by Brenda W. Clough
Both my husband and I are going through a period of severe Roman fandom. I am writing a time travel novel and he is doing research on curse tablets. So this day was devoted to seeking Roman ruins across the north country. Luckily Hadrian’s Wall is right here near Carlisle, and here is a piece of it. I took this picture at a roadside site on the way to Birdoswald, a fort on the Wall. For many centuries the Wall was mined by the local peasantry for sheep walls and so on, but now the nation has awakened to the tourist potential, and you can walk, cycle, bus or drive the entire length of the wall from sea to shining sea.
We also stopped at the far western end of the wall, at Bowness-on-Solway, on Solway Firth. You can stand there and see across the Firth to Scotland. It is so incredibly beautiful here. And relatively deserted — this is the Bank Holiday weekend in Britain and I should judge that about half the population of Britain is in the Lake District.