A different kind of cold.
"How can you be cold? You live in Canada", asks my friend in a Newcastle cafe (Cafe Royale - great scones by the way). "Because this is a damp cold and in Montreal we have a dry cold," I explain. "This is a different kind of cold." So I have been shivering for most of my trip here even though it's above zero. But the cold can't take away the wild beauty of a walk in Northumberland. It enhances it. Above is the cold North Sea near Dunstanburgh Castle. The stuff in the front is seafoam which was whipped up by the wind.
|Puffin merchandise - they have been suffering with the cold|
Bizarrely as we chatted with the tourist information people in Craster nearby, Carol Smith (@worksincraster) tells me she has read my article about Northumberland in the Montreal Gazette this week. I look puzzled but she has a google alert which tells her when a story appears on Craster anywhere on the web. I didn't even know it had been published this week. Here it is :The Secret Kingdom.
|Told you it was cold.|
When we popped into L. Robson and Sons for fresh fish opposite, he says the men haven't been out for two weeks - the boats remain in the harbour. It's too rough. Nothing else for it but a trip to the fabulous second-hand book emporium in the former railway station at Alnwick: Barter Books. The place where the Keep Calm and Carry On logo was first discovered on an old blueprint poster for a wartime campaign.
|Drinking tea in the former waiting room|
Tammy Tour Guide
|Getting warm at Barter Books|