A few weeks ago I went to visit Andy in Newcastle. On the third day I was surprised with a trip to Lindisfarne, which Andy, Jack and Jess had visited the week before (of which I had been extremely jealous).
Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, is a beautiful teeny tiny island just off the coast of Northumbria. In 635AD Saint Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery on Lindisfarne, and it has remained a Christian Pilgramage site to this very day.
The island can only be accessed by one road across from the mainland… which unfortunately was only open until 2pm on the we chose! We managed to run around the island in an hour.
The remains of the original monastery:
Andy sporting his new birthday hat.
The island is said to only have 170 inhabitants…
Having whizzed around the island in an hour, we had to get off sharpish before the tide covered the road, which would only resurface 7 hours later.
This is the itsy bitsy hut you are meant to go up into if you get stuck and your car is getting submerged!
We found a beautiful restaurant called the Barns at Beale which had a view down to the island. Fish and chips were a must.
I have never seen anyone so happy to drive as Andy that day. Jack’s family very kindly lent us their Audi A5, leaving Andy happy as larry to zip around. ‘We’re getting one’ he claimed. Maybe a toy one for christmas….
We arrived at Bamburgh Castle and decided to take a walk on the beach, and admire it from there.
I recently bought a polaroid camera so we snapped some shots on the beach. I love waiting for them to develop….
The castle itself was gorgeous, but having had a late start we didn’t quite make it in!
I want a secret doorway to my house like this…
On the way home we were treated to lashings of rain followed by sunny skies, resulting in the most vibrant rainbow I’ve ever seen.
Followed by an amazing sunset (No editing on this badboy).
All in all a perfect day, until we returned the Audi and the band van broke down. Swings and roundabouts eh…