Fascinating site with real atmosphere. A priory come castle come World War 1 fortification come WWII fortification. Well worth a visit with a few relics of the more recent past still in place:
Another excellent walk was from Bellingham to the waterfall at Hareshaw:
Of course, with all this activity some down time was needed. Archie enjoyed his by licking the crew most fastidiously:
Linda on the other hand proved that the ride quality of a Defender isn't that bad by managing to sleep in the back of it underway:
Publishing this less than flattering image might seriously damage our already limited popularity but if you can't live dangerously from time to time......
They both tested out their harnesses and leashes to the maximum but the mouse survived. It came close to a sticky end when someone walking by, glued to their mobile phone, nearly trod on it. Andrew rescued it and put it into the nearby churchyard. The Vicar is probably so pleased about this.
On the survival note, this print on the kitchen window of John and Irene's house was worrying:
There was no sign of a dead / stunned owl outside though so we reckon that it survived with perhaps a bit of a headache.
On Whitley Bay beach, Archie and Izzy met Boris the schnauzer:
Then the fun kicked off - working as a team, then pinned him down rather effectively:
Archie looked rather pleased with the way things worked out:
There were plenty of good local eating and cake establishments. After a good walk or beach fun with the hounds, you feel as though you deserve cake somehow. Two miles from the house was The Kitchen Cafe with the most wonderful home made offerings. Go there for the blueberry and mango cake, backchat form Garry the owner and to meet all the local elderly ladies who frequent the place. You get life histories fast and often....
For those who understand Geordie, here is a Whitley Bay restaurant frontage:
For those who don't and who think that a Hinny is a cross between a male horse and female donkey, we are pretty sure that was not on the menu,