That was the question my little great niece asked me when she was staying with me a few weeks ago. I knew where she meant, Northumberlandia and that it was near to where I live, but hadn't been yet so I was happy to go. The website explains its history and why it was made.
30 August 2021
27 August 2021
I am sorry you have not heard much from me lately, but I have had my little great niece to stay. She is only 6 and inbetween, playing, going on trips out, playing, talking, playing, reading, playing and nearly constantly feeding her, there just wasn't time to write here.
There are lots of photos and information on the internet but I think this article pretty much gives a lot of detail. And as he says at the end of the article, an important part of our history that should be recorded.
24 August 2021
Today is the start of the 2020/1 Paralympics in Japan and this morning my Echo Show included the following photos.
On the Bench, 2012
On the Bench is a series of three site specific installations commissioned for the Mid Suffolk Paralympic Celebrations via Mid Suffolk District Council and the Arts Council.
On the bench consists of a series of three benches across Needham Lake that have been altered to represent a lesser known Paralympic sport. The installations are family friendly, interactive, and light hearted but also aim to encourage the public to learn more about Paralympic sports.
I was very privileged, on the day, to hold the flame that was carried by Mary Hills through Southend on Sea on 6th July 2012.
I am looking forward to two weeks of fantastic sports.
16 August 2021
Geocaching takes me to some fascinating places. This is part of the description of one I attempted to find a few weeks ago:
The cache is not on the monument but on Open Access Land near the ramparts. There are great views (on a clear day!) over to Brizlee and Alnwick Moor. There are often cows in the field but don't worry they scamper away when you get to within 10ft of them!
14 August 2021
This morning when I checked the wildlife camera - no sign of the hedgehog - I had this photo.
Oh no I thought, I have an intruder, or is it a ghost, or just a trick of the light? I knew the camera would be good for taking other things than hedgehogs, cats, birds and mice.
I then noticed the time it was taken, 10pm, I was still up then - was there someone in the garden when I was getting ready for bed?
I took a closer look, they have my slippers on!! I looked at the film and it was me taking the rubbish out!!
When I first saw it, it did make my heart race a bit, but thank goodness it was just me.
12 August 2021
I have not captured the hedgehog on the camera, nor has any of the food I have been leaving out been eaten for the last three weeks. The only overnight pictures have been of a mouse once or twice over that time. I have had lots of sparrows and blackbirds bathing and looking for food during the day.
So I had decided that today I would give the feeding station a good clean and put it away, BUT look who's back
11 August 2021
So what was the new visitor to the garden?
I sent a photo to my niece, she googled 'UK black caterpillar with eyes,' which I thought was pretty clever of her. And she sent me this link Elephant Hawk-moth larvae. I also sent the photo to a friend and she said she thought it was a baby crocodile!!! I'm glad she was wrong.
10 August 2021
The second full day staying with Yamini, started off pretty overcast. We watched the Olympics had a light lunch and then we headed south in search of three caches.
The first stop was a picnic area, but as it was raining, there was only a couple walking a dog there, it took us a few minutes to find the cache, but we did. We moved onto Innellan, a village that has an active community spirt. They have a great Facebook page so have a look if you can.
Our third stop was at a village called Toward.
These gates were next to the church and I wondered if they were the entrace to the church yard. If it was, and as it was so overgown there was no sign of headstones. I did some investigating and found some maps on the National Library of Scotland website. This OS map is dated 1900, there is nothing in the field but there was a burial site behind the church as mentioned in the history of the church.
The history also mentions: Also in the adjoining ground there are still to be seen the remains of a circle of stones believed to date from the iron age and marking an area of pagan worship.
I wonder if that field is where the stones are?
I left the next morning, the couple of days of excerise did me good, I wonder if I can keep it up when I get home? I am making plans to return, soon, hopefully later in the year.
09 August 2021
I was mowing the lawn on Saturday when I spotted this on the paving.
It was about 2inches long. Looks pretty scary to me.
At first I wasn't sure it was real so I gave it a little poke with a stick and it moved. I carried on mowing and kept an eye on it and it moved a little. By the time I got back to where it was it was gone.
Anyone seen one or know what it is? I'll tell you on Wednesday.
PS sorry something has happened to the comments for today. I'll see if I can find out what I have done and put it right.
08 August 2021
07 August 2021
I have been talking about geocaching and I expect you may not have heard of it so I thought I would explain a bit about it.
Wikipedia describes it as:
an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
Sounds exciting, right?
The cache can be hidden in or on a variety of 'hosts' including any of these.
The cache itself has a log (sheet of paper) inside it so that anyone finding it signs their name and date. There is a website where you also log a find.
Sometimes you may have to go in a ditch or climb a tree or go head first into a hedge to find the cache.
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