Northumberland

Hubby and I have just returned from a tantalising week in Northumberland.

I say tantalising, as I can honestly say it tantalised our eyes, our taste buds, our sense of smell.  It’s a really delightful county.

I probably shouldn’t say this, as I don’t think I want anyone to know how lovely it is.  Not that many people ready my blog, but I don’t want it to be invaded with 1000s of tourists.  But if you haven’t been.  You should.  It’s a perfect spot for a break in the UK this summer.

corbridgeI cannot take any credit for these photos.  I stupidly didn’t take during my. 

These delightful images are from http://annarack.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/corbridge.html

Check out her fabulous blog and review on her own visit

We stayed with Andy’s sister, in Corbridge.  Corbridge is a quintessentially English village in the heart of the Tyne Valley.  An ideal base I you’re exploring the area and a delightful spot to potter around. Full of stone cottages, pubs, quaint cafés and lots of lovely shops selling everything from art to antiques to kitchenware.

One of my favourite shops in Corbridge is RE.  Short for Re-Found Objects (www.re-foundobjects.com).  They have an amazing collection of . . . well, everything.  From plates with skulls, to rusty numbers for your front door, to cake stands, to beautiful ribbons.  It’s an eclectic mix of homeware, but you’ll be sure to find something that catches your eye.

So.  Why were we in Northumberland.  Well, Hubby is trying to do the dirty on me and persuade me to move.  To leave my beloved Leigh-on-Sea and jack it all in for the Northern Country air.  Well, I must say I’m tempted.  More than tempted actually.  As much as I love Essex, it’s my home after all, I do worry about bringing up a family in a town/county that is slowly becoming overcrowded, and more or less an extension of London.  Northumberland does have it advantages.  No traffic.  More sheep than people.  Great schools.  The wild outdoors.  Birdsong like you never heard before.  A national park.  Stars.  It also has it downs.  Lack of Shabby Chic shops.  Lack of alfresco dining/cafe culture.  The Weather!  Hmmm . . . I need to ponder on this some more.

In the meantime, I welcome you to put your case forward.  Should I stay or should I go?

Image by Ian Twoputts Brodie‎. Taken from Facebook Northumberland page. Location: near Bothal

Image by Ian Twoputts Brodie‎. Taken from Facebook Northumberland page. Location: near Bothal

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