Day 21 - A farm using robotic milking and dinner at Jessie’s house, Stranraer, Scotland

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)
(L-R) Val Allan, Pauline, Catherine, Ching, Betty, Kee Moon


Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – visited a farm using robotic milking and dinner at Jessie’s house

Early morning, we played several rounds of golf on the beautiful lawn well maintained by Alistair. How did we play golf was trying to putt a hole-in-one on a 25ft green – guess what, we never made it. This morning Alistair brought the ladies to meet us at Lady Bay. We then walked to Portencalzie farm nearby where the cows would queue up to get to the robotic milking machine to be milked. From here Kee Moon and I would walked back along the road towards Kirkcolm whilst Alistair would drive the ladies to visit Margaret Modrate at Kirkcolm.

Alistair then came to pick us to visit
Margaret Modrate who lives in Kirkcolm and later Margaret Modrate drove the ladies back to Alistair’s house. We would also thanked Margaret Modrate for giving us the potato scone and sand-witches for our tea-time. We had another good lunch at home: pig knuckle and meat loaf.

In the evening at 5.30pm, Jessie and Jimmy invited us for dinner at their beautiful house next door to Alistair. Here again we had fantastic meal with wine, ice-cream and coffee.

Sleeping: Shambley Residence, Millfield Avenue, Stranraer, Scotland.
Temp: min.11 – max.18 °C

Good morning golfer - it was really nice teeing off in the morning air.
Morning view of the mini one hole golf course beside the fishing station.
The sea tide is coming in this morning.
Morning view of the Loch Ryan from the fishing station.
Morning view of the fishing station.
In the fishing station kitchen.
A nice place to be at the fishing station, Lady Bay, Loch Ryan.
The happy backpackers from Malaysia at the fishing station, Lady Bay.
We were ready to trek out of Lady Bay.
The Port House of Lady Bay.
We then walked to this Portencalzie farm where the cows would queue up to get to the robotic Lely milking machine to be milked.
The feed provided to the cows is of major importance to the overall success of a dairy farm. It affects not only milk production but also feed/milk efficiency, general cow health, reproduction and metabolic disturbances. In addition, feed influences cow traffic and visit behaviour to the robot.
As the market leader in robotic milking, Lely knows that correct feeding of cows is essential for successful robotic milking. The Lely Vector Automatic Feeding system ensures 24/7 fresh, flexible feeding according the cow’s needs.
Research on various forms of cow traffic shows that free cow traffic is characterized by a higher milk production with less labour and a reduced risk of mastitis.
Kee Moon and I would walked back along the road towards Kirkcolm whilst Alistair would drive the ladies to visit Margarete at Kirkcolm.
A beautiful farm house along the road.
Part of the Portencalzie farm estate.
Part of the Portencalzie farm estate.
A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into electrical power. A wind turbine used for charging batteries may be referred to as a wind charger.
"Take me home country road."
Lim Kee Moon walking with his day-pack enjoying the farm view.
Saying goodbye to Lady Bay and will come back again.

The breathtaking view of the country side road - take me home.
At Margaret Modrate's house.
Margaret Modrate's little garden.
Margaret Modrate's beautiful roses.

We had these pig knuckle from Morrison supermarket for lunch.

We wish to thank Margaret Modrate for these potato scone for our lunch.

We had these meat loaf for lunch.

We also wish to thank Margaret Modrate for these sandwiches.

Back home, Pauline got these beautiful roses from Alistair's garden.
A panoramic view of Millfield Avenue from Jessie and Jimmy's house.

Jessie and Jimmy invited us for dinner at their beautiful cottage next door to Alistair. Here again we had fantastic meal with wine, ice-cream and coffee.

Dear Jessie and Jimmy, cheers to all of you.

Dear Jessie, we would like to thank you for the food and wine.

What a delicious food from Jessie.






After dinner it was time for special coffee from Jimmy.

The beautiful guest bed-room.


The beautiful lounge.

The beautiful sun-room.


Betty Ching and Lim Kee Moon.

Pauline Toh and Val Allan.

Yours truly and Catherine.





At Jimmy's flower garden.






“Dearest Jessie and Jimmy, we would like to thank both of you for the lovely meal at your beautiful house. Your home cooked traditional Scottish dishes were excellent. We had very good meal and the excellent taste of your special brewed coffee. Never knew you could make such good coffee.

We had the pleasure enjoying sitting and taking photographs at your 
very special sun-room with good view of Millfield Avenue.

Please take care till we see you in Penang this December 2014.

With Love from friends of Malaysia: Pauline Toh, Betty Ching, 
Catherine Oon, Val Allan, Lim Kee Moon and Ching Neng Bin.”


Robotic milking, Stranraer, Scotland on 10.06.2014



Lady Bay at Loch Ryan, Stranraer, Scotland on 10.06.2014

Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland
 

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)
 

Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
 

Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan
 

Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
 

Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)

Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little

Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight
 

Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow 6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am.
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