Tuesday, 20 August 2019

favourite places

20th August 2019, Howick shore, 8am

Back to one of my favourite places with just the birds (and Daisy) for company and plenty of time on my hands...

everything changes

18th August 2019, Alnmouth, 7am

Our new local beach is Alnmouth. Same sun, same sea but a very different atmosphere here.

7am on a Sunday morning and the noise of a beach party sound system booms across the bay from the South beach.  There are loads of people around but no-one else seems to care.

Just me then.

13th August 2019, Budle Bay, 7am

A last walk on this beach from my rented house in Belford.  Today I'm moving to Shilbottle and I'll miss this beautiful beach.  I think Daisy will too.

12th August 2019, Dunstanburgh, 8am

A bit of flooding on the golf course but still a rare treat to be back on one of my favourite and used-to-be-frequent walks.

9th August 2019, Bamburgh, 8pm

A quick walk in interesting light between the thunderstorms.

Friday, 9 August 2019

taking a dip

8th August 2019, Budle Bay, 4pm

Low tide brings acres of sand and plenty of room to spread out across the sand.

It was so warm I popped in for a swim and daisy came too.

back where we belong

7th August 2019, Alnmouth, 8am

So good to be back on the beach with someone you love...

...even if her tan puts me to shame...

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

getting high

6th July 2019, Budle Bay, 6am

Daisy and I were both on a natural high this morning

We've had a week of beach walks in gorgeous weather.

5th August 2019, Budle Bay, 7am

A beautiful morning spent in part chatting to Lucy who was on a beach in Portugal.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

fun and games in paradise

3rd August 2019, Alnmouth, 6am

An early start but some top fun and games...

3rd August 2019, Budle Bay, 5pm

An amazing late afternoon walk.  I kicked off my sandals as the sea water was like a jacuzzi - soft on my feet and legs.  It like paradise walking along through the soft warm water with a warm sun and a cool breeze.

Terrible sock tan!

Thursday, 1 August 2019


1st August, Budle Bay, 7:30am

We meander through the pools of water
Our tracks seem sinuously aimless
But we are heading where the morning sun
Tries to bring summer back
From behind resistant clouds

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

home from home

31st July 2019, Embleton Bay, 7am

Great to be back on the old favourite beach after being away for a few months.

31st July 2019, Holy Island, 9pm

Not much chance of the hoped-for sunset but I had a cup of tea, a biscuit and a dog for company.

We ran about on the sand and listened to the wind, the faraway waves and hundreds of birds spread over hundreds of acres.

Just before sunset there was a brief hint of colour in the sky.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

not for profit

30th July 2019, Holy Island, 7am

Colours of sunrise are yet to fade
And clouds are lit from below by a sun 
as yet hidden from view
The mirror surface of the peaceful haven
Begins to ripple as the breeze awakens
With the coming of a new day.

The national Trust have taken to parking a white van in front of the castle as an advert and membership recruitment location.

It really spoils this classic view of the iconic landmark of Lindisfarne castle.

I had to resort to photoshop which I don't normally do for my blog photos.

The Gertrude Jekyll garden is utterly beautiful at the moment.

This is one of many hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies that are wafting onto our shores right now.  I have never seen them in vast numbers like this.

This is a small tortoiseshell enjoying breakfast.

Monday, 29 July 2019

close to home

29th July 2019, Belford, 5pm

Sometimes the photos are close to home.

Belford also has a fine view across to Ross sands and Holy Island

Sunday, 28 July 2019

moving the sun

28th July 2019, Hauxley, 6:30am

I've been meaning to get over to Hauxley for some nice early morning light but this morning I was too late for sunrise (again!).

The sun was well south of Coquet island so I got some shots with the soft light...

I knew that if I walked North I could make the sunlight move towards the island but there was time for some fun with the dogs as we walked...

I had to walk a kilometre or so but eventually the sunny water was in front of the island.