Friday, July 25, 2008

25 July 2008: On to Beadnell, Northumberland, and Garfields 15th Birthday

We got packed and away for 9:30 and enjoyed a relatively traffic free run up the A19 and through the Tyne tunnel, arriving on site at noon: after a swift setting up it was into Seahouses for a slap up fish and chips dinner and an ice cream, plus of course a visit (first of many to the Farne Gift Shop: for those of you who are not familiar with the area, this is an amazing shop where for a pound you can but things that simply aren't available anywhere else.
Purely co-incidentally he also stock the full range of Lindisfarne Fruit wines and of course Mead at a little less than you will pay for them anywhere else
down in the harbour the fishing fleet was out as sea as it was low tide, but the stalls were still selling Farne Island trips for all they were worth, and we could see one of the boats returning from a trip.
The Farne tourist trips have been a great boon to the economy of Seahouses, which once relied entirely on fishing for a precarious living. In the forty years we have been visited we have seen it change completely.
Originally there were no pleasure boats to speak of, you had to ask one of the fishermen if they were prepared to take you out and haggle a price.
After such a big lunch we had a sandwich for tea and drove along to Bamburgh so I could take some photos', but the fog was lurking around, so I only took a few, including this splendid effort on the part of a modern castle builder!

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