This week I played hostess to an inquisitive young lady who hailed all the way from Pittsburgh, USA. An impressive-looking city on the Ohio River in Pennsylvania, I kind of worried what I could show her in my humble little home town Hartlepool, on the north east coast of England.
Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh, by Wikipedia
I needn’t have worried. Flat Ruthie knew her manners and had been impeccably brought up in her website home
Our town has a strong maritime heritage so it was off to the marina and Hartlepool Historic Quay
Cameras swinging nicely in tune we checked out the paddle-steamer PSS Wingfield Castle.
And Britain’s oldest fighting ship, HMS Trincomalee, built in India in 1817, was restored in Hartlepool over a 10 year period.
Pirates lad? Where be my cutlass?
A pirate party was about to break out on board so I steered Ruthie away to admire some smaller craft. I’ve seen what a cutlass can do to a cardboard lady!
The Customs Office! Any smuggling still going on in these parts?
Let's just hang around a while
Whoo, I'm dangling!
Swiftly on to the lock gates, I think.
Tickets anybody? No? Oh, you can cross over for free- great!
Ah, now we're talking! You know I like monkeys.
Knowing Ruthie has a fondness for monkeys I didn’t like to share with her the Legend of the Monkey Hanger! But you might like to read it- it’s just a bit of folklore.
Tired with our efforts and beginning to attract a crowd of admirers, we decided to save the beach for another day and head home for a cuppa.
Is this a seahorse, Restlessjo? No dear, just a bookend.
Very grateful thanks are due to Ruth of
for creating my little friend and allowing her to travel with me. I’m hoping she just might accompany me to the Algarve sometime, and there I really can promise her a beach.
I absolutely love Ruth’s idea. You can read all about it and follow Flat Ruthie’s travels by following the link. Maybe some of you would like to escort Ruthie on a little trip yourselves? The gal loves to travel- we’re kindred spirits.