Places to Visit: Beamish Living Museum

Always one to ignore the weather when a trip out is planned, the recent half-term was no exception. I work on the philosophy that if it isn’t raining when you plan on leaving the house, you should just head out and see what happens. Which is why, with dark clouds covering most of the sky, last week we went to Beamish Living Museum just outside Stanley in County Durham – for about the 100th time (it’s one of my favourite places).

Just a few dark clouds in the sky...

Just a few dark clouds…

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Places to Visit: Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire

placestovisit2We are big ones in our family for making the most of the holidays and, with half-term coming up next week, the discussions have already started about what we are going to do and where we are going to go (with my daughter pushing for the seaside, because who doesn’t want to paddle and eat ice-cream in the freezing cold?).  It got me thinking about what we’d done last year, and how a lot of them are wonderful places that aren’t always first on a tourist to do list but are really worth a visit. So, starting today and periodically as I find the photos, I thought I would share them – starting with Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire, which we visited last summer.       Continue reading

Sunday post: I do like to be beside the seaside

We were lucky with the weather this week, though cold the sun shone most days.  Meaning I could take a walk along the local beach (well I say local, it’s a 15 minute drive so I think that counts).  There is nothing better to clear the mind I don’t think than looking out to sea.

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My Sunday Photo: Ships Rigging

You wouldn’t necessarily believe it looking at the clouds in this photo but it was a glorious day when we visited the Hartlepool Maritime Experience and toured Britains oldest floating warship, HMS Trincomalee. Every time I’ve visited I’ve tried to get a decent shot of the rigging. It’s never quite been as good as I hoped but I don’t think this is a bad shot…

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My Sunday Photo: By the sea…

At the end of half-term we won’t away for a few days to
South West Scotland, not quite sure what to expect as it’s not somewhere we’d been before but also because it was Scotland at the end of October. I expected rain. We got glorious sunshine. Plus a lovely beach perfect for hunting in rock pools.

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Unfortunately, the angle of the sun made most of my photos too dark but this one captures just how glorious the day and the view were I think.

Emma x

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My Sunday Photo: a spooky sarcophagus (just for Halloween)…

In keeping with the season, I thought I would share a photo I actually took this summer on a visit to Witley Court & Gardens and the neighbouring Great Witley Parish Church.

There, we were able to take a tour of the crypt – where this photo was taken and where I get to the “in keeping with the season” as the crypt, like this photo, was just a little bit spooky …

p.s. I’m also quite please how this turned out given it was behind glass – no glare!

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My Sunday Photo: a new life for an old church

A few weeks ago we went to one of my favourite places, Beamish, a living museum that we have visited every few years since I was little.  Each time, there is something new to explore, which is one of the things I love about it.

This time it was a small church that had I had passed time and again during my childhood as it was literally 10 minutes down the road, but which had closed due to lack of attendance.

Beamish saved it, moving it brick by brick to it’s new home at the museum.  It was actually moved in 2015, but we haven’t been since it was reopened.  It’s a lovely little church, one I hadn’t been in despite how close it used to be to me.  You can see a story of how it was moved here.

This photo shows it in it’s new setting, with a bit of tweaking using my photo-editing software to make it look old-worldly (not actually sure if that is a word but went with it anyway!)….

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