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Rob Little’s Blog – musings of an English / British Tour Guide where I not only vent about things that “get my goat” but, also, publish lovely photos and eccentric stories about “this Sceptered Isle”!

Processing around Stonehenge with a thousand tourists must feel a bit like the Hajj !!
Friday, 23rd June 2017

I was listening to criticism on the radio about the “experience” tourists “enjoy” while visiting Stonehenge. While this is the most important prehistoric site in Europe, it is shut off to the public at the summer and winter solstice so as “the hairies” can enjoy their substance fuelled celebrations.

At other times of the year, the visiting hoi polloi are permitted to engage in what to some may look like a ritual processing around the stones, counter clockwise, behind a fence, that to some some who have pilgrimaged to Mecca, and processed seven times around the Ka’aba at the Hajj, may seem peculiarly familiar.

The fact is, a visit to Stonehenge in the company of thousands of others arriving on tour buses, is a distinctly underwhelming experience especially for those who have traveled great distances with exaggerated anticipation. The fact is, English Heritage is a victim of its own success – it is this organisation that has built up expectations with their extravagant visitor centre turning what was a 1 hour visit into a 2.5 hour retail experience.

I remember when, as a child, we would stop and picnic at Stonehenge, sitting amongst the stones, eating our sandwiches. How different it was then.

If you are looking for the ultimate experience at Stonehenge, the answer is to attend one of their exclusive “Special Access Visits” at dawn which, of course, means an early start. Then you can enter the “sacred” Stone Circle and (if it’s not blowing a gale) enjoy watching the sunrise which is a truly ethereal experience.

I can organise the visit but not the weather and please note that visits like this are understandably in high demand!!

Rob Little
English Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Back in the Lakes and Fells…..

For the third time this year I visit the Lake District with my Customers and, as I have said before, the Lake District is not just about “Lakes” !!

Today after a walk through Hawkshead and a visit to the Beatrice Potter farmhouse at Far Sawrey, we crossed the Windermere ferry and briefly visited the little church at Cartmel Fell before the main focus of the day – lunch at the cafe in Cartmel that INVENTED “Sticky Toffee Pudding”.

Then onto the final focus of the day – the Infamous Hardnott Pass and I found a delighted new route across highland through to Eskdale Green and the start of the Pass that everyone finds just about as shocking as the most frightening of fairground rides yet with the most stunning of views.

Wonderful day with my happy Customers.

Rob Little
Lake District Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

The Hardnott Pass is steep – check out the motor bike !

VERY steep !

Near the summit of the Hardnott Pass

…..and still a way to go !

Good on ya for speaking out Harry !!

Good on Prince Harry for speaking out in his interview with Newsweek – click HERE.

I think both he and his brother seem really nice guys determined to live more “normal” lives than their predecessors.

Living in Tetbury, the princes were brought up at Highgrove House, just a mule or so away and they were often seen in the town – my kids both “served” them, as ordinary Customers when they were working in their weekend jobs in the local supermarkets.

Harry’s comment about being made to walk behind his mother’s coffin was telling and his lack of mentioning his father and Camilla, spoke volumes.

You may like to read the article.

Rob Little
Tetbury Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Gotta love Dennis Skinner…..
Wednesday, 21st June 2017

You have to love Dennis Skinner who has Rita contempt for the House of Lords and never joins the rest of his colleagues when they are summoned by “Black Rod” to:

Attend her Majesty in the House of Peers“!!

And he always says something disrespectful and sarky after the “command” and today, referring that the Queen was going (Horse) racing at Ascot this afternoon; Skinner said to his colleagues:

Better get yer skates on the first race is at half past two“!!

At which point the House of Commons was close to hysteria !!

Rob Little
Loves a rebel…..
Let’s Tour England !

RIP George Little…..
Tuesday, 20th June 2017

RIP my cousin, George Little a well known Swansea Artist.

