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Catching Our Breath…

August 23, 2011

Seems like no time since I drove out of the school gates for the very last time on Friday 22nd July – and now some of my friends are already turning their thoughts to that September start…

Have to say, I am very much looking forward to that first Monday when I’m not meeting & greeting my new classes. However, the dream I had of actually jetting off somewhere nicely exotic whilst the rest of the teaching fraternity grappled with timetables that didn’t quite pan out as planned, lost kids, GCSE results fallout etc etc, hasn’t quite materialised. From Sat 23rd July, it was literally, “Hello, new life…” and it’s been like that since then.

So, it was really lovely this weekend to sneak away for a couple of days and catch up with family. To be out in the countryside where all you could hear were cows mooing, and the occasional tractor trundling past. Sometimes NO SIGNAL on the i-phone. No police sirens. No low flying aeroplanes. Sometimes – nothing. Bliss…

So here are a few images from our little holiday up in the North East, where we actually caught our breath – and, at the risk of disaffecting all of our NW friends, surely the most beautiful part of the country. Although I am a little biased 🙂

Saddleworth Moor

Saddleworth Moor

A horse in a field. And, silence...

A horse in a field. And, silence...

Wheelbirks Dairy Farm, Northumberland

Wheelbirks Dairy Farm, Northumberland

Willow Maze, Wheelbirks Farm, Northumberland

Willow Maze, Wheelbirks Farm, Northumberland

Lovely big, fat hen...

Lovely big, fat hen...

Space. And LOTS of it...

Space. And LOTS of it...

Beautiful, simple pleasures...

Beautiful, simple pleasures...

So, if you’re ever NE bound, we can recommend a gorgeous working farm – Wheelbirks – in Stocksfield, Northumberland. And then, if the water levels are low enough (although we do realise that low water levels cause particular problems!), you can also have your own little stretch of beach at the Derwent Reservoir

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