Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Wednesday 5th August: Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne was our destination for this morning, we parked next to what was the old gigt shop, though this has changed and is now in front of the Meadery.
Pat bought some Lindisfarne Fudge for Kathryn, it is now over £2:00 for a tiny packet, which explains why they no longer stock it in the Farne Gift shop in Seahouses!
We walked down to the edge of the harbour and took some photo's,
This is the view from the main street of the village looking down towards the harbour and castle, and incidentally is taken from the front gate of the house selling delicious crab sandwiches.
Lindisfarne is famous for the upturned fishing boats that are given a new lease of life as fisherman's sheds, once they are no longer seaworthy, here is an example

The dark bulk on the horizon is Bamburgh Castle.
If you haven't seen the other end of one of these boat/huts, here's a photo.

Pat's arthritis rather restricts how far she can walk, so we contented ourselves with buying some fresh crab sandwiches before driving out to park along the causeway and have our morning cuppa.
There was a surprisingly heavy amount of traffic coming onto the island, gone are the days when mid week it was usually just about deserted!
We could see a couple of walkers going along the line of posts that mark the original pilgrims way

As usual I parked near the bridge with the refuge to take more photo's

then we drove inland around the back lanes, visiting Etal village, (more photo's) before going to the Oxford Farm Shop for a ham salad for lunch.
Pat had a pear and Ginger trifle for dessert, I chose the syrup sponge and custard, the set menu there is a very reasonable £6 inluding dessert and drinks.
After that Pat was ready for a rest and she had a snooze while I walked down to the river side, for once heading upriver in the direction of Berwick, and photographed a cormorant drying it's wings on a timber sticking up out of the water

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