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.
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.
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!
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.