Monday, 17 September 2012

A Cottage by the Sea.


 I'm back! 
Ooo we had a lovely, lovely week away, just Wonderful Man and I to celebrate his 50th birthday. It felt so special to relax and just enjoy being together.
This is Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. Just a 30 minute stroll from our front door.   Bliss! Every morning we watched the National Trust lady park her car and start her long walk to work. Lovely in fine weather but I'm not sure I'd want to do it in the wind and rain! 
 And about 3 minutes in the opposite direction the pretty little harbour of Craster.
 Our little cottage was the last one on the far right of the picture. Yes for the hawk eyed among you, Lucy of Attic24 stayed in the very same place a week or two before us. 

 We were sooo lucky with the weather and every morning we were greeted by the most breathtaking view from the bedroom window, although I must admit, we didn't see the sun rise every day!
And there on our doorstep...
rock pools...everywhere.
Mind you, as beautiful as they were, I was glad we didn't have a young family with us as I wouldn't  have relaxed for a moment, I'd have been constantly watching to make sure they didn't fall on the rocks!
We enjoyed big skies...
and beautiful beaches.
And visited a different castle almost every day. 
This one is Bamburgh Castle.
Where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of dressed crab, yummy!
There was a little something for him (Barter Books at Alnwick)... 
 and a little itty bitty...
something for me. Mrs Pins Habedashery.

Aaaah good times. I must admit I didn't want to leave.
And just in case you were wondering...
I did manage a little knitting. I finished the fronts and the back of a long cardigan!

Till next time when we will be celebrating my 300th post with a little giveaway.
Fi x

Gilly K.   If you would like to email me, I'd do my best to point you in the right direction.

Virginia.  The gift box is the only box I know how to make and I copied it from a little box the children brought home from school many years ago. Next time I make one I'll try and make a tutorial for everyone.
Toothbrush Rug Instructions. These can be found on Youtube, have fun.


22 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Happy 50th to Wonderful Man. :)
We went to Northumberland many years ago when our children were small, it's the beaches I remember most, they were amazing!
Vivienne x

Liz said...

Looks absolutely idyllic! Glad you had a lovely time.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

The Vintage Gardener said...

What a lovely spot to stay. Congrats to Mr MarmaladeRose, 1962 truly was a vintage year!

Val Reaves said...

What a lovely trip! Thank you for the pictures, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time.
Val in Kansas

My Norfolk Life said...

We were in Northumberland in June - it was glorious! Your photos make me want to be back there right now!
Claire

Annie said...

Happy belated birthday to your Wonderful Man. Looks like you had a fab time too :-)
Hugs,
A x

Solstitches said...

What a beautiful post. I loved the picture show.
It made me so homesick as I was born in Northumberland and all of my childhood summer holidays were spent in Bamburgh.
Your knitting is very pretty - love the colour of the yarn.
Margaret

bonzogirl said...

cool isn't it... went to Barter and the wool shop in June...it was wet...so spent loads of time there! quite delish!

The Weaver of Grass said...

We spent a week earlier in the year in the hotel in Embleton, just along the coast from where you were. I must say that we admired those cottages and thought we might like to stay in one. It is a lovely walk to Dunstanburgh castle isn't it?
Glad you enjoyed it.

Kay said...

It looks great. We had a wonderful family holiday last year to Northumberland, I just couldn't get over all the great beaches and castles.

Carol said...

What a wonderful place for a special holiday. Northumberland is a beautiful county. Glad you had a lovely time.
Carol xx

daydream in colour said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time in a beautiful spot. A happy birthday to your Wonderful Man and that crab meal looks DELICIOUS!

xx Susan

Little Blue Mouse said...

What lovely photos, it looks idyllic!

Sue said...

Looks the perfect place for a birthday treat! Wow what wonderful scenery.

Jess said...

I really enjoyed readng this post, it looks like bliss! I'm liking the look of your habedashery shop too, I'd have been lost in there for hours. Yes, hours. ;)
Jess xx

Elizabeth said...

Enjoyed your lovely photos! Looks to be the perfect spot for a birthday getaway!

Betty said...

What a peaceful place - the rock pools are beautiful - infact I can imagine a rockpool in felt!

Twiggy said...

Ooo what a lovely holiday. We fancy taking young Twiglet up to Northumberland, we haven't been for about 20 years and he would love to see Alnwick Castle after seeing the first Harry Potter film.
Twiggy

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi Fiona I knew that was going to be Attic24's when I saw the picture - glad you had a few days for your special mans birthday. I am anticipating actually getting a weeks summer holiday in the middle of October - I just can't have time off but if it happens I hope to 'go north' for a couple of nights but then again I might just sit and rest.........

Maggie Ann said...

What a delightful time! I loved seeing everything you posted about.

lemonade kitty said...

Seeing the sun rise is my favourite start to the day, looks like you had a wonderful time, Lucey x

Campfire said...

Oh, I've just seen this, looks like the rock pools are material for you to do a felted picture!

I'd love to do needle felting, I'll have to find out how to start off and do it.