“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job!” George Carlin

Fuerteventura 1997

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.”  – Robert Benchley

Spain 2002

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” – Rita Rudner

‘Beau’, Sunderland 2012

“The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz

Staithes 2013

“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.” Author Unknown

‘Jasper’, Biggleswade, 2014

“Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.”  – Bonnie Wilcox

‘Sophie’, Rochester NY USA 2014

“Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.”  – Dorothy Hinshaw

Tynemouth 2016

The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.”Henry Ward

‘Jackie’ Poland, at Eddy’s, 2017

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” – W.R. Purche

Teesmouth 2017

“The bond between a hunter and his dog can’t be described; But only felt”Steve Reider

Simonside County Fair 2017

“No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.” – Stanley Leinwall

Druridge Bay 2017

“The journey of life is sweeter, when travelled with a dog” Bridget Willoughby

On the boat to the Farne Islands, 2018

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”
― Johnny Depp

Beamish Museum 2018

“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.” Fran Lebowitz

The Bedlington Terrier Club, Newbiggin-By-The-Sea 2019

“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.”  – Stanley Coren

Newcastle, 2019

All pictures can be embiggened with a click.

Stay tooned for whatever comes next!

Newbiggin-By-The Sea ~ January 2019

Into 2019 outings now, as Whitley Bay was our last trip out in 2018.

Also I’m not posting here as often as I’m busy doing a 365 project over on Fraggles Other Place this year, feel free to pop over and visit me there! Clickety click HERE.

Sophie and I had a day out in Northumberland, visiting a few places, and starting with Newbiggin B-T-S.

The History Bit  

Newbiggin was once an important port for shipping grain and a coal mining town, it is still a small fishing port now making use of traditional cobel boats. The town was at the end of the first telegraph cable from Scandinavia in 1868, and was laid from Jutland, Denmark. Attractions in Newbiggin today include the 13th-century parish church, and the new flagship Newbiggin Maritime Centre, which has replaced the former heritage centre at a cost of £3million. The lifeboat station was opened in 1851 following a fishing disaster in which ten Newbiggin fishermen lost their lives in stormy seas. It is the oldest operational boathouse in the British Isles.
A £10,000,000 renovation to rebuild and improve Newbiggin’s rapidly eroding beach involved importing 500,000 tonnes of sand from Skegness, delivered by the trailing suction hopper dredger, (try saying that after a couple of glasses of vino delecto!)  Oranje, and deposited on the beach through a pipe approximately 1 metre in diameter. A new offshore breakwater was installed to accompany the matching breakwater on the opposite side of the bay. Also installed is a brass statue by sculptor Sean Henry named Couple, anchored in the centre of the bay.
The 13th century Parish Church of St Bartholomew, bleakly situated against a North Sea backdrop at Church Point, contains a notable collection of medieval gravestones. Eight complete cross slab grave covers have been reset in the walls of the north aisle which was rebuilt in 1912. The chancel, the east and western bays of arcades and the west tower are all 13th century, while the spire dates to the 14th century.

That’s about it, let us crack on with the pictures.  We parked up in the community car park next to St.Bart’s Church, and when we got out of the car were surrounded by dogs.

The Bedlington Terrier Brigade

I asked them what they were up to (the owners not the dogs) and was informed that this was the Bedlington Terrier Walking group.

Sophie and I left them to it and we went off to visit the church.

St.Bartholomew’s Church

old grave

Robert Redford drowned :/

Guarding the door

This one still had all his teeth!

We walked down to visit the lifeboat station

Puffin bollards

and took a photo of the expensive breakwater and the statue of the Couple. Click on the pic to see them better. I have no idea what the Couple is about, but in researching (looking on Trip Advisor as it happens) came across the following moving tribute by a resident which I felt was worth sharing here…

“lived in the bay for a number of years and this statue has to be the worst thing that the council could have ever placed in the village
N.C.C literally must have rocks in their heads to totally waste so much of the tax payers money without even consulting locals about what they wanted for their village
Its ugly…dull…drab and in very bad taste
The figures look like Andy Cap and Flo !!
Its an insult to Newbiggin and its history”

and many more concur, so not a well loved landmark, or even seamark, by any stretch.

(for my overseas pals, you can see & read about Andy Capp and Flo HERE)


Breakwater & The Couple.

The Bedlington Terriers were having a nice time on the beach

Invasion of the Bedlington Terriers

There was a cobel boat in the yard of the lifeboat station

Glad cobel boat

Safe as houses

we cut our visit short as time was ticking on and the sky wasn’t looking too promising, and we had other places to visit, and as we left, so did some of the Invasion Force

Dogs of fashion.

Stay tooned folks, next time we’re off to lunch in Rock (named after me possibly) and to Dunstanburgh Castle.

All pictures embiggenable and clickable.

Tynemouth Market ~ November 2018

Now and then due to busyness or bad weather, Sophie and I go to Tynemouth Market for a shorter excursion as it’s only 20 minutes away and there’s always stuff to photograph, and shop for!  The market is held at Tynemouth Metro Station, a Grade II listed building, and is on every Saturday and Sunday.

