I announced to Steve today that, all being well, I planned on having another 50 or so birthdays. The poor man looked quite worried and who can blame him when my approach to birthdays hasn't changed much since I was 6 - I still find them hugely exciting even though I feel as if I must be talking about someone else when I give my age. Surely someone of these advanced years would be a bit more grown up by now?
We started by trying and failing to book a couple of boat trips (wrong type of tide) so took a walk along the beach to Beadnell instead. Having spent 30 seconds or so exploring all Beadnell had to offer we decided to head back to Seahouses. It was hot & muggy so I stopped to check bus times - there was one due in 8 minutes but, having no idea where the bus stop was we did what any other normal, sane, individuals would do and ran 2 laps of the nearby village green in a blind panic before leaping out in front of a rather startled looking bus driver.
Back in Seahouses lunch beckoned and we found a gorgeous beer garden with perfect sea views & polished off scampi and chips in short order. I've never really been too sure what a scampi actually is but it looks like the sort of thing that would most likely be very healthy to eat if we didn't insist on smothering them in breadcrumbs and deep frying them.
Following a game of crazy golf on one of the best courses we've seen in a long time - The Bunker, opposite the harbour, all home made and a flurry of local landmarks to navigate - we went for a long stroll along the beach and that's when the birthday blues hit. The sea and the sky were spectacular - the crispest and clearest of blues and perfectly complemented by the miles of golden sandy beaches with Bamburgh Castle away in the distance. With the tide out the space stretched all around us so although there were other people around it still felt deserted if that makes any sense at all.
Poetic interlude over it was back to Delores for a quick change before meeting my big bruv and sis-in-law for dinner. Having no idea where we were headed we set off & followed the first pub sign we saw which thankfully took us to The Joiners Arms in High Newtown by the Sea. The food and service was utterly superb with an imaginative and varied menu all cooked to perfection - I really cannot praise or recommend them highly enough.
In fact the only thing I can possibly fault them on was the lack of blue foam for my Cookie Monster milkshake (see previous comment re not being grown up) but they did make me an albino one instead. Another birthday over and if the next 50 or so are as blue as this one I won't be disappointed at all.
|Crazy golf through Bamburgh Castle.|
|Spectacular fish and chips!|
|Albino cookie monster milkshake.|