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…

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…

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…

Ormesby Hall ~ March 2019 ~ Part 3

See here for history and part 2 Most of the Stately Homes we visit have well-appointed kitchens which I duly photograph, and Ormesby Hall is no exception. But it’s much of a muchness and we’ve seen similar in previous posts. What was unusual at Ormesby was a fully kitted out laundry, so that’s what we’ll look at today. There’s no need for me to explain anything as that was done brilliantly by the info sheets in there.   Love that they call it WEE BEN, 🙂 so that was a nice surprise for Sophie and me as laundries are usually not…

Seaton Delaval Hall – February 2019

*longish post alert, cup of tea time!* The Potted History Bit Seaton Delaval has not got the happiest of histories. The estate had belonged to the Delaval family since the Norman conquest in the 11th century.  By 1717 the mansion was owned by Sir John Delaval who was in severe financial difficulties, so he sold it to his rather rich kinsman, Admiral George Delaval.  George was from a minor branch of the Delaval family, from Northumberland, and his father had left him a legacy of £100 when he died, (about £11,000 in todays money) which he went on to convert…

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 turned out to be a one-woman exhibition by one of the church’s congregation. and this was the artist Her arty bits were interesting, with lots of cut and folded canvasses but I don’t think I’d have…

The Art of Newcastle ~ The Biscuit Factory ~ Part 2 ~ Jan 2019

Still looking around in the Biscuit Factory, these are the things that caught my eye and that I liked. I liked this chess table, though not sure how comfortable the spine~chairs would be!   Phil McLoughlin was a successful artist (as Phil Barker) in the 1970s, winning the prestigious Pernod Prize at the Royal Scottish Academy (1974) and two years later becoming a founder member of the Dundee Group (Artists), which included Jack Knox, Grant Clifford and Jack Morocco. In 1980 he began his doctoral studies and when commissioned to write his first book he decided to exchange art for a…

The Art of Newcastle ~ The Biscuit Factory ~ Jan 2019

The UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft & design gallery set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter A commercial art gallery, café, and restaurant converted from a former biscuit factory which was operated by the Gibson family between 1860 and 1870. It has four floors, two of which were submerged when the street level was raised and these now serve as basement studios which are available for artists to rent. The gallery has everything, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture, and jewelry!  So much to see. As you walk in the space is clean and airy and nicely set out…

Rock & Craster & Dunstanburgh Castle

After our morning in Newbiggin Sophie and I went up to visit Craster, and on the way stopped off in Rock at a cafe Sophie found on Trip Advisor. The owner there was lovely and had a good chat with us.  He had 2 gorgeous sheepdogs, and the cafe is dog-friendly with an area outside for dogs to run around in.  Good food too. Then we drove on to Craster which is famous for its kippers.   We walked up to see the castle, the sea was being quite dramatic. The sky was lovely The castle was built between 1313…