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…

Stephenson Heritage Railway – June 2019 – Part 3

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE After we finally gave up going for rides, we got to look around in the workshops,with the lovely gentlemen explaining things to us. Some fab old tool boxes in use They had had some Thomas the Tank faces made for the front of the big steam engines to make the kids smile, but the people who own Thomas the Tank wouldn’t let them use them, so they just hang in the workshop. I mean, what harm would it do really? ‘Bait’ up here is Geordie for lunch They let you drive a train up…

Souter Lighthouse ~ March 2019

The History Bit On the coast near the village of Marsden on the outskirts of South Shields, stands the rather magnificent looking Souter Lighthouse. This lighthouse was the first in the world to be designed and built specifically to use AC (alternating electric current) and was the most technically advanced lighthouse of its day. Opening in 1871 it was described as ‘without doubt one of the most powerful lights in the world’.  Originally planned to be built on Souter Point, from where it gets its name, it ended up being built on Lizard Point which had higher cliffs and therefore better…

Fraggle Report ~ Druridge Bay Vintage Rally ~ August 2017

Sophie and I went off to visit Druridge Bay, a manmade lake, Watersport place and Nature reserve.  However when we got there we saw they were having a vintage rally so we decided to do that instead.  Lots of old cars and enginey things to look at and photograph. Lots of dogs too of course vintage tractors were popular an old cow milker not sure what this was for, didn’t like the look of the fluorescent liquid that was produced! I guess it is some sort of pump, as is this next one   no idea what this one does…

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017 ~ part 3

Part 1 Part 2 Nearly back to our starting point now, and some old industrial buildings on the river bank, and then the newer Hilton Hotel The sage, some boats and some dolly birds 🙂 worth 2 views of the Sage, it is amazing! The Baltic Flour Mill, now converted into a gallery for contemporary art, and some people on the Millennium bridge That’s it for the river cruise, but we took a few of the quayside as well, so will do those next time. Stay tooned! 🙂  

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017~part 2

Part 1 HERE Travelling up the Tyne we saw plenty of birds, and I got lucky to catch a shot of a heron Back in 2012, the BAE plant, previously Vickers-Armstrong, on the river was a closed down with the loss of 300 or so jobs. It’s now been taken over by the Reece group,had a £20 million revamp and it’s 500 workers manufacture equipment including tank parts, sub-sea products and pot-hole repair technology. More bridges We saw what looked like racehorses in a dubious looking stable building there had to be a pub at some point and these reminded me…

Fraggle Report~River Tyne Cruise~July 2017

A couple of weeks ago, when it wasn’t rain, Sophie and I embarked on one of the river cruises which set off from the Quayside in Newcastle. There are 2 choices, you can go Quay to sea, a 3 hour trip to the piers at the river mouth, or Quay to countryside, a 2 hour trip going under 11 bridges, as far as Ryton Willows, which is the one we took. Setting off under the Millennium bridge   the quayside buildings bridges churches and high rises graffiti of course I ❤ Tar? hole in the wall more to come so…

The Transporter Bridge & River Tees~July 2017

Finishing up our day out in Teeside, Sophie and I went to see the Transporter Bridge that crosses the River Tees. It connects Middlesbrough, on the south bank, to Port Clarence, on the north bank. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling ‘car’, or ‘gondola’, suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus. It carries the A178 Middlesbrough to Hartlepool road. Locally the bridge is often referred to simply as ‘the Transporter’. The bridge is quite famous, featured in films and TV programmes…

Seal Sands~July 2017

Seal Sands is part of the Teesmouth Nature Reserve (previous 3 posts) and is home to both seals, and the pro-chemical industrial site. After we’d done the nature walk, Sophie and I went off to see the seals and the industrial bit.       we had interesting clouds coming over   After we got chucked out of the industrial site 🙂 we went off to see the transporter bridge ~ for anyone who saw Auf Wiedersehen Pet, it wasn’t really sold to the native Americans of Arizona, 🙂 it’s still in Middlesborough, but that’s for the next post. Stay…