OK so I don’t post on here very often what can I say I’m busy. I have a job where the work load seems to have increased by about 50% this year and we have less staff than ever before. But here are a few photos from our weekend away in February

If I had more time and could be bothered I would post descriptions but as it is you will just have to mke do with the photos 🙂

Today we walked down to the scout hall so that Davey could take a photo of it for his homework. We noticed a public footpath sign opposite and when I mentioned it Davey said he knew where it went as he had been down it with Beavers, so we went to look. What we found was this

with lots of this

we did know that there had been a stone quarry down there at one time but we didn’t expect to see all of this

as we walked down the quarry we found these

at the end of the quarry we walked into this

and then we reached some allotments with this view over town

and we never knew any of it was there just two minutes from our door!! We met a friendly cat on the way home

We spent the weekend in a log cabin, actually in this log cabin

We did lots of this

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and some of this

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and just for fun a photo taken in the same spot as the last one but in September 2004

We just spent a wonderful week near Hadrian’s Wall and whilst we did lots of things the highlight for all of us was a 9 mile walk along the wall in glorious sunshine.


We left the car at the Temple of Mithras, here is Davey and his Daddy ready to set off.


Davey insisted on taking a photo of his Mummy and Daddy.


We took the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus to Once Brewed we then had to walk back to the car


The first milecastle of the wall, this is number 39 or Castle Nick


Just past Castle Nick is Sycamore Gap, here looking down on it


and down in the gap, that is David walking toward the tree and if you look carefully Davey is right up against the tree trunk


Cow stops walk on top of the crags (we did walk along the craggiest section 🙂 )

Nice craggy bit with good view of the terrain ahead

Davey striding out along the wall more good views ahead

We finally reached Housesteads and stopped for lunch

and the obligatory dress up and play session

Knag Burn gate just beyond Housesteads

Time for silliness at one of our many stops

Follow the ridges further than you can see, that is where we had been

Davey and his Daddy looking at the distance we had walked

artistic into the sun shot

At the trig point

Reading the information board at Sewingshields turret

Still full of energy

According to the book we had this is an Anglo Saxon burial crypt, Davey insisted on laying down in it

This was the final turret of the walk

As most of the walk was along the crags there is no ditch, but towards the end the Roman ditch is very obvious

Davey and his Daddy on the last grassy stretch to the car

That red dot is our car

The last remains of the walk the Temple of Mithras

A hug from his Mummy for doing so incredibly well 🙂

About 12 or so years ago my Mum’s husband could no longer see to cut the grass. Mumdidn’t mind cutting it as she loves her grass and would rather cut it herslef than not have any. Unfortunatley Ferdi was a very old fashioned man and he felt that cutting grass was a man’s job, so he nagged and nagged to put paving slabs down eventually Mum gave in.

She always hated the paving but he was much happier now she wasn’t cutting grass. Well after he died Mum said that she would love her grass back so my husband volunteered to go and do it for her. We spent last weekend doing just that.

Cleaning the slabs

We unearthed colony after colony of ants under the slabs

Last few slabs to lift

Dug, trampled and levelled

Grass again

We spent a week at Easter staying near Hadrian’s Wall. Wuffy is totally obsessed with Romans at the moment and he loved every second of it. On the last morning he almost cried (I could see his bottom lip going) because he didn’t want to go home. What he doesn’t know is that we have booked to go back for a week in August

First a few compliments to places. David rang lots of sites before we went to find out if they could feed us. Vindolanda went out of their way to ensure they had beans for jacket potato (they don’t offer beans as a topping normally) and they had bought soya milk especially. So a huge thumbs up to Vindolanda.

We found quite by accident a vegetarian café in Hexham called Hexham Tans, it was only about 10.30 but I went in and had a chat about lunch, they said they could make us anything we wanted but they didn’t have soya milk. We went back at lunchtime and they had been out and bought some soya milk especially for us, so another big thumbs up there.

Most of the other sites only have tiny cafes the sort where you can get a sandwich and drink but not much else. However it was nice to be able to eat lunch out on two days rather than having sandwiches every day.

 We visited the following sites:-

Vindolanda

Roman Army Museum

Corbridge Roman Town

Chesters Roman Fort

Hexham Abbey

Prudhoe Castle

Hexham Old Gaol

All of which were excellent except the Roman Army Museum which was very disappointing the advertised barrack room and store room no longer exist and there really wasn’t an awful lot to look at. That said it was worth the visit to see the Eagle Eye film it was just a shame you could not buy it on DVD as we would have done so.

We also walked along the wall from both Steel Rigg and Cawfields so we saw lots of wall going over dramatic (and very windy) countryside, a milecastle and a turret.

A few photos of places

The wall and a milecastle, this was just near Cawfields Quarry

With a Roman soldier at Vindolanda

 Pure joy at Vindolanda

 Walking in the footsteps of the Romans – standing on the actual floor of the granary at Corbridge

 Bathhouse at Chesters

 On Guard at the Temple of Mithras  

I was going to add a few more pictures but wordpress is being awkward so I’ll stop here

On Friday 12th February 2010 Wuffy’s grandad died. Wuffy knew Grandad was ill but being 6 he thought he was going to get better.

This final picture was taken on his 84th birthday last July, he was ill then he didn’t get out of his chair once during the party. That’s my Mum holding the cake, I made the cake it’s the chocolate cake I make for every birthday. I’m pleased that I made his last birthday cake. Wuffy didn’t say much for a week but the last few days he has been asking about Grandad and he has been a bit upset. We have been telling him that grandad was so ill towards the end at least he is no longer in pain. Wuffy has always told us that you go to heaven when you die but when I said Grandad was in heaven he wouldn’t believe me. I suspect he doesn’t really want to accept it.