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" October Rambles "

Date & start time:      18 - 28th October  2022.  

Location of Start :     By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211).

Places visited :          Whitley Bay, Scale Hill, Loweswater and Sheffield.

Walk details :              Local walks of indeterminate length.

Highest point :           Definitely the end of the month.

Walked with :              Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal, Cathy and Mark, Emily Annabel.

Weather :                     Many and various.


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This poor chap's busy life continued a pace, but I'm not complaining as it has been a great time.

A visit to Newcastle found me exploring old haunts from fifty years ago,

I had family to stay, the weather changed from good to bad and back again several times,

but the month ended on a real high as my youngest daughter gave birth to a daughter of her own.

I'm a grandfather . . . again !

Firstly a trip over to Newcastle, and a flying visit to Whitley Bay, a place I haven't really visited for nearly fifty years.

During college I spent six months working as advertising rep for the Newcastle Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

This was part of "my patch".

My memories are vague but there used to be a huge fun fare based around the promenade and the Spanish City Dome.

For those of a certain age, The Spanish City famously featured in Mark Knopfler's Dire Straights song "Tunnel of Love".

The Funfair has gone, victim of time and the overseas travel industry,

but in 2018 an investment of £10m saw the dome and the buildings come back to life.

Read all about it here including a fine article on the history of the site.

The seafront has been improved and on a great day like today it offers fine views over the North Sea,

south towards Tynemouth and north to St Mary's Lighthouse in the Blyth direction.

Carved out of stone and still in use today . . .  the Table Rocks Bathing Pool at Brown's Bay.

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Created out of a natural rock pool in 1894

it was extended several times, to reach its present size in 1908.


It became home of the Whitley and Monkseaton Bathing Club

and had changing rooms which existed until the 1950's.


The Club insignia was a gold plated Winkle Shell broach,

which gave rise to the expression   "show us your winkle".

Naughty !


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Just up the coast is the delightfully named Seaton Sluice.

The name refers to a boating inlet and harbour rather than anything unsavoury.

It was a great place to take the dogs for a run on the beach today.

Tucked under the buildings on the last photo is the good sized, small-boat harbour.

However access is difficult at low tide due to the sand bar at the entrance,

as this small boat was to find out while I was watching.

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Back home now and a canine portrait on Scale Hill summit.

It was a windy day and the precursor to a period of bad weather.

Down by Crummock Water a few days later and the cloud was down, the rain was falling and the water levels rising.

Gusts of wind whipped the water into waves,

complete with the occasional whirl of spray lifting water from the surface.

Still, it didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of this cold water swimmer !

Back in the garden the 'size' of bird life on the table suddenly increased.
My daughter Cathy and her partner also had a few days in the Lakes.

The three of us had a walk around Loweswater, but I'll not repeat the photos which were similar to those on recent walks in September.

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My daughter was due to have her first child on October 21st . . . and on the 21st she duly arrived.

She was delivered in the Sheffield Maternity Hospital, a healthy 6lb baby girl.

Matt loaded up and ready for home . . .
. . . where Emily settled in beautifully for this family photo.
Her first hospital picture.
My chance to get to meet her was the following weekend.
Grandparenting skills not forgotten.
Small but perfectly formed.

Jen and Matt put a montage up on their social media . . .

This included Matt's parents, myself and Jen's older sister Cathy.

Welcome to the world . . . Emily Annabel.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . two favourite granddaughter now !

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Previous walk - 30th Sept - September Ramblings

A previous time up here - none this time, sorry.

Next walk - 9th November - Buttermere's Two Bridges


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