So here I am with my dog, to whom you were introduced in last week's post in a begging pose. I'm guessing this is about 1964, but I do know it was taken on Silloth beach in Cumbria. My Dad had been stationed there during WW2 and we were making a bit of a pilgrimage during a holiday. Dad was posted to RAF Silloth in September 1941 to service Lockheed Hudsons, Avro Ansons and Airspeed Oxfords. The Winter of 1941-2 was one of the coldest on record and Dad resorted to smearing anti-freeze grease on his hands in an effort to keep his hands warm. Mum was also knittting him long socks with specially oiled wool, which was 'off-ration' but he still succumbed to frostbite. He remembers it as a cold and bleak place at the time and it it doesn't look as if it had improved much twenty-three years later.
Fast forward about another twenty-four years to 1988, and here I am with my children on holiday in Whitby, North Yorkshire. I believe this was Whitby Abbey, a ruin set on the cliff overlooking the North Sea, which could account for the blustery greeting we received as we rounded the corner of the building. The gust of wind, caused my son to double over, both from the force of the wind and with laughter. My daughter's hair is covering her face but it's not hiding her smile.
And here we are, bang up to date, with me standing in top of our local volcano Montaña Roja this morning. Lanzarote is actually quite a windy island and today with temperatures hitting 37degrees C. it's very welcome. We climbed up before it got too hot this morning and there was really not much more than a light breeze. We have been up there in the past when I have been holding on to this trig point to stop myself being blown over the top. I love it here on a clear day, when we can see the surrounding islands, the lighthouse and other landmarks, and we can pick out our own house down below.Visitors to our house who like to keep fit, are taken on this trek, and usually have their photo taken here or at the cross a little further round the rim of the crater. Alan and Isobel were excused!
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