Saturday, 27 October 2012

Enchanted Forest video

Short video from our visit to the Enchanted Forest 2012 at Faskally (FLOW)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Borealis Vinterfestival

Sculpting ice in Alta 1/2Our visit to Alta on MV Discovery will coincide with the Borealis Vinterfestival (winter festival).   In 2012 we saw the ice being carved during our first visit and then the carvings melting away during our second visit.   We look forward to being there while the 2013 festival is in progress.

Rumour suggests that MS Marco Polo will also be in port ?

The preparations for the Finnmarksløpet,  Europe's most northerly sled dog race,  will see the teams and dogs in Alta during our stay.   Organised by the Alta Mushing Association,  the teams of dogs enter into the 500km or 1000km race.

We plan to meet up with one of the dog sled teams providing weather and time allow.   We can't interrupt the preparations;  can we?

Enchanted Forest (FLOW)

Faskally woods, Pitlochry 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Signal boxes

Signal Box, Blair Atholl
Signal boxes in Blair Atholl and Pitlochry on

16 October 2012 Signal Box, Blair Atholl

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Addition to 2013 itinerary

We're probably adding another cruise to the 2013 itinerary...

This is MV Discovery on her first cruise after being chartered by Cruise & Maritime.    Sailing from Bristol in February 2013. 

I've put the ports of call into the 2013 page.

< MV Discovery in Oban,  June 2010.

This time we're being joined by other family members and so are going through the initial planning stage again.
  • Passport-  making sure all the passports are in date now and for 6 months after our return.
  • EHIC card-  all family members are applying for new (or renewed) cards to ensure emergency health care is covered
  • Travel insurance- making sure that all family members have adequate travel insurance,  declare all existing health conditions and add cover for winter sports if they want to go on the husky rides etc.
  • Clothing-  February might seem a long time away but now is the time to buy clothing suitable for the Arctic.   Layers of clothes with the top layer being water & wind proof.   Thermal underwear is a good idea and gloves and hats being essential.   Ice grips for boots are important for the ground conditions.   Sunglasses are essential for the light reflected by the ice and snow.
  • Camera-  a good camera,  plenty of storage space and lots of charged batteries.   The batteries don't last so long in the Arctic cold.
  • Norwegian Kroner-   We'll watch the exchange rate over the next few weeks and will probably buy our Kroner for the whole year and the whole family in one transaction.
  • Health-  A 'flu jab is a good idea unless advised otherwise by a Doctor.   We're going to be on a ship with lots of other passengers from all over the country in the 'flu season.
... more later as we go through the planning stages.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Glenlee again

Glenlee bow
More photographs from the Glenlee (Tall Ship) moored on the River Clyde

Glenlee stern

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Announcing the 2013 itinerary

I've just added the 2013 provisional itinerary online as a new page.

Two Norwegian visits are planned at the moment,  both cruises on different ships.

The first is on Fred Olsen's Boudicca to see the Northern Lights in February.  The second cruise is on Voyages of Discovery's 'Voyager' to the midnight sun.

I'm glad to report that our house sitters are very keen for us to go away again and the house is going to be occupied,  particularly important during the winter trips.    Thanks House sitters !

River Clyde

River Clyde
from the Riverside museum (transport museum) in Glasgow.

Looking towards the city.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Glenlee reflection

Glenlee reflection
relection of this historic sailing ship in the Riverside (transport) museum, Glasgow