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.
I needn’t have worried. Flat Ruthie knew her manners and had been impeccably brought up in her website home http://cardboardmetravels.com/
Our town has a strong maritime heritage so it was off to the marina and Hartlepool Historic Quay http://www.hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.com/ 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.
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!
Swiftly on to the lock gates, I think.
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. http://www.thisishartlepool.co.uk/history/thehartlepoolmonkey.asp
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.
Very grateful thanks are due to Ruth of http://cardboardmetravels.com/ 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.