Inspiration fails to strike, so I thought I would share some photos I took on my recent trip to Newcastle, to visit my youngest son. He left home for university 6 years ago and has stayed in the city since graduating. I wrote about leaving him there and my subsequent struggles to adjust to my now empty nest at the time.
Newcastle must be one of the friendliest and most vibrant cities in the UK, a complete contrast to our sleepy Suffolk village, and I always enjoy dipping in, despite the 500 miles distance we have to cover and the complexity of the Newcastle one-way system which never fails to tie us up in knots, particularly at the end of a long days driving, in the dark and wind and rain. Luckily, the policeman who stopped us as we were driving completely the wrong way up a road designated only for buses and taxis, despite trying to follow the signs, took pity on us and waved us on!
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Whenever we visit Newcastle, I head straight for the Quayside area, with its fast flowing river, stunning bridges, bars and restaurants. The Baltic Gallery is housed in a former flour mill and is famous for its contemporary art collections and exhibitions and I love walking across the Millennium Bridge to visit. It looks particularly stunning lit up at night!