The Warkworth report~part 4 – Hermitage edition.

Although I’d visited Warkworth Castle before, I had no idea about the Hermitage until I saw it on Robson Green’s Tales of Northumberland TV series (which was brilliant by the way!).  Now really you need to know a little bit about the place, so here’s a brief history.

The Hermitage is part of the Warkworth Castle grounds, and was built as a chantry chapel in the period 1332-49, by Henry Percy II, son of the first Percy, Lord of Alnwick, although some of it was built at a later date. Hermits were employed by the Lords of the land in those days, and paid to say prayers for the Lord and his family, and there are records of 4 different Hermits living at Warkworth Hermitage concurrently from 1471 until the last one in 1531. Fuller history Here.

The more romantic legend found in “Ghosts and Legends of Northumbria” …….

There are several versions of the legend, one of which tells of Sir Bertram of Bothal one of the Earl Percyʼs knights who was betrothed to the Lady Isabel, the daughter of Lord Widdrington.    Badly wounded in a fierce and bloody battle when the Earl Percy led his knights to attack the Earl Douglas, Sir Bertram sent a message to Isabel begging her to come to his side. However, he waited in vain for her to arrive and as soon as he was able to ride, he set out with his brother to Isabelʼs home. There he was dismayed to learn that she had left immediately she received the message, and must have been kidnapped.

Sir Bertram and his brother set off in different directions to find her. Wandering through the countryside, often in disguise, Sir Bertram eventually heard about a beautiful princess held captive in the tower of a remote castle. Arriving at the castle he was unable to gain admittance and, keeping watch in a nearby cave, he eventually saw Isabel framed in the window of the tower. Exhausted he fell into a deep sleep.

Awoken by strange noises, he saw Isabel being helped down a rope ladder, by a figure in Highland costume. Brandishing his sword, Sir Bertram ran to the attack and dealt his opponent a terrible blow. The terrified Isabel, recognising Sir Bertramʼs voice, rushed between the two men shrieking, “Stop, wait, itʼs your own brother”. But it was too late. The next huge blow from Bertramʼs sword killed them both.

Returning to Warkworth, Bertram gave all his lands and wealth away to the poor, and built the tiny Hermitage, where he lived in solitude for the rest of his life. In the chapel he built an altar-tomb with the effigy of a beautiful lady, her hands raised in prayer. At her feet kneels the figure of a hermit, his left hand pressed to his heart, as if in sorrow. Over the doorway he carved an inscription, which translated reads: “My tears have been my meat night and day”.

I like that version best 🙂

 

River Coquet and old tree
River Coquet and old tree

A few people have been here before of course, the trees tell us so, and the whole place is covered in wild garlic plants, which perfume the air 😉

we woz 'ere
we woz ‘ere

as you walk down the river, you get a glimpse of the ferry that crosses over to the Hermitage

Ferry across the Coquet
Ferry across the Coquet

When you get to the landing area you wait until the ferryman comes back for you, and then he helps you onto the boat, and tells you the tales of the legends, and some of the history. Also where to get a glimpse of red squirrels and kingfishers, but we didn’t see any sadly.

Mike the Ferry Man
Mike the Ferry Man
view from the boat.
view from the boat.

Once over, it’s a little walk to the Hermitage, and this is what you see when you get there..

The Hermitage
The Hermitage

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The Hermitage Tree
The Hermitage Tree
ancient being
ancient sea creature
The Hall with flood markings
The Hall with flood markings
The Hermits chamber
The Hermits chamber

Depending on what you want to believe, these next 2 shots are either a nativity scene, or the effigy’s of Isobel & Bertram

Isobel?
Isobel?
Bertram?
Bertram? sitting at Isobel’s feet

It was lovely,quiet and peaceful there, and I can see how it would be cool to live in such a secluded but beautiful place, but keeping warm in winter would not have been easy, and where would you plug the hair straighteners in??

