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Friday, 5 October 2012

Trains, planes (err boats then) , buses and automobiles


Started the day with a short drive to Low Hauxley and Druridge beach to walk the mutts.  Another gorgeous morning (haven't a clue why the weather has been sunny all week, forecast before we came away was heavy rain and general crud all week as usual)

At one point it looked like we were going to be invaded by a fleet of Spaniards....

Homers legs appear to be ok this morning...

Did a google for Low Hauxley to add a link but found this one about a woman and a poisonous Weever fish, which was much more interesting than the pretty scenic write ups....Will avoid any fish who start setting up a loom and getting the wool out...

Drove a bit further as I saw a sign for a farmshop - stopped and stocked up on some yummy chocolate brownie cake (low cal and the same nutritional calorific content as a ryvita obviously)

Back to the cottage, dragged Steve out of bed, and piled in the car and a drive back up Etal.  The dogs got another treat in a different form of transport.  Arrived at Heatherslaw Mill a bit early (well 2:30pm) so although we were pushing it visiting the mill, we opted to go in the cafe instead and eat the scones and cake made from the lovely flour, rather than watch the process itself.  We were served by a nice lady with one arm, so it took twice as long for us to get all our snacks (she reminded me of the Irish washer up in Robins Nest)

Sauntered over to the station and waited for Thomas the Tank Engine.....

All piled on and Homer has his happy head on again when he realises there is no walking involved.  Barley debates whether to shake and tremble the entire journey, but decides against it once she realises we have bought cake with us

The entire round trip for the train is 6.4km and at a speed of walking backwards we arrived at Etal in about 30 mins.  As this was the last train we didn't get chance to explore yet another ruin (its all bloody fortresses and castles up here, these Scots dont like the English much)

Back to the station.  It was very nice of the train driver to come over and give them both a pat on the head. Can't help thinking looking at this pic though that we look like some weird deprived family who were unable to have kids and took our dogs out to Butlins yearly

The next place on the agenda isn't widely advertised as a tourist attraction so we had to find a small semi detached house in the middle of nowhere.  We were looking for the 'Concrete Menagerie' - a garden full of concrete animals. They were constructed by a father for his son, who on finding out he was born disabled and would be unable to see many things, brought as much of the world as he could to him.  It was all a bit strange really, but this sort of thing amuses me...

He reminded me of Steve when he's wearing his glasses


Nice teeth...

OK, so they aren't the most life like of statues....
(can imagine the poor child trying to escape from them in his wheelchair)
Floddon Field is just down the road, but as it involved walking some distance to see anything but a grass field, we didn't bother
Drove back yet again through Alnwick and came in from the castle end...

My search this time was for the lion bridge to find the lion with the straight tail...
Found him!!!
Finished the day with yet another walk along the dunes and beach.....



  1. Barley & Homer looked to be having a whale of a time on that good stretch of beach. Some fab beaches up that area; try Bamburgh - stretches as far as the eye can see.


  2. How strange, I put a comment on last night about Homer & Barley enjoying the beach etc. It published then this morning had disappeared! Anyway, if you have time before heading home, try Bamburgh - miles and miles of unspoilt beach.


    1. Ran out of time :(. But Bamburgh is on next years itinerary!

    2. Good to know you enjoyed 'oop norf' enough to visit again next year. I'll await with baited breath to see your next runawayfromhome tale. I'm just a nosy old cow who likes to nosy into other 'some' folks trips into the great outdoors!!!


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