Sunday, June 24, 2012

Please bear with me!

Things have been rather busy recently and I apologise for not having posted for 9 days. The exams have now finished - hurrah! but it does take the youngsters a little while to re- ac customise their lives and thats just what is happening now . We have visited the  Harry Potter studios  and had a fab afternoon there - I have taken a number of photos and hope to post some at some stage.
I have managed to escape with friends to Bath for a weekend- with lots of laughter, food , wine and general girliness. Bath is such a fabulous place to visit- I again have taken some photos and hope to post some soon.
This week is family time and I'm not sure if I will be able to make a post before Friday but I am looking forward to posting again so keep this an eye on my Blog!!! Hope to see you again at the weekend if not before!!!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Second day up North

 Our second day in the north east was as busy as the first! We started the day with a trip down to the quayside in Newcastle.

We visited the Baltic Mill which was a flour mill many years ago and is now an art gallery on the Gateside side of the river. Unfortunately most of the exhibitions were under construction except for one by which was a hut on the mountainside by Richard Rigg.

Permanent sculpture with a quote from William Blake which reads

"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings"

 We headed up to the viewing gallery and took photos of the city.

Tyne bridge and the Gateshead Millenium Bridge

Then headed to the open terrace overlooking the Tyne and the Newcastle side of the river.
 There we were able to see the floating wheel which used the current of the river to play music on the terrace.

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge

Floating  electricity generator
Close up

The wooden megaphone transmitting the sound generated by the electricity!

But by far the most exciting thing was seeing the kittiwakes nesting on the side of the Baltic.

 All nesting in pairs on the side of the building- except for two very young ones who hadn't yet built themselves a nest. They were amazing to see! They made my day!

Catching up on sleep!

Change over!

The youngsters!

We then had lunch in the cafe and were also lucky enough to see the Gateshead Millenium  Bridge open.! A wonderful morning! After lunch we headed up to the national trust place - Wallington Hall - more about that next time!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Half term draws to a close

Half term is almost at an end. As usual the week went very quickly. We are still in the midst of exams and are on the count down now. Half the family stayed behind when a party from the H household went north to the Northeast to visit family.
 I think we had the better weather- although absolutely freezing with a bitter wind,we had some sunshine but best of all had very little rain. We managed to get out and about and the cobwebs were well and truly blown away!

St Mary's lighthouse

 The first day we headed down to the coast and visited Whitely bay and had a coffee in a fabulous art gallery come italian coffee shop.

 Daughter and I loved it all and dreamt about owning a similar place in the south! It was lovely seeing Italian type pastries  - they were of a lovely small size . Perfect with a coffee , especially  if you are having lunch out too!

We then headed down the coast a few minutes and had lunch in Crusoe's a lovely cafe right on the beach. They are always busy there and its one of our favourite haunts. So a round of paninis and warm drinks before heading back to the city.

Life guard NE style!

Don't you love the colours- I just want to make something using them! 

Newcastle has a number of museums . One of our favourites is Hancocks and we have spent many a damp day perusing all the exhibits which range from wildlife  to historical.

You always know you will find something usual here- something you hadn't seen before on previous visits. They have special exhibitions on and we have visited a Star trek exhibition when the children were small. We were very excited to hear that the museum has had some refurbishment done. So we headed off to investigate and we weren't disappointed.

 We explored the natural history section and the Egyptian exhibition which included displays of real mummies- a bit strange but never the less interesting. We headed back to the ranch to refuel and recharge ready for day two........... More to follow!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Visiting family

Hi just quickly catching up. I've worked the last two days and made some bunting last night and put it up inside the house as rain is forecast for the next few days. Half the family have headed up north to sunny Newcastle ( and it has been dry tody!)for a few days to see relatives and the other half have stayed at home to study.
So hopefully I can share some photos with you when I return. Hope you are enjoying the celebrations!