Midnight Snow

For three days it rained non stop, right up to 11pm last night. Then we went to the kitchen about 11.30pm to make a cup of tea to take to bed and through the window we saw It’s been a long time since we saw ‘proper’ snow and we ran to the conservatory and opened the door and stood watching, as big clumps of…

The Art of Newcastle ~Jan 2019 ~ part 4

After lunch in the Biscuit Factory, we went off to see the Laing Art Gallery. On the way, we came across a little church hall and as you can see from the sign on the right (which I completely missed in the photo!) had an art exhibition. Well, we came for art, so decided to do a detour and see what was going on. It…

The Art of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – Jan 2019

Back in January Sophie and I decided to visit a couple of the art galleries in Newcastle, The Biscuit Factory –  the biggest commercial art, craft and design gallery in the UK, and The Laing, home to an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver, and glassware. But before we get to the galleries, we must get off…

Shrewsbury~ November 2018 ~ part 4

Leaving history behind more or less, we had a wander around the modern (ish) town centre, though that still had a lot of tudor buildings around the square. Some random shots were taken along the way.     Phil got to re-visit his boyhood.               I think that will do for now.  All the photos are embiggenable if…

Newcastle Guild Hall, and Quayside ~ December 2017~ part 2

Part 1 HERE More History Stuff. The Guildhall was used by the Freemen of Newcastle. The origins of the Freemen are obscure, but the modern view is the possibility that the origins are  partly Anglo-Saxon but also partly British and partly Roman. There were, broadly speaking three classes of people – nobles, free men and slaves. The free men were a middle class, comprised of those…

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…

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…

Fraggle Report~The Hoppings ~ June 2017~Part 1

The Hoppings is is an annual travelling funfair held on the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the last week in June and is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs. The origin of the name is uncertain but could be that “hopping”, means a dance in Middle English (Old fairs included dancing), or from the clothing which the travellers used to wear; that…

Poland ~April 2017~ Beaver Dam & stuff.

After our walk in Big Wood, Eddy took us out in his trusty van to the shop for some bits and bobs, and just down the road was a nest on top of a telephone post, home to a pair of storks on the way back to the house we stopped to visit the Beaver Dam which was quite amazing to me as I’d…