THE INTERIM FIRE ESCAPE


Found behind my hotel in Somerset, UK, in 2010 … Photograph – WHB

For want of a staircase a ladder will do,
Perhaps when the fire starts there won’t be a queue.
Such was the thinking by those in the know;
For a four star hotel this came as a blow.

To all we old codgers who can’t climb up stairs
This came as a setback, to add to our cares.
To find our retreat cut off in such fashion
Was a palpable blow that sent us all ashen.

So we went to reception describing our plight.
We were told not to worry, things would fast be put right.
A new lift had been ordered to be installed soon.
When I asked them just when they said ‘Maybe next June’.

But don’t worry sir, we’ve got adequate cover.
Our waiter’s a big lad and so is his brother.
Between them they’ll see that you come to no harm,
And besides we’ve just installed a new smoke alarm.

The Isle of Ghia

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I have eulogised in previous blogs about the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland.  Today I include a gallery of photographs which I took, some years ago now, on the southernmost Inner Hebridean island of GHIA.  Ghia has one of the warmest climates in Scotland and is a beautiful destination, with sandy beaches, the renowned Achamore Gardens, good food, history and wildlife, a golf course, quiet roads and friendly people.

One of the main attractions of this small island is the ease with which one can reach it from the mainland.  It lies just four miles from the Kintyre peninsular and the ferry, from Tayinloan, will take just 20 minutes to reach the small landing at Ardminish.  The island’s one hotel is close by and I had a delightful few days based there whilst I explored the island.

The population of Ghia is approximately 160.  The island is just over 6 miles long.  Its single-track main road runs from north to south covering almost the whole length of the island which is nowhere more than two miles across from east to west.  The highest mountain on the island is Creag Bhan in the northern part of the island which is exactly 100 metres in height.

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Isle of GHIA – marked with the red pointer

Find out more about the island at:  GHIA’s website

PHOTO GALLERY . . .

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20 minute ferry ride from the mainland of Kintyre

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Ardminish Bay and the island’s one hotel

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Bikes for hire will take you the length of the island’s one north-to-south road

SouthPierScene

Scene at the island’s south Pier

SouthPierSwans

Many birds on the island’s foreshore

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The island’s Manor House and magnificent gardens

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Roadside flora

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More roadside hydrangeas

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Sheep roaming the foreshore

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Shade under the palm tree

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Ancient Runes

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… and ancient tombs

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View of the Paps of Jura looking west from Ghia

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THE INTERIM FIRE ESCAPE

 

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Found behind a large hotel I was staying at in Somerset, UK, in 2010.  Photo: WHB

THE  INTERIM  FIRE  ESCAPE

 

For want of a staircase a ladder will do,

Perhaps when the fire starts there won’t be a queue.

Such was the thinking by those in the know;

For a four star hotel this came as a blow.

 

To all we old codgers who can’t climb up stairs

This came as a setback, to add to our cares.

To find our retreat cut off in such fashion

Was a palpable blow that sent us all ashen.

 

So we went to reception describing our plight.

We were told not to worry, things would fast be put right.

A new lift had been ordered to be installed soon.

When I asked them just when they said “Maybe next June.”

 

“But don’t worry sir, we’ve got adequate cover.

Our waiter’s a big lad and so is his brother.

Between them they’ll see that you come to no harm,

And besides we’ve just installed a new smoke alarm.”

 

 

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