Our weekend away

Last weekend Amanda and I had decide well I had decided we maybe need a weekend break a few weeks before so I had a quick look round I feel comfortable driving to Northumberland now so I decided we choose there after some looking around I found a caravan for a good prize and for 3 nights it would be a great base. It is was a bit further north near the border with Scotland so I looked at places where Amanda and I could visit we  popped into Alnwick were I Used live on the way up after an early start managed a few hours there before we got in our caravan . I brought a few books in the new bookshop there the accidental bookshop. which had a great book shelf which reminds me of the one in Ryan Holiday ( daily stoic love his podcast etc)

I will be doing a post soon on the books I got I love this new shop I missed out Barter books as we had to get to the caravan and have  something to eat so we arrived and the site was nice had a lake our caravan was basic but clean and roomy for just the pair of use. I had a few places in mind for the next day we eventually decided on North Berwick which I  had never visited. It has a large hill that shelters it Ihad research most places I wanted to go watch a few you tube videos and read up on what was there. Our first stop was the steampunk coffee shop

Edited in Prisma app with Glaze

That had this great bike just by where we sat and I also got some coffee here and a funky sticker for my MacBook. We walked along the beach then went to the Harbour saw Bass rock which has the largest colony of gannets in the world

Bass rock there was boat rides there it was also there we could see across to Fife where my Aunt lives in a fishing village so near yet so far. We then had a walk around the lobster hatchery that is helping get Lobster back in the local waters. Then to the Scottish sea bird centre

They had a wonderful spair of statues one of Penguins and this of an arctic tern we went in read about Bass rock and the Gannets there was a cafe we had another coffee and some Cake looked out at the harbour and the birds. We then head back into the centre of North Berwick

As we head out of the seabird centre that had this further statue called the watch it remind me a little of TinTin something in the hair and stance maybe that is just me. we then passed this as it was the weekend before the Queens funeral.

I love crochet bombs like this they always make me smile as it is great people take time to make them and put them there for all to see we had an gelato well I did mmm blood orange and Belgian chocolate (yes I  love to eat whilst away ). I brought a couple of books in the Oxfam which I Weill show at a later date we had scene a nice print but it was a little to much when we saw the price shame but we are find another print for our house. we had a   nice lunch then returned to the caravan. We had already decided on the Sunday to go the Scottish museum of flight which we both like when we saw it was near as it had Concorde there

Which I had never seen when flying so it was great to go and look on board it is really small in side. There was a lot about the crash and the devolpment of the plane there was also a red arrow in the same hanger the museum had a number of commercial planes you could go on and exhibits of other planes Both civil and ,military but the one plane I had want to see was the Vulcan.

I grew up in Cheshire where this plane was made and serviced at British aerospace as it was then but Avro when the plane was made this used pass over me as a little boy at school so close it made you shake as we were a couple of miles from the runway so this was a flashback to that see this giant plane pass over me as a kid. (I also had nimrod and other military planes pass over me as a kid but the Vulcan is so iconic) . IT took us most of the day we had drinks and lunch there and ten head home to the caravan packed as it was the queens funeral next day so we want to get off earl we head off after a wonderful few days in a part of the country I want go back to the East Lothian and borders of Scotland is a hidden gem.

Have you a place in you think is a hidden gem maybe off the beaten track not as popular to visit ?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Hill
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 23:30:39

    This sounds wonderful, and I love that statue and the idea behind it. We have something similar near us, a really lifelike statue of a paper boy with a stack of newspapers near him on the ground.


  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Sep 26, 2022 @ 09:15:15

    Sounds like a lovely weekend away, Stu – I always feel it does you good to see the sea!


  3. Liz Dexter
    Sep 26, 2022 @ 17:07:13

    What a lovely trip! I saw Concorde a few times, including her last flight when I lived in London – very moving, weirdly. My grandfather worked on her in a very small way so that’s probably why. I look forward to hearing about what you bought!


  4. kimbofo
    Sep 27, 2022 @ 02:22:54

    When I lived in West London we used to see Concorde in the air from our living room window every afternoon at around 3:15pm. We would hear it before we saw it!

    Glad you had a good trip away. I haven’t left Perth in more than two years and have itchy feet keep to explore more of Western Australia or perhaps journey to Melbourne to visit family. It’s been hard to do anything because of the pandemic / closed internal borders but things are returning to normal. Of course, I changed jobs so that means I have no holiday owing me… 🤷🏻‍♀️


  5. JacquiWine
    Sep 27, 2022 @ 08:18:47

    Glad you had a good weekend break, Stu. The Scottish Seabird Centre sounds especially interesting. What a lovely place to visit!


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