Whitley Bay Day22

Trip Start Jun 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 14, 2013

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Have had a great day today . Arthur took the three of us for a drive up to Bamburgh , leaving at 9.00 am and returning about 3.00 pm. The castle was much bigger than I had ever imagined and from the distance looked very impressive . The cost for parking was £2.00 for the day . Then off into the castle area ,we seen the outside area first with the very high walls that let you look out over the sea . Then we were able to watch the archeologists at work , from a distance , but on going down to the lower level we could see them carefully removing the soil from the objects underneath and then brushing the soil off the objects . Further along there was a lady carefully washing things with a very soft brush and then drying them . Into the art gallery where we seen some lovely works of art (if you had plenty of money you could have purchased them ) , then on into the cafe for coffee and then a trip through the aviation and military museum which was very interesting . There were pieces of planes that had been left from the wars and it makes you wonder how they ever survived . After 11.00am we were able to go into the state rooms and that was an eye opener for me .What beautiful crockery there was on display for us to see . I took a photo for Mum of the blue and white ones as I am sure she would like it . The biggest room had a fully timber ceiling all carved and vaulted , as did the archway in between . No one is allowed to sit on the furniture anywhere in this place and I can see why . In the room above this it was cordoned off , but we could see all the lounge area and the uniform of a servant there . The bakery and the kitchen area would have been a great place for Nana to work in as she admired all the beautiful bowls and basins in there , also the lovely oven in the bakery . Then it was into the gift shop and into the dungeon area . Nana and Granpa said that when they were here 31 years ago the guide had taken them down to the dungeon and told them that the walls were 1.8m wide and what they did was light fires on the beach to encourage the ships to come close to the shore so they would crash on the rocks and then the smugglers would go out and collect the booty .The swords ,guns ,suits of armour , chain mail , pikes and other dangerous looking weapons were very scary .From the battlements we were able to see Lindisfarne Island and Holy Island , where Bede built the first church and Christainity first came to the North of England . Then it was off to the south and to a place called Seahouses for lunch at a Pub Ye Olde Shipe .The lunch was lovely , the men had gammon and chips ( that's ham steaks and chips ) and Nana had Chicken and salad , and that was a plateful . Anyway we all enjoyed our lunch , home then for a rest and not too much for tea time .
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Janet on

Hello Liam - What an interesting read!!!! You are learning a lot from your overseas trip - WHAT AN ADVENTURE you are having. I am looking forward to reading your next posting.

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