Weight and Stuff Report – 28 September 2016

Weight: 214.5 pounds (15 stone 4.5 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 11,702

As I thought, yesterday’s low weight was a wossname, but I’m still lighter than before I went to Wales, so it’s not so bad.

I took myself to Edinburgh today. This wasn’t exactly planned – I just went to the station and decided where to go when I got there, based on how long to wait for a train, and what time I’d get there. This may sound a bit random, but it works for me.

It looked like a nice day here, but as the train moved north, it got duller and greyer. Indeed, it started to rain as I reached the Castle area. I’d dithered about going into the castle, given the posted entry fee of £16.50, and the queue for the ticket office. But then I saw a lovely thing: a sign suggesting that English Heritage members should just pop into the visitor information office and get a ticket there. So I did, for the much nicer price of free. Yay, etc.

I had a good wander around the castle – it helped that the rain decided to stop almost immediately. I enjoyed the hazy view from the battlements, the Scottish Crown Jewels, and more. Now I know it’s free, I’ll make a point of popping in for a quick look next time I’m in the area.

As usual in Edinburgh, I stopped for lunch at the lovely St Giles Cafe Bar on St Giles Street, just off the Royal Mile, where I had my usual – their house special. This is the St Giles Waffle, a quite wonderful creation consisting of a warm waffle (nice) topped with bacon (always a good move) and Brie (melting nicely), with some cherry tomatoes (juicy) and salad leaves, drizzled with maple syrup (tasty). A lovely combination which is almost worth the trip on its own.

I then wandered a bit more, stopping to say hello to Greyfriars Bobby:

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 15:08, 28 September, 2016
Location 55° 56.8232′ 0″ N 3° 11.4872′ 0″ W

OK, let’s take a closer look – this is a cropped version of the photo above:

 

Greyfriars Bobby up close

Greyfriars Bobby up close

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 15:08, 28 September, 2016
Location 55° 56.8232′ 0″ N 3° 11.4872′ 0″ W

After a we bit more wandering, my legs told me they were about to drop off, so I headed back to the station and got the next train to Newcastle.

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