I take a pause from the biggest sewing-up job ever known to mankind to share, at long last, the final three Lizard Ridge Squares.
This is Trondheim – it’s the name of a town on the fjords about 2/3rds of the way up Norway and I was lucky enough to sail there from Scotland many years ago. It was the height of summer, scorching hot and the fjords had that very saturated deep blue that only a great depth of water can convey. We would sail close to the shore looking for somewhere to anchor and be continually double checking the depth reader as we found ourselves still beyond the reach of our anchor chain but almost close enough to reach out and touch the pine trees.
This is probably the least mongrel of the lot and is very similar to the Kir Royale square. It isn’t quite the real thing though so it is the Heart of Fire from the Mystery of the Blue Train – where all isn’t quite what it seems either!
This final square has always had a name, regardless of colour or inspiration. When we last drove back from the Western Isles we took a scenic route through the mountains down to Glasgow. After a little drive climbing what seem to be (from your side) gentle hills, you come to a place which is marked in the atlas as a village and is in reality a National Trust of Scotland car park. Below you the valley opens up and the road snakes away down the steep slopes. It ranks very highly in my list of top place names. It is called:
And finally, seeing as it is Valentine’s day:
I started a sock. In pink and white Peppermint Cheer. Happy Valentine’s Day.