Friday, 31 August 2012

Day 3 : Lindisfarne

We were lucky with the weather managing to pack up our tent while it was dry, always a bonus .....then it was back on the road to the Holy Island. Before you cross the causeway there is a little sign telling you of the tides, worth a look to make sure you can stop for a while....or if you want to be cut off by the tides and stay longer !
A happy stone in Lindisfarne !

The weather was gorgeous so we paid for four hours rather than two..although if you park in one of the laybys before car park it's free. In the car park was a National Trust bus with a good offer on joining, so we joined and set off into Lindisfarne, a really lovely little village, picking up a pot of strawberries from a little stall in one of the gardens..Definitely one of those places that makes you wish you lived there. There was a Viking Day at the Lindisfarne Priory, so thinking it was also NT we walked over...only to be faced with a Lady doing a hard sell for English Heritage...she wouldn't leave us alone, what ear bashing. I picked up a map and said we would just walk over to the green to look at the EH destinations...but she followed us and started talking again. Petty I know , but If it hadn't been her I would have joined ! Luckily for us we realised that there was some high ground overlooking the battle so along with lots of other people we looked down on the show....best seats in the house!
 
 

As we walked up the path we had our first glimpse of Scotland....even though perhaps it should have been a Northumbrian Piper....

I had thought that it was still a monastic retreat, not realising that Lindisfarne had been a domestic house since Edward Lutyens redesigned it in 1903.. Dotted about were brilliant sheds made of upturned boats....some looking like whales....



View looking towards Lindisfarne Priory.

In 1901 Edward Hudson the founder of The Country Life Magazine visited and fell in love with the Castle, buying the lease.The author Lytton Strachey had stayed there and was worried about falling down the stone steps while hurrying for dinner, a city boy at heart and one of the few that didn't fall in love with Lindisfarne.
The Dining Room in Lindisfarne Castle

 Across the field is a surprise splash of colour, a walled garden designed by Gertrude Jeckyll.


All in all ,our day on Lindisfarne was wonderfull,..... beautiful views.....good weather..music and entertainment...........next stop Edinburgh.
 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Day Two: Newcastle and Seahouses

We decided to call into the Metro Centre in Newcastle to get some breakfast. Last year we stopped to see The Angel of the North which is breathtaking so I did have a chuckle at a similar sculpture inside the Metro Centre
NEWS: The Angel gets a new home
Alexander Millar
After visiting our relations we carried on up to our campsite at Belford,  apparently famous for it's coaching stop....it used to be on the main A1 from London to Edinburgh, until a ring road was put around it in 1983. One of its famous residents was Sir William Coldstream.         .


Once the tent was up it was a short drive to have our first breath of the seaside at Seahouses, passing Bamburgh Castle . Bamburgh is a magnificent Castle perched on a high outcrop of rock looking out to sea. It used to be the ancient capital of Nothumberland. It was then time for Chip Shop , a walk along the harbour watching the sun setting and back to the dry tent to bed........Next stop Holy Island.

One day I'll spend a few days in Newcastle, again so much to see but we had to keep moving.....
Other places worth visiting in the area are the Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh , and Northumberlandia, ( Known to locals as Slag Alice ), the landscape female designed by Charles Jencks.

Day One :York Railway Museum

The school summer holidays are almost over , hence my lack of new blogs! We have just come back from a two week journey up to Scotland in my car, travelling up the East Coast to see my Sister in Edinburgh and back home via the west. We had a lovely time and so I thought I'd try and write a blog about each day. Some days might be just a few pictures but I hope you will enjoy them.
Last year on our way up to Edinburgh we stopped in York. The weather was terrible, we were soaked through and after visiting the Jorvik Centre we found that everyone including York Minster wanted money out of you. It was on our way home that we found that the Railway Museum in York is undercover and free ! so this year we called by.

 Of course this time we had sunshine so it seemed daft to be inside but it was great. There was so much to see ,as well as the trains ....signs,carvings and a poster Exhibition. One of the posters was by Laurence Fish, our lovely Jean Brays husband. I told them about Jeans new book so I hope they order it. ( If you read this Jean, I'm sorry to say that I still have my postcard to you in my bag, stamped and ready to go,...I don't know how I managed to miss it )
Laurence Fish

The Museum houses the most railway artifacts in the world, from a lock of Robert Stevenson's hair through to a Bullet train. We were looking for hours but didn't see half of the collection. They have a library and can help with any questions. I was particularly interested in seeing the lettering and woodgraining on the trains....I'll soon be doing a bit on a steam train at Toddington.....a job I'm looking forward to starting.

After a good look round we caught one of York's bendy buses into town. York looked beautiful in the sunshine,..so much better than last year! Then it was back to the park and ride and a drive up to Newcastle upon Tyne.
 
York Minster
York
We parked up near Washington for the night, a place that we will try have to look at next year...yes the name taken to America. Washington Old Hall was the ancestral home of George Washington.

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