Italy – Sorrento and Pompei

Just across the Bay from Naples lies the Sorrentine Peninsula, perhaps the most beautiful stretch of coastline anywhere in the world. With its beautiful location on the north coast of the peninsula, the small community of Sorrento is perfectly situated looking out over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri. [...]

Italy – Sorrento and Pompei2022-01-14T21:09:20+00:00

Gabbi and Massi

Following Tommi's visit, Gabbi and Massi decided to come across with Ami and Imogen. A busy couple of days...... No sooner had Gabbi and Massi got out of the car and it was off to the pool and Pirates Adventure where Massi found quite a bit of treasure. Gabbi, Lynn and Imogen enjoyed the pool, [...]

Gabbi and Massi2021-02-05T10:27:23+00:00

Nathan’s week

Nathan decided to visit us for a week whilst his Mam and sister were in Italy and his dad was busy with the harvest. Although he only travelled from Berwick I think he was struggling with jet lag as he didn’t manage to get out of bed until 11.00 – and that was only because [...]

Nathan’s week2021-10-27T11:25:42+01:00

Day trip to Wasdale

Wasdale is a very hard place to get to even if you are in the Lakes as you need to head out west and then around the perimeter of the National park before entering the valley. Possibly because of its inaccessibility and its natural beauty it is a very special place that is the home [...]

Day trip to Wasdale2021-10-27T11:25:43+01:00

Fell walking with Ruby

Paul completed all of the Wainrights with various friends but this time around would like to do them with Ruby! Ruby seems quite keen on exploring new hills but we have to hold her back sometimes as she is too enthusiastic. There are 214 Wainrights and Ruby has her first foot on the ladder to [...]

Fell walking with Ruby2021-02-05T10:26:09+00:00

Cathedral Cave

Cathedral Cave is in Little Langdale just near Wetherlam and is a cavern that is left from a slate mine. It is only accessible via a tunnel. You access the tunnel from a path just south of the Three Shires Pub, this then opens into the main chamber which has a great column in the [...]

Cathedral Cave2021-02-05T10:25:51+00:00


Today we went to see an exhibition of old Steam Engines at Flookbrough thinking there may be a couple on show but it was a massive gathering of steam engines, classic cars, classic motor bikes - infact anything that was old. There were also some people exhibiting some very weird collections - see the pictures [...]


Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby

We also now have a new addition to the family, a working cocker spaniel called Ruby. She loves the Lake District, probably more than Jesmond due to the freedom she has there. Paul is spending quite a bit of time training her so that hopefully she will be able to accompany him shooting when the [...]

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby2021-10-27T11:25:46+01:00

The English Lake District – a new direction!

We don't have any long distance travels booked for the foreseeable future as we have had something of a change in our personal circumstances, no we haven't gone bankrupt, got divorced or even developed a fear of flying. We have bought a second home across in the Lake District and intend spending as much time [...]

The English Lake District – a new direction!2021-10-27T11:25:47+01:00


Although both of us have travelled quite a lot in Italy over the years, neither of us have been to Tuscany. So courtesy of Jet 2 we flew directly to Pisa, picked up a car and drove to San Gimignano where we had a lovely apartment and from here visited Pisa, Sienna, Florence, etc. Below [...]


The Dalesway

The Dales Way is an 84-mile (135 km) Long Distance Footpath in Northern England, from (south east to north west) Ilkley, West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. The Dales Way passes through two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park. The first half of the walk follows the River Wharfe upstream to the main watershed of northern England at Ribblehead. The second half follows several river valleys [...]

The Dalesway2021-10-27T11:25:48+01:00


Benfica v NUFC 04 March 2013 at Estadio da Luz And the "toon army" marches on....... Benfica 04 March at the Estadio da Luz and I guess everyone has now heard that the toon will have played more European games at the Stadium of Light than Sunderland have! One cracking goal to begin with [...]


Dog Sledding

Had a fantastic day out at Lingsfjord dog sledding then a lovely meal in a Lavu which is a traditional Sami tent. On the way back we saw a few reindeer but Santa Claus was nowhere to be seen!

Dog Sledding2021-10-27T11:26:18+01:00

Northern Lights

The video below is what we saw set to music Apparently there is no need to go to the Arctic - you can see them in Scotland and Northern England The Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis We went to Arctic Norway (which is [...]

Northern Lights2021-10-27T11:26:18+01:00


We went to Tromso with main intention of seeing the Northern Lights but also did several other things at the same time. We got a shock at some of the prices: Beer £12 per pint, check out the receipt in Krona! Piza £23 Slice of cake £20 Steak - no chips £45 [...]



NUFC v FC Anzhi 7th March Having beaten FC Kharkiv at the Metallist Stadium in Kharkiv Ukraine, Newcastle were drawn away to FC Anzhi Makhachkala, who due to civil unrest in their home area have been forced to play all of their home matches in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. The Grand [...]



Kharkiv v Newcastle United 21 February at the Metallist Stadium And the "Toon Army" marches on.... Tremendous result - Moscow next, cold but friendly place and so cheap, £50 lasted for three days, I don't think that will happen in Moscow somehow?



NUFC v Bordeaux The french life style is meant to be good for your health! Following NUFC is certainly not especially when KLM cancel your return flights from France whilst you are still sitting in Newcastle airport ready to depart for France!

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