Sophie and I had our last outing for a while at the end of October, and we went to visit a park in Gateshead to see some Autumn colour, hopefully at least.
The Watergate Colliery pictured at the top there, started out in the 1800’s, and was finally shutdown in 1917. Unlike Washington, which as we saw last week got it’s own museum, Watergate was left alone until reclamation work began in the 1990’s, and the site was transformed into a recreational park having a series of trails and paths that take you through woodland, around the lake and through wildflower meadows.
It was a bit chilly, but still a nice day with some sunshine now and again, and we did get some autumn colours. I had my Fuji and my contax with me but have yet to finish the roll on that, so here are the few I took with the Fuji.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. Michael Caine
So there we are. Not sure if Autumn has gone and Winter arrived yet, I can’t tell because of all the bliddy rain we’re having, and the forecast is for 2 weeks of it!
After the garden we went for a look around the grounds, and got to this lovely lake.
we saw this couple walking by it and thought the lady looked as if from another time
Then things went a bit wrong. Sophie said let’s walk around the lake and I said yes, both thinking we’d go round and come back to where we set off. But once we got to the other end of the lake we came across a second lake
we walked between the two and came across a boat
but then found we couldn’t see the first lake anymore, but knew it was to our left so we thought we’d head that way. We went over a bridge
but then we were in woodland and there was no way to head left, there was fencing to keep us out, and thick woodland, so we kept following the path. Past some marshes
We ended up in fields with no obvious pathway and loads of sheep. We;d been walking over an hour to try and find our way round and I was well fed up though Sophie was quite philosophical.
At the top of a hill we eventually got to a road, turned left and headed back (we hoped)
past some nice gaffs
it had posh chicks in the garden 🙂
Then we saw a gate and recognised the motif
We were right at the other end of the castle, wed walked miles!
Nice day for it though
Long way to the car
but interesting trees
And that is the end of your tour through, and around, Chilliingham Castle 🙂