Saturday, 25 July 2015

We Went Away

the view from our room

It wasn't until I mentioned it yesterday that I realised I hadn't really spoken about our weekend in Berwick upon Tweed. So here we are.


the view looking the other way

I did discuss staying at the YMCA with Dan but he wasn't keen, so we stayed at a B&B instead, I didn't mind at all, we go away so infrequently it was nice to stay somewhere a bit fancy. Funnily enough, the YMCA was only about 30 seconds away from our B&B, the bistro looked great (although we didn't eat there) we did go to the gallery there though, which was very interesting. Still I'm getting ahead of myself. 

We stayed at The Walls which was a super comfy cosy place with a really nice guest lounge with honesty bar, only three rooms and an amazing breakfast. The best was very comfortable indeed, I hadn't been seeping well at that time but I slept like the proverbial log both nights. The rooms had nice toiletries, chocolates on arrival, lovely looking biscuits, tea and coffee as you'd expect but also there was a guest fridge in the hall with fresh milk. Dan had emailed ahead to enquire about soya milk, this was provided in the guest fridge for us as well as at breakfast, they also provided Alpro yoghurts (plain and fruit) and dairy free spread. We did spend a fair bit of time in our room, after all part of the point was for us to relax as well as to be away, so we took advantage of the Sky tv in the room and watched a film - a habit we've brought back with us. 


an exciting football pitch, part of the Lowry Trail
The town itself is fantastic, if you're a fan of ghost signs (as I am) it is an ideal place! We visited The Curfew which is a brilliant micropub with a single indoor room and a very cute courtyard, lots of raw chocolate and other goodies were purchased at The Green Shop, we passed by but didn't buy anything from The Loovre (an icecream shop inside an old public toilet block), listened to some live music at the pavilion, walked the walls, visited the lighthouse, crossed the river and walked down to the beach at Spittal, saw some seals and generally had a mooch about. 
we went to look at the ship we could see from our room

The exhibition at the Granary gallery was fantastic, it was part of a series of exhibitions where artists work with rural communities which makes a great change to a lot of the art we see. The brief was to explore the theme of "Beyond the Rural Idyll". We watched a number of videos where locals discussed the fishing industry and sheep farming, the stories were accompanied by images - some old some new of the area. I love oral history projects and this one was great. 


view of the B&B from the riverside (well the carpark)

As you can tell the weather wasn't great all the time, but nothing was lost. We spotted this chap on the way to the lighthouse.




There was quite some mist rolling in with the tide as we walked along the headland, as we arrived at the lighthouse we said hello to some other people just in time for them to be soaked by a rogue wave. We learned from them and didn't linger right at the lighthouse point!



There was much more to the weekend, but I never read blog posts about holidays so I won't rattle on any further. 

8 comments:

  1. It sounds delightful. I'm glad you were provided for in terms of dairy-free and had a break.

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    1. It's a really lovely, relaxing place, well worth the time it took to get there, it's a little out of the way but I think that's part of what makes it so cool.

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  2. Sounds like you had a good trip. Your view from the B&B was great. Good choice.

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    1. It was well worth it. The trip had ups and downs, but we certainly brought a lot back from it.

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  3. It looks so lovely - glad you had a good time.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. Thanks Lizzie. It's hard (for me) to capture how cool it is, all the more reason for everyone to get there themselves!

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  4. How nice they provided soy milk and alpro for you :)
    We talked about self catering in a pet friendly place and taking the bunnies with us.

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    1. We've spoken about that too, the white one hates being in the car though, even a short journey really stresses her out so I don't think it's practical for us.

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