Things you could buy there..

Eyerolling cat.


Steampunk Topper


Hangover Tea




Nuts and bolts


Converted fire extinguishers


These might be sitting on my kitchen shelf now 🙂


Art Deco perfume bottle.

Things you might see there…

carving his wares





There are always lots of doggies



Doggage à Trois


and sartorially elegant ladies

Golden Wonder

We had our lunch there..


and then went to have a quick look at the newly opened Spanish City, which I’ll do next time, so stay tooned!

Simonside Country Fair ~ August 2017 ~Doggy edition

Part 1.  

Of course everyone and his dog had a dog at the country fair, so it would have been rude not to photograph some of them.  They had time trials for dogs to fetch a little bean bag which was fun to watch

That little doggy wanted the beanbag back when he’d done his run!

They like to meet up

they had a horse and hound display in the arena

I was really surprised when the announcer invited everyone in to pet the dogs! Considering they are trained to hunt and kill, it seemed a bit odd especially as the place was full of kids.

But they were really lovely and so gentle, the kids and the dogs, well just about everyone had a good huggy time

Sophie is wary of dogs, but Mentat and I piled in and Sophie followed as she wanted to get pictures of Mentat with the dogs.

I got accosted and Sophie took a couple of me and ‘my’ dog 🙂

it was over far too quickly!

This little puppy was tucked in his owner’s arms, so cute

just cuteness everywhere really

and they had a Novelty Dog competition which was fun

a very good day for doggies.

Stay tooned, we’ve still got birds of prey, a pipe band and more stuff to come!








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

this one is easy

there was a vintage fairground game

and vintage tattoo’s

vintage bikes too, but that seat didn’t look comfortable!

next time we’ll see some of the cars and vans so stay tooned!



Poland report~April 2017~Part 6~Big Woods

On the Sunday of our stay with Eddy we had a chill out day and stayed in the area.  After breakfast Eddy & Malina took Phil & I for a walk through Big Wood to where they have their Bar-B-Q’s.  It was built by Eddy’s neighbour and friend, so Eddy is allowed to use it too.

Ready to go


To the woods to the woods!


Big Wood was astonishingly beautiful, glowing green leaves and tall trees

The Bar-B-Q area was really well put together

Of course Eddy’s three dogs Jackie,Denis and Sasha had come with us, and Malina demonstrated how Jackie loves to catch sand!

and then we walked back to Eddy’s, admiring the views across the fields.

Next time we’re off the visit the Storks and the Beaver dam.

Stay tooned!





Day 54~366

I was working in Sunderland today, managed a couple of pictures. Firstly I stopped for lunch in a carpark and saw a Mum and her teenager on top of a car,


Later in the afternoon I had to park up on the sea front at Seaham, while I waited for a client to get home from her bowling match, it was a bit wild and windy, so just took a couple of shots.

The beach


and the safety belt,


Think I like that one most, so that is for the daily shot!


Day 43~366 South Shields in the Sun

This morning the sun was out again, and as I had to go and pay some work cheques into the bank, I also decided to visit the junk market, and Phil came along with me. I’ve taken quite a few shots, and found it hard to choose one for the project. Think I’ll go with the ducks.

The Market


This structure with the mirrored ceiling is new, South Shields is undergoing redevelopment at the moment and things are changing.

Had to be done 🙂



The second thing we noticed was a huge new building going up, and assumed it to be a shopping centre.



Have since googled it and it’s not, it’s called ‘The Word’ and according to South Shields Council website…The Word has been revealed as the name of the new library and digital media centre which will be the jewel in the crown of the £100 million regeneration of South Shields town centre.  Have to say the locals are less than impressed.

More shots of the market..


and some people


I was caught in the act!


Some funny ducks


Phil was very excited to revisit his boyhood reading material



After the market we went to lunch.. a valentine Pork Pie 😀


and I took some street shots



I asked the lady what kind of dogs these were and to take a picture, they are Akita’s, there are Japanese Akita Inu’s which don’t have black masks, these two are American Akita’s so have the black masks. Apparently they are docile, intelligent, courageous and fearless. A bit like me then 😀

Walking back to the car I noticed this building in King Street, don’t know how I’d never looked at it before, lovely ornate carvings.



It was originally The Empire Theatre and opened with a variety show on Monday 13th February 1899 so tomorrow will be its 117th birthday. In the 30’s it became a cinema, then a Odeon, then a bingo hall, but all that stopped in the 70’s when it became a place for retail outlets. It’s not in use as anything now sadly, there’s an estate agent sign up on it. The facade though is grade 2 listed, so has to be kept.


Love the wavy rooftops of these shops


Road protector


The gas storage unit is not in use, but has become a bit of an iconic landmark for the locals. This time last year it was earmarked for demolition, but it’s still standing for now.


and it’s a good perch for the seagulls and pigeons



Sometimes there just is no explanation for the sights you see..




The carpark is opposite the backs of some shops, think they’ve had past troubles



and that’s the end of my tour. Changed my mind about the ducks, bird on the gasometer won out 🙂