Kids

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”. —Denis Waitley “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. — Dr. Seuss Never have more children than you have car windows. — Erma Bombeck You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. —P. J. O’Rourke Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance. Joseph Chilton Pearce “You know what the great thing about babies is? They are like little bundles of hope….

Friends

“If you have good friends, no matter how much life is sucking , they can make you laugh.”― P.C. Cast Kristin Cast “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” —Oscar Wilde “I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends.”– Reese Witherspoon “When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”– Maria Shriver “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”– Douglas Pagels…

Music

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”― Edward Bulwer Lytton Histories of ages pastUnenlightened shadows cast.Down through all eternityThe crying of humanity.‘Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy ManComes singing songs of love… —Donovan “Music is the strongest form of magic.”― Marilyn Manson “The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.”― Chuck Klosterman,  “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”― Lao Tzu “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed…

Cats

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”― James Herriot, “Cats strongly believe that everywhere is designed for their comfort!”― Mehmet Murat ildan “The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.”― Elizabeth Peters, “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” —Jules Renard “I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”― Rudyard Kipling, Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat —Deng Xiaoping “Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling…

Hats

“Wearing a hat is fun; people have a good time when they’re wearing a hat”.    ~ Philip Treacy “And all your future lies beneath your hat”.    ~ John Oldham People, when they buy a hat, they can’t explain why they want to buy it or why they want it, but they do. It’s like chocolate.    ~ Philip Treacy “Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special.”  ~ Margo Nickel “Personally I would never want to be a member of any group where you either have to wear a hat, or you can’t wear a hat.””~ George Carlin If you’re going to wear a cowboy…

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery ~ March 2020

This was Sophie’s and my last outing this year, just after the keep 2 meters apart advice and just prior to the total lockdown. Because we couldn’t go anywhere in the car, we met up near where Sophie lives, at the Bishopwearmouth Cemetary. A quite appropriate visit for the time, as we will see in The History Bit. ☕️ 🍪 Between 1817 and 1860 the world had 3 cholera pandemics, but for our purposes we are looking at the 2nd one. After dying down by 1824, historians believe the first pandemic hung about in Indonesia and the Phillipines having started…

Bishop Auckland & Auckland Castle~ February 2020 ~ Part 1

A cold yet sunny day out in February had Sophie and I visiting the newly refurbished castle at Bishop Auckland, so get your ☕️ and 🍪 and we’ll do The History Bit *LONG POST ALERT* There’s 1,134 years to get through, and a lot of Bishops,so this will be a potted history (again) and here we go! In 886 King Alfred (last seen forgiving Uhtred in The Last Kingdom series 4 🙂 )created the See (area of a bishop’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction) of Durham when he gifts “all the lands between the Were and the Tine to Saint Cuthbert, and to…

Howick Gardens ~ February 2020

Sophie and I have visited Howick Gardens a couple of times prior to this post, in October 2015 and July 2017, but there’s something different happening there all year round, and this time we went to see the snowdrops. If you want the history of the gardens it’s in the first link there, if not, on with the pretty pictures! Although it was quite cold, we had a clear blue sky, and the snowdrops were out in force. I had my FujiXT2 + my 16mm fujinon & my helios lens, with me and my Canon EOS 100 FN with a…

St. Wilfred’s Church & Kirkharle ~ Dec 2019 ~Part 2

Part 1 HERE is where you’ll find the history of the church and Kirkharle. The church itself is quite small but has some interesting features. Stones with mason’s marks Windows with reticulated tracery (the stonework fills the head of the arch with repeated forms creating the appearance of a net-like pattern- wiki) which you can see at in this shot of the interior taken from the entrance. The font of course, which we originally came looking for, originally from All Saints church in Newcastle, it dates from late 15th or early 16th century, and was installed at St.Wilfreds by George…