Blyth Beach Huts

Blyth Beach Huts

Driving up the coast of Northumberland in the north east of England I was expecting light houses and the occasional pier but I hadn’t expected to come across such a brightly coloured row of beach huts. It seemed a little odd that their doors were facing in land rather than out to the beach and sea. You can see the north sea in the background on the edges of the photograph.

St. Mary’s Lighthouse

St. Mary's Lighthouse

The tiny St Mary’s Island is just north of Whitley Bay on the North East coast of England. Sadly I didn’t get the time to walk across to the island, but at least I was able to capture the above photograph from Whitley Bay. The lighthouse no longer functions as a working lighthouse, but is open to visitors and has a small museum, a visitor’s centre and a cafe. It was built in 1898 on the site of a monastery.

Tearoom Sign

Tearoom Sign

On the main street running through the small fishing village of Alnmouth I was invited to join a couple of close friends for afternoon tea (or cream tea). This was the hand painted sign on the wall just outside The Village Gift and Coffee Shop. We all agreed that the tea and scones were both excellent, with a warn and friendly welcome from the owners. Next time I am in the area I will look forward to returning to this coffee shop for a cup of tea!

Blue Peeling Paint Texture

Blue Peeling Paint Texture

Taken at Alnmouth harbour in Northumberland on the north east coast of England this very old boat had it seems been left out in the sun for a few too many years. This is the hull and although I don’t remember seeing it on my last visit to this part of the world in 2009, it was probably there but I simply didn’t see it. It caught my eye on this year’s trip due to the texture and the way that the paint was curling.

St Bartholomew’s Church Newbiggin

St Bartholomew's Church Newbiggin

Not having been to Newbiggin-by-the-sea, I didn’t know what to expect when I saw it on the map. Sadly I hadn’t planned many locations further north than Whitley Bay, but stood looking North from Blyth I could see this very familiar looking church. It is familiar because I have seen some fantastic photographs in competitions over the years and on seeing it on the horizon I felt the need to drive out of my way in order to capture my own attempt. It was a little late in the day, but I think that was a blessing because the early evening summer sun lit up the church really nicely.