I could wax lyrical about our adventures, but other people's holiday memories, like their dreams, aren't really that interesting. Indulge me, though, as I share a few snippets that made us smile and ponder while we were away:
- Overheard: an oh-so-posh mother at The Alnwick Garden calling to her toddler son, 'Noah, sweetheart, come and see the water features!'
- Overheard: 'He can't be a dwarf, he's eating a banana.'
- Also overheard: 'Well, it doesn't bother me, I've got no sense of smell.'
- At Ford and Etal, we learnt about the fighting at Flodden Field in 1513: 10,000 Scottish soldiers were killed in the two hours that the entire battle lasted. Their king, James IV, was among them.
- Courtesy of performers Andy and Maggie Watchorn (great name), I now know that the Northumberland pipes are so much easier on the ears than Highland pipes.
- The lanes on the approach to Holy Island smell of garden peas.
- A northern Gay Pride event route mentioned on local radio was going down Percy Street.
- Grace Darling was an amazing young woman. On 7 September 1838, aged 22, she risked her life to rescue the stranded survivors of the wrecked SS Forfarshire
- It is impossible to enter a National Trust gift shop without buying either (a) a notebook or (b) a book mark.
Back to the grindstone tomorrow.