Monday, 19 March 2018

nice to see you, to see you nice

19th March 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

So nice to see bright sunshine after a cloudy and chilly weekend.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

too cold?

18th March 2018, Newton Point, 7:30am

An inch of snow overnight and the intense cold wind still blows.

The oyster catchers were hunkered down a bit on the beach so we kept well away from them (600mm lens)

Daisy loves this weather. Her fur is built for the cold and she gets too hot in the summer. Same with me really!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Sunny in Beadnell

17th March 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

I wanted to find a sheltered and safe vantage point to photograph the magnificent waves.  I also wanted interesting light.

The snow showers were rattling over so quickly that the sunny spells lasted literally seconds.

As usual it was sunny in Beadnell!

Daisy was anxious because her Mum was sheltering in the dunes and she wanted to reunite the pack!

Friday, 16 March 2018

a spot of colour

16th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

A grim morning with a 45 mph Easterly wind and horizontal rain.  The sea is angry and foaming with rage.

16th March 2018, Christon Bank, 3pm

You don’t expect to find much in the way of colour at this time of year.  Nor do you expect much in the way of fungus but these scarlet elf cups (sarcoscypha austriaca) are colourful beauties to brighten up a grey day.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

wind's up

15th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The wind is picking up out of the east again and the sea is raging noisily in the bay.  The sun looks damp and seems to be hanging listlessly in the sky.

I really hope the bad forecast for the weekend isn't as bad as last time.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

on being sociable (for dogs)

14th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

Daisy is much more sociable than me and while I enjoy the occasional company of friends on a walk, Daisy would play with her doggy pals every day.

We hadn't met Larry the lurcher in a while and seeing these two run together is a beautiful thing.

14th March 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

I sheltered from the wind while Daisy enjoyed the breeze in her fur. We sat and watched the world go by in our own different ways.

on being sociable

13th March 2018, Football Hole, 4pm

After a full day of being sociable at the tourism fair in Alnwick it was nice to get a lung-full of fresh air and gaze at the empty beach.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

worthwhile endeavours

11th march 2018, Newton Point, 6:30am

Up in time for sunrise and a wonderful run for a few kms with Daisy lurching around beside me (and sometimes not)


9th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

Not for posing this morning

9th March 2018, Howick Shore, 3pm

No running around today.  She would rather take a nap in the sun.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

no change here

8th March 2018. Embleton Bay, 7:30am

The floods at the golf course clubhouse car park have subsided so it was possible to be back here for the first time in a week.

Of course the beach is ever-changing but unchanging.

It's rewarding to spend even a few moments looking at the unique patterns every wave brings.

8th March 2018, Football Hole, 4pm

A beautiful afternoon by the sea

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


7th March 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7:30am

After many days of arctic weather we had a day of torrential rain yesterday and then flash floods as the rain combined with melting snow.

So it was a joy to see light in the sky and even blue skies above the Castle.

This flooded field is on the site of an old 'mere', one of 3 shallow lakes that surrounded the Castle in mediaeval times.  They were, so they say, designed to make the castle look impressive and would have had no defensive purpose.

7th March 2018, Fallodon, 11am

My first run through the woods in much appreciated spring like conditions.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Beast Day 5

4th March 2018, Christon Bank, 7am

There was still snow in the air as we walked up the road and round the woods.

Once the snow stopped everything looked a bit brighter

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Beast day 4

3rd March 2018, Newton Point, 7:30am

Brave enough to try the roads today - for a couple of miles anyway.

Very glad to have snow tyres and a friend who let me park as the car parks and verges are all snowed up.  Many roads are still closed, 4x4 only or at best single file.  It'll get messy later on if a lot of visitors come up from the city.

Once out on the coast it was grim. Very cold, very windy and very grey.  Many birds are sheltering in the grass of the dunes so we left them in peace and didn't stay out very long.

3rd March 2018, at home

Extra bird feeders are out for the birds.  There are so many birds looking desperately for food.  We've seen several Fieldfares so we're doing our best.  Here is a coal tit enjoying lunch.

3rd March 2018, Christon Bank, 4pm

We're not cut off anymore thanks to days of tremendous effort by hardy types with diggers and snow ploughs and we made it to Alnwick and back today.

This has made me more relaxed and now I want to enjoy the winter scenery while it lasts.

Still no trains running though (except the odd freight run)   This must be causing all sorts of problems to people up and down the country.