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Part 1 HERE.      Part 2 HERE

We only had a couple of hours if that before darkness was due to descend, so we drove the 6 mile route around the estate, but stopped for a wander here and there when we came across something interesting.

Our first stop was the quarry from whence the stones came to build Cragside.

Upwardly mobile tree.

It’s full of rhododendrons in summer so we will be returning then.

Next stop was a short walk up to a lake bed that was drained but still had its boathouse. On the way I spotted some weird lichen/fungi

Coral Fungi ~ Yellow Stagshorn

and on researching them I found out “Although not known to cause poisoning, the Yellow Stagshorn fungus is generally regarded as inedible because of its gelatinous texture, lack of flavour and insubstantial proportions”. We gave it a miss.

Although the North lake had been drained there was still a rivulet coming from it



the lake bed was full of bullrushes

and at the far end, a forlorn boathouse.

North Lake Boathouse

I don’t know why the lake has been drained, there are other lakes though so went to see them instead.





When it started getting dark, we went home, but stopped on the way for this

end of day


As always, pictures are embiggenable with a click, and for more of the house and grounds, the full album can be found by clicking HERE


44 comments on “Cragside ~ Nov 2018 ~ part 3

  1. What wonderful shots, I’d love to be at one with nature.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Great shots indeed, FR. I have never seen staghorn funghi. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. My first too! Cheers Pete.

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  3. Fiery says:

    Your images are BREATHTAKING!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much ! 🙂

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  4. alexraphael says:

    Lovely. Especially the penultimate one.

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  5. You really do take some wonderful shots, Fraggle.

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    1. Aw thanks Mike 😊


  6. M.B. Henry says:

    Just amazing pictures – the first and last ones especially dropped my jaw a little! But they were all fantastic.

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    1. Glad you liked them! Cheers M.B 😀

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  7. Sean says:

    I especially love the shot of the lake almost perfectly still. Very peaceful!

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  8. Francis.R. says:

    A creek in which I would like to rest my feet. Nice place to walk, thank you, fragglerocking : )

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    1. Always welcome Francis 🙂

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  9. kmSalvatore says:

    Love your wanders

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  10. The upwardly mobile tree is a perfect example of the tenacity of Mother Nature. And a good thing she is! Perhaps the lake was over grown instead of drained? Nice none the less.

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    1. Definitely drained, I found that much out on the web site. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.


  11. roninjax says:

    Beautiful images with interesting exploration. I also wonder what caused the lake to drain. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, I wonder too!

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  12. Applesauce! Fraggle this is a breathtaking place — or it is when seen through your lens. One amazing photo after another. Seriously, this is a stunning post. That extraordinary, inspiring tree in the first one… the brightly colored fungi, and the glittering water… all united by the gentle picturesque feeling of the place. Well done! Mega hugs.

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    1. Ah thanks Teagan, I’m glad I got across how fab it all is.

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  13. Such lovely landscape and images. I love the tree that has found its stepping stone.

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  14. ortensia says:

    These pictures are unbelievable 😍🤩

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    1. 😊 thanks Missis!

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  15. kmSalvatore says:

    A great walk in the woods Fraggy, felt like I was right there with you.

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  16. 3rdofthe3rd says:

    Some great photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting!


  17. You do an awesome job!

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  18. I love that photo of the trees reflecting in the water!

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  19. Yes, indeed, you do the best work when it comes to photographs–I love them all, Warmest regards, ed

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  20. Beautiful photography! Love the nature. 📸😊💙

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  21. Fantastic shots! I love the purple trunks reflecting off the water.

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    1. Thanks Cindy, I think the purple was just down to the weird light that evening.


  22. steviegill says:

    Great landscapes.

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