Wednesday, 25 June 2008
We came up to Lindisfarne last year on the same Puffin quest, so this time I knew exactly where to retrace my steps.
We woke up to brilliant sunshine so decided to take a walk on the beach before breakfast. What a treat, the whole beach was empty, sorry no pic I forgot to take my camera, but here’s one from the day before just so you can the see the scale.
I decided to go to the castle first, as it had fascinated me last year and I wanted to get another look. It was turned into a holiday retreat at the beginning of the 19th century by a private individual and then it was taken over by Lutyens who was involved with the Arts and Craft movement, so it’s a very strange mix of attempted homeliness in a castle shell.
They had a lovely walled garden designed for the house by Gertrude Jekyll, which has been restored and had a lovely selection of flowers and veg on show.
I also discovered this lovely decorative well cover, I think it has been designed in the A&C style.
On the path across the field to the castle I found this very obliging sheep who thought the whole idea of having her pic taken was hilarious!
Being a castle Lindisfarne still has its ramparts, where I believe the family used to have breakfast on fine days, which would have been wonderful when you’ve got a view like this. You can see the walled garden in this view.
Now a post form me wouldn’t be complete without the textural shots, so the first one is an upturned boat that is being used as a shed. This is a tradition on Lindisfarne and these shed/boats are known and photographed world-wide.
Here’s a close-up of the peeling fabric as the boats gradually deteriorate.
And finally couldn’t do without the rust, this boat ring has been in situ since the mid 1800’s.
My OH is getting decidedly figety and whisling in a vain attempt to distract me so better sign off for now.