So, I count my blessings
|Temple Newsam House|
|Broad Beans Aquadulce Claudia|
|Happy Days at Happy Daze|
| Sunrise over Seahouses Harbour from our window|
| Low Newton with Dunstanburgh Castle in the background|
We stayed at the Gun Rock B&B at Seahouses which was a good, central base and offered quality accommodation with a good view of the harbour.
We enjoyed eating at the Elan Pizzeria, which has a variety of Italian dishes on its menu. The staff was helpful in adapting the ingredients to suit our needs and the venue is a good place for a coffee and cake or glass of wine, rather than a noisy pub. I can’t believe I just made that last remark which really shows my age!
I can see for miles and miles. Sea for miles and miles
Walking round Holy Island (Lindisfarne), we found that an observatory had been built which gave us an amazing 360 degree view of Bamburgh, the Farne Islands and the Scottish border. A bagpiper busking at the entrance to the castle added to the ambience. We were conscious of the time as we completed our walk as the tide would prevent us from leaving after 2.40 pm, when the causeway would be submerged until 9 pm. We returned to the car park with time to spare for a cup of tea but on switching on the engine, the dashboard displayed a message that the car was overheating. We tentatively drove to the mainland and managed to reach a garage on the A1 where a bottle of coolant solved the problem.
Lindisfarne Castle, where there is a Gertrude Jekyll garden
Navigation aid; the pyramid, not me!
Bamburgh to Budle
A favourite route of ours is to walk along the shore from Bamburgh castle and over the golf course to Budle Point. The landscape is stunning. At one spot on a fern lined, downward, twisting path, you come across a wooden bench. Apart from it offering a welcome rest, there is a great view. The bench is dedicated to the memory of Audrey, who loved to visit the area. Last time we were there, we met Audrey’s husband, who also told us about Budle pier from where regular shipments of stone were delivered to Kings Lynn, Boston and Whitstable in 1913. Loading was carried out by a steam crane on the pier. There used to be a railway line down to the pier from the quarry, so they could transport stone onto trade ships.
Rock pools left when the tide goes out
Harkess Rocks also known locally as Stag Rocks because of the mysterious stag painted on them
Has anyone a theory of the origin of the stag? I have heard that it was painted by an artist c1914, or it was painted in memory of a stag which drowned in the sea trying to escape its hunter or that it was painted by the Argyll and Southern Highlanders who were stationed on the golf course in WW1 who had a stag as part of their insignia.
|Jewish Burial Ground at Teschenmoschel|
|Auntie Edith and Uncle Jack|
|Esther Bracha with Great Auntie Linda|
|Some family members putting the world to rights|
....but the weather was fine, although windy, and we managed to do a bit of walking.
The rough tides throw up all manner of things and I found some additions for my collection.
|Shells, stones, wood and bone|
I’m delighted to report that my short story “Coasting Along ” has been published in Issue 4 of SevenDays magazine. This will be my fi...