Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Birthday Girl

This week Betsy and I have been home alone, Dave flew off to Johannesburg on Sunday not for a holiday, he's home again tomorrow, a long way to travel for three days work! Where next? Today is Betsy's First Birthday!

This is when we first saw Betsy

Tiny little thing!

First day with us see the ears!

First cut and one ear wants to stand up!

Birthday Girl this morning and see the ears? They don't miss a sound!!

Last week I decided to start taking her to Obedience classes again and we are still in the beginners group, not sure we'll ever progress onto the 'grown up' group, it's not that she isn't obedient I just want her to socialise with other dogs.

I am doing textile things but not a lot I can show you, it's in the preperation stage, dyeing and over dyeing, now I need to print and then I can get on with the stitching. But just to prove that work is going on a photograph!

A bit of tie dyeing
I've added more images to the Quilt page its a quilt I made for Rachel when she went off to Uni it's one of my favourites.

Oh well better get on, need to get the ironing done and then it's off to class with Betsy! Who knows this afternoon I may get to sit and have a read in the sun, Not 'Mr Grey' finished that book last week, not sure about that book...... can't decide if I want to read the other books in the series, have you read it?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Thurrock Art Trail

One of my friends Jane Barry has work in this exhibition.

The Changing Sky of Northumberland

Several years ago we spent a holiday on the Isle of Skye on our way home we stayed one night in Northumberland, we said we'd return and spend longer and we went.

Antony Gormley's Angel of the North welcomed us, a background of a blue sky and fluffy white(ish) clouds,  was this a good sign had we left the rain behind us in the south of the country?

Waking on Sunday morning to a cloudy sky we headed  north from where we were staying in Bellingham to Berwick upon Tweed. After a stroll through the streets of Berwick  we headed into Scotland and the village of Coldstream and a visit to their museum.

Monday we drove to Hadrian's wall and visited Vinolanda Museum, I would recommend a visit to this ever changing Roman site, archaeological excavations are still taking place and you can  watch and speak to the team about their work. It was a lovely day and quite warm, but we were glad of our walking boots the ground was soggy.

The fields of Northumberland were full of sheep and cattle......

Tuesday looked as though it was going to be the best day of the week,  and so a visit to Holy Island  (Lindisfarne). It's a mile walk from the car park to the castle but well worth it. After all that walking and climbing of stairs up to the top of the castle, it was lunch at a cafe, we sat in the garden in the warm sunshine, after lunch we visited the Priory.

It was then back to Bellingham and dinner in the Hotel two doors away from the cottage we had rented for the week, the food was good so we ate there every evening and as they served real ale  why try anywhere else?

On one of our trips out we  passed a tree and I noticed lots and lots of boots trainers and shoes in the branches. Next time we passed  we stopped to have a look, there was nothing saying why, Art? This tree is miles from anywhere and I don't think it would be easy to get the shoes etc so high in the branches from the side of the road.

Wednesday we visited Otterburn Mill in the morning, now I know where the expression 'on tenter hooks' comes from, it's all to do with the drying of the woven fabric ( yesterday Country Tracks included it in the Programme). The rest of the day was spent at the cottage reading and dozing well one of us dozed while the other one read and did a bit of needlework. Well we were on holiday!

When we visited the Priory we joined English Heritage, Dave was happy, he has reach that age where he gets 'Concession'! So to take advantage of the membership on Thursday we visited Belsay Hall, Castle and the Garden.

The gardens were beautiful!

Dave decided to take the steps.... I decided to stay on the ground and take photos.....

After all that walking and climbing it was time for lunch.

Stottie was on the menu, the girl serving said it was a lump of bread with a filling! A lady standing next to us said it was a North East thing, so we both decided to try it. I chose hot beef, horseradish and gravy, Dave had hot chicken and gravy. I was a bit unsure when the girl asked 'do you want dressing with the salad'! Salad and gravy, but it actually worked really well the gravy soaked into the bread so didn't mix with the salad..... I have to say it was a lot of bread but it was lovely, not sure I could eat one every day!!!!

From there it was a drive to Kielder Forest, the weather was starting to turn and the forecast for Friday was heavy rain and strong winds.....

Time to head home we thought so it was back to the cottage pack our bags, a last dinner at the hotel ( a light one after the stottie), Friday it was  a rainy and windy journey home. No photo of the Angel of the North she was shrouded in a rainy mist.
Washing done, shopping done Betsy collected everything back to 'normal' have we been away? And guess what, the sky has changed here too, yesterday we sat in the garden in the warm sun today it's raining........Oh well, when is the next holiday?

Thursday, 7 June 2012