I’ll post a write up of my early morning activation of GM/SS-289 White Hill on my blog later. You may recall this summit was re-assessed and deemed to be 20cm taller than GM/SS-273 Hightown Hill which it replaced.
I activated it White Hill this morning and scored 40 contacts. It was appropriate for me to be the first one to put it on the air, as I was the first to activate Hightown Hill in 2005.
I was followed around the bands by Eric @F5JKK who worked me on 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m and on both modes. Well done Eric!
After the activation I celebrated with a full breakfast in Tesco’s Carlisle before heading home
By then he’d crossed back from the promised land back to land of the Southrons and was having an English breakfast.
Fried white bread… seeing that has my taste buds tingling as can not remember when I last had a piece. Although my pancreas and arteries are crying at the punishment high fat/high simple carbs would have on them!
I also activated White Hill GM/SS-289 today later in the day about 1515z on my way home from the Hill of Stake GM/SS-155. Just 4 callsigns in the log but then it included 4m and 13cm. I will update the logs tomorrow.
This completes this year’s campaign to activate all SOTA in Southern Uplands to the west of the M74.
That’s a nice looking fish Jarek. I would have appreciated the tartare sauce but not the lemon. I don’t like the salt granules, poor distribution on the food, normal salt would be better. Did you put vinegar on? Like Tom I don’t like the look of the peas, they aren’t the mushy variety.
Although I haven’t used the fish and chips shops around England outside Yorkshire for some time, there are a few “localisms” I believe, still in existance. Can others confrim that you can still buy steamed Hollands Steak Puddings in the north west chippies? Saveloys in the midlands chippies? The other oddity is that in Scotland’s chippies you can ask for a fish supper at any time of the day, it doesn’t have to be at night. In our small town of Pickering (Pop. 7000) we have three fish and chips shops (and three Indian restaurants - how they make a living I know not!)
PS The English Breakfast in Tesco Carlisle was £7.70 including tea. I added mushroom and black pudding at 85p each!
Well done Andrew on activating all those summits in a year, including White Hill, the new one. Not an easy call in a year, the summits are a long way apart. Quite a trail to Hill of Stake. Now I await another operator going to White Hill GM/SS-289 so I can complete it. I put my track into the SMP last night if anyone is considering going there, a very easy ascent.
Now that does make your mouth water. We had one of those every New Year’s Day when our children were young. My xyl from Aberdeenshire said that they used to have one with a silver threepenny piece hidden in it on NYD and if you were lucky enough to get it you could exchange it for a bronze one to spend!
Clootie Dumpling is a traditional Scots dish that has been around for centuries. It was around 1650, when people realised that a pudding cloth could be used to steam or boil puddings in a bubbling pot of water over an open fire.
It even “infiltrated” Nottinghamshire. My mother used to make them and she was Notts born and bred, though of Welsh and Irish extraction.