Both sides of the border

This last week, we had a few days away, staying in Berwick-upon-Tweed. The original focus of the holiday had been to visit Bamburgh Castle after hearing about the recent finding of Viking remains and artefacts there. However, this turned out to be something of a letdown, whereas all the unplanned stuff gave us far more joy.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland.

On the way up to Berwick, my daughter was able to get a shot of Angel of the North, which I think looks much better from the A1 than if you get out of the car and get up close, as we used to do with our students on day trips in the region.

The youth hostel in Berwick was also well-placed. It’s a few years since I’ve been able to roll out of bed and walk to a shop (that wasn’t Tesco Express). So, I took advantage of the location to stock up on contact lens solutions and such.

It was also generally pleasurable to look at different architecture

and I was over-the-moon to discover

on my wanderings. Jennie turned out to be most helpful and I felt I learned quite a few useful tips about spinning and wool fleeces. I couldn’t then resist buying some fleece tops to try, especially as Jennie had been so generous with her time.

The other high point of the holiday was going to St Abb’s Head, just up the coast into the Scottish Borders. Whenever I’m by the sea, I am hopeful of collecting a bag of seaweed, so was pleased to be able to find a spot, as we walked along the cliff top,

where I could access the rocky beach for strands of various types of seaweed which had washed up there.

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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17 Responses to Both sides of the border

  1. skyeent says:

    I bet that street in Berwick is interesting in the winter! Love the houses cut into the slope.

    • Helen says:

      Oh yes, it could be tricky getting up 😊. Where I live is as hilly, so I’m a bit of a mountain goat, but for visitors it takes a bit of getting used to (even in good weather 😉).

  2. Isn’t it odd how things we look forward to can be a let down and then something unexpected makes us happy!

  3. Whereas it must be educational to see The Angel up close, I’m sure it’s meant to be seen from a distance.

  4. Karen says:

    It looks like a nice place to visit. England has towns with such lovely names, I like Berwick-upon-Tweed. Of course when we lived in New England, there were many towns names after the originals in your country but most not as charming of names. 😊

    • Helen says:

      Tweed is the name of the river Berwick is on. There is also a North Berwick in Scotland about 30 miles from the other Berwick. I don’t know what Berwick itself means but it must have some significance in that area.

      Anyway, we’ll go back – the town and area have much to commend them (apart from perhaps the climate).

  5. Jackie B says:

    It’s interesting that the Berwick in Maine is on the Salmon Falls River. The River Tweed (as in Berwick upon Tweed) is famous for salmon. It’s one of the few rivers in the UK where salmon are caught using traditional netting method and fly fishing beats on the Tweed are extremely valuable.

  6. Clare Pooley says:

    I am so pleased you were able to get away for a few days, Helen. We had to cancel our holiday which was to have been in June and was to have been at St Abbs! After years of persuasion my husband eventually agreed to have a holiday in Scotland only for it to be cancelled! We love the country around Berwick and are always pleased to see The Angel as we drive past.

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