George was Head of Art at Swansea University, swam daily in the sea until relatively recently and was passionate about his art – a favourite subject being industrial decay in South Wales.

Now at peace and back in the company of his two reprobate cousins – Reg and Ernie!

Rob Little

Welcome to The House of Bruar !

Welcome to The House of Bruar – the upscale out of town shopping centre selling everything Scottish! It is the antithesis of Trago Mills, its Celtic cousin in Cornwall !

My Customers are often not sure if they want to visit this place but I dropped my people at 2.15pm and at the time of writing it’s 4.45pm and they eventually staggered back to the van at 4.50pm!!!

Enjoy the photos !

Rob Little
Enjoys the Coffee Shop…..
Let’s Tour England AND Scotchland!

Chocolates?

Deli?

Butchers…..

Grocery

“Fromage…..”

I’ll be in the coffee shop !

Culross – beautifully picturesque Scottish village…..

[Culross Palace]

One of the most picturesque villages in Scotland with cobbled streets and a quaint ochre-coloured palace.

Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries with its white-harled houses with red-tiled roofs line the steep cobbled streets which run from the market cross to the hilltop abbey.

In the centre is the ochre-coloured palace with its beautifully reconstructed period garden, complete with herbs, fruit and vegetables, and rare Scots Dumpy hens.

By visiting Culross Palace one gets a sense of what it would have been like to live in the Palace in its prime, with original painted woodwork and beautifully restored 17th and 18th-century interiors.

And if you are in need of refreshment I cannot more highly recommend “Bessie’s Cafe” for a warm reception wonderful coffee and wholesome food – I had a slice of the scrumptious banana cake !

Rob Little
No wonder I am “rotund”…..
Let’s Tour England AND Scotchland !

Good morning from Edinburgh…..
Monday, 19th June 2017

Good morning from Leith, the Port of Edinburgh, where the sea is as calm as a millpond !

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
Let’s Tour England and Scotchland !

The Balmoral Hotel, Walter Scott Monument and Princes Street, Edinburgh

View from Holyrood Park

View from Holyrood Park – can’t find the name of this building with out trying a bit harder !!

View from Holyrood Park

Sunset a few minutes before 10pm tonight !

….and just 15 minutes later !

Browsing around Edinburgh…..
Sunday, 18th June 2017

Today I decided just to have a quiet day, looking around Edinburgh doing some things I have not done before. I found myself outside Bute House, the home of the Scottish First Minister and climbed Carlton Hill in 85 degrees to see the monuments and view – pretty impressive.

Why am I eating an “Indian” on a sweltering day? I guess because they do!!

Rob Little
Driver / Guide
Let’s Tour England !

Waiting to pick up Nicola Sturgeon from her Edinburgh pad !

Not a sight oft seen down south…..

The Royal Yacht – I once attended a Christening on this ship!!

Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building.

Holyrood Park

Old Town, the Castle and Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel and Princes Street

Nelson’s Monument on Calton Hill – an upside down telescope !

The National Monument on Calton Hill

Panoramic looking north from Calton Hill and the Firth of Forth

The city looking north towards the Port of Leith.

Sun still up at 9.35pm – nite nite !

I’m in my favourite pub / restaurant in Edinburgh and have been greeted like a long lost Uncle !
Saturday, 17th June 2017

I’m in my favourite pub / restaurant in Edinburgh and have been greeted by three separate staff like a long lost Uncle ! One of them said “oh Mr Little we have not seen you for a while…..” I guess there must be something memorable about me?

When in Edinburgh (and sadly it’s only once this year) I like to visit The Ship on the Shore in Leith at least once. This is a fantastic fish pub – you need a reservation!

I hope you like the photos as much as I enjoyed eating the meal !

Rob Little
Driver / Guide
Let’s Tour England and Scotchland !

The Ship on the Shore, Leith !

I’ve not returned (yet) to alcohol since I have in up for Lent !

Chowder was not on the menu…..but for me…..?

The smoked fish platter – I always have this !!