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Walking, Weather and Working Out

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Autumn in Northumberland
Just returned from our annual, October short break in Northumberland
En route we stopped off at Newton Aycliffe and noticed this sculpture called In Our Image on the roundabout.
The Angel of the North at Gateshead heralds our approach and is no longer perceived as a blot on the landscape.
The weather was kind and we made straight for Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum. The Hall was home to Earl Grey of the blend of tea and prime minister fame and his descendants still live in a wing of the house.After refreshments in the elegant Earl Grey Tea Rooms we spent a good few hours walking through the grounds.The autumnal colours were stunning.  








On the way to the B&B, we stopped off to take in some of our favourite haunts.








Hornsea Museum, Healthy Writers, matters Horticultural and the Last of the Haussmans

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Hornsea Museum
We had an enjoyable visit to Hornsea Museum which is situated in Newbegin, the main street of the East Yorkshire seaside town.
The museum is in a former farmhouse where the Burn family lived for 300 years up to 1952 the experience was made more interesting for the children by hiding small, toy mice in every room which had to be spotted and ticked off on a sheet. The adults liked this bit too!
The exhibits are arranged in rooms; bedroom, parlour, kitchen, washroom.There was also a schoolroom, blacksmith and barn.Other artifacts of local history are displayed here and examples of Hornsea pottery, once manufactured on the site of the Freeport Retail Outlet, are shown in chronological order.

Horticulture
This month’s flower arrangement of foliage and pale flowers:
At the Gardener’s Club Forum,  Sally Henson gave an interesting talk on Madeira - Garden of the Atlantic (and also birthplace of Ronaldo and where kapok trees grow).  The photos of the plant life were amazing. 

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