Ali had chosen the theme "Favourite". And this is my ATC.
I have lots and lots of favourites, but by chance that weekend we happened to be in Whitehead for a walk on the Country Antrim coast. Whitehead is a small town right up on the headland. It has several attractions, my brother and sister in law live there, it has a steam train and a lovely row of painted town houses along the front. The main highlight though is the coastal path underneath the cliff and Blackhead Lighthouse, we're on a theme here with the local names.
But the new attraction has the unusual name of The Gobbins.
|The Gobbins Cliff Path|
This had long become derelict and dangerous, but you know what? N Ireland is on the tourist trail now and the Gobbins has been reconstructed. I couldn't wait to visit but it involves a very steep ladder up the side of the cliff, over 150 steps. Not recommended for the elderly, infirm, asthmatics or those with cardiac conditions. I'm not elderly, inform nor have a cardiac condition but I do get a little short of puff, so maybe not for me. I can however imagine myself telling visitors or future generations about it so assuredly it will almost as if I had climbed it myself, by proxy. If you're young, fit, of brave heart and can breathe unassisted, do go the next time you are in Whitehead. And tell me how you get on. Those Victorian tourists must have been made of strong stuff.
My love of lighthouses is not just confined to my homeland, Blackhead, Cranfield, Donaghadee all feature, but I love lighthouses the world over. The lighthouses of New England are particularly well remembered and loved.
Anyhow enough of me, having sent my lighthouse to Helen in England, I received this gorgeous ATC from Deborah. By chance Deborah and I already "know" each other. We follow each other in instagram, Deborah is @debgar58. And Deborah was the lucky recipient of my ATC season 6, my first ever. So, I was delighted when I opened the envelope and saw Deborah's name.
And her ATC is simply awesome. It is the Ring of Brodgar on Mainland Orkney, her favourite place.
It is beautifully appliqued, embroidered and beaded. Really, really nice. I have never been to Orkney, but it is on my list of places to go. We usually go to Scotland by ferry, and turn right towards the Lake District or Oxford. We have on occasions flown to Glasgow or Edinburgh and spent a weekend drinking whiskey. It would be nice to drive off the ferry and turn left and head towards the Highlands and Islands, Orkney in particular. I would especially like to go on a distillery tour of the Islands. And now I have somewhere to visit. Thank you Deborah.
|Ring of Brodgar, Orkney|