Herrington Country Park~ March 2018~part 4

Part 1           Part 2            Part 3 So on we go over the dinosaur rib cage and back towards the lake, alongside a rivulet where we watched a swan doing it’s thing   Back at the car park we came across a hound meeting I think they were Beagles after googling doggy pictures. Saw this cute little lad at the cafe while we had lunch and then after lunch, back to the lake for more birdy shots We watched a seagull fighting a tern for some bread Birds on a buoy…

Fraggle Report~ Herrington Country Park~ March 2018~ part 1

  Last weekend, Sophie and I got together and this time went off to Herrington Country Park. It sounded promising on the website- an adventure play area, skate boarding, Nordic walking, model boat sailing in the lake and a variety of sculptures that celebrate the heritage of the area.  Wasn’t sure if Nordic Walking involved Viking re-enactment groups having a stroll, but according to Wiki it’s walking with poles, a bit like ski-ing without snow. Anyhow it all sounded very interesting so off we went. The History Bit Back in the days when England had industries the North East was a…

Northumberlandia~ February 2018

After Sophie and I had finished in Druridge Bay, We travelled back towards home via Northumberlandia, The Lady of the North. The History Bit Northumberlandia is a  human landform sculpture of a reclining lady.  Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, she is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. Her creation was part of the planning application made by the Banks Group and Blagdon Estate when they requested to create what is now the largest surface mine in England, Shotton Surface Mine. It’s made out of the left-overs from the mine nearby.  Designed by…

Druridge Bay~Feb 2018~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE  There is a thing happening, the latest craze over from the USA, mostly I see it on Facebook, where people paint little rocks, and hide them in woodlands, on beaches, in towns, anywhere really.  We came across 3 of them whilst walking around the lake, When you find one you are supposed to photograph it, post it to the Facebook page it belongs to (written on the back of the rock) and then re-hide it somewhere different or keep it, doesn’t seem to matter. Not knowing all this at the time I just took pictures and didn’t…

Fraggle Report~ Druridge Bay ~ February 2018~ Part 1

After our encounter with the Giant Spoon and the Alien Sophie and I got back in the car and headed off to Druridge Bay and the country park there. The History Bit Druridge Bay is a 7 miles long bay on the coast of Northumberland. During World War II, defences were constructed around Druridge Bay as part of the anti-invasion preparations. The defences included scaffolding barriers and anti-tank blocks overlooked by pillboxes; and behind these were minefields and an anti-tank ditch. Between the hamlets of Druridge and Cresswell, anti-glider ditches were dug and there is still a brick-built decoy control there…

Close Encounters of the Third Kind~February 2018

Or… Eat for England, The Cramlington Spoon. Sophie and I are back on track for 2018 and off out at weekends again with our cameras. On Saturday the weather was predicting dry/cloudy/sunny/blowy but no rain expected, so we decided to head up into Northumberland, to Druridge Bay as our last trip there got rained off. We were also incorporating a trip to see Northumberlandia, The Lady of The North on our way back home.  But first I had a surprise in store for Sophie as we would be passing the location of the Cramlington Spoon, which she didn’t know about,…

Rising Sun Country Park ~ November 2017 ~ part 2

Part 1 HERE So we’ve had a little rest, and now continue past where the Back to Future train disappeared, turning right and starting the long trek up an incline to the top of a hill under some stunning cloud formations the horses we saw earlier came charging past us in the opposite direction Looking back down the path at the top of the hill we could see from Hebburn on the right to Newcastle on the left. The yellow structures are on the River Tyne and we saw one of them being brought up the river when we visited…

Rising Sun Country Park ~ November 2017 ~ part 1

Although Autumn was just about over, and the temperature wasn’t that great, Sophie and I decided to wrap up warm and go for a walk around the Rising Sun Country park. There’s 162 hectares of nature reserve with ponds, woodlands and extensive grasslands; a farm and Countryside Centre, so we figured there’d be enough to point our cameras at.  No history lessons today, just a gentle walk to see what Mother Nature leaves for us when summer is over.                         half way round and there we’ll stop and have a…

St.Pauls Church and Monastery~ November 2017

Following on from visiting Bede’s Museum and the Anglo~Saxon farm and village  Sophie and I walked down the road to visit St.Pauls Church and Monastery ruins.  The monastery site is under the care of English Heritage, but the church is still in use. A bit more history  St Paul’s Church and Monastery was built on land given by King Ecgfrith of Northumbria in AD681.It was founded by Benedict Biscop, who seven years ealier had built the church and monastery of St. Peter’s at Wearmouth (Sunderland).The chancel of St. Paul’s is the original Saxon church, built as a separate chapel and possibly…