Someone has a sense of humour!

On Tuesday, I returned to my birthplace. Well, not the hospital or a part of Stockton-on-Tees that I had ever been to before but RSBP Saltholme. We were on our way up to Northumberland for a short break and I thought it would be a good idea to make use of our RSPB membership en route. In the event, however, there was no charge for parking and the visitor centre was shut so there would have been no charge for entrance. This did not of course diminish our pleasure in walking as far round the site as we could in the time available.

Here is the story of the day in pictures. I’m glad that what once must have been industrial wasteland is now a ‘nature reserve of international importance’ and that someone had added a few extra touches.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Never seen countryside so close to the Transporter Bridge before
We’ll come back again when you’re properly open – and maybe invite some friends along, too!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to Someone has a sense of humour!

  1. Over Soil says:

    Loved the dog sign.

  2. Jackie B says:

    Enjoy your trip to Northumberland! It’s busier than usual up here at the moment but our glorious beaches are still quiet compared to a lot of places. Great signs and the tea party is genius!

    • Helen says:

      Is it busier than usual? I’ve not visited Northumberland very often (and generally not in the tourist season), but it seemed quite quiet – apart from Bamburgh Castle.

      • Jackie B says:

        Definitely busier since lockdown eased and school holidays began. Most of the attractions are open though some not fully, and social distancing, one way systems etc in operation. I think a lot of people that would normally head abroad are opting for uk this year. Still loads of space on beaches but much harder to find a parking space (Bamburgh yesterday was basically full!)

        • Helen says:

          I had been wondering if there would be more interest in Northumberland because of lockdown. It was nice that it didn’t feel crowded, though.

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Yes Helen that is some sense of humour all right 🙂 I loved it. Hope you are keeping well and still enjoying the summer.

  4. So nice to see signs which make the point but nicely!

  5. Karen says:

    You are right about a good sense of humor, the signs give you a smile. The transporter bridge reminds me of the first one ever built in Bilbao, Spain. We saw it on a tour of Bilbao…it carries cars and people. Does the one in your photo do that as well or is it only for people?

  6. Vin prest says:

    That’s a great blog. Really enjoyed it.

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