Thursday, 28 June 2012

New Updated List

1   Thames river cruise (18th April 2012)
2   Visit Stonehenge (17th April 2012)
3   See the Northern Lights (2nd March 2012)

4   Visit Thackray museum in Leeds (12th November 2011)

5   Have a Belly dancing lesson (8th January 2012)
6   Do a day of Falconry (24th April 2012)
7   Handbell ringing (16th December 2011)

8   1:1 Barre class (3rd November 2011)
9   Hold a tarantula(!) (25 February12)
10 Try at least 5 new foods (Finished March 2012)*
11 Do something completely spontaneous (Shoeshine) (26th October 2011)
12 Rode the Brighton Wheel (26th October 2011)
13 Visit Mother Shipton's Cave (5th June)
14 Visited parts of Yorkshire Sculpture Park I hadn't been to before. (4th June)
15 Tried Lavender & Lemon Scones (5th June)
16 Visit Lindisfarne (7th June 2012)
17 Go to the Hoppings (26th June 2012)
18 Thai Food (11th June 2012)

In Progress:
19 Read at least 3 classics**
20 Make a corset (K.) (Nearly Finished!)
21 Wear more colours, at least half the time! (Steampunk colours, admittedly!)

22 Visit the Lit & Phil
23 Visit the Tynemouth Toy Museum
24 Edinburgh: Spend a night in the Library room at the Witchery, take a tour of St Mary's Close (Edinburgh under-city) and visit Jekyll & Hyde pub!
25 Tour the Victoria Tunnels (Newcastle)
26 Make a leather masquerade mask (Jo)
27 Have a 4-hand massage
28 Horse-ride along a beach, in the surf :)
29 Rock climbing (indoor!)
30 Take a course in Bookbinding & bind a book. (If course is running in Sept.)

31 Learn to use a Spinning Wheel (K.)
32 Money-diet for a month (July?)
33 Watch at least 5 'must-see' classic films****
34 Try at least 3 new (possibly SteamPunk) bands***
35 Return to my ideal weight (8st7lbs ish)
36 Break myself of the habit of picking at my skin

The following are money/opportunity dependent.

37 Take a Millinery course & make a hat
38 Have a Capoeira lesson
39 Take a Fan Dancing class

40 Box Brownie photography (J)
41 Make Ginger Beer
42 Make a Dragon sculpture, since it is Chinese Year of the Dragon!

*Bilberries (what blueberries aspire to being!)
  Figs (nice)
  Turkish sweets (too sweet!)
  Samphire (too salty)
  Kiwi Berries (just like a mini kiwi fruit)
  Dragon Fruit (like a cross between a melon & a kiwi fruit)
  Avocado (not overly keen!)
  Lychee (nice but odd texture)

**Old - Beowulf
   Classic - Frankenstein
   Modern - Brave New World, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

*** Vernian Process, Abney Park, TMWWNBBFN etc.

**** Suggestions Welcome!

A couple of other things

I've tried Thai food for the first time properly, and it was lovely :D  (I had Thai food once before, but I couldn't really eat much as I was hungover, and couldn't appreciate it!) This time I had vegetarian Phad-Thai in a kind of omlette at At Bangkok Cafe in Newcastle.  We were there celebrating a friend's birthday, and I'd definitely go back again.


I've lived here for 20 years, and never been.  And I'm never likely to go again!

All I can say of it is that there are a lot of fortune tellers with the surname Lee, and that the Hoppings itself stinks. Literally. Of manure. And other less savoury things. I spent a lot of time afterwards trying to get the mud, and the smell, out of my boots. Dammit I should have remembered my wellies!

However, here's a nice picture I took of it a couple of days before I went. 

The Hoppings, as seen from the flats up on Westgate Road
I've got a couple of other ideas for things to do for the Challenge; visit the Lit & Phil, which I hope to do tomorrow, and visit the Toy Museum in Tynemouth, as a friend has told me it is worth a look.  I might try to do that on Saturday, as well as a trip to the Market :)

Righty-ho, time to update the list itself!

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

At last I've visited Lindisfarne.  Mum wanted to visit, and I haven't been, despite living in the North East for over 20 years, so I thought it was about time I rectified the situation.

View of the Castle from the Priory
View of part of the Priory through another part of the Priory
View of the Gertrude Jekyll Garden from the Castle

View of sheep and the Castle from the Garden

Distant Sheep Stand on the Horizon

Mother Shipton's Cave

Another place that Mum wanted to visit was Mother Shipton's Cave & the Petrifying Well.

We had a lovely day, although it would have probably been better if we'd known in advance that all of the attractions were at the far end of the Beech Walk, as Mum wasn't really up to the long walk.

The Petrifying Well

The Wishing Well

I loved seeing the waterfall of the mineral rich water, as well as the 'Wishing Well', although the Cave itself seemed to be a trifle over-touristy for my liking.  I bought a few trinkets in the gift shop, before we went for tea at the Lavender Room in "Ye Oldest Chymists Shoppe In England" where I had Lavender & Lemon Scones (I kid you not!) which were lovely :)

See, Lemon & Lavender Scones :D

Especially for Liz!
They had a Print Tray with things in from when the shop had been a Chemists, and the proprietor let me take some photos of it; here's the best one :D

A lovely display.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I haven't been keeping up with what I've done; I seem to have been so busy lately, but I can't quite work out where the time has gone!

I've done several new things since my last post, some of them were on the list, some weren't, so the list will get an(other!) overhaul in a while, so I can keep track of how I'm doing.


While Mum and Leah & James were up visiting us, we did a variety of things, including a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; a treat for Leah, who has wanted to visit it for a long time.

Leah & I went exploring & discovered some areas of the Park that I had never been to before, so for the sake of the numbers on my Challenge, I'm including it here ;)
I don't think this was a deliberate sculpture ;) 
A shot through a crook in a tree branch

The Source

The view across the lake
Books for solitary Bees to build their nests

A nice view

The shell grotto; a lovely peaceful place
View from within the grotto
A rabbit near one of the sculptures