Six word Saturday


In the blink of an eye!

I haven’t been very mobile this week- a combination of injured foot and the dreariest of weather.  So there was real joy in my stride as I set off, on a glorious sunny morning, to meet an old friend in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Normally we bundle into the nearest coffee shop and just talk, but it was much too lovely to be indoors.  I suggested we walk down to The Quay and the vibrant riverside.  We arrived just as the siren was sounding at The Eye, otherwise known as the Gateshead Millenium Bridge.  At midday the bridge tilts open, or blinks.  What a wonderful sight!

Click on a photo to see the bridge in action.

We sat outside The Pitcher and Piano with a perfect view, but some of the time we barely noticed it.  The important thing was our friendship and just being there together.

You all know that I love a good walk, but I’ve never mastered the art of bicycling.  Someone who has is The Cycling Scot.  Colin is a gifted travel writer with a great fondness for cake.  He’s written some great stuff over the years but his blog is fairly new.  I’m sure he’d appreciate a few visitors, so please do say hello.  He recently received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which he has kindly passed on.

As usual, I’ve far exceeded my six words.  Perhaps I really should abandon this challenge.  Next Saturday I won’t be here as I’ll  be visiting my lovely daughter in Nottingham.  Thanks Cate, for all your tolerance, and for being my hostess at Show My Face.



  1. What a spectacular bridge, Jo. Great photos you’ve shared. I hope your foot is back to normal by now. I love the name, ‘Pitcher and Piano’. Sounds like my kind of place. 🙂

    1. I love the bridge, TBM, but then I’m a confirmed bridge addict. Lost count of the number of times I crossed and recrossed those London bridges when I lived down there. 🙂

      1. I need to get better at the names of all the bridges in London. maybe I should work on a post–or a London bridge series.

      2. It is. Miles and I just returned from our walk and now I’m trying to focus. As you can see, I’m not 🙂

  2. What a marvelous feat. No pun intended. Am glad your foot is better so you could get some sunshine and visit and friend. I wonder if any foolhardy people try to stay on the bridge while in motion.

    1. A gentleman with a loudspeaker gives a warning 10mins before, then 5, and then bells start ringing that are quite hard to ignore. A bit of a spectacle, really, Lynne. 🙂

    1. I’m wondering about walking boots this morning, Amy, because it’s a lovely day and my walking group will be out. Otherwise, just a walk on the beach, I think. Thanks for the good wishes. 🙂

  3. Yes Jo it was good sitting outside The Pitcher &Piano but best of all was the company thanks your real special .. And yes I guess we take it all for granted cos it’s on the doorstep

  4. I love that bit of Newcastle. The bridges are amazing and the Baltic is great! Thanks very much for mentioning my blog and best of luck with the Bradt competition. It closes midnight tonight and I am still writing it!

    1. You’re very welcome, Colin. I didn’t include the logo and all the bits that go with because I already have the award. Hope it sent a couple of readers your way.
      Good luck yourself! Mine went in early this morning. 🙂

  5. I don’t think we have a single bridge in this country that opens up – you cannot really sail on our rivers. Has to do with the geology we havegeologically speaking a very old country.

  6. “combination of injured foot
    and the dreariest of weather…”
    = double trouble –
    I heard a blues by Eric Clapton
    with this title – maybe he met you?

  7. So glad to hear your foot is better Jo and enjoyed the lovely photo’s and tour. Thanks for sharing hon. 🙂 *hugs*

    1. Thanks, Sonel. I’ve been using the Argan Oil I won from Suzanne at The Travelbunny. I’m sure it has magic properties. And the sunshine always works wonders. 🙂

      1. I am very glad it worked for you Jo and I am sure it has. The sunshine is magic in itself for sure. 🙂 *hugs*

  8. You do get out, Jo. I share all your posts with My Beloved Sandra, who is far more of a globetrotter than I will ever be. She loved this bridge.

  9. Glad to hear your toe is better 🙂
    Does the bridge wink everyday at noon?
    Doesn’t the warmer weather make a difference, it’s been good here today too, it makes everyone so happy.

  10. without meeting you and unknowingly I then done.
    thanks and welcome in my house by snow and wind
    a smile
    (J’adoro Lisboa, fado i Andrea Bocelli.)

    type bridge is spectacular … makes me dizzy! you are talented! passing a nice evening

      1. I am not sure what you meant about going down, down, down in my estimation. But there is nothing wrong with sponsoring a child. f we each do our part, the world would be a better place! I

  11. I bet my young one would like that bridge Jo. I know what you mean about the dreary weather,it’s been pretty grey round here lately but luckily for the last two days the sun has decided to pay us a visit,I hope it stays longer this time x

  12. I am delighted to see these beautiful photos. I’ve heard of “The Eye” but didn’t really know why it had that name. Now I do! 🙂 I will make a visit to Colin’s blog and wish you a lovely visit with your daughter! So glad you are doing better. I can see how much you enjoy being outdoors and enjoying life–it must have been very frustrating to slow down for an injury. ox

    1. I’m not good at being “cooped up” but I consoled myself watching the French Open tennis (when it wasn’t rained off!). Many thanks for the kind wishes. 🙂

  13. Amazing bridge — I’ve never heard of it before, don’t know why, because it is truly awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it, and all the images of your lovely day 🙂

  14. I always enjoy your six words and more! Remember, Cate says “Feel free to explain or not explain.”

    Is the Sage Theater the shiny building on the right side of the picture? It reminds me of “The Bean” that is in Chicago, at Millennium Park.

    1. It is a bit special, Terri. The quayside at Newcastle really hums with life too. There was a hen party in full swing at 11.45am (or maybe it was the morning after!) 🙂

    1. I was happy as a skylark, Sam! It will be interesting next weekend- I’m going to a book launch (in costume) for Lisa’s friend (and matron of honour) Jema. 🙂

      1. There is, but I can’t remember except that it’s Steampunk based. I haven’t had time to think much but I can always accessorise from Lisa’s amazing wardrobe. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Suze. I always love to see it, be it from bus, train or down there on the Quay, but I’ve only seen it open a couple of times. It’s beautiful. 🙂

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