I’m Free.

HI,

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It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, and I’m free.

I was determined to have a lie in this morning….just because I could!

And I did.

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Now I am sitting here in my comfortable old tigerskin patterned dressing gown, drinking a lovely cup of tea, whilst doing my blog.

It is bliss. No painters downstairs and no tea to make at 10.30am.

The living room paint is drying off nicely and we should be able to start carefully cleaning up the house from today.

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Having said that, we are actually planning to go down to Tynemouth and have a walk on the beach, followed by a fine plate of fish and chips at Marshalls shop.

I might even take some more pictures for you!

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It is great to be free to please ourselves again, after so long.

It is not that we had stacks of things we wanted to do, it is just the fact that you could not do anything, if you suddenly decide that you would like to.

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Big H went out to play computer games with his friend again last night so he probably had a few pints too.

He may well be feeling somewhat fragile this morning but I am sure that he will soon get over it….I always do!

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Big time lapse where Big H suddenly appears in the bedroom/living room and says, “Come on then, what are we waiting for.  I thought that we were going to go to Tynemouth for fish and chips”.

Then we dash off gleefully.

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We have had a lovely, but freezingly cold day out.

Once we arrived in Tynemouth we went straight over to Marshalls for our meal because Big H had not had any breakfast this morning and he was totally ravenous.

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Marshalls.

Hip Hip Hooray!

It was excellent as usual.

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After that we went for a walk down the street to the beach, which is overshadowed by the castle and priory.

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King Edward’s Bay.

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Then we walked along from there to the mouth of the Tyne river where there were ships waiting to go up when the tide was right.

This is a picture of the first ship to pass between the piers on last lag of their journey.

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North And South Piers.

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We had a good stroll around the headlands, sitting to admire the view from many different spots.

There is a lovely sandstone and marble monument on Pier Road, dedicated to  Admiral Lord Collingwood.

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Admiral Lord Collingwood.

He was born in 1748 and joined the navy at the age of 13.

He was quickly promoted after many successful battles, fighting in both the American War Of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars.

He took command of the battle when Nelson was killed during the Battle Of  Trafalgar and was then made a Peer.

He died at sea in 1810 and his body was given burial in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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There are four cannon from his flagship, mounted on the statue’s pedestal, which was designed by the famous John Dobson.

It was John Dobson and Richard Grainger who built the beautiful Grey Street in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre.

This was voted the best street in Britain by Radio 4 listeners…. and it surely is!

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The statue itself was created by the sculptor John Graham Lough,

It is sited just along from the Spanish Battery.

So called because Spanish mercenaries were used to man the batteries which were built into the curtain wall of Tynemouth Castle.

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This being built by order of Henry v111, for the defence  of the mouth of the river.

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Before we started back to the car park, Big H took this picture, just as the sun was setting over the river.

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Mouth Of The Tyne.

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It was a lovely day out together.

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Be in touch soon.

J x.

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