What A Day That Was.

Hi,

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Greetings to you, from a northern place where an early blue sky and sunshine seems to be disintegrating into a much duller sort of day…but I don’t care, because yesterday was sublime.

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We went off for the day to a place called Howick, which is set on the Northumbrian coast.

The rocks there are shale layers, and contain fossils such as Brachiopods, Trilobites and corals.

There are also the remains of trees and roots which are raised up and seem to be snaking along over the layers  of rock.

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The beach is a very small one and not beautiful in the same way as Bamburgh is, with it’s fabulous sand dunes and breathtaking long beach, but it is wild and lovely in it’s own way on that particular stretch of the coast.

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We eventually climbed up onto some rocks and sat watching the tide enthusiastically come in, while having our packed lunch of ham and tomato sandwiches, with English mustard, accompanied by four hard boiled eggs.

There was also a very welcome flask of green tea with lemon juice added to it.

I did however pack two china mugs for us because I don’t like the taste of tea in the mugs from the top of a flask.

We ate everything but the eggshells!

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It is wonderful to sit in strong sunshine and watch the sea….timeless and satisfying.

I would like to live here in the UK, by the sea, for the rest of my life, something Hadrian‘s men probably did not want to do at all.

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After looking about for fossils for a while, I decided that there was nothing very good and we walked along the clifftops, passing a surprising number of couples and even a mens’ hiking group who were gossipping and laughing, and generally making more noise than a bunch of old ladies having a good old chin-wag.

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Then, regretfully, it was getting late and we had to make the journey back home again, even though the sun was still beaming down obligingly.

What can I say….it was total perfection!

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j,x.

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