Where will I be next year?
It’s been a hectic week and I have so much to share, but I’m running out of time. Next weekend our move to the Algarve begins. Newcastle is just one of many places I’ll miss. I visited the city for the Heritage Open Day event and the star of the show was undoubtedly Trinity House. Photos inside were not permitted for security reasons, but you can, and should, book a tour. Former law courts, the Guildhall, were impressive too.
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Inside the Guildhall, former law courts
With fine wood panelled walls
Creatures screaming at you in the dock
And elaborately reproduced ceiling
The iconic bridge
And the Sage theatre, seen through ‘The Eye’
But who’d have thought that after all these years I’d find an area of Newcastle I really didn’t know? I followed the Tyne out to Ouseburn, whose arty vibe and grungy, graffiti covered streets were a revelation. Even on such a grey day, my spirits were lifted.
This may be my last ever Six Word Saturday and I’m very grateful to Debbie for indulging and entertaining me so beautifully over the years. One thing’s for sure. I’ll not stop exploring and following my nose. I just can’t help myself. 🙂
Wishing you all a happy Saturday!
Counting apples on Heritage Open Day
And a few pears too! I was at Durham Old Gardens. Where better for a Heritage event than with these ancient fruit trees and an old stone wall?
Midway through Becky’s September Squares challenge. Hope you are all In the Pink! It’s my ambition in life to be two steps behind Debbie. She takes Six Words to the loveliest heights. Wishing you all a great Saturday!
The eccentricity of an English summer
Last Sunday we attended a charity event in the magnificent grounds of Aske Hall, in North Yorkshire. Situated in beautiful countryside, near the village of West Gilling, we had no idea of the high jinks in store. Meet the cast!
Always trouble when this guy’s about!
Palatial Aske Hall
The terrace looks down on a croquet lawn
Agapanthus or Alice?
Just a hint of pink?
Beautifully framed planter
Vines (yes, there were grapes!)
Rhyme me a riddle
Who can resist ‘hook a duck’?
I was rubbish with the bean bags
He was a bit better with the hoops
In the pink?
The view down to the lake. It’s quite a place, and incidentally, was open for the Heritage Open Days this week. One of many, isn’t it, Becky? Just three pink squares this week. Did you spot them? I’m worn out with climbing all the stairs, but Debbie’s having great fun. Hope you’ve got your Six Words ready? Have a happy Saturday, everyone!
Tickled Pink on the Yorkshire Moors
There’s no resisting it! It’s time for September Squares with Becky. I was amusing myself at Poet’s Cottage garden centre, in the North Yorkshire village Lealholm, last week. Check the captions. Do these fit the bill for In the Pink?
Not so amused!
Could these two be In the Pink?
A blush of pink
A hint of pink
On a more serious subject, lifeboats do an amazing job, don’t they? I live by the sea and am in awe of the courage and skill the crews exhibit. Join Debbie with Six Words and watch the video. And have a happy Saturday!
A lovely surprise in my Inbox!
I just have to share the generosity of Brian Butler on his blog Travel Between the Pages. Celebrating 3000 posts over 8 years, he launched a giveaway and I was the lucky recipient. There’s something very beautiful about old books, and London is a favourite subject of mine. A publisher and dealer in antique books, Brian often makes me smile. Sharing the love this Saturday, with just a little more than Six Words. Not so verbose as Debbie. Have a wonderful weekend!
It wouldn’t be Summer without Saltburn!
I’m sure they need no introduction. (6) The yarn bombers efforts for 2018. (6) I’ve never seen it so busy! (6 more)
Awesome, aren’t they? Every year they pull it off! Recognise a few characters? Sorry I’ll not have much time to chat this weekend. We have a house viewing then we’re off up the coast to celebrate our anniversary. Don’t forget your Six Words, will you, and have a great weekend! See you Monday!
Tasting the fruit of the vine
One of our loveliest days on our recent Algarve visit took us to Quinta do Francês, on a wine-tasting tour. ‘Awful!’ I hear you exclaim. As the visit was a present from our son and partner, we felt duty bound to attend, and to sample the produce. It really was rather nice!
The winery is owned by French pathologist, Patrick Agostini, and the wines grown locally in the Odelouca River Valley. Our guide Tania was knowledgeable and interesting. We toured the machine room and the cellar, where barrels of new and aged oak are kept. And then, the tasting!
I could just fancy a glass… Six Words, of course! Debbie has cash in pocket and another brilliant six words this week. Don’t forget to join her. But first I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who commented on What do you want from me? this week. The response was simply overwhelming. I guess I’ll carry on, doing what I do.