Beautiful Teesside

black labrador, dog, hiking, Teesside, walking

Wednesdays and Fridays are my days off.  Fridays are taking up with housework and the “Friday Big Shop” but Wednesdays I like to take my dog Jack out for a nice walk somewhere, somewhere different from the cycle track near my home where I have to walk him on the days I’m at work.

Today we parked up at a little hamlet called Girsby and did a 5.8 mile walk around the “Sockburn Loop”.  The area of Sockburn does have a little bit of a legend surrounding it:-

According to legend the brave Sir John Conyers, a Norman knight who came to England during the Conquest, slew the man-eating Sockburn Worm (dragon) that terrorised the good people of the neighbourhood. In return for his act of heroism the lands of Sockburn were awarded to the Conyer family and a grand hall was built. A tradition followed whereby the falchion, the sword that killed the dragon, was presented to every incoming new Bishop of Durham as they entered their new bishopric for the first time. The tradition ceased for about 200 years until its reintroduction in 1984. The ceremony takes place in the middle of Croft-on-Tees Bridge and the falchion is kept on permanent display in Durham Cathedral treasury.

One of England’s greatest poets, William Wordsworth, also spent several months at Sockburn Farm near to the hall where he met and courted his future wife Mary.

Along the way I took a few pics:-

Some teeny tiny daffodils – so cute


A dog and Dawn selfie – and no, I’m not trying to stick my tongue out to look like the dog – that’s my concentration face (I don’t usually do selfies!!!)


Girsby Bridle Bridge


View from the bridge of the River Tees – see it’s not all industrial 🙂


View high up at Girsby All Saint’s Church down to the bridge and river


This was all just a 10 minute drive from Yarm-On-Tees.

A bit of a catch up

drawing, hiking, origami, walking

As I’ve been away for a few days and with internet and mobile phone signal a bit hit and miss I haven’t been able to post every day. But this does not mean I’ve not been active. Obviously I wasn’t able to take all my craft stuff so I took the opportunity of peace and quiet to do a bit of drawing and catch up on a bit of reading. I drew a “speedy snail” and book worm from my sons how to draw book. I also drew an oak tree and country cottages from my own beginners drawing book. I’m not overly chuffed with the houses but as this was my first attempts at houses and perspective I suppose I can’t complain.

I also ambushed the hubsters origami set and decided to give that a bash – it was a lot harder than I remember from my school days. I made a walking crab, pig finger puppet and a fox puppet – none of which look like said creatures!!! But they look exactly like in the book.

Lastly the book I have started reading is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – I seriously wish I hadn’t bothered but I can’t bring myself to not finish a book I start. I’m 100 pages in (6 chapters) and the story still hasn’t got going. still reading back stories. I am hoping it picks up as the blurb on the back sounds really promising.

Oh and not to mention the glorious dog walking in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside – after 10 years of visiting the same hill farm we never tire of the views.

Just Walking

hiking, walking

Sorry guys no crafting today. My dad decided he was gonna cash in the voucher that I made him for his birthday so it was walking and pub for me today.

After dropping my son off at school we drove to a gorgeous little village called Middleton Tynas which is about 1 mile from Scotch Corner. We walked 5.5 miles through woods, along becks and through fields getting very muddy but having a very enjoyable morning – obviously my dog jack came along too.

Along the way I saw my first snowdrops of the year and some massive highland cattle. Here’s a couple of pics