I should have written this post over a week ago but never mind!
Following our Easter Trip to Dorset, James & I headed North to visit a multitude of family members! After we got back to Birmingham on Wednesday (15th) we unpacked, did a washload, slept, repacked, and headed off again on our travels on Thursday (16th) - as you can tell it was a very restful holiday, our Easter week off!
We headed to Newcastle1 first of all, where we went straight to Uncle Richard’s2 house. Homily disgraced us within 10 minutes of our arrival - as James and I sat down to rest & have a coffee, we suddenly noticed that our little dog had disappeared into the kitchen when we weren’t watching.. Now, Richard’s dog Robbie is of the mindset that food is just not that important in the grand scheme of things. As a result of this, in their household a bowl full of dog biscuits can be left on the floor to be nibbled on throughout the day. Of course, this concept is completely incomprehensible to our greedy little Terrier, and so she was delighted to be greeted by half a bowl of yummy dog food upon our arrival. The amount of food the dog ate was roughly equal to a week’s worth of her normal food - which left her a very fat doggie for a day or two!
We walked the dogs together in their local park, and discovered this wonderful thing: the Newcastle Shoe Tree! I thought it was fascinating. I love it when things that were originally considered ‘eyesores’ are suddenly viewed local treasures instead, like buildings that were once labelled ugly suddenly being toted as ‘architectural wonders’. The Shoe Tree started off as a nuisance to the local council; just kids vandalising an old tree in the park - and now it even has it’s own information board & a yearly ‘harvest’ to prevent overloading of shoes from damaging the tree.
After dinner & wine, we headed over to Chloe’s flat to stay the night - as Richard’s house was due to be full over the weekend his daughter kindly offered us a bed in her flat instead. The following two days were spent visiting Granny & Grandfather1 in Alnmouth - where we had a great time walking the dogs on the beach, among other things. They have two Norwich Terrier’s so we got lots of smiles as we wandered along the beach with three lively doggies frolicking about us!
Saturday night was a bit odd.. we went to a wake with Richard & his family. For someone we don’t know.. yeah, it was a bit awkward at times - especially when I kicked a table by accident and consequently knocked a pint glass on the floor, just at the start of the speeches! But the live music was good and the guy that we were there to honour seemed like a really good guy - who wouldn’t have minded some family of a friend having some free food on him!
Finally on Sunday, we headed back down South, with a stop at Guisborough to see even more family - this time it was my Aunt Liz & Uncle Pete, plus my cousin’s Jenny & David. After tinkering with their MacBooks & setting them up with jabber accounts on iChat, we headed off to a local beach with Pete & David to walk the dogs. Homily was delighted - 3 long beach walks in a week!
So.. it was a very long week and we saw lots and lots of family, and our poor car did 1045 miles! It was a good week though
All the photos from the trip:
- my Mother-in-Law’s parents ↩