My earliest memory of the north east of England dates from 1963. My parents had booked their first foreign holiday – a week in the Solstrand Hotel at Os on the Hardangerfjord Fjord, Norway. The plan was to sail on Bergen Line’s MS Venus but the ship was out of commission so we were transferred to a flight from Newcastle, Woolsington. Dad drove us across from Manchester in the sturdy Ford Consul which was stored for the week at a garage somewhere down the Coast Road (A1058).
As we gathered in the old terminal building (still used by the Northumbria Flying School) we were informed that due to the very foggy conditions we were to be transferred by bus back to Speke Airport, Liverpool (since renamed John Lennon) – more or less where we started from. My first impression of Newcastle was of a dark, dank and inconveniently foggy place. These last three days have been a reminder of how cold air drifting in from the North Sea can effect the inland climate, even as far west as Hexham.
This is what passes for street life in downtown, misty Sandhoe:
Despite the delays and the tortuous journey, Norway was magnificent and the sun shone throughout that too short week. I am hoping for a similar happy end to these misty days.
(click on the images to enlarge).
wonderful images-very moody and plenty of atmosphere!
Many thanks – it is the same again this morning – we are in need of a change.
Amazing shot, want to follow that road and see where it leads!
Thanks Hanne – down the hill to the back gates of Beaufront Castle – it is a spooky road after dark.
Don’t mind spooky, it’s kind of intriguing, if it has a magic touch, which this seems to have! 🙂
I’d call it moody and beautiful rather than somber!! Lovely captures – see – you made lemonade out of lemons!
Many thanks Tine – I like that phrase – ‘lemonade out of lemons’ 🙂
I have visions of the Headless Horseman, leering jack-o-lantern in hand, galloping at full speed through these dark misty roads. Wonderful shots!
Thanks Cate, I like your imagination! I look forward to the arrival of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp 😉
Many thanks, much appreciated.
How beautiful 🙂
Thanks, it is a lovely part of the world but much better in sunshine.
Dismal, but beautiful. I’d like to walk down the road in that first photo.
You should – but it looks much better in dappled light.
Spooky and beautiful 🙂
Spooky is exactly right – that road becomes very dark and eerie in the early evening. Thanks for passing by and taking the time to comment.
I’m following you now so I hope to pass by more now 🙂
I like the images, it looks so quiet and reminds me a little of fall.
Many thanks – it feels like the fall too – which is ok except it is April 😦
Maybe the weather-guy thought we can skip summer, because it will be anyway a bad one? Like last year and the year before :o)
The best policy is to listen carefully to the long range forecasts and then plan for the exact opposite 🙂
I like these images so, so much…
And your story… What a journey! 🙂
Thank you for sharing, Robin (both story and these fantastic images in b&w).
Thanks so much Malin – we are travelling these next few days so sorry if I miss some of your fabulous posts. Have a great weekend and I hope you are feeling good. R
You don’t have to be sorry, you are always there anyway. Have a nice travel and a great weekend.
I’m okey and I hope you’re fine, Robin. See you!
great images…I can imagine being there!
Many thanks, much appreciated. It has brightened up so being there would be much nicer 🙂