2022 retrospective thingy.

Photography outings with Sophie have been more sporadic, and not as many as previous years, as pandemic year saw Sophie end up moving to Spain, although she returns in University term times to teach, and we get to see each other then. I thought it would be nice this week to look back on where we’ve been this year and choose a photo to go with the memory.

Our first outing was in February, and we went to visit Seaton Delaville Hall. I didn’t do a post as I’d already covered it extensively in 2019 but there was a cool installation in the main hall which I took a shot of with my phone.

Seaton Delaville

In March we visited a few medieval churches up in Northumberland, we learned about Saint Maurice, Queen Maud , Charles Bozanquet but my favourite was coming across the C15th alabaster tomb of the crusader knight Sir Ralph Grey and his wife, Elizabeth, which we found in St.Peter’s Church in Chillingham.

Sophie was in Spain for most of April but we got back together in May and went to visit Edlingham where there’s a (guess what?) medieval church and a castle ruin. I love this shot of the castle, incongruous in the rustic, peaceful landscape, its bovine companions unimpressed by its presence.

Ralph & Lizzy
Edlingham Castle

Spring happened, eventually, it was late this year here, and still in May we visited Birkhead Gardens for some flower photography, there was a riot of colour. Strange phrase that, maybe, a multitude of colourful flowers would be a better one. Anyhow, this is one of my favourites of the day.


In June Sophie was in Spain and I spent a week down south with my grandson, so it was July when we next went out, and this time we went to Morpeth in Northumberland, and learned about Emily Wilding Davison, 1972-1913, a suffragette who chucked herself under the King’s racehorse in protest, and consquently died. Also that day we visited Herterton Gardens where Marjorie and Frank Lawley, who we met, had spent a lifetime renovating a rundown cottage and landscaping the area around it.

Herterton House and Gardens

August saw Sophie’s hubby Mentat come over for a visit, and we took him to Raby Castle, which we’ve photographed many times before, so I didn’t do very much, but got a shot of Sir Deer.

Sir Deer

In September Sophie was back to Spain, but October saw us out every weekend bar one. The Owl Centre gave us Mr.Blue, a most popular chap on that post.


We learned about Pesky Scots and Robert the Bruce’s ancestor Robert de Brus, 1st Lord of Annandale, (1070โ€“1141) on a visit to Guisborough Priory

Guisborough Priory

and caught some autumnal colour at Watergate Forest Park.

November was cold but we still went out, first to Barter Books in Alnwick followed by lunch at the Rockinghorse Cafรฉ in Rock, and a trog up to the Old Gun Battery at Alnmouth. I haven’t posted yet about the Gun Battery as those pictures will all be on Film Friday, but here’s a panorama of the view from there, taken with my phone.

View from the Old Gun Battery.

December took us to Bishop Auckland to the Spanish Gallery, and the Locomotion Museum and the following weekend to the Christmas Markets.

And that’s been it for 2022. Sophie will be back from Spain at the end of January, so we can start finding new places to go and things to see in 2023.

Lastly but by no means leastly, a big THANKS to anyone who follows any of my blogs, especially those who comment, it’s good to parlais with y’all. Special thanks to those I follow, who recommend movies and books, you’ve embiggened my entertainment and cost me a fair few quid along the way. Special thanks to the inspirational artists and photographers I follow, keep it up! Special thanks to the teachers and writers of history, I love the fascinating stuff you come up with. And a big shout out to the other members of the WP4, thanks for making me laugh, a lot.

My best wishes to all and Happy New Year! Bring it on!

๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š

54 thoughts on “2022 retrospective thingy.

  1. “unimpressed by itโ€™s presence.”
    When it’s Sophie’s or Fraggle’s – we use the apostroph, when it’s its – we don ‘t. Coz we need the apostroph for the it is (it’s) scenario.

    Sorry for pettyness. I’m Gerwoman,, what did you expect?

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  2. Wow, when you list it all out like that, you did a lot of gadding about. That’s great!
    Looking forward to another year of amazing photos from you, heckling Eddie mercilessly and making fun of Alex. And possibly getting off my duff and making that blamed bunty badge ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. No worries. I’ll be honest. After a couple of comment during hte start of a day, I kind of lose track. I think I might be a commentaholic.

        Hello, I’m Bookstooge and I have a problem….

        hahahahahaa. I laughed my head off when I saw that picture! That’s fantastic. How’d you do it?

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  3. Touring the castles and absorbing the โ€œhistorical low-downโ€ through your blog has been so much funโ€ฆ and pretty amazing. Wonderful to see beyond the most well known, and what an adventurous spirit you are! Love Mr. Deer, kind of him to strike a pose. Happy, adventurous, image filled 2023!

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  4. You ad Sophie sure finds great things to photograph, Fraggle.
    This is the time of the year I go back to that says-all photo you took of Phil at the end of 2020. In spite of what I feel about the turmoil in today’s world, that picture shows we have made progress and it gives me hope.

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  5. What a wonderful wrap up post Fraggle. You and Sophie certainly get around, and the shots are stunning. I remember several of them (especially Mr. Blue), but I don’t think I saw Seaton Delaville before. That’s outstanding!

    Sorry I’ve been low-key for a while (I got wretchedly sick for most of December), but I’m looking forward to a more active 2023. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

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  6. Happy New Year to you as well! I’ve really enjoyed living vicariously through your photographs. And every year around this time I update my Bucket List, and I added the bookstore in Alnwick. I’ve got to see that one ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I love the stories you tell, the inside scoop, the history. Iโ€™m enamored with your photos, family and beloved pets! Thanks for a lovely 2022, I look forward to the places weโ€™ll go with you in 2023. Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ’•C

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  8. aw, this is such a lovely, lovely post, Jane. the photographs are wonderful and I love (so much) that you have a good friend to pal around with and make these shots. here’s to many, many more photos and happy experiences in this new year… xo

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