Farne Islands

Spring bank holiday Ian & I took an extra day and spent 4 days around the Northumberland coast. We took a scenic route up through the Yorkshire dales, stopping off at the Wensleyday creamery (made famous by Wallace & Gromit) to watch the cheese being made and also tasting a few samples!! After such a long drive it felt good to get out and walk along the beach near the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle before finally reaching our destination of the seaside village of Seahouses. The weather stayed mostly fine on Saturday for our boat trip out to Staple & Inner Farne Islands where thousands of sea birds including Puffins, kittiwakes, Shags and terns go to breed (saw them on Spring watch with Bill Oddie a few years ago).More puffins The puffins were adorable creatures which you could get quite close to as they checked you out, and the Arctic Terns were hillarous dive bombing people.Inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock??? Sunday we visited two old estates, Cragside House in Rothbury and Wallington in Cambo. Cragside, the home of Lord Armstrong a Victorian inventor, was the first house in the world to be lit by electricity. We had a pleasent walk around to the power station and rock garden before touring the house and driving round the entire estate, we were even lucky enough to see a red squirrel! Being a little tired by the time we got to Wallington we just had a look around the house before heading back to Seahouses via Bamburgh castle for the best fish ‘n’ chips we’ve had in the UK. Monday saw us heading home along Hadrian’s wall, stopping at housestead’s one of be better preserved Roman forts along the wall for a quick walk around but it was far too cold and wet to stay for long. Our last stop was Wedgewood, Englands finest china company where I made my very own vase in Wedgewoods blue jasper clay. Home sweet home.

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