Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sunday, Sunday...

Regular readers of my Blog may or may not have noticed that on the first of every month I've been changing my header picture ? The pictures I use are usually taken sometime during the last week of the previous month and must have that - time of the year feeling. Does that make sense? Anyway this month I had such a hard time finding the right picture, I had the conker pictures and the berry pictures but they just didn't suit . Today I found the exact picture so if you are wondering why my header has changed again this month, now you know.



Hub went out with his workmates last night so was feeling a bit tender this morning, it wasn't a hangover though, he just felt a bit queasy and had a bad head.... So I decided to take the boys out and give him a bit of quiet time to recover . When I asked where they'd like to go Milo said he wanted to go on a train , so on a train we jumped and headed off to Newcastle. I remembered that years ago there used to be a Sunday market on the Quayside so that's where we headed. Down the very steep bank to the River Tyne and there it was .



There wasn't as many stalls as I remembered but they were a lot nicer and not as " junkified " with bits of plastic rubbish.



Our favourite stall was this one , with the biggest pumpkins we have ever seen. I had a chat with the stall owner while I was getting some hyacinth bulbs to plant up for Christmas and he said he had grown all the pumpkins and that it had been a very good year for them. I asked Milo to stand behind them just so you could gauge the actual size.



Apparantly there are ten different types of bridges very close together at this part of the River Tyne. The second most recent one to be built is the Millenium Bridge which was opened to the public in September 2001 .







This is the first time we've ever walked across this bridge and I did start to feel just the tiniest bit seasick as it moved ever so slightly. You can just see the back of the market stalls on the right bank .



We were heading across to this building, it used to be the Baltic Flour Mill but is now a centre for contemporary art . As we entered members of staff were apologising for the lack of exhibitions on at present but we still had a little look round and Gabe had great fun just playing in this boat.



Next we headed off to the Castle Keep which I think dates back to 1080 . At this point I should be showing you a photo of the extra steep bank we climbed to get to it but I was so out of breath by the time we got to the top I forgot ....











So after doing a bit of exploring we went off into the town centre where we found Milo the last in his collection of Ben 10 toys and I resisted all the lovely yarn in John Lewis then we jumped back on the train and headed for home.



How pleased were the boys that we managed to get the very front seat so they could " drive the train" ?

17 comments:

Farmyard Crafts said...

That's amazing that you have all of that at your doorstep!! So beautiful!

Jackie said...

You certainly had a busy and fun filled day ~ Glad you enjoyed it :O)

tooznie said...

Wow, I would love to see Castle Keep in person.

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

What a great day Lisa! I love the pumpkins and the bridges. And Castle Keep looks gorgeous. Dating back to 1080?! That's amazing. And the last picture of the boys on the train is priceless.. so sweet. x

julie said...

What a sweetie you are to give your man a little quiet recovery time - looks like you and the boys had a great time - a perfect sunday!

Suzie Sews said...

what a great weekend.....

Tabiboo said...

Beautiful pictures and I love your new header. I had noticed they changed, but didn't think to ask - now I know.

Hope hubby is feeling better?

Nina x

Pomona said...

Wow - those pumpkins put my would-be monsters to shame!

Pomona x

driftwood said...

you're right, that is the perfect picture, and what looks like a wonderful day out.xx

louise said...

Your photos and fun days out are going to hold so many happy memories for you all as a family. I really like how you have caught the image of the boys driving the train! x

sarah london said...

love the pumpkins!

LizzieJane said...

Wow!hat a fun day. Poor hubby. i bet he wished that he could have gone along too.
x

Simone said...

What a lovely interesting place to visit. It reminds me a little of the South side of the River Thames in London. The pumpkins are huge! You didn't buy one to take back home did you?!!! You would have to had rolled it along!!!x

Lina said...

Love the pumpkins! I remember running over that bridge once or twice!

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh! I think that would be a perfect Sunday! Just being able to go to a castle would be fabulous. It always makes me so happy to see others enjoying the treasures that are so close to home. Love that last picture!

Ally Johnston said...

Looks like every one had a great time

upstateLisa said...

How fun! Lovely photos! We have not had a good year for pumpkin growing in the Northeast US. Lucky for you and your boys!