It was very dark inside the caves and difficult to get any decent shots really, even with flash, so I concentrated on the outside.  When we’d finished, the Ferryman took us back over and Sophie and I walked into town along the river path.

View of the castle on the way back to Warkworth
View of the castle on the way back to Warkworth
a second view of the castle
a second view of the castle

and we were lucky enough to see 2 herons fishing at different places along the river, now without a long zoom at the minute until Fuji get there finger out and produce one, I had to make do with my 55mm end of the little zoom, but still, you can see the Heron, just about!

Heron fishing.
Heron fishing.

So next time we’ll have a look around Warkworth the village, and then on to York.

My holiday nearly over now, but still another outing yesterday to the Wetlands at Washington with Cal & Phil, and tomorrow I’m off out with Sophie again to see some more medieval ruins, betcha can’t wait! 😉

laters gaters

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The Warkworth Castle Report~Views edition

Warkworth Castle as you saw from the previous report HERE sits atop a hill next to the River Croquet. The views from the windows are quite something, and are the subject of this post.

Man & Baby taking in the view
Man & Baby taking in the view
across the fields
across the fields
more fields
looking left..
and looking right
and looking right
the river view
the river view
To the sea
To the sea

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Warkworth
Warkworth
and again
and again a bit closer
across the grounds and out to sea
across the grounds

All taken through the windows of the castle, after the castle Sophie and I went to see the Hermitage, but that’s another post, in the meantime I leave you with the current residents of the castle

catching some zzz's
catching some zzz’s
stop playing hard to get!!!
stop playing hard to get!!!

 

 

 

The Warkworth Castle report~part 2 colour edition.

Have returned from York with a gazillion pictures, it’s a great place for taking a camera, and it may take me a little time to get them all sorted,  but still have more from the day out in Warkworth at the weekend, so here we go on part 2.. for the history see my previous post here 

The Castle
The Castle
Tower
Tower ~ always reminds me of a rocket.
The Lion Tower
The Lion Tower
The Chapel
The Chapel

The Lost keys from prior post…

lost  keys
lost keys

Since my last trip they have refurbished The Duke’s room so it was nice to see the furniture and how a room might have looked,

The Dukes Room
The Dukes Room
Hessian walls (original) and oak furniture.
Hessian walls (original) and oak furniture. Panel details below.
detail
detail
detail
detail
detail~The Duke's crest of arms
detail~The Duke’s crest of arms
more furniture
more furniture
oak room
oak room

 

So that’s enough for now, still more to come, y’all will be bored to death of Warkworth 🙂

laters gaters

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The Warkworth Castle report~part 1 B&W

