More great food

We went back into the city centre to get a few things. One of the shops we visited was The Bike Chain ( to buy some panniers for Cameron’s bike. As we intend to do some overnight camping in a tent and on occasions (many occasions I think!) we will have to use our bikes to go for food shopping, the panniers are necessary. Cameron was interested in the Ortlieb panniers and the shop assistant was really helpful giving good advice on the type of panniers most suited for our requirements.

We had been told by Ian that there was a fantastic delicatessen and tearoom called Valvona and Crolla on Leith Walk ( and that it was certainly worth a visit. Not too much of a surprise then that we found ourselves inside it. What an amazing place with a vast array of meats, cheeses, pasta, wine, sweets, and the list goes on. The tearoom is definitely a gem and one to remember. Last stop before heading back – the barbers. I had threatened to cut Cameron’s hair but he now has a reprieve of 5 weeks!!!

When we got back to the site we literally jumped into the car and headed out to see Dowell and Jo (our nephew and his wife) and their girls (Megan and Lucy). I can’t believe how the girls have grown or am I forgetting that I am getting older? Dowell makes the most amazing curry and he did not fail to impress again. We had a great time and hope to see you all again soon. Apologies for it being a late night for you, particularly on a school night. 🙂

About Elaine Speirs

Elaine comes from Hamilton near Glasgow and her interests in the outdoor scene began at University. She is a keen mountaineer, climber, cyclist and skier. Her first mountaineering exploit was going up the North Face of Ben Nevis after which she was “hooked” on the mountains. She has also climbed outside of the UK, particularly in the Dolomites, Chamonix and Majorca.
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