadrian's Wall - at 385m not the highest place we've played certainly, but it still felt like enough of an effort today!

After this we visited the wonderful Twice Brewed inn to play a bit more (and to sup a local pint!); once again we were bowled over by the generous welcome we received. Now we've returned to Carlisle, and will shortly be heading out for yet another curry!

Tomorrow we will play at various places in and around Carlisle in the morning, getting as close to the Wall as we are allowed... and in the afternoon we hope to cover the remaining distance of the Wall (not on foot!) and play at the western end of it.

Highlight of the day: a joint one - playing at Lanercost Priory, and also playing at the trig point at th" top of the route. In both places we had surprisingly large, appreciative and generous audiences.

Quote of the day: "I've got some matches in the car!" - a passer-by when seeing this construction (below)...

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