I had a fab day out with Sophie yesterday, we went to Warkworth and visited the castle, the Hermitage, the village and also stopped off at Amble Marina on the way home. Took loads of photo’s with the Fuji-XT1 and as I took loads I’m going to drip feed the blog as 80 odd shots might be too much all at once :). Firstly a mini history of the castle.. Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in the town of Warkworth. It occupies a loop of the River Croquet less than a mile from England’s north-east coast. When the castle was founded is uncertain: traditionally its construction has been ascribed to Prince Henry of Scotland in the mid-12th century, but it may have been built by King Henry II of England when he took control of England’s northern counties. Warkworth Castle was first documented in a charter of 1157–1164 when Henry II granted it to Roger fitz Richard. The timber castle was considered “feeble”, and was left undefended when the Scots invaded in 1173. Roger’s son Robert inherited and improved the castle. Robert was a favourite of King John, and hosted him at Warkworth Castle in 1213. The castle remained in the family line, with periods of guardianship when heirs were too young to control their estates. King Edward 1st stayed overnight in 1292 and John de Clavering, descendant of Roger fitz Richard, made the Crown his inheritor. With the outbreak of the Anglo-Scottish wars, Edward II invested in castles including Warkworth where he funded the strengthening of the garrison in 1319. Twice in 1327 the Scots besieged the castle without success. John de Clavering died in 1332 and his widow in 1345, at which point Henry de Percy, 2nd Baron Percy took control of Warkworth Castle. Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland added the imposing keep overlooking the village of Warkworth in the late 14th century. The 4th Earl remodelled the buildings in the bailey and began the construction of a church within the castle, but work on the latter was abandoned after his death. Though Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland supported Parliament during the English Civil War, the castle was damaged during the conflict. The last Percy earl died in 1670. In the mid-18th century the castle found its way into the hands of Hugh Smithson who married the indirect Percy Heiress. He adopted the name “Percy” and founded the dynasty of the Dukes of Northumberland, through whom possession of the castle descended. In the late 19th century, the dukes refurbished Warkworth Castle and Anthony Salvin was commissioned to restore the keep. Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland gave custody of the castle to the Office of Works in 1922. Since 1984 English Heritage has cared for the site, which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. That’s from wiki, lots of Dukes and Earls, The Percy family are well known in Northumberland with an amazing history ~ The Smithsonian Institute in USA would not exist without them, but that’s a different story. Anyway, I took some shots and converted some to black & white using Nik Silver FX which is a cool processing programme. I don’t do a lot of  B&W as I love colour, but sometimes you have to try something different, so here are the ones I did preceded by a map of the grounds wg-3

The Castle
The Castle
The Lion Tower
The Lion Tower
Grey Mare's Tail Tower
Grey Mare’s Tail Tower
The Lion Tower details
The Lion Tower details

I thought the lion was a sheep when I first saw it 🙂

Not sure what these were for
Not sure what these were for
Going up
Going up
doorways
doorways
chimney & webs
chimney & webs
fireplace, needed to big to heat this place!
fireplace, needed to be so big to heat this place!
lost keys
lost keys
which way?
which way?
mini canons
mini canons
a bigger mini canon
a bigger mini canon
arches
arches
this is one of the latteral aspects (right hand side of main castle shot).
rear aspect

That’s part one done, I quite like how the B&W worked out, without the distraction of colour it’s easy to focus on the textures and I think it lends itself well, so next time will be some more of the castle but in glorious technicolour 🙂

well, couldn't resist.
well, couldn’t resist.

I’m off to stay in York for a couple of days tomorrow, very exciting, and no doubt will have even more photo’s, this holiday should keep me in blog posts for a year! laters gaters 😉

The Fraggle holiday report~part 2

Onwards ever onwards!

Firstly I forgot to take a shot of the hedge in it’s nearly finished stage yesterday so here is that one.

lumpy hedge
lumpy hedge

I think it was at this stage that Phil decided that next year we’ll ‘get a man in‘.

Anyway, yesterday we got up early and headed off to Leighton Buzzard to spend the afternoon with Ben. Not too bad a journey down the M1 inspite of several miles (and miles) of road works with the maximum speed allowed 50mph.  No jams or hold ups so we made it in 4 1/2hrs.

We took Ben and Charlotte out to lunch,

Ben & Charlotte
Ben & Charlotte

at the Swan Hotel, part of the Weatherspoons franchise.

The Swan
The Swan

as you can see, quite a nice day, no rain 🙂 Leighton Buzzard is a very old Market town, the Market Cross was built probably in the 15th century and there’s a brief and interesting history of it HERE.

original statue
original statue of Virgin Mary

it really is an amazing structure when you find out all about it, there are 3 other statues, not in the greatest of conditions, but still holding up.

Market cross
Market cross

I did a vertorama using 5 horizontal shots with my Nikon S1 and merging in Lightroom, am really impressed with this feature, works really smoothly.

