Up at 05.45 to catch the 7.00 flight from Luton to Edinburgh. I had expected to be kept awake during the night by the storm, or my active thoughts which always occur when I am leaving early. Nope. Had a good night, and woke just before the alarm.
No storm, but it had just started to rain. Luton was fine, though the queues at the security have grown since the summer rush. Must be enforced holidays during the slack period.
Boarded the plane on time, but we sat and sat for ages without moving. The pilot eventually said they were having trouble calibrating the inertial navigation system because of the turbulence rocking the aircraft. They would have to taxi to another area, and then try to re-calibrate. So off he went to near the runway, and parked facing the wind. Another 10 minutes and we were ready, so off we went. The flight, what storm?, it was quite calm, and of course landing up north was pretty quiet as well. The only event I noticed was the very high cloud top. It was ages before we broke through the cloud, and even then we were only just above the top of the storm clouds.
Edinburgh is like Aylesbury; in a construction boom. Grassmarket, where I am staying at the Apex, is totally a building site. Princes Street is a work in progress with new gas mains, water mains and the tram going in. Saint Andrews Square garden was closed all last year for the reconstruction of the garden, it is still closed, but now the road is being dug up for the gas mains.
Had lunch with Mary in a caff near the bus station. Great meeting up with her again.
Ate at the Mussel and Steak. Had the mussel pot for mains, and razor clams for starters. Interesting things, razor clams. Very firm meat, tasting of the sea. Unusual and an experience. Might have something different to eat next time though.
I was due to visit the bank this weekend to help them migrate to a new level of our Software. Alas this is not to happen. They have delayed the upgrade to some date in the future. I have cancelled the hotel, and given EasyJet the money.
So that means I have a couple more days at home preparing for the wedding.
I was back up to Edinburgh after the Christmas break. Flight up was in the clear sunshine; view from the window was poor though because of the de-icer which ran off the fuselage and froze over the window. Saw enough see there was a small covering of snow over the Pennines, Lake District and any high hill. It was cold in Edinburgh, -6 Celsius.
The City was starting its New Year celebrations; the whole place was shaken with large explosions. Not sure what was happening as I was in the middle of my Curry. There were more rides in the gardens, and the place was full of people. Lots of barricades were going up for the Royal Bank Street Party in Princes Street.
Managed to squeeze three hours in to see LOTR in the evening while I was in Edinburgh. Lasted a whole three hours and 10 minutes excluding the credits.
Most of the film was good, excellant battle scenes, and the city of Minas Tirith looked so similar to the picture I have in a painting from Joan Wyatt in a middle earth album. The ents though are far superior in the film.
The film was a bit slow at the end as Frodo leaves on the elf ship, The corruption of the Shire by Saruman and Wormtongue is not depicted in the film.
Today up at 6.00 am. It was a lovely cold morning and no fog. So there would be no problems with the roads and the planes. Drove to Birmingham, arrived at 7.15, plenty of time for check in. First problem, plane delayed until 9.30, technical problems.
Boarded the Dash 8 Flybe plane, and it left at 9.30. As we approached Edinburgh the captain told us there was fog, and that he had especially loaded extra fuel for the eventuality. How come, it was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky? Yes we could see the bank of fog over Edinburgh. We spent the next 90 minutes circling a spot south of Edinburgh. We must have done twenty plus circuits, and then off to Preswick as Glasgow was also fogged in. Landed at 1.00. Caught the coach to Edinburgh, arrived at that airport at 2.30 (Very foggy), and then on into town where there was no fog.
Of course as I walked up the street I could see other aircraft doing the landing circuit. Rosemary checked and said most flights had been diverted, except those from Heathrow. I must assume from this that the cheapo airlines either can’t afford ILS, or their crew are not trained for it. Now the winter is here I maybe should consider using BA from Heathrow.
What was galling though, was Jon Marshall made it on the 6.30 Flybe flight.