Chris and I made a short trip to the north east and visited Alnwick to see the recently created gardens there. We also spent some time on the magnificent coastline of Northumberland, ate Craster kippers and watched some of the great wildlife up there. The gardens at Alnwick are very interesting with a magnificent water feature that would give Charlie Dimmock a run for her money and a special "poison" garden.
The old pithead at Hilda Colliery where several of my ancestors worked as miners.
The north east in winter is a great place to view Purple Sandpipers as they feed right at the edge of the water on the wave-splashed rocks.