Market Cross & Phil
Market Cross & Phil

seen on the way back to the car park…

sky~shoes
sky~shoes

when the afternoon grew late, we got back in the car and went home up the A1, a few traffic jams as a lot of it is dual carriageway, but no roadworks and as the M1 was jammed right up being a Bank Holiday weekend, we did the right thing and made it home in 5hrs, not bad for a Friday! When it was Phil’s turn to drive I took a few iPhone shots out of the car window, none of which came out really well, so I applied a bit of Faffography with some apps and quite liked the result.

The A19~faffed
The A19~faffed
Gold fields
Gold fields
sunset
shadowland

It was quite late when we got home, so didn’t wake up til late this morning, and Phil decided to finish the hedge.

The End
The End

So that is a huge job done. My hubby is awesome!

Today has been a big day for the cats as they have now had their anti-everydiseasepossible jabs they are allowed outside. AT 5 nearly 6 years old, going outside for the 1st time ever has been a big thing for them. We waited til 1/2hr before feeding time (so they wouldn’t go too far!) and left the conservatory door open while we sat outside having a cuppa. Storm was the bravest and came out to have a good explore.

Boldly going...
Boldly going…

Skye was not quite so brave…

shall I shan't I???
shall I shan’t I???
that'll be a 'nope'
that’ll be a ‘nope’

but eventually, a few hours later when it was all quiet, she made her way out and had a little sniff about.

herbs!
herbs!
OK I'm cool
OK I’m cool

not the best shots as I used Phils iphone quickly before she got spooked, but they’ll do.

We were going to have a Bar B Q as I spent a long time cleaning it up today, but the clouds came over at dinner time, I made a fab sauce which I’m calling Fraggles Black Magic sauce, the ingredients of which are..

Black Magic sauce ingredients
Black Magic sauce ingredients

and I marinated some chicken pieces in the sauce, then roasted them for 1/2 hour, was totally lush.

Tomorrow I’m off out with Sophie, going to find the Hermits cave up in Walkworth, exciting day to come!

 

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The Fraggle Holiday report~part 1

Well our holiday has got off to a cracking start with not too bad weather yesterday, so on with the house & garden jobs! Phil wanted to clear out the loft so had got most of that done at the beginning of the week when I was still at work. I had loads of trophies from days of yore (well 1998-2003) when I was into 10 pin bowling, and decided as they sat in the loft doing nothing, it was a good time to get rid of them. However when Phil got the boxes down I went on a sentimental journey bak in time and awwwwing all over the shop and couldn’t bare to part with them all, so spent a fair amount of time deciding which to keep and which to throw out.

Quite a few to get through!

a few trophies
a few trophies

I played in a 3 man/girl team called The Crystal Balls to start with, but we changed our name to Spare Parts at some stage, can’t remember why, and played in a league on Monday nights. I wasn’t too bad at it, so have kept the trophies with my highest scores, and when I came 1st 🙂

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12 years on and I haven’t been in an alley since.I’d forgot all about it and the trophies, it was kinda cool to remember my achievements.

Afterwards, we did our first trip out of the holiday, to the recycle plant in South Shields..

bootfull
bootfull

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And when we got home, Phil got on with the heavy garden work.

We have a back screen of Leylandii trees, which grow at a tremendous rate, and they’d got a bit unmanageable.

Health & Safety don't look!
Health & Safety don’t look!

I went for a walk up to our local post office, and took a few iphone shots on the way.

nice front garden up the road
nice front garden up the road
shadow fence
shadow fence
can you guess the sunday challenge this week? :)
can you guess the sunday challenge this week? 🙂

yes, Fences is the theme for this Sunday, so took the opportunity while it was there.

Gorgeous Clematis Montana
Gorgeous Clematis Montana
Reaching rosebuds
Reaching rosebuds

by the time I got back, Phil was in need of a rest and some help clearing the debris.

getting there
getting there

And that was our 1st day done!

This morning we got up early as Phi baad to take the cats to the vets for injections, and I had to go to the dentist.

