Bridges Over the River Tyne~ Part 4

Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE

After crossing back to the Newcastle side of the swing bridge, we walked down to the millennium bridge.  A Sunday Market is held on the quayside every week we were of course distracted by all the wares and people, so took our time and took some photo’s.

I think Gypsy Rose Lee had a very large family 😉

I have no idea where the horse was!

Theres always a busker~this chap had a really nice voice

Some interesting food stalls

Some traditional Geordie bangers

Pease pudding is a thing up here

Lunch queue

No queue, but he looked happy enough

HUGE cheese sandwich

Roast Pork burgers

Wiga Wagaa chilli stall

Next time we’ll look at the arts and crafts and get to the Millennium bridge.



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 🙂







Groovin’,(on a Sunday Afternoon)

Here we are again at the end of another week, Autumn is just about upon us, the trees are starting to turn quite quickly now, and they’re moulting.  We’ve had some nice sunny days, and  thats’s never a bad thing.

I did have my mega busy day on Wednesday, and no time to stop for photo’s, but on Thursday I managed 10 mins to take a shot of St.Mary’s lighthouse while I was in Whitley Bay.


On Friday I had a day off, and as Phil was off too so we went into South Shields to check the junk market and do some banking. Also I bought a new lens & film combo for the Hipstamatic app on the Iphone and wanted to test it out.  Couldn’t believe the silly old lady person was there again, dancing to a busker, and this time I did take a shot as she was entertaining a little girl in her pram. Still wearing the green dress, but a nice blue cardigan with dogs on!

Dancing Girl
Dancing Girl

Well I guess silly or not, it’s good to be full of fun and dancing when you are old. Think I may be doing the same, but in the privacy of my own living room!!


The guy had a nice voice. For anyone who remembers, a couple of weeks ago I was remarking on the shutting down of shops and the opening of a new trainer store..

good news?


Well 2 weeks on and ta dah!!!


not exactly overrun with customers. Looks pretty though.

Also one of those human statue people was in town, I last saw him in Newcastle, got a better shot of him today.

Statue man
Statue man

Phil and I had a good rummage around the junk market,

Antique Road show?

and had our lunch sitting in the eighteenth century Town Hall that is in the centre of the Market Square

Old Town Hall with St.Hilda’s church in the background.
That's shallot!
That’s shallot!

Lots of ‘Produce’ which is the buzzword for fruit n veg these days 🙂 but I didn’t buy anything this week, Phil found a couple of cheapo dvd’s though and we watched Pompeii (the newish one) in the evening,which was laughably historically incorrect, had loads of cool CGI effects and starred Kit Harrington with a rather fetching 6 pack, so a good romp. I Was NOT impressed with the ending. Spoiler alert…..they died!!!

Phil worked on Saturday and I was going out with Sophie on a shoot, but the rain came in so we called it off. I took a shot out of my window so this is my front room view, gloomy skies or what?

front window and orchids
front window and orchids

So I did some housework and read my book, then blow me but the sun came out and it ended up a nice afternoon, but too late to salvage the shoot, so I took some more shots indoors and out, at home.

Junk Market bargains
Junk Market bargains

I bought these groovy candle holders on my previous trip to the junk market, they are quite heavy and cast lovely refractions of light. Got 3 for £1, was disappointed this week not to find any more.

delicate web
delicate web

I loved the sun shining on the web on the birdfeeder, this one was very fine and delicate and the spidey was very small.

on borrowed time
on borrowed time

One of the flowers on a plant still going strong 2 years after I bought it. Really it should have perished last winter, but it was so mild it just kept going.


My new glasses, quite classy I think. Still have to take them off to read. Am just starting No.4 of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child, I’m also re- reading C.J Sansome’s Shardlake series, so plenty of good stories for me at lunchtimes and bedtimes. I do love my books. I don’t care if they’re on the Ipad or paper, so long as I have something good to read I’m happy.  Talking of lunch, I’ve recently tried and fallen for Sushi, never thought I would but I tried some on a whim and now am hooked!


I don’t suppose it’s much like the real thing, as it’s supermarket stuff and not restaurant, but it’ll do for me.

A quiet day today for me and Phil, as family were busy doing other things, so we got up late and did our own things. I had to do my SUnday challenge photo for Ipernity, the theme was ‘Legs”

The History of legs
The History of legs

so that’s my take on it 🙂

And this evening we cooked a magnificent dinner, I did the special roastie spuds Phil likes, and he cooked his superb Lamb in red wine sauce. It was bloody lush man!

Home grown Herbs
Home grown Herbs
Phil Master Chef!
Phil Master Chef!
Lamb in Red Wine..YUM
Lamb in Red Wine..YUM

and that is the end of this week.

Laters Gaters 🙂