Since my daughters have grown up we’ve only had one holiday together, and it was this one in Northumbria a couple of years ago. It was a typical summer holiday in England – dull, cold and windy, so not wanting to waste such a brilliant beach we bought ourselves a kite. Those four people (this includes my daughter’s partner) right there are the ones I love most in the world (as well as my mum of course – I have to say that, she reads this 🙂 ), and I remember watching them in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle, attempting to fly the kite in what felt like a gale, and generally being daft, and thinking just how lucky I was to be in such a beautiful place with such beautiful people. Yep, I’d take that over a Caribbean holiday any ol’ time…
…on second thoughts, sod the cold, ideally I would be with them in the Caribbean swimming in a warm sea or lying on a white sandy beach sipping at a rum punch…oh yeah…!
These photographs were taken on Holy Island, Northumberland, where one of the pebbly beaches behind the castle is covered in these piles of stones which have been built by visitors over many years. The one below caught my eye and inspired me to write the little verses underneath.
Man of Stone
I stand amongst these shining rocks
and observe the swelling sea, where,
in that swaying garden,
my lover drifts alone
while coloured fish play
in her flexuous hair
and fallen stars gather
to weep their salty tears
No forces will deter me nor erode my will
I’ll stand here watching, waiting,
Until the earth is sodden and
waves consume my soul,
and tumbling I join her
in the grave grey depths below
where together we’ll blend
into that stony bed
and our blissful cries will echo
Taken on the vast, sandy, and empty beach in front of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. The castle, filled with treasures, has a long and interesting history which you can find out about here. Windy, chilly and overcast – typical English summer weather!!
Helloooo….! Have been away for a week or so and just doing some catching up. Had a wonderful holiday in beautiful Northumberland and I’ll be sharing some more of that with you later. In the meantime, here’s some puffins for you, taken on the wild and birdy, Inner Farne Island.
We visited Northumberland for the first time recently and were stunned by its exquisite empty stretches of dune-lined beaches, it’s many castles, each steeped in history, and the varied wildlife. Even the stormy sky has it’s own beauty!
It’s only three hours away and we will definitely be returning soon!
Heavy Skies over Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland