Another Castle before heading home.

The last day of our Northumbria holiday and another boarder castle, Norham Castle a large ruined castle on the banks of the Tweed. Off on the road trip home tomorrow morning.

these pictures are for my good friend Des who follows my blog but thinks there are too many castles in Nortumbria

These pictures are for my good friend Des who follows my blog but thinks there are too many castles in Northumbria.

Oystercatcher on beach

Oystercatcher on beach

Great little farm and cafe - note Oxford Northumbria

Great little farm shop and cafe –
note Oxford Northumbria ☆☆☆☆

http://www.fenham-le-moor.co.uk/ where we stayed

http://www.fenham-le-moor.co.uk/
where we stayed ( Teal Cottage )

sun setting from our cottage

sun setting from our cottage

The little ships of Seahouses

After the morning on the beach onto a sunny afternoon spent walking around the little harbour of Seahouses with much hustle and bustle with boat after boat heading with trippers to  the Farne Islands. As the terns and Puffins had left their breeding areas towards the end of June and also being a bit early for seal pups we decided  not to depart on the water this holiday.The odour of fish and chips lingers in the air as you walk around the harbour. Starlings chase tourists for dropped ice cream cones.

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Looking out to the Farnes

Book a boat trip here

Book a boat trip here

Still space for some fishing boats

Still space for some fishing boats

A harbour Starling

A harbour Starling

Gannett flying buy

Gannett flying by

The oldest iron suspension bridge in Europe

After a long drive yesterday I declare Sunday a day of rest so plan to potter around not too far from the cottage. From the cottage the dead end lane hits the sea looking out to Holy Island with the Castle directly opposite. The lane gave an opportunity to undertake my favourite past time of collecting wild blackberries. Abundant in wildlife swallows buzz up and down the lane stocking up with insects before the journey back to Africa. Sparrows and Yellow hammers sit on the hedge tops. At the bottom of the lane is a bird hide but only Curlew’s present due to the state of the tide (will return later at a different time). The sun has also encouraged more Butterflies than I have seen for a while. The weather is an improvement today clear blue sky’s.

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A short drive into Berwick -Upon-Tweed to fill up with fuel and up river to visit to The Union Chain Bridge the oldest surviving iron suspension bridge in Europe. This vehicle bridge was built by Captain (later Sir) Samuel Brown RN between 1819-20. He pioneered the iron anchor chains and registered patents of his work. The Union Chain Bridge cost £7,700 to build and opened on 26th July 1820. Brown showed off this bridges strength by driving over it with 12 loaded carts which were followed by 600 spectators an estimated weight of some 20 tons. The bridge replaced the often flooded river ford, it was also quicker (took less than a year) and was cheaper to build than conventional stone bridge. although cars can still cross the Tweed here our camper exceeds the weight limit so it was a park and walk across into Scotland.

By the sea at Berwick

By the sea at Berwick

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a chain bridge

The Union Chain Bridge

The Union Chain Bridge

From Forest to Sea

netsWeather has settled and spent the day (yesterday 13/05/15) around The Galloway Forest then down to the Solway Coast.

Good wild life day, {Hares, Roe Buck, Red Deer, semi wild goats, Cuckoo’s (vocals only), Baby flat fish in the pools at Rockcliff, Red Kites, Sedge warbler, and Bats around cottage}.

Photo’s posted show ;- A Wickerman, The Wickerman film of 1973 staring Edward Woodwood was filmed in Dumfries and Galloway a festival is now held locally each year. Fishing boats at Kirkcudbright and fish net’s on the Solway and a nice parking spot.

beach parking spot

beach parking spot

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Tin from Cornwall

This 2nd blog today which  is mainly photographs of old tin mine engine houses West of St Justs. Some of the mines extend out under the sea. Many of these mines are sites of  past mining accidents (or failures of Health and Safety).Many of these failures resulted in high loss of life. In one of the engine houses a pair of Kestrels were roosting (it looked as they may nest there later in the year), at another 4 Chough’s flew in to roost.

mining landscape

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