I appologise for my lack of blogging, I have slipped out of the habit far too quickly. I have four or five things still in my head and yet to blog about but they can wait until later. Remind me if you don’t see another blog soon. Anyway, onto Today’s…
*This Blog post contains a fair few photos!*
Yesterday (Feburary 18th) was 6 months since Tim and I tied the knot on that wonderful (but terribly windy) summer’s day.
To celebrate I may have ever so slightly ensured that a surprise or two would occur on this day. However, I had no idea what the surprise would be and to be honest, I would have been pretty happy with a nice lunch somewhere in town and maybe the cinema or a walk in the park…
Instead, I was given a piece of paper with destinations 1, 2 and 3 written with the minimal directions which simply had the numbers of the roads on as to not give the game away.
After about an hour or so of driving up the A1, I had a few thoughts as to where we could be going. I thought it could be Holy Island (but as he wasn’t concerned by times at all I thought this was unlikely), possibly a trip to Morpeth (I hear it’s nice and I’ve never been), or maybe even Berwick upon Tweed or Alnwick to walk around the town. We ended up in Alnwick (I assumed to go to Barter Books) but better still it was the beautiful gardens.
I took Tim to the treehouse first and ran along the bridges – it has to be done, whether you are 23, 73 or just 3 years old it is always a giggle. Then we had lunch in the cafe. This consisted of beautiful wooden tables and chairs that had been designed beautifully and some rather yummy sweet potato chips too!
We then went and looked at all the lovely water features they have and what sicence-y things they demonstrate before having a walk around the cherry trees. This was rather lovely but a bit bare so I’m looking forward to going back in spring when they are in blossom.
We then headed south toward destination 2. It wasn’t until we were south of the river Tyne that I realised where we were heading. We were stuck in traffic for a while as it was rush hour but this didn’t spoil the surprise. In fact, it made it better as I don’t think our timing could have been more perfect. Neither of us had been to the angel of the north before, (we had both driven past but never stopped to say ‘hello’). Tim’s excuse was that it wasn’t there when he got here, and mine was, well I didn’t have one (aside from that I couldn’t drive myself and nobody had taken me). This was a perfect surprise and the pictures speak for themselves as to how breathtaking it was.
or how Tiny it makes Tim:
We then headed off to destination number 3 which was an italian restaurant called Michelangelo’s in Ryton. It was very nice and they did pretty good cocktails too. The only distraction was the BBC news 24 on the television behind me (especially when it had an article on obesity). This was also where I discovered that Richard Briers has died. He was a fantastic actor and I didn’t know he was ill…. Moving on…
We had a lovely meal and it was time to go home. As we left we headed back towards Newcastle and about 10 seconds later Tim was turning off up a driveway and saying “I haven’t been completely honest… there is a fourth destination”. This was a wonderful little four star Bed and Breakfast which had recommended the restaurant!
It was a beautiful end to a perfect day, and I am not normally this cheesy but the effort that my husband put yesterday means I think he deserves it!