Monday 27 December 2021

the bounce

 27th December 2021, Longhorsley, 9am

Daisy still has the bounce when she needs it over the fallen trees across the path in the village.

Then she needs a nice nap later

Christmas ramble

 25th December 2021, Simonside, 1pm

On our Christmas Day ramble, we took the forest road up the hill and ended up scrambling over and under lots of fallen trees

Thursday 23 December 2021

less dark

 23rd December 2021, Embleton Bay, 8am

Thick cloud and there was no hint of sunrise it just got a bit less dark.

Wednesday 22 December 2021

blank canvas

 22nd December 2021, Buston, 9am

On some days the weather calls the shots and you have to work round it. 

On a day like today, the weather gives you a blank canvas to do what you fancy...

Saturday 18 December 2021

on a cold and frosty morning

18th December 2021, Longhorsley, 8am

The view south towards Newcastle.  There must be fog on the Tyne


Thursday 16 December 2021

run along

 16th December 2021, Buston, 2pm

A beautiful day - really quite warm under a lovely sun.

Wednesday 15 December 2021

shine a light

 15th December 2021, Warkworth, 8am

On the path to sunrise

The sun broke the horizon with all the usual splendour but what caught my eye was the way the sun lit up the glass at the top of Coquet Island lighthouse. When I got home I found I'd also caught a distant fishing boat with its companion flight of gulls.

On the way home...

Tuesday 14 December 2021

now and then...

14th December 2021, Embleton Bay, 8am

Here in good time for a nice sunrise...

The Embleton burn has taken a different path recently where it meets the sea by the golf clubhouse. A lot of WW2 anti-tank blocks are visible for the first time in many years. I was pleased to find a date written in the cement by one of the Home Guard who cast the blocks in 1940. The rest of the date is intriguingly hidden under the water and sand. I like to think it was inscribed with the tip of a bayonet but I may be getting overly romantic! Also visible is a good length of the steel rope that once linked all the blocks. It’s rare to see this nowadays. There’s also the remains of a small pillbox built of cement sandbags that was perhaps hidden in the line of blocks. There was originally a double row of these blocks guarding this weak point in the dunes against the invasion threat. After the war several of them were moved up the beach a bit to help reduce erosion of the dunes. Those ones are buried under sand right now but appear from time to time and have lots of carvings on them too.

Sunday 12 December 2021

no drama

 12th December 2021, Warkworth, 8am

A gentle sort of a day. 

No drama, but the beauty was all in the sky and sea.

Friday 10 December 2021

Thursday 9 December 2021

walking under the sky

 9th December 2021, Embletonb Bay, 10am

An absolutely cracking day for a guided walk with guests from HPB Lucker Hall.

It was quite warm under the wintry sun and the sky above the castle was breathtakingly beautiful...

Another storm passes

 8th December 2021, Howick, 8am

The sea was loud and the skies grey but there was little wind and it was nice to stand and watch the world go by...

8th December 2021, Warkworth, 1pm

Back on the run along the beach

Sunday 5 December 2021

a lot of water

 5th December 2021, Rothbury, 2pm

A damp and chilly walk on the snowy moors.  It was a lovely invigorating walk.  Daisy stayed warm at home.

Down in Rothbury the Coquet is up a bit.

Saturday 4 December 2021

back the way you came

 4th December 2021, Warkworth, 9am

The tracks of a seal that’s been up the beach during the night. 

Its tubby body in the middle and two wee flippers. I think it must’ve fallen asleep at high tide then woken up a long way from the sea. 

It’s obviously safely back swimming about with his pals now

A pause for a view then turn back home...

Thursday 2 December 2021

safe and sand

 2nd December 2021, Warkworth to Amble, 8am

Another sunrise delayed by cloud at the horizon but when the sun eventually rose clear it was a beautiful morning.

It's always fun when there's snow on the beach.  Although there was a brisk wind there was no sand flying as it was all frozen in place!

We walked right up to the breakwater at Amble but it was so frozen and icy there was no way I was venturing out there today!