We’ve just had an amazing weekend up in Northumberland for Andru Chapman’s birthday and as an added bonus her charity Auction. I say Northumberland revisited but it was actually Gordon’s first time up there. I house sat for the Chapmans 20 years ago so it was a real trip down memory lane for me.
The day may have been a bit wet and miserable but we both still enjoyed a bracing walk up to Hadrian’s Wall from the guesthouse – which was handily placed in Greenhead right on the original line of the wall.
I don’t know whether it’s a boater’s normal obsession with all things toilety but we were both fascinated by the communal bog at Housesteads fort. It’s really easy to imagine the Roman soldiers sitting there doing their business and having a natter.
Lots of nostalgia when we walked past the quarry where Jenny, Ian and I used to walk Alfie, Michael and Andru’s black labrador – probably the daftest softest and loveliest dog I’ve ever met (sorry Banjo but I’m afraid Alfie wins!)
That was the healthy educational part of the weekend.
On Friday there was a wonderful 3 course dinner at The Centre of Britain hotel in Haltwhistle followed by the charity auction and a great set from Michael accompanied for a few numbers by Sarah Smout on cello.
By far the unhealthiest, most disreputable and possibly most enjoyable bit of a wonderful weekend was Andru’s birthday party at Wrytree Farm. The photos (all taken by Sue Ellery on account of me not having remembered my camera) speak for themselves.
A brilliant night to end a brilliant weekend. We’re back in the marina now and looking forward to getting out and about in the boat again after a pretty eventful winter.