Newcastle International Fair ~ final part

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.  Part 4.

Still wandering around Newcastle after the fair, sitting drinking coffee and people watching

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On a mission

Then off to the Central Arcade

where this chap was making some tunes on a strange windbag thing, I asked him what it was and I think he said it was the Irish equivalent of bagpipes, but my memory is pants so I could be wrong on that.

Night on the town

Old and new

Stairway to…?

scrotal support

I ❤ Carlisle

Deliverooing

St.George war memorial

Parsons Polygon ~ artwork by David Hamilton in 1985, a graded 2 listed obelisk that conceals a metro ventilation shaft

Graffiti

So that's the end of this Fraggle Report, thanks for all the kind comments along the way, see you for the next Report!

Newcastle International Fair ~part 3

Part 1 HERE
Part 2 HERE

Well actually at this point we left the area where the fair was and went on a wander so the rest of my shots are of and around Newcastle

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I feel so bad for homeless people and always give them something for a cup of tea or a sandwich, but this guy was asleep so I went by quietly

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massage parlour ~ didn’t go in 🙂

works of art

megabus!

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Gold!

Granger Market

London 282 miles?? (actually 247 as the crow flies)

The Grand Bazaar!

Still more to come from this day out, hope everyone had a good weekend!

Newcastle International Fair ~part 2

Part 1 HERE

After drooling over all the food, Sophie and I went to peruse the other stalls,

Money banks

Book covers

Steam punk sculpts.

Russian dolls

Metal work

Cutlery Jewellery

Parrot

Amber Good Luck trees

Totem Poles

Whilst we were looking round a band started up, they were really good,

And we came across some interesting ladies who let me take their picture

That’s it for today but this Report isn’t finished yet, stay tuned 🙂

Fraggle Report ~ Newcastle International Fair ~ May ’16

Sophie and I got out a fair bit in May last year, the weather was good I guess 🙂 Anyway, the International fair consists of lots of food and crafts from mainly Europe and is an excellent day out for those of us with a camera. I have checked and the fair is scheduled again this year, but not sure if it will be disbanded when we are out of Europe, I hope not as it’s most yummy!

From La Belle France, bread and pastries and lovely Frenchmen

Also from France Sausage a la Toulouse

and of course French cheeses

From Holland Pancakes & Waffles and works from the Dutch masters!

From Poland ~ chorizo,sausage,potato,ham & cheese lunches, and smiley ladies

From Germany~ had to be sausages and they were delish!

From the Caribbean ~ chilli sauces,

From Italy~ macaroons and a smiley baker

From Morocco Tagine, Couscous

From Spain~ Paella

Also from Spain chorizo potatoes and Catalan meatballs

From China~ Noodles

From Sweetland~sweeties!

would have loved to try everything, so this year I’m going prepared with saved up take away dishes!

Next time we’ll have a look at the arts and crafts.

Chillingham Castle~ Part 5

Part 1  Part 2   Part 3   Part 4 

The garden at Chillingham was awash with daffodils and bluebells when we visited.

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Some nice views back to the castle

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the golden bat

as with the castle there was also a fair amount of quirky stuff

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and some impressive doors

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Next time we’ll be trotting off around the lakes and grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Chillingham Castle ~ part 3

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

After the great hall we went to find the James 1st room, finding more bit’s and bobs along the way

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He was armless 🙂

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The James 1st Room, named after the King’s Royal visit to Chillingham in 1603, was built specially for the future King. It is famous for its Elizabethan ceiling with the gilded ribbing and very finely moulded pendants.
This room is brilliantly furnished with Sir Humphry’s extraordinary copies of antique originals and lined with patterned silk, originally made for Chatsworth House.  The paintings and tapestries are not important but relate to the Wakefield family and so of interest to the room.
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The bath with the glasses in it was once owned by Mick Jagger
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The Plaque Room library
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In The New Dining room
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and then off to find more stuff we found these on the stair windows
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Next time we get to the attic 🙂

Fraggle Report~ Chillingham Castle, May 2016

Chillingham Castle turned out to be my favourite place to have visited last year, and also the worst experience (of which more later).

