Rural Ramble Around Urpeth

Another sunny day it turned out to be, despite an unpromising start. Alistair and I decided to tackle the big geocaching circular walk around Urpeth in County Durham. We saw lots of wildlife, including a few butterflies who were willing to sit still for us. I’m pleased with this shot, taken with my Canon PowerShot G12 – which is not the ideal equipment for wildlife close up images!

Resting Butterfly
Resting Butterfly

The toys found some Magic Mushrooms along the way, there was Wild Garlic in the woodlands and Green & Pleasant Land all around. Here are the rest of the pictures from the day (including some of the lesser-spotted Alistairius MacDonaldensis) 😉

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Today we had an enjoyable outing to Penshaw Monument with the NPWalk crowd. We met up for a hearty lunch in a nearby pub and then climbed up the hill to the monument itself:

Penshaw Monument
Penshaw Monument

As you can see, the weather wasn’t too kind, so we set off for the North East Aircraft Museum and had a good potter around looking at all the exhibits. Here’s a colourful one:

Roundel And Triangle
Roundel And Triangle

You can see the whole set of images I made here:

Tynemouth Cycle

Alistair and I embarked on a long, hot, sunny bike ride to Tynemouth and back today – a round trip of about 17 miles. It’s the longest ride I’ve done for quite a few years, so I was glad of the pit stop at the pub for a refreshing pint at The Wooden Dolly in North Shields! The final hill up to Tynemouth Castle from sea level is a killer, but at least the Coat Road is mainly flat on the way back to Walkergate.

Willington Cut Bridge takes the Metro over the valley and on towards the coast:

Willington Cut Bridge
Willington Cut Bridge

Here are the other images from the day: