Oh look, she doesn't blog for ages and then does two at once! Well that's pregnancy for you, boundless energy one day, none the next so I am making hay whilst the sun shines :-)
We have been having a lot of fun recently and I just thought I would share some pictures I took last weekend on our jaunt to the Alnwick Garden.
This rather dramatic shot is of the central feature known as the cascade. The Alnwick Garden is the brainchild of the current Duchess of Northumberland who, with rather a lot of help I think! has created a beautiful garden and visitor attraction in part of the grounds of Alnwick Castle. It has lots to see and do in a very compact site so perfect for an popular with families and older people. There is a water sculpture garden, a poison garden (you can have a tour and find out all about some deadly plants) and a stunnu rose garden, sadly not yet in bloom but oh my! when it is it's one of the most glorious places in England.
They have also planted the world's largest cherry blossom tree orchard and that will be in bloom very soon.
If you want to find out more, have a look at their website it is a great place to visit if you are in the area.
Another brilliant place in Alnwick is Barter Books
I apologise for nicking this photo from their website as I totally forgot to take a photo as I entered or left that day.
Barter Books is one of the largest second hand book shops in the country with literally thousands of books for sale.
As you can see, it's a rather magical and lovely place, where you can while away a lot of time browsing books and just enjoying the restful, friendly atmosphere.
and when you need a little fortification and a browse through your purchases...
you can sit in the station waiting room with a cup of tea and a biccie
I adore this room and the colour of the tiles. It's fab. Everyone whispers too, like in libraries in the good old days.
There is another seating area near the front of the shop with a fire and an help yourself tea and biccie bit with an honesty box.
To find out more about this fascinating place and how it came about go to their website and find out amongst other things how it was they who brought back this rather famous poster into the public domain.
Which is currently the motto for my hectic and rapidly changing life! Dominic even bought me a mug with this printed on whilst we were there!