Tuesday 3 January 2012: Wild is the Wind - Forth Bridge afternoon
Twitter. All morning. Checking updates for the Forth Road Bridge, BBCTravelScot and Scotrail.
Woke to hear wild winds outside the cottage in Crail, and realised that the first part of our plan for the day was not going to work. We were due to take Mum to the station at Leuchars to catch a train back home, but the news was that there were no rail services running, and that was the situation all day. Meanwhile there were reports on the radio that there were 105 mph winds recorded on Blackford Hill in Edinburgh. The graphs for the wind at the Forth Road Bridge showed a wild situation too.
So the first revision to the plan for the day was that we were going to leave Mum in charge of our two kids while we (somehow) managed to get across to Edinburgh, clean our cottage after the new year guests had departed and in readiness for our next guests who were due to arrive in the evening. Only bright spot was that they were not arriving until after 6 pm and they were stuck in Fife too!
It was after 3 before we saw a glimmer of hope that the Forth Road Bridge would open again so we set of in the direction of Edinburgh and had a remarkably trouble-free journey. We were glad to see the Bridge and I tried to take a pic whilst we were crossing (be assured, OH was driving!). A super-speedy changeover and OH was left behind in Edinburgh while I made the trip back to Crail ready to do it all again the following day. Roads were amazingly quiet, perhaps due to the police having warned everyone to stay home.
All in the cause of keeping our guests happy!
Oh, and just in case you thought we didn't have a back-up plan, we did. Plan B was that we'd contacted our network of self-catering apartment owners, and found that one of our number had a flat set up and ready to go, so we had alternative accommodation which we could divert our guests to in case they got there and we hadn't been able to.
Hope I don't have too many other exciting days like this to cope with.