You might have thought I’d gone to Paris, but I couldn’t resist one more Thursday’s Special before I go. Much earlier in the year I paid an evening visit to St. Mary’s Lighthouse and I’ve been itching to go back ever since. Saturday afternoon, warm and sunny at home, seemed to present the perfect opportunity. I could have lingered in the garden, but that lighthouse was beckoning.
All too often my north east coast fools me. As we turned down the coast road to Whitley Bay, the skies darkened. The beach was shrouded in mist, and none too warm. The planned saunter became a scurry up the lighthouse steps, to keep warm! As I approached the causeway I was rather surprised to see a wedding car coming towards me. What a spot for wedding photos! Alas, I was a little late for the photo shoot, but I did get to see the bride.
The last time I had been inside was with a school party when my son was about 6 years old. I was curious to see what, if anything, had changed in those 18 years.
There’s something about a lighthouse, isn’t there? Even though it’s not in the very best condition, I love that it still sits there in its incredible position. The opening times necessarily vary, according to the tide, but in general it is open every day from May to September, and at weekends and school holidays in the winter.
Various events take place throughout the year. The Ghost Stories Halloween Special on 31st October sounds like it will be a lot of fun. In addition to weddings, you can have a birthday party at St. Mary’s or even a Stranding Party at high tide! I don’t know anybody who’s done that. This link to their Facebook page will keep you up to date.
I hope your Thursday is special, too! Many thanks to Paula, our lovely hostess. Come with me and see what she’s been up to this week. A bientôt!