The window of the torture room
The window of the torture room
Survivor Skye
Survivor Skye
Survivor Storm
Survivor Storm

and then it rained on and off for most of the day. When I got home from the dentist I found Phil having a bonfire in the garden to get rid of loads of old bills and paperwork that he’d gathered over the years.

pyro~man
Pyro~man

and this afternoon Phil cracked on and got the rest of the hedge done, but I forgot to take a picture of it, so will do tomorrow. And tomorrow we are doing a 500 mile round trip to go and have lunch with my son, a bit of a bonkers drive, especially on a Friday on a bank holiday weekend! But looking forward to seeing Ben 🙂

laters gaters

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turning Lemons into Lemon Aid

Wanted to introduce my regular readers to a special lady who has a fabulous artistic way with photo’s, and is just getting the hang of WP, show some love people, you’ll get it right back 🙂

KmSalvatore

well, i still have a lot to learn here, don’t trash your drafts… or you’ll be starting over….

we had a wonderful week end, weather was great here, i think it might be safe to say.. winter is over:)

welcome to the twon of Canadaigua welcome to Canadaigua

our first plans were spoiled, it would have taken us a distance away, and on another finger lake. when that didnt happen.. i had to make the best of it.. so we went to 2 of out favorite spots.. Canadaigua Lake (a finger Lake) for lunch and then i bribed my Husband , so i could catch a sunset on our GREAT LAKE..which we share with Canada… Lake Ontario..

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bribing my Husband with ice cream bribing my Husband with ice cream

one of the best burger joints on the Lake one of the best burger joints on the Lake

the clock is ticking, gotta find my place the clock is ticktickticking…

fog rolling in... the other side of this great lake is Canada fog rolling in ..from Canada

heres birdies birdies here birdies here birdies

not only did i see an awesome array of color, but this older couple were a hoot.  He even said to me Hey.. your Husband told em to tell you.. ya know theres gonna be another sunset tomorrow not only did i see an awesome array of…

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The Sunday Fraggle Report

No days out or gigs or parties to attend this week, so back to flowers and landscapes and cats!

I have been practicing with my Fuji macro lens on a houseplant one of my lovely clients gave me in the week. I have no idea what it is but noticed it has little stalks which produce drops of water, which I tried to get a shot of, but they are really tiny.

crying plant
crying plant

The flowers and buds have curly bits at one end, and pointy bits at the other.

bud
bud
curly wurly
curly wurly
flowers
flowers and point

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petal
petal

The leaves are quite special too.

tip top
tip top

So if anyone recognises the plant, let me know!

I also emptied out the Nikon S1 SD card, I still take it with me when I’m out and about for work, and a couple of weeks ago I stopped down in Teeside to get a shot of the yellow rape seed fields. This first shot was taken with the 11mm lens

fields of gold
fields of gold

after I took this I thought it might be worth doing a panorama of the same scene, so turned the S1 sideways and took 5 portrait shots. Merged in the new panorama feature in the latest edition of Lightroom.

panorama
panorama

It doesn’t look as good at this size, perhaps too much foreground, and the yellow fields don’t stand out so much, so I prefer the 11mm shot.

I’ve also been playing with these..

polaroid cameras
polaroid cameras

and am still loving the new B&W film which develops instantly. Some new shots in the film, and SX70 tabs on the menu, but thought I’d share this one on the main page today.

yoo hoo :)
yoo hoo 🙂

And finally, the cats, they drive us mad already, but they are lovely to photograph 🙂 you can just see Storm’s paw is resting on Skye, they do like to cuddle.

basking in the conservatory
basking in the conservatory

It’s amazing that they have so much fur but love being in sunny positions. Storm is quite difficult to photograph, I think because she is totally dark, I really want to get a good shot of her eyes in that black face, it doesn’t help that she won’t keep still when I’m trying, and always looks away just as I press the shutter! This one isn’t too bad, but I’ll keep trying!

nearly!!
Storm nearly!!