Firstly

The History bit

Chillingham Castle is a medieval castle in the village of Chillingham, Northumberland; in the northern part of Northumberland, England. It was the seat of the Grey and Bennet families from the 15th century until the 1980s when it became the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield Bt., who is married to a member of the original Grey family. The castle was originally a monastery in the late 12th century. In 1298, King Edward I stayed at the castle on his way to Scotland to battle a Scottish army led by William Wallace. A glazed window in a frame was specially installed for the king, a rarity in such buildings at the time. The castle occupied a strategically important location in medieval times: it was located on the border between two feuding nations. It was used as a staging post for English armies entering Scotland, but was also repeatedly attacked and besieged by Scottish armies and raiding parties heading south. The site contained a moat, and in some locations the fortifications were 12 feet (3.7 metres) thick.

The building underwent a harsh series of enhancements, and in 1344 a Licence to crenellate was issued by King Edward III to allow battlements to be built, effectively upgrading the stronghold to a fully fortified castle, of quadrangular form.

In 1617, James I, the first king of both England and Scotland, stayed at the castle on a journey between his two kingdoms. As relations between the two countries became peaceful following the union of the crowns, the need for a military stronghold in the area declined. The castle was gradually transformed; the moat was filled, and battlements were converted into residential wings. A banquet hall and a library were built.

In the 18th and 19th century the grounds underwent landscaping, including work carried out by Sir Jeffry Wyattville. The once extensive park, now under a separate ownership from the castle, is home to the famous Chillingham Wild Cattle.

During the Second World War, the castle was used as an army barracks. During this time, much of the decorative wood is said to have been stripped out and burned by the soldiers billeted there. After the war, the castle began to fall into disrepair. Lead had been removed from the roof, resulting in extensive weather damage to large parts of the building. In 1982, the castle was purchased by Sir Humphry Wakefield, 2nd Baronet, whose wife Catherine is descended from the Greys of Chillingham, and Wakefield set about a painstaking restoration of the castle.

He’s also filled it with weird and wonderful bits and bobs, so many photo’s to come.

This is the greeting just as you leave the car park to get up to the castle!

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lovely woodland walk from the carpark to the castle.

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View from the castle entrance

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Castle entrance

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In the entrance hall

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In the courtyard

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and in the dungeon

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Day 152~366

Today is the last day I’ve visited the tree, at least for the purposes of the 366 theme. I was a bit disappointed the weather was a bit grim, very windy and cloudy and ready to rain, but at least I had the tree to myself.

Firstly a little climb 🙂

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Can’t get as high as the young’uns, but 2nd rung wasn’t too bad.

In a few months time I’ll be doing a ‘Crystal Ball’ month, so I thought I’d take it to the tree and do something different than straight shots.

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and my pic of the day

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And here is this months collage of the shots for May

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I really enjoyed this Month. I didn’t know how I’d get 31 different shots of one tree, but it happened with the help of birds & bugs & boys & girls, and the weather was somewhat off putting a few times, but I feel like the tree is a good pal, and I’ll miss going to see it.

Farewell Tree 😘😢

 

Day 149~366

Trotted over to the tree this afternoon, a bit of sunshine today, though I’ve found that doesn’t help when shooting upwards as the sky gets blown out, not to worry, I’ve got used to the settings I need to cope with it, mostly.

Today I found a nail hammered into one of the upper branches, presumably to hang a swing of some sort from.

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But the shot of the day is of some fungus growing on another upper branch, and a tiny spider weaving a web between all the splurges of fungus. The branch is quite high up so had to use the 50-230 cheapo zoom I have.

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On the way home I noticed a few spots of colour in the sea of green, and focused on these isolated sentinels of the marshland.

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seems odd to find just one bluebell on it’s own as they usually are a carpet of flowers in woodlands.

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Not sure what the next few are but they stood out amid the grassland

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and one of the neighbours has rose bushes in their front bit, but don’t really look after them.

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I added a texture to this one for the fun of it

day149-8wand that’s it for today. Only 3 more days of tree now.