Scotland, rain and the search continues

August 16, 2018

Today – after 4 days of rain

for the first time we have seen the sun again and – even warmed us. We certainly enjoyed about 20 degrees and we could enjoy to be outside despite the wind.
You want to know how the drawing of Stuart was? Strange but true:
Let’s start with:

August 12, 2018

On Sunday we left the small but beautiful campsite Linwater

(after only one night for filling electricity and water) in the pouring rain which changed into strong drizzle every once in a while, and went to the agreed meeting with Stuart – the fishermen – in the parking lot of the channel not far from the campsite.

We waited.
And waited.

Wilfried waiting in the rain for Stuart

Stuart must have been lost in the pub. So Stuart Number 2 also has let us down.
For some ships the weather was not too bad and a group of young people stopped for a moment at the landing area.

Thumbs up for the Project

Big Fredi naturally had all attention.

When they parted, all of them waved friendly.

Even for some paddlers and cyclists it was not too wet. In the drizzle more or less moderately rain packed they seemed to enjoy their hobby.

So we spent the night from Sunday to Monday at the canal close to the water. Meanwhile, we have already become accustomed to the late-arriving engine running music boxes (= cars of teenagers) even if they disturb us.

13. August 2018


we used to introduce ourselves for face Europe in Jupiter Artland. Unfortunately, we were refused. After a short walk through the “Artland” in the afternoon and a siesta Big Fredi brought us further south into the far corner of the origin of the Ayr River – still in Scotland. The neighbour of the car park has self established rules for each visitor of the parking lot.
So for us it is: “but no camping“! As if we had even thought about „camping outside“ in the bad weather.


August 14, 2018

On Tuesday morning,

when the rain just paused, we enjoyed a walk around the reservoir. Two grumpy old men sat on a park bench and gave us the opportunity to learn something of their Scottish hatreds against the English and Irish. One of them spat in disgust from the word Englishman, which should express the distaste for these people.

The bench of the old men

We never heard a British person speak in that way against the Scots.
Well, that much about peace in the world.
As soon as we had finished our walk, the rain began again.
For the next night we wanted to get a spot in the Lake District. The picturesque lakes were hidden behind a thick curtain of rain, the lake villages were crowded with tourists and too narrow for parking of Big Fredi.
As we turned into a parking lot outside in the woods in the evening, we were warmly welcome by a nice Australian couple who was just their fourth day with on the way in their new motor home. Their trip shall last 11-month and will go all over Europe. The two people – Sindy and Adam – accepted our invitation for a chat with us in Big Fredi. We wish them good luck and a great trip! Maybe we meet again!

August 15 2018


Evening. A tiny place. A village with a barely recognisable center, an inn (Black Horse), a fish and chips shop, a hairdresser, a grocery store and of course a coffee house. Two churches, a settlement of 300 new houses. And similar circumstances of village life as ours. Those who participate in the very generous village and church life are always the same. Some people of the “new” settlement (almost 15 years) were never seen in the village. This told me a gracious lady who I (Lisbeth) met in the church.

August 16, 2018

We can finally enjoy the sun being back.

And take the chance of the good weather for a further search for Ray. Uphill, along pastures, over the railway track we arrive at long hill. Nowhere we can find him. We call him. But he does not hear us. If he sits in the train that rushes past us?
Or is he in the plane? The helicopters assist us in the search.
Peak District is like a magnet for us. It stands for wild nature. Hills as if they made of wool, so soft, only sheep and cows inhabit the vastness …

Also see the Movie “Searching for Ray part 2”

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