Saturday, 6 September 2014

Annual Trip to Northumberland 2014





Although we usually visit a little later in the year, we decided to bring the holiday forward to take advantage of the forecast for good weather.

We have been here countless times and always seek and find something new to see.  We used the village of Seahouses as our base, with wonderful views of the harbour and Bamburgh Castle enhanced further by the binoculars which came with the room.  My husband even spotted an Oystercatcher.



On the way to Seahouses, we visited Alnwick Gardens.  We enjoyed the visit and there was a pleasant ambiance with live music, the sound of the water features and the ornamental gardens.  However, it cost £3.00 to park the car and the entrance for the ground only (not the castle) was expensive as I had thought RHS members could still go free. 

 We had an interesting tour of the poison garden

 One of the ever changing water features

 The tree house for grownups is a restaurant


We have visited the picturesque, model villages of Ford and Etal before, but this time we visited the Standing Stones to the north of Etal.  It’s a mystery to me how the stones were transported to this place in the Bronze Age, also how such a setting from which you can see for miles around was found. The stones were a circle (a henge) but a couple of them have disappeared over the years.
Pub in Etal with its picturesque thatched roof

 Etal Castle


 The standing stones at Duddo


We continued to Berwick-on-Tweed, a town surrounded by ramparts on the Scottish border, wondering if we would need passports to travel further North in future!  We went to see an exhibition in a restored granary of L S Lowry’s work depicting this area. 
 

All too soon it was time to leave but not before we stopped at various other places en route.
 Early morning sun coming through the mist at Alnmouth

 Warkworth Castle

 Morpeth



I can thoroughly recommend this beautiful part of England and guarantee that you will be smitten by the dramatic scenery, the like of which my camera cannot really capture.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside





A family holiday at the seaside can be fun with the older members reminiscing about bygone times while the younger members are experiencing those activities for the first time.

The weather, as always in the Yorkshire coast, is variable to say the least; we can have all four seasons in the space of an hour!  We had a glorious Summer earlier on and the forecast wasn’t great for the last part of August but we were treated to some lovely days and the heavy showers waited for night time. 

Sand, sea and all the S’s
 Space

 Sunsets
 Sky



Sleeping in, Swimming Pool, Swings and Slides, Skating at the Roller Disco, Skimming stones,
Strolling.

Scarborough Day Trip

 Open top bus

Peasholm Park
 Sailing (on a pedalo)


Sewerby Hall and Gardens
The Hall has just been refurbished but no photographs can be taken

 Shiver me timbers
 The walled garden




 A new born Alpaca with mum
  Over the years, we have entertained visitors from as far afield as Sweden, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Italy and Rumania and it occurred to me to begin a visitors’ book.  I found a suitable one in a charity shop.  It is actually a Hebridean one, but it is beautifully illustrated and does the job.









 Bet you're wondering what Hello Kitty wrote in the book


Friday, 1 August 2014

For Yorkshire Day I give you ..... Harewood House

It seems that 1st August has become Yorkshire Day so I have included some photos of a recent visit to Harewood House.


 The Stupa next to the Himalayan gardens.  Walk round it a few times for luck








 The knot garden planted up in yellow.  Kate and Will started the actual race for the Grand Depart of the TDF


 Every garden should have one!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Busman's Holiday




After judging and being judged by Yorkshire in Bloom this week, Friday was spent visiting gardens in North Yorkshire with our gardening club.


Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and we returned laden with plants and ideas for our own gardens.
First stop was Rewela Cottage at Skewesby, home of garden designer John Plant

The front of the house gave no indication of what was to come and we were all impressed by the planting combinations and landscaping at every turn. 
 The outdoor kitchen

 The jacuzzi/sauna


 The potting area

 




 





There was a good range of interesting plants for sale to tempt us and we all succumbed!

Then on to the picturesque North Yorkshire, market  town of Helmsley. 
 Here we took advantage of the various eating places, market stalls, shops and antique fair before boarding the coach again for our next garden visit.

Terrington House, a former rectory, is the home of James and Linda Fenwick.  


The house is surrounded by gardens and features tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and, the pièce de résistance, a summer house decorated in shells by Linda Fenwick .

 The stunning ceiling of the Shell House







 North Yorkshire, not the South of France


 The vegetable plot

Just beware of Crumble the dog who makes quick work of any cake you place on the table!
Anyone else got some interesting garden visits to share?