Butterfly Bush

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The bees and butterflies love this semi wild shrub which is so common in urban areas, this one was spotted near The Chare, which is a low rise block of flats in Newcastle.

Other names Buddelia

Often confused with Lilac

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Arthur’s Hill and Spital Tongues

A few photos from being out and about in the local area recently…

Housing in Arthur’s Hill is mainly brick terraces, some dating to the mid Victorian period, many are Tyneside_flats
There is a large variation in socioeconomic status and condition of properties in Arthur’s Hill, with some in very poor condition, and some looking very genteel, we do see that absentee landlords are allowing properties to fall into disrepair, whereas some other properties are very smart. Currently one of the best maintained streets is Sidney Grove, where I spotted this lovely laburnum and rhododendron.

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An architectural wonder, which is easily missed unless slowly meandering, the Coptic Orthodox Church on Brighton Grove

Beautiful daisies carpet the ground in
Nun’s Moor Park

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Also beautiful laburnum and rhododendrons in Nun’s Moor Park

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Lastly, over the other side of Barrack Road, in Spital Tongues, the most beautiful profusion of bushes, ferns and flowers on the side of a house…

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Leazes Park Spring Flowers and new footpath sign


Some fabulous flowers this Spring in Leazes Park, most of these were seen recently on the walk from the Richardson Road RVI Leazes Wing entrance, heading towards the Barack Road entrance.


New Public Footpath sign, pointing in towards the entrance to Leazes Park and Castle Leazes Little Moor, which is at the junction of Barrack Road and Stanhope Street, opposite the Black Bull Public House.

I’ve been trying to get a good photo of this sign which naturally shows the distinctive green “Public Footpath shade”, to no avail as yet.