Saturday, 24 February 2018


24th Feb18, Embleton Bay, 8am

A long lie in this morning (after 7:30!) meant that the sun was well up by the time we reached the beach.

A bitingly cold wind had stirred up the sea into big waves but lying in the long grass staring at the sky was a very comfortable option until Daisy got bored and we moved on...

Friday, 23 February 2018

Friday sunrise

23rd Feb18, Embleton Bay, 8am

Happy Friday sunrise to my blog readers wherever you are in the world.

"And then a pathway across the sea,
 Joined the sun to me."

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

hail fellow well met

21st Feb18, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A fellow photographer out and about this morning. I wonder if he's the chap I have for a 1:1 photo training session later this morning...!


20th Feb18, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

Just a stripe of colour at sunrise but reflected in a glassy sea

20th Feb18, Chatton Park, 10am

A cracking day leading an archaeology walk.  the low sun showed up the carvings beautifully

Monday, 19 February 2018

seasonal signs

19th February 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A damp, misty morning. The gorse is starting to flower and unlike its occasional winter blooms these early spring flowers are starting to carry the gorgeous perfume which, come April and May, will fill the air.

Thursday, 15 February 2018


15th Feb 2018, Dunstanburgh and Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A busy morning started sliding down the road on the ice.  I was glad to get round the bend!

When we got to the car park it was bright to the east but a threatening cloud was coming from the west.  I jumped out the car and got this shot of the start of sunrise behind the castle

As we walked up the golf course the hail started and swept in sheets across the fairways.  It made for a spectacular sight though so I was glad to be out in it.

Afte 20 minutes or so the hail stopped and blue sky spread from the west.  Soon there was not a cloud to be seen so we walked on down to Embleton bay to dry out in the spring sunshine.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

clouds tell the time

14th Feb 2018, Embleton bay, 7:30am

A few minutes after sunrise and the clouds close to the horizon are still in warm colours while the sky higher up is starting to look like day.

water sounds

13th February 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:40am

The forecast was for rain and snow but right now that was all inland to the West.  Out in the East we watched a beautiful sky from the kitchen over breakfast but by the time we'd got to the beach the pink pre-dawn had been replaced by golden sunrise.

Down at the skaith the river has cut more tightly than normal into the south bank and uncovered a concrete sandbag structure and a number of in situ tank traps.  Some are very eroded but one isperfectly intact that's been under the sand for many decades.

13th February, 2018, Roughting Linn, 11am

Inland a bit but this beautiful waterfall is always worth a visit.  There are 2 waterfalls with this name a few miles apart.  The first name refers to "roaring" and the 2nd apparently means 'pool'.  That doesn't make much sense to me as the pool isn't making the noise.  In Scotland 'Linn' is a common word for a waterfall so I suspect it just means "noisy waterfall"!

13th February 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Our afternoon walk is in broad daylight now.

But if you stay out long enough the sun starts to sink on the walk home...

Monday, 12 February 2018

late for sunrise

12th February 2018, Embelton Bay, 7:40am

Sunrise is now at 7:40am which is about the time I arrive at the beach on a normal morning.  That means this week marks a transition from me being there before sunrise to being there too late for sunrise (unless I make a special effort).

Daisy had a short run this morning and didn't seem to feel any ill effects from her leg.  Then she went back on the lead and we stood together and watched what was left of the sunrise.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

on the lead

11th Feb 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

After an altercation Daisy has several stitches in a leg wound so she's confined to on-lead walks just now.  We were both missing the chance of zoomies on the big empty beach at sunrise this morning.

Monday, 5 February 2018


5th January 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

End of an era: Out of the 5 lifebelts that were on Embleton Bay only this one and one other remains as the council have removed them due to their being "redundant". So why not all of them? Why leave the posts sticking out the dunes and in one case lying broken in the grass? Why do it at all? Who knows.

Here is a short "videograph" of this morning's sea:

5th January 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Standing on dark rocks
Watching the deep swirling sea
Glad I’m high and dry

Sunday, 4 February 2018

sunshine and showers

4th Feb 2018, Low Newton, 8am

A quick walk on the beach before heading home for breakfast

4th Feb 2018, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, 10am

The island was open from 9am to 3pm so we headed up for  a walk round the island.

We timed it badly as there was one big shower coming in off the sea - fortunately we only caught the edge.

Friday, 2 February 2018

walking along...

2nd February 2018, Embleton Bay, 10am

Today I was leading a history walk along Embleton Bay with these four lovely people.

What a day it was for sunlight and waves...I love to show off Northumberland to visitors.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Two ends of a windy day

1st Feb 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

A fierce 40 mph wind but the sea is still calm just now and the old walls of the castle have seen it all before.

1st Feb 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

The last light of the sun was illuminating the gulls as they flew high above a sea now rough with the relentless storm.

After sunset the sky blazed gloriously but briefly.  The colours had faded within a few minutes