Postcard from Northumberland

Coloniescross, Going Postal

 
This is Heather, we made it our base for 3 nights as we spent our Ruby Wedding Anniversary in Northumberland, doing stuff. No telephone signal, no tellybox, just me, Mrs. Cross, a couple of decent bottles and a few spots to visit. The weekend didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, the entrance gate to the field fell on the wife’s foot, but she has got another one. She was only hopping mad for a couple of hours. We arrived on Saturday evening and dined on cottage pie, washed down with an excellent bottle of Red Burgundy.

Sunday saw us celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary with a champagne breakfast, champagne supplied by the site owner by way of compensation for the gate episode. I didn’t feel a thing.

Coloniescross, Going Postal
Ed – Where’s the rest?

A beautiful day meant we were able to walk up to Hareshaw Linn Waterfall, a 5 mile or so round trip, we saw a couple of red deer but weren’t able to get a picture, they were too quick for me. The falls, although only about 30 feet high are quite spectacular and well worth a visit if you’re up that way.

Coloniescross, Going Postal

Dinner in the village and an early night, before a trip to Alnwick on Monday and a couple of hours browsing Barter Books, far and away the finest second hand bookshop I have ever visited. I highly recommend it. I picked up a couple of James Ellroy hard backs and a novel called Dreamland by a chap called Kevin Baker, amongst others.

Coloniescross, Going Postal

We decided to give Alnwick Castle a miss and instead visit a house and gardens called Cragside, situated near Rothbury. The house and gardens were created by an inventor and engineer called William Armstrong, he powered his house with hydro electricity, a first in this country. Again well worth a visit, over 1,000 acres of woodland, gardens and lakes. Days, not hours would be required to fully appreciate the splendour of it all. Mr Armstrong was something of a character, a mix of inventor, philanthropist and wealth gatherer; he entertained lavishly and even hosted The Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra. Some of the features in the house are truly stunning, as is the external architecture, but the real beauty is in the huge gardens and water features.

Coloniescross, Going Postal

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable long weekend, it’s not always bleak, oop north!
 

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