Everything Changes……


Seahouses, Northumberland

It is many years since I first had the pleasure of discovering Seahouses.  The lasting memory is of lots of small fishing  trawlers.  They packed the harbour as the tide came in, the a frantic struggle to unload the catch onto waiting lorries.  It had to be quick as they wanted to leave the harbour before the tide dropped too low.

Seahouses is just one of many small harbours that were vital to the fishing industry along the Northumberland coast…. an industry that declined as fish stocks ran low.

It is still possible to explore the streets that surround the harbour and discover cottages, store sheds, netting yards and bits and pieces that once kept the fishing boats afloat

I have witnessed change on every visit.  The boats that fill the harbour and the men who man them, all plying for trade…..  all offering to take you out to the Farne Islands, a mecca for Bird and Nature lovers over the summer months.  Very well worth a trip.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

22nd June

(C) David Oakes 2020



It would be nice…. to Play on a Beach


Discovered this Beach Sculpture in Northumberland, not that it matters where……. it would just be nice to get out on a beach any beach to play.

One day, maybe……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th June

(C) David Oakes 2020


Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place


Location :-  Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

(I know this is Wordless Wednesday…but here are a few notes on Warkworth)

Warkworth Castle has been in the ownership of the Percy Family, more formally the Dukes of Northumberland, since the 11th century.  Originally a wooden structure, but in troubled times proved impractical, despite a high defensive position.

So it was replaced in the 13th century with a solid stone construction.  What you can fine today is a square outer wall with look out towers on each side and central to all this very solid Central Keep.

Apart from playing an important strategic role over the passing years, it was also a popular retreat for leisure in peaceful times.

The Castle is now in the care of English Heritage

We too must take care….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

13th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Postcard from Holy Island….


Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland

A few weeks ago I posted a single image of Lindisfarne Abbey together with a few comments about its history.  There were several enquires asking if I had more images of these ruins. As the Abbey (originally a Priory) is just one part of a very special place which is called Lindisfarne and more commonly Holy Island, I thought I would send you a Postcard to include a little more of the Island as well as the Abbey.

As space is always restricted on a postcard here is a very brief resume of the Holy Islands history.  From 635AD when Saint Aidan (pic below) founded the Priory Lindisfarne became the centre for the rise of Christianity in the North of England. Saint Cuthbert and Saint Oswald added to the Islands Religious importance. It was here that the Lindisfarne Gospels were written and illustrated which are now housed in the British Library.  The Priory and late the Abbey also had trouble times.  It was re-established following the Norman Conquest circa 1069AD but was later destroyed on orders of Henry VIII during the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.

The Island today seems idyllic and indeed it is a special place.  Isolated from the mainland at high tides it is in a world of its own, today only disturbed by visitors. But its history has been far from tranquil.  The religious calm was first disturbed by a very brutal Viking invasion in 798AD..  A castle became an essential. The Islands location close to the Scottish Border ensured it was embroiled in Border Raids and The Jacobite Rebellions.  Much late its location was an important defence post during the World Wars.

Although the Island is very small it has enjoyed a busy commercial life.  Fishing is the most obvious industry, later Limestone was excavated and a substantial series of Limekilns built near the shallow sloping beach which became a harbour to transport the Lime to much of the North of England.

Lindisfarne Castle, strategically built on the highest point of the island in 1570AD., just at the time the Priory was falling into disuse. It is an imposing castle but the one you can view today (it is now a National Trust Property) is the result of 20th century modifications by the famous Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, its interior very much in what is know as the Arts and Crafts style.

   The only violence today comes from winter storms, so visitors during the rest of the year can enjoy some peace that only a small island can provide…. a time to stroll the islands coastline, the dunes and the beaches… perhaps even build your own monument to Lindisfarne the Holy Island.


Here is the link to the earlier blog:-


As this is a Postcard there is much left untold and much truncated. If you need to find out more then the usual www search engines can add to the story


28th December

(C) David Oakes 2019


Silent Sunday…… It all happened here


Lindisfarne Abbey, Holy Island, Northumberland

These rather grand ruins dominate Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast.  Travelling there is rather dramatic requiring careful checking of Tide Tables before crossing a narrow causeway only passable at low tide….but its a journey well worth the effort.

Lindisfarne was one of the most important centre’s of Christianity in the north of England.  Records go back to 634 and Saint Aidan.  There were other notable religious figures apart from Aidan associated with the monastery, Finian, Bede, Eadbert and Cuthbert.  It was during this period that the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were written and illustrated…..these are now in the safe keeping of the British Library, London.

Also of note in its history is the violent Viking raid of 793.

Then by 1093 the Normans re-established the Benedictine Priory.  Move on to 1596 and to Henry VIII and trouble once again with his dissolution of the Monasteries after which  parts of the Abbey were destroyed.

Thankfully today it is protected and a joy to explore, be in awe of its scale and imagine just how magnificent this building once was

15th December

(C) David Oakes 2019