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….

Family

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.     — Sigmund Freud “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”–Anthony Brandt “Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”– Lisa Weed “The memories we make with our family are everything.”– Candace Cameron Bure “My children give me the gift of stepping out of the daily ordinariness into the father zone—a place where my innate curiosity, sense of adventure, and love…

Seas

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”Sarah Kay “Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in.”― A.D. Posey Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.      Heinrich Zimmer The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.      Jacques Yves Cousteau To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?      Walt…

Richmond ~ August 2013 ~ part 2

Following on from seeing Richmond Castle in Part 1, Sophie and I went into the market place The church in the market place is the former Holy Trinity church. The tower is 14th century, and was originally detached from the nave, but they are now linked by a more modern, possibly Victorian block. At the east end shops and houses are built against it. Since 1938 it has been home to the Green Howards Regimental museum, tracing the history of that regiment, which was inaugurated back in 1688. As well as other stuff it houses 3700 medals awarded to members…

Dunston Staiths – July 2019

On a wet day in July Sophie and I went to the outdoor market held once a month on Dunston Staiths.   The History Bit  The Staiths are believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe, maybe the world, but who knows?  It is also a Grade II listed scheduled monument and is owned by registered charity Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT).  The structure is made of North American pitch pine timber, no longer available, from the once unlimited forest. Most of the timber used was 20 metres long, 14 inches deep and 14 inches wide. The total weight…

Aln Valley Railway – July 2019 – part 3

Part 1 HERE   Part 2 HERE There was plenty of interesting train and WW2 paraphenalia to look at and photograph   I thought this would make a nice biscuit tin! There was also a concert and these ladies were called the Seatones and did a cracking job of singing 40’s songs This chap was a bit of a character and I had to get a shot of the rear parcel shelf of his car So that’s the end of our day out at the Aln Valley Railway. All pictures by me and embiggenable with a click. Full album can be…

Cragside – Rhododendrons June 2019

It’s cold here in the UK, the summer flowers have gone and the autumn leaves blown away, so let’s take a walk through the estate at Cragside and remember warmer times. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson   “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature”. Steve Maraboli “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Laura Ingalls Wilder “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”…