30 October 2008

Gull on a wall

St. Abbs Harbour, Northumberland

29 October 2008

Harbourmaster's office

St. Abbs Harbour, Northumberland

28 October 2008

27 October 2008

26 October 2008


Seahouses, Northumberland

25 October 2008

24 October 2008

With or without?

I just don't see how you can have chips without chips...

23 October 2008

Barrel and rope

Outside fisherman's hut, Lindisfarne Harbour, Northumberland

22 October 2008

Fishermen's huts

Made from upturned fishing boats, Lindisfarne Harbour, Northumberland

20 October 2008

19 October 2008

18 October 2008

Maze centre

You know how you're supposed to find an interesting or fun object in the middle of a maze to reward you for your hard work and intrigue you when you can see the top of it but can't reach it? Well, people doing this particular maze in Northumberland are greeted with a huge crate of...what is it? Glass? It's probably recycled so they can say 'our maze is an eco maze'. Hmmm...

17 October 2008

Red squirrel

A rare sight in England nowadays!

16 October 2008

But Ma'am...

...you have not sewn a stitch since Tuesday!

(Actually, she's never sewn a stitch in her 'life'). For the less observant of you, yesterday's and today's photos are of models (the plastic type, not the plastic-looking size 0 type).

15 October 2008

Large lake or small rock pool?

No sense of scale!

What ails you, Sire?

You are leaning at a most unnatural angle!

14 October 2008

13 October 2008

12 October 2008

Farne Island seals

I think they are mainly grey seals, but there may be a few common seals (also known as harbour seals) there too.

£$ - LL - RB

11 October 2008

10 October 2008

'Glad Tidings III'

Seahouses Harbour, Northumberland

09 October 2008

DANGER KEEP OUT (the bulls can kill and seriously injure)

The picture sort of speaks for itself really!

Walking past the sign once the warden had arrived was a bit unnerving!

08 October 2008


In case the pictures of pelts and bones are distressing to my readers, I shall make this the last photo of such items from Chillingham park. They are pretty creepy.

The skulls here are too small to be of cattle. I don't know what animals they were.

07 October 2008

Bovine bones

The bones of one of the Chillingham cattle.

06 October 2008

No performance

Honeycomb wall


Net curtain shadow

Lotus Elise headlight

2005 Lotus Elise 111R

Ladybird on a bench #2

Ladybird on a bench

Lonely leaf

Floating leaves


I don't know if they were killed by a human or not. The white one wouldn't have been because it's a bovine one from the Chillingham herd, and I have a feeling the others wouldn't have been either - not if they're from wild animals found in the park.

05 October 2008

Chillingham Cattle

One of my readers, Suzanne, commented on the animal skin hanging on the wall in the background of the photograph I posted on the 23rd September (Archways). There is an interesting story behind this and the animal was almost definitely not killed by a human.

The photograph was taken at Chillingham Park, Northumberland, which is home to the famous Chillingham Cattle. Despite them being famous, it is likely that most of my readers have never heard of them.

The Chillingham cattle are said to be the only survivors of the wild herds which once roamed freely through the forests of Great Britain. Today they live in an enclosed 365 acre parkland at Chillingham in Northumberland which has been their home since the thirteenth century. In the summer of 2008 the herd numbered 80 animals.

Although enclosed within the park, the cattle are completely wild in that they have have had almost no human interference for hundreds of years. The cattle are not managed and indeed will not tolerate human touch. Any members of the herd who have been touched by a human have been dead within minutes of returning to the herd - the cattle will not tolerate human scent on any other members. An exception to this was when a group of people managed to remove a few of the herd to a farm outside the park. Each animal then had the scent on him and left each other alone.

The bulls compete with each other to become 'king bull'. They do this by digging shallow pits in the ground, defecating in them, rolling around in their own excrement and then facing each other to fight. They will never intentionally fight to the death.

The public can visit the park to see the cattle (at a distance - they are dangerous!) under the supervision of a warden.

For more information, please visit the website at www.chillinghamwildcattle.com. It's a small website, but it shows some pictures of the cattle and their park.

04 October 2008

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