Queens Head Hotel
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Late up as there is a weather front coming through and we are staying put until tomorrow (Sunday) Time to restock, shower etc and plan the next few days and the crossing to Amsterdam. Currently looking like Blyth to Hartlepool to Scarborough and then 48 hrs across to Amsterdam in one hit. Maybe in Amsterdam by Thursday 12th Lots to avoid in the North Sea - Wind farms, Gas rigs, sea lanes, practise and firing ranges apart from the rocks, busy shipping and a plethora of other ...
A more leisurely start today leaving Eyemouth at around 8am. After a short period of motoring we hoist the sails in a force 3-4 and enjoy a fabulous days sailing all the way to Blyth. Best days sailing yet. Detoured through the Farne Islands to take a look at the abbey on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) And Bamburgh Castle both just fabulous in the blazing sun. Arrived in Blyth about 7 next to a boat just ...
... on Inner Farne. This is a National Trust island bird sanctuary. We had been warned we would be "dive bombed" by nesting birds, as with magpies in Aus. This place was amazing. Arctic terns nest next to the board walks leading from the boat. They rattle their beaks menacingly then dive bomb every passer by. I could feel their needle sharp bills hitting my hat. We saw so many birds, nests, eggs, really close up - ducks, puffins, ...
Today we went to Cragside, National Trust home of the late Sir William Armstrong. He was a lawyer turned engineer/inventor whose home was the first home powered by hydroelectricity. He palled up with Joseph Swan, who invented incandescent light bulbs (failed to patent same and Edison got in first), to have electric light through the house. House not open when we arrived ...
Today we went to Alnwick Castle (pronounced"Anec"), scene of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. A fact not mentioned much by our guide who gave the impressive history from outside in the on/off pouring rain. Could not help, however, seeing ourselves watching the "flying broomsticks lesson" and playing quidditch. Inside was Renaissance opulence in extreme, almost ...
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