Friday, 5 November 2010

Northumberland

A bit late, but here is a quick gallop round the family holiday.  We went to Northumberland.  I normally like to go where there is plenty of up - Scotland and Northumberland are ideal.  Other Southern parts I will not mention are not bleak enough.  I am lucky enough to have a family who humour me in this, and who like up too.  For some reason I can't fathom, I had a yen to walk along beaches, and so, because I have a family who humour me, and we traded off a trip to Edinburgh with the teenage members of the party, along beaches we walked.

Bamburgh, despite the idyllic looking scene below, was blowing a gale.  It was the dog's first experience of a beach walk, and she was deeply unimpressed.


Her ears were pinned against her head by the icy blasts, and she walked behind us the whole way, her human (and unfortunately inadequate) windbreak.


The sun didn't last.

My OH, who was left in charge of the dog while I pounded the Edinburgh streets with the girls, found Coldingham Sands, over the border in Scotland.  We left the girls behind the next day to "do their homework".  Coldingham is a wonderful rock pool beach, but unfortunately it is nearly impossible to explore rock pools when you have a labrador who is convinced the best way of helping you investigate a rock pool is to march through it, several times.  


To give the poor sea creatures some peace, we walked on to St Abb's Head.  We looked back to Coldingham, where a horse and rider had appeared:  they did one beautiful collected canter circle around the beach, and then left.



The dog would not even consider going in the sea at Bamburgh (and still didn't when we went back later in the week) but Coldingham was different.




I admit I can never predict what teenagers will and won't like (other than to be pretty certain that anything Mum likes is well and truly off the menu) but Lindisfarne went down really well.  The Abbey is having some consolidation done, but most of it is still accessible.  Every time I look at it, I am still amazed that something so ornate and solid simply ends.




Sparrows have become rare now - and that's something I never thought I'd write.  There were plenty around in Lindisfarne, who mobbed us for our lunch.




Exmoors are also pretty rare, and rather out of their native territory in Seahouses, which was where we found this one.  Presumably they are well suited to that dry seaside grass.





6 comments:

Christina Wilsdon said...

What a splendid looking holiday. Beautiful pictures. I love the grave face on that ancient statue.

Val said...

Lovely photos :0)
esp the dogs ears! lol

Fiona said...

I have just been there too, well last week.
I had sever been to the Northumberland coast before; it was wonderful & the weather on the day I went to Lindesfarne was clear, sunny & a lot colder than where I live.
I was having a re union with a friend I had lost touch with & not seen for 30 years. We are both interested in horses & used to ride together as teenagers. It was good catching up on our Pony Club years!

GeraniumCat said...

I'm so glad you found a beach your poor dog could enjoy! We're lucky to have wonderful beaches here in Northumberland, but it can be cold at any time of year! Both our current dogs had their first beach experiences in winter, and I well remember cuddling a shivering puppy all the way home in the car (not helped by her falling over in the sea within minutes of arrival!) Now they both love the beach more than anything.

Jane Badger said...

It sounds a great time Fiona. Perhaps we walked past each other? I was the one in the very strange Norwegian style hat.

Geranium Cat - yes, I can just imagine your car journey home! Do you have any idea why our dog didn't like Bamburgh? We were wondering if it was because there were too many people, but there certainly weren't when we went back.

GeraniumCat said...

I don't know - maybe it was a bit colder there? Our older dog usually seems to like it, but it's quite exposed. Younger dog (the one who fell in) still doesn't think much of water, and shakes her paws in disgust of they get wet, but she loves the beach.