Monday, 20 January 2020


Out with the dogs this afternoon and spotted this gate lying in in one of the local fords. Thought the angles and colours were interesting enough for a photo.

Saturday, 18 January 2020


After days of wet and dreary weather, I was greeted with blue skies and a light frost this morning. The ice of the car windscreen was quite beautiful. 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Hexham Abbey

I had a few moments to walk around the beautiful Hexham Abbey yesterday.

Ash Tree

This Ash Tree came down in the field a few years as ago and the trunk left as a seat beside the Burn. I occasionally stop and take pictures of the changes as it dries and of the moss and fungi that grow on it. The other day I noticed the capillaries on the sawn end. Quite beautiful.

Monday, 2 September 2019


I think for the first time ever, I found this three headed Self Heal on the scrub banks above our little burn.  Looks just like a beautiful little candelabra.....

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Harvest Time

On the southern edge of Northumberland they have been busy with harvest, the straw bales are waiting for collection in this field overlooking Shotley Bridge on the other side of the River Derwent, in Co Durham, I can just about see my old family house from here....

Monday, 12 August 2019

The Derwent Valley

On the southern boundary of Northumberland runs the Derwent Valley, home of the River Derwent and much long gone industry. Iron and steel production, mining, sword making , flour and paper mills. This part of the valley above Shotley Bridge marks the start of the truly agricultural part of the valley reaching up to and beyond the beautiful village of Blanchland.

During dinner, it was fascinating watching the fog and rain roll back, revealing the lovely landscape.