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May 11, 2016 - Scraping the sky

This was an educational trip up a high building, Philadelphia's Town Hall. The trip up involved stairs, escalators and a very small elevator with windows, so you could see the empty floors and the clock on the way. The view of Philadelphia was amazing, but the view of William Penn was a bit restricted! However, there were helpful photos taken before he was put up. Destined to be the world's highest building, sadly, before it was completed, it was overtaken by the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Memorial. Following this, there was a...

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May 2, 2016 - 3 sleeps to go...

Should I be panicking? I haven't packed yet... but other things are sorted... I think I have done all I can for my bees - they have more space and some food so hopefully that will be ok for the next 3 weeks. The cat is getting sat. Tomorrow I will go and buy some wool. And the passports, insurance, tickets and money are ready... What have we forgotten??

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Jul 12, 2015 - Day trip to Durham

July 12 After breakfast we sat around chatting before Chris drove us all to Durham. We found easy parking (surprise!), walked down to the river, crossed the Elvett bridge and made our way to the Durham University Botanical Garden. It was not exceptional, although there were a few areas of interest. We walked around and stopped at the restaurant for a sandwich lunch then returned to the city centre. We went into the Cathedral and had a walk around, then stopped for a coffee before walking back the car. It had threatened to rain all day but...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Darlington, Heighington, Durham

Our grandparents lived in Heighington in County Durham until their deaths in the mid 1980's. We decided to see if we could find their old house and perhaps their graves. We had the address for the house, but figured we'd probably find the graves easily in the Catholic churchyard as we'd been told they were buried at the church not far from their home. It proved to be more difficult than we'd envisaged. No trouble finding the small, narrow house which was (as so many others are) part of a row of houses all in one long building and only...

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Jul 17, 2013 - On our way to Lindisfarne

We departed Durham and enjoyed the scenery along the way to Lindisfarne. The photos aren't great quality given the movement of our bus, but we wanted to capture some of the excitement of seeing the beautiful countryside.

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Jul 17, 2013 - Durham, England

We were dropped off by our coach driver at the lower end of the beautiful city of Durham. We walked through the town up the hill to Durham Cathedral. After some time to take in the wonder of this ancient and magnificent place, we were thrilled to visit the exhibit of the Lindisfarne Gospels. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the Cathedral, but one appeared miraculously on Don's camera.

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May 30, 2012 - Durham

Today we headed into Durham. We explored the Cathedral and castle area. We had a quick look inside the cathedral but due to filming we could only really see the cloisters and the dormitory. We then walked around by the riverside watching rowing crews practice on the river. Walking along the path it was difficult to believe we were so close to the town.

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May 29, 2012 - Beamish

Today we visited Beamish a living history museum just north of Durham. The museum stands in 300 acres of land. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings in the museum are original which have been bought to Beamish and rebuilt. Some were already on the site. After getting our tickets we walked through the introduction to the museum hall. It was very dark and Daisy did not like it very much and virtually crawled through the hall. It made us think that sometime in her past she had been locked in a dark room? Once she was outside she was...

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Aug 27, 2011 - Newcastle, An Angel, Durham and Whitby

Left our beach side B&B after entertaining breaky served by Carol, a 60+ real English character who single handedly served all 15 of us with a full english breaky with full on life commentary, lots of laughs! Chatted to guests some who were caught in holiday traffic last night and took 4 hours to do 100kms!! Still raining and drove into Newcastle on Tyne, viewed the 5 bridges and city sights. A working city with busy port then drove on and spotted a HUGE strange statue on the hill, we stopped off in the rain and found out called the 'Angel...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Rainy morning Barkston Ash, Sunny Sunday arvo in Durham

Once again we were foiled by diversions and confusing road signs and so didn’t make it into Barkston Ash until almost 2am. Our cottage was cosy and beautifully appointed, so it was easy to fall into bed once we’d checked out the chocolate biscuits and DVD collection. It soon transpired that we had no internet or mobile phone coverage here, although there was a wireless facility which must have worked occasionally. There is underfloor heating in the cottage which was lovely to wake up to the next morning, except they seem to have installed...

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Feb 13, 2005 - Durham and the Pennines

This morning visited Durham, primarily to look at the Castle and the Cathedral but it was drizzling and the shops were beckoning. However I did get some photos around Durham as you will be able to see. What was interesting was a display of Birds of Prey like falcons and owls. Coming back to the West coast, and travelling on the notorious A66 with notices reminding drivers that there have been 149 casualties in the last five years, I encountered snow flurries on the hill tops and the wind was biting cold.

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