Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Happy Birthday to ME!!!!

Today I have had a very nice Birthday. We are still on our mini break so I have only had the one card I will have the rest to look forward to tomorrow. My family have bought me a lovely gold locket with space for 4 photos, very important Beth tells me, for putting photos of Laura, Carl, Beth and Tom inside!!
We decided to head north today, we went on a bit of a tour. I have never been so far north, we were only a stones throw from Scotland!!
Anyway we started at Sunderland and took the coast road up to Blyth, followed by Amble. We then visited Warkworth Castle, Seahouses, Bamburgh castle and then onto Lindisfarne. We finished the day with a trip into Berwick Upon Tweed.
The coast line of Northumberland is stunning, and today we had the most stunning of skies, brooding stormy clouds, splashes of blue and fantastic windswept beaches. I have taken a load of photographs so I can't wait until I get to download them. Because of the lighting I even had to take the camera off of automatic and set the exposure to the conditions.
The castles were awe inspiring particularly The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the island is reached via a causeway which is cut off from the main land at high tide, it is prominent place for pilgrimages particularly in the summer months. The history is first recorded when in 635ad St Aiden built a monastery on the site, he was joined by St Cuthbert who was supported by King Oswald the Pagan king of Northumbria. They were missionaries bringing the holy teaching to the people of Northumbria. For the first time we actually felt cold, the wind was blowing and it was positively chilly!!!
We came back to Sunderland and had a Maccy D's for dinner, a treat for Beth as it hadn't been such an interesting day for her!!
We'll be heading back home tomorrow...

6 comments:

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday Lyzzy. x

debra said...

Happy birthday indeed! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Manna said...

Happy Birthday, Lyzzy!

Louise Forsyth said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday Lyzzy, sorry I am a bit late.

Travis Erwin said...

I've fallen behind on my blog reading again, but happy belated birthday.

Debbielou said...

Happy Birthday Lizzie - Have your pressie and card with me (!) as we have just got back from Dorset - see you soon xx