This blogger felt that the morning legs were a bit leaden as he made his way to the van to drive to Biggar, where he would leave the van and hook up with Meg, Ewan, Pollaidh and Margaret who once more opted to walk with us, before the group drove to Broughton for the start of the day.
A poor nights sleep did not help but the funny thing is that once the legs started to move, a familiar rhythm emerged and it was like ‘Oh!Of course! Walk the Beeline’
So walk he did…and the rest of the team too.
Today the old dismantled railway track from Broughton to Biggar would be the path. Straight forwards and level…and a tad under 10k…we’re not counting that though because most of the other days have been a tad over 😉 Nice to have an easier day of walking before the last leg which will involve a climb and descent of Tinto Hill.
The most noticeable thong about today, despite being cloudy and overcast, was the proliferation of Pollinators. Buzzing and flitting all about the place they were.
I’m going to let the pictures mostly do the talking today.
We completed the walking part of the day relatively early and so had a leisurely lunch in the Biggar Community Park with ducks and Swans for company.
I headed back to Wiston to load photos and prep the blogging ( 2 of Megs blogs to catch up on as well as this one) before joining my compadres for a bite to eat at the Crown Inn. We then headed off for the Atkinson-Pryce bookshop for the evening talks.
Meg introduced the evening by talking about the inspiration for Make a Beeline and then handed over to Veronica Burke who spoke passionately about Scotland The Bread
Visit the link and get informed. It is a very very important project.
Andrew Whitley was then introduced by Veronica and a small time negotiation process was smoothly concluded. Andrew spoke for the allotted 20 minutes, well a little more actually, and he had us eating out of the palm of his hand from the off.
He began by drawing some interesting parallels between our walk and pilgrimage before moving into the subject of wheat and bread.
Never in a million years would I have thought a talk about bread would be so engaging, so thought provoking, so political and so absolutely necessary. It connected in with our walk theme beautifully in that the encouragement of diversity to help promote a more fulfilling relationship with the land and with each other was a key cornerstone of the talk. It reminded me that all things are connected, as our bee walk has done so too.
Veronica did very well to curtail his commentary within the allotted time, give or take a minute here or there, despite my prodding him with a question that opened the door for further elucidation and questions. (Sorry V)
More Q&A followed and some free form chat and connection ( Human Pollination?) before it was time to say goodnight and head for home to blog, sleep, dream of bready matters and prepare for the last leg of ‘let’s Make A Beeline’
What a day!