Northumberland until recently had been a place we had never visited. Now Allen’s Mum and Dad have moved up there from Lancashire to be near his younger brother and family we have been able to explore this part of the UK. Newcastle was until not that long ago a prominent ship building and coal mining town, but both died in the 70’s & 80’s. Great shopping centre in the city. The money generated round Northumberland has resulted in some beautiful Georgian architecture.Some of the department stores have amazing food halls complete with wine bars if you feel inclined, the cakes ( oh dear we have sampled a lot ! ) are just gorgeous. In general cosmetics are less expensive in UK in comparison to Australia (the exchange rate at the moment obviously helps) wine is so much cheaper here too. (Happy days).The waist line seems to be expanding but I do not know why with all the exploring and long walks we do.
Dad Powell is not too well at the moment and is waiting for news to have a hip replacement, it’s been a long and painful 2 years for him waiting for some relief. The pins that were removed haven’t been as successful as hoped so he has not been able to drive, so he insisted we use his car while we’re in Newcastle. Headed north one day to Bamburgh village which has a lovely castle ( visited there last May ) but didn’t get to walk on the beach. This time we did and it was just gorgeous, cold but a lovely sunny crisp day, perfect for the 2 hour return walk.
After a few days of arranging Appointments it was time to go down to Lancashire to spend a couple of nights with an old school friend of ours ( I was with her the night I met Allen way back in 1977 ) also caught up with Allen’s older brother Martin and his wife Marge which was lovely.( Martin, photo when we come back) caught up with other school friends in Lytham, an afternoon of lots of laughs and a trip down memory lane.Fiona & Gillian … Carr Hill secondary days fond memories Allen calls us a Coven!Denise and her husband Michael, lots of news to catch up on.
Allen and I by now are full of a cold ( had to happen sooner or later) had a whistle stop to the newly renovated Blackpool pier ha haEnjoyed lytham, pretty place lovely cafes, wine bars and shops. Wasn’t too keen on seeing the pheasant hanging outside the fish shop. My brother Noel has got m a members ticket to watch Newcastle United play this afternoon……pics to follow.After a lovely few days in Lancashire it was time to go back to Newcastle. Stopped overnight just outside Keswick. No pics of either of us here as we are both looking pretty horrendous!