us and frank cat Fi | 30 Jan 2008
Wednesday. Thats IT!!! Tootsie went missing AGAIN (this time for over 2 days) so we’re now seriously considering getting her a tracking device – maybe one that links to GPS so we can always find her and see exactly where she is online. All this knocking on doors, tramping the countryside and searching the churchyard, school, woodland etc isn’t good for the soul. All that worrying and fuss…. blah blah blah.
Sunday. At last – the atmosphere between Giac and Tootsie is getting warmer: snuggly even.
us and frank cat Fi | 27 Jan 2008
us and frank cat Fi | 19 Jan 2008
Making the most of having to drop off my Macbook to be repaired in Newcastle we took Ross to see the Angel of the North. Blustery but clear and bright. We won’t mention the exasperating shopping trip to the MetroCentre to find a new quilt – it was too horrid. Nice pics from our Angel visit though. Its good for the soul to stand at its feet and look up at its curvy and perfect form.
He enjoys flying above the Angel’s feet…. then three more pics by me. The four pics in the second row were all taken by Ross, who took some great pics that day. His photos are on FLICKR here. I like best my picture of the shadow of the Angel over the football pitch…
My favourite pic of the day. Its strange that the shadow falls symmetrically on the football pitch with the wings outstretched perfectly fitting into the goals. It also looks better in mono with the contrast and brightness adjusted.
Day 2 of our Northumberland break dawned bright and mild (though again the forecast was grim) so after a full breakfast we walked along the walled front at Berwick while the sun slanted honey-coloured from the sea.
After a short drive south along the coast to Holy Island we were lucky to find that the causeway was above water and the tide out for the entire day, so we could get across to the Island.
What a lovely area it is where the causeway starts – maybe it was the low winter sunlight, or the shore birds eerie calls or the sound of the suck of seawater on the sand – but it made me smile inside; a deep sense of calm. Beautiful. A solitary seal lounging on a sandbank watched me as I watched it. The wildlife is a joy to see. Holy Island was colder and a bit windier, but a different pace of life was like a snug blanket on the village and streets. The Priory of St Cuthbert is prominent and its sandstone walls pocked-marked by the ravages of the wind and sea over the centuries.
Next we followed the coastal drive south again past a bird sanctuary in a bay where the variety of birds made me glad to be a member of the RSPB, past Bamburgh Castle and then a stop at a pub in Amble where I left H to read the paper and I had chips on the harbour wall and got mobbed by gulls!
A magical weekend ended with an Indian meal (another birthday treat for He). Yum.
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Day 1 of a surprise-destination birthday trip for Hector.
Listening to an old James Taylor album we drove up through the Scottish Borders amid the bleak Rievers country. Stopped off at Hermitage Castle (it as shut) and I found the cottage close by which friends and I had rented for a holiday when I was 16. Heady days! We had lunch at Kelso. Then eastward, back to England, to Berwick upon Tweed on the coast, where we were staying one night at the lovely Queens Head Hotel, near the harbour. It’s a lovely old town – and has a warm atmosphere.
Weather fine but it wasn’t meant to be. Lucky us. Wandered across the old bridge over the Tweed where we saw a seal in the river (a thrill), and later realised from a photo that a second seal we thought we had seen was in fact an otter! What a thrill! Then back over the larger, more modern, bridge. Later we had a lovely celebratory dinner at the hotel.
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outdoors Fi | 06 Jan 2008
Finally well enough to get some air. A lovely evening with Chris and Fiona at their local quiz night in a village hall. Very pleasant. We came 3rd. The next day we got outdoors and into some fresh air – took the camera and got some nice shots of Brougham Castle. First use of the new zoom lens for my Nikon camera. It felt magic to be outside again; crisp and clean air; lungs that had been crackling like twisted bubble-wrap were now filling with delicious cool air.
A quiet time over Christmas. Just us two….. Lamb for Christmas dinner – nice. He and I loved our pressies. I got He a circular saw and workmate thingy amongst other stuff. He got me a great digital photo frame for the office.
He LOVED his gifts…look at the happy smile! >>>
On Boxing Day we headed to Yorkshire to see Ross (who liked his pressies from us, I think, I hope!) and lots of He’s family. It was a lot of fun. We stayed the night at his Mums before heading home the next day after seeing more of his family.
Then, two days doing housey stuff and I got ill. A bad dose of proper, real, big-time, knocked-out, think-you-are-dying flu. Very poorly – new year and everything cancelled. H called a Doctor to visit and I spent 5 days in bed. Disappointing to miss out on our new years plans with Fiona and Chris. Hey ho.