2 Mar 2015

A Weekend in Northumberland | Part Two

Our second day in Northumberland began with a delicious full English breakfast with a view over beautiful farmland. Over breakfast we made our plans for the day and plotted our route.  First stop was Beadnell where we walked the winding streets of the village, through a field full of oystercatchers, to the seafront and then along the harbour wall, where we tried not to be blown into the sea or be soaked by the crashing waves.





Next stop was The Holy Island of Lindisfarne.  The two ways you can reach the island are by a causeway which is only accessible at low tide, or by boat.  We drove once the tide was low enough and made our way to the south east corner of the island where Lindisfarne Castle stands, a Tudor fortress with amazing Edwardian interiors.



The interior of the castle is really quite something, it was used as a holiday home and is presented as though it still is, with pots still on the kitchen table, authentic clothes laid on the beds and paintbrushes and paper set out on a desk overlooking the ocean.



We found a couple of dopey butterflies who had found their way into one of the bedrooms to hibernate, which was an unexpected surprise.



Following our explore of the castle, we walked around the grounds to the shingle beach and then to the castle garden.  The wind was so strong that sitting in the sheltered walled garden was a bit of a relief!





The garden was rather sparse considering the time of year, but there was something still ever so beautiful about the flower beds with old seed heads and long brown stalks blowing in the wind. 



Our final stop before we made our way home was the medieval Lindisfarne Priory, a monastery dating back to the year 634, which even survived a Viking raid! 

I absolutely loved the rugged, wild landscape of Holy Island.  It is such a wonderful place to (almost literally) blow out the cobwebs and has such a peaceful and atmospheric feel.  I could have happily spent hours wandering the coastline and watching the wildlife.  I know for certain it won't be long until we return.   


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  1. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love your new blog design, by the way!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it, I'm very happy with it too :) x

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  2. These pictures are so beautiful. I have to ask what camera and editing software you used because the composition is great.

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    1. Thank you Katie! I use a Canon 60D and mainly a Canon 35mm lens, but for the shots of birds I use a Canon 70-300mm lens. I will be doing a complete list of my camera kit on a blog post. x

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    2. Oh and I use Photoshop to crop and adjust the colours slightly x

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  3. What stunning pictures! My favorite one is of the horse with its forelock being blown in the wind.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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    1. Thank you! That horse was such a darling too, clearly very comfortable around people and kept nuzzling looking for food x

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  4. Beautiful photographs and scenery :)
    You're blog is so serene ^.^ I love it ♥

    Sarah xxo |thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

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