and Skye, much easier to see 😀 😀

Skye
Skye

So that’s it for this week. Tomorrow and Tuesday I’m working, and then…(drum roll)… 11 days off for holiday! Looking forward to it a lot!

laters gaters

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The Sunday fraggle report

A busy weekend this weekend as on Saturday night I went out to a surprise party for Phil’s daughter Shelley. Her friend Sam organised a joint baby shower/birthday party for Shelley and we all turned up at The Avenue pub in Sunderland before Shelley arrived. I had picked up Phil’s sister Annette and Karly ( Phil’s daughter-in-law) and Karly’s daughter Katie, and was ready with the camera when Shelly arrived.

Surprise
Surprise!!

I didn’t do too well with the Fuji in this situation so am going to have to figure out what went wrong. Think I had ISO stuck on A so shots were taken at 6400 and came out grainy. Couldn’t bin them as everyone wanted to see the album on Facebook, so I gave them all a vintage coating. I did use the flash, which to be honest is a bit on the pathetic side, but yes, a rethink and research moment coming along!

good memories
good memories

Still they will make good memories for Shelley, and that’s more important than technical perfection. I guess.

Laydeeeez
Laydeeeez

What I am impressed with is the new B&W film from the Impossible polaroid film makers. Their generation 2 film is just about instant, doesn’t need to be shielded from light and left to develop for 45 minutes, and has really good contrast and tones.  I took these next shots with my 3000 and a 600 film and am really impressed with how they’ve come out.

Karly & Katie
Karly & Katie
Lorraine & Karly
Lorraine & Karly
Shelley & Sam
Shelley & Sam
Karly,Katie & Shelley
Karly,Katie & Shelley

I have a flash on the 3000 with a bit of tissue taped over it to diffuse it, didn’t work that well on that last shot but the others are OK.

And now some cute cat shots 🙂

Skye polaroid
Skye polaroid
Skye (iphone6)
Skye (iphone6)
Storm (iphone6)
Storm (iphone6)

And that’s it for this week.

Laters gaters

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The fraggle report~night out edition

We really don’t get out much at night, lazy bums stay at home in the warm 🙂 but last night we went out to a gig for one of Phil’s favourite bands, they were playing at the Academy in Newcastle. Of course it rained, it always rains when we go out (probably why we don’t so much 🙂 ). All shots taken with the Hipstamatic app on iPhone 6.

We started of in a pub in Pink Lane called Rafferty’s, which is cheap and cheerful and sells nice wine,

punters in the pub
punters in the pub

and then off to see the band.

FM
FM
official photographers
official photographers

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the madding crowd
the madding crowd
rest stop, (or loo break)
rest stop, (or loo break)

it was a great night, they are a good band live and we really enjoyed ourselves right at the front barrier. I only had  an iPhone with me as camera’s are not usually allowed, but it’s enough to do a few decent shots for memories.

Afterwards we went back out into the rain, and I took some more shots on the way home.

Burger time
Burger time
rainy night in the Toon
rainy night in the Toon

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gentlemen of the night
gentlemen of the night
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batman lives here
going down to the tube station at midnight
going down to the tube station at midnight

took a few sneaky candids

on the metro
on the metro

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passenger
passenger
through a glass darkly
a good combination
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mysterious girl

I might go out again one night 🙂

laters gaters

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Bradley Gardens

After our visit to Prudhoe Castle, we went to Bradley Nursery & Gardens, had a spot of lunch and applied our macro lenses to capture some of the blooms.

Victorian walled Garden
Victorian walled Garden

The magnolia’s had nearly finished blooming.

Magnolia
Magnolia

but the bluebells were gorgeous.

bluebells
bluebells

Not sure what this plant is but I liked it’s curly wurlyness. Didn’t get enough blur in the shot to make the plant stand out so took this into photoshop and selected the plant and applied gaussian blur to the background, need more practice at it.

curly wurly plant
curly wurly plant
lovely old rotorvator
lovely old rotorvator
Mike and a curly wurly tree
Mike and a curly wurly tree

They had some strange garden decorations, I mean, would you??

guard dogs
guard dogs
satanic bird bath
satanic bird bath

and though this one was quite nice, at £124 without the base, ($187/E167) I’ll give it a miss 🙂

how much??
how much??

