Corsa at Shap Summit, Cumbria

This week I’m driving an orange tin-top hired from Penrith. Hooray, the location is back hiring cars at last after the lockdowns. The colour is easy to find in a parking lot and there’s an interesting button labelled “Sport”, somewhat useful on a dynamic road like the A6 over Shap Summit (426 m.), between Kendal and Penrith in Cumbria. This is the ancient route from London to Scotland; there’s a feeling up there of being on top of the world. The weather too was being pretty dynamic, the bitter gale driving rain showers and dramatic clouds.

Saint-Raphaël, Côte d’Azur

Saint-Raphaël, Côte d’Azur

Colours of Saint-Raphaël on the Côte d’Azur, just along the coast from Cannes, Antibes and Nice. These French Riviera towns were the original Mediterranean resorts, set up by the PLM railway company in the nineteenth century. The French Riviera became popular with people high and low. The towns have modernised and continue to set out an enticing resort bathed in natural light and colours which are as alluring as ever.

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Fuel at more than €2 per litre

We knew it was coming but it’s still a shock to see the price of fuel at more than two €uros a litre, even just outside the refinery gates here inear Marseille-Provence airport. I’m told that you can easily pay far more inland.

Postcard from West Sussex

Postcard of photos from a couple of days touring Sussex, not that far from home.
Paper postcards having become a rarity, here’s my own, featuring the beach at Bognor Regis, the park at Petworth House created by Capability Brown, Arundel Castle and the memorial at Selsey Bill to the astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.

Lambley Viaduct, Northumberland

Lambley Viaduct in Northumberland was opened in 1852 as part of the Alston line, a single track from Haltwhistle. Trains last ran across Lambley Viaduct in the 1970’s, serving the lead mines at Alston. Walkers on the Pennine Way pass nearby but don’t cross the river. The elegant arches span the River South Tyne flowing down from Alston, making it the only major river in Cumbria which flows to the North Sea.