Thursday, 18 August 2011

Travels in Northumberland

We've just got back from visiting family and having a little holiday in Northumberland, so no new crafting. However, I thought I'd share a few photos of our trip.

We stayed one night on Lindisfarne Island (also known as Holy Island). This is a tiny island off the Northumberland coast. It is linked to the mainland by a causeway at low tide, but cut off at high tide twice a day - a few tourists every year have to be rescued when they get halfway across and get stuck. It's so lovely and quiet in the evening as most people leave.

We stayed at the Crown and Anchor inn which was really nice and from our window we could see the ruined priory (it was one of the first points of christianity in Britain) and, if we leaned out a bit, the castle too.

We managed to explore the island in between dodging rain showers.

Hubby was keen to get photos of the sunset and sunrise (he got up at quarter to  5am for the sunrise!!). No chance of me getting out of bed voluntarily at that time so I just got a couple of sunset photos.

I found some wonderful rusty metal and worn stone to inspire crafty things.

After Holy Island we spent a few days in a caravan in Berwick-upon-Tweed, and had a fantastic view of the historic walled town (when it stopped raining anyway),

We went to Bamburgh where hubby got into some interesting photography positions on the beach trying to get photos of the castle.

We also visited another castle - Chillingham castle. They like to make a big thing of supposedly being haunted - It'sbeen featured on various TV shows including 'the worlds scariest places' - but I can't say I found it spooky at all. It is a fascinating place though, as the current owners have restored it from virtually ruined and different bits are medieval, tudor or victorian. 

Anyway, hope I haven't bored you too much. I'll leave you with a final photo of one of my parents cats,  Pickles (so cute).


1 comment:

  1. Awesome photos! Love the castle! Crafty and a photographer! Someday I hope to go to the UK. It was miserable, dreary and rainy here when we were on vacation the last couple of weeks. Now of course, back to work, and it's hot and sunny! Being a cat lover, Pickles is a beautiful kitty!! ^..^


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