Loved the water feature,

water feature
water feature

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and they had lots of gorgeous tulips on display

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pansies too and violas

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I’m not sure what these are but they’re ready to pop by the looks of them

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buds on trees ready to go too

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my favourite flowers were these little hearts

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Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)

and that’s the end of my day out with Sophie & Mike.

Today is a bank holiday so back to work tomorrow, and hopefully another trip out somewhere at the weekend.

laters gaters

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The Sunday fraggle report~ Prudhoe Castle

Yesterday I went out with my friends Sophie & Mike to visit Prudhoe Castle in Northumberland.  Sophie, Mike and I came together through Flickr back in 2011, and now and then we get together at a weekend and go visit somewhere interesting with our camera’s.  Sophie is a doctor of psychology and teaches at a University, and Mike is doing a degree in photography.  Yesterday we got together and went to Prudhoe Castle, a scheduled ancient monument and grade 1 listed building near the River Tyne in Northumberland. It has a long history, starting out as a a Norman Motte and baily, built sometime in the mid 11th century, and passed through a few families, notably the Umfravilles and The Percy’s and was attacked several times by our Scottish brethren, a short but interesting history can be found HERE.

Anyway, the weather wasn’t overly fab for photography, but I did my best.

 

The view from the road as you walk up to t he castle.

Purdah Castle, iPhone 6 panorama
Prudhoe Castle & Mill pond, iPhone 6 panorama
same view (fuji XT1)
same view (fuji XT1)

The Gatehouse built in 1150 contained the chapel .

The gatehouse
The gatehouse

The outer bailey contained the lower-status service buildings and a multi purpose great hall, but not much left of that.

The Outer Bailey
The Outer Bailey and East tower.
steps to the East Tower
steps to the East Tower

The Inner Bailey was enclosed by the first stone curtain wall of the mid 12th century but had to be rebuilt in th e 14th century after subsidence.

The inner bailey
The inner bailey

The Keep.  The west wall of the keep shows the scar of the gable end of the Norman roof, indication the great height of the open-roofed upper hall. Within the west wall a flight of stairs goes up to the battlement level walk. The south and east walls are no longer there so no other Norman features remain.

The inner stairs
The inner stairs

Lots of lovely little clumps of aubretia were growing in the walls all around the place.

albretia
albretia

Found these 2 carvings on the way out of the keep.

heads
heads

Also near the site of the castle this prehistoric stone was found with cup and ring carvings, during the restoration of the castle.

prehistoric stone
prehistoric stone & cup & ring carvings.

The carvings were made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people between 3500 and 6000 years ago, Northumberland has quite a few dotted about, amazing to see one.

Not sure what this was, found it in the chapel. Maybe some sort of alter or font.

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The castle had it’s own mill which was rebuilt a few times, the 18th century saw the last one and is now a ruin. The mill was the only one available to the villagers for grinding flour.

18th century mill
18th century mill & Mike
the stream that leads to the mill
mill pond dam
wall flowers
wall flowers
the stream pathway
the stream pathway & 50 shades of green
Ancient woodland around the castle, and Sophie.
Ancient woodland around the castle, and Sophie.

A walk around the outside of the castle and I took a pano with the iphone to show the south and north west drum towers

south drum tower
north west & south drum tower (iphone6 panorama)
primroses in the grass
primroses in the grass
lily's in the mill pond
lily’s in the mill pond

So thats my tour of Prudhoe Castle, or at least the best of my shots 🙂 after this we went on to Bailey Gardens to do some flowers, but that I’ll leave until the next post,

laters gaters

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