We went to stay with our friend Phil in Northumberland this weekend. He took us to as many beautiful places as it was possible to fit in, fed us delicious food and took us to the pub where we met a very interesting collection of local people. Below are some of the places we saw.
There is the greenest moss everywhere.
This little house is called 'Seldom Seen', as it is hidden out of view of the road.
A rabbit skull from near the river in the woods.
Some of the photos are Phil's-the ones I am in!
This photo is Phil's. Look at that face!Low Slitt. It started to really snow while we were there. We were all very cold at this point and the snowy wind was whipping in our faces.
Snowy sun or sunny snow.
This sign has been here for quite some time I would say!fluorspar mine called Groverake. (Video of it in 1998 when it was still working although it closed shortly afterwards) I love these sort of places-abandoned industrial and atmospheric. I would not have visited it on my own as it is a classic nasty horror film setting! There was a man there taking photos. He was only wearing a thin jacket and t-shirt, no scarf, hat or gloves and it was freezing! On our walks near rivers I found lots of small pieces of fluorospar. It is a pretty purple. I have just read that Blue John stone from Derbyshire is actually fluorspar. Fluorescence is named after it as it has fluorescent properties. I have my black light torch ready to see if mine has in a minute! It works! I haven't got the photographic skills to make it show in a photo but it is good! (There is a picture on this site of polished pebbles in normal light and ultraviolet light.)
I went inside this building. It still has lockers and lots of rubbish.
The cause of the demise of fluorspar mining here was imported stone from China.
We are planning to go back in the summer. I want to swim in the rivers like the locals!