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…

Newcastle Guild Hall, and Quayside ~ December 2017

On my last post, The Camel Parade, I said that that was the last report for a while as I’ve posted everything for my outings in 2017. Well I lied. 🙂 Not so much lied really, as completely overlooked mine and Sophies day out to see the Guildhall in Newcastle.  Usually you are not allowed in the building, but there are Heritage Open days where you can get a guided tour of it, and Sophie booked us to go on one. The History Bit The building was designed by Robert Trollope and completed in 1655. Trollope was a 17th-century English…

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…

Jarrow Hall, Anglo Saxon village ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE After the museum we went out to the anglo~saxon farm and village. Home to curly-coated pigs, Dexter bullocks, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more, this 11-acre site houses rare breeds which are the closest possible representatives of the animals that would have been present 1300 years ago. Generally smaller than those we see today, these breeds give a feel for what animals would have been like during Bede’s time. Anglo-Saxons used the bird species for their meat, feathers and eggs; the eggs were not only eaten but used to mix inks used by monks to illustrate their manuscripts. Cattle…

Jarrow Hall, Anglo Saxon village and Bede Museum ~ November 2017 ~ Part 1

The History Bit Known as The Venerable Bede,(AD 673-735,) Bede was an author, scholar, skilled linguist and translator who also composed works on astronomical timekeeping and the motions of the sun, Earth and Moon. He was widely regarded as the ‘father of English history’ as his most famous work, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People is one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history. This work also played a key role in the development of an English national identity. He was an English monk who lived at the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Wearmouth-Jarrow, a double…