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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Ducklings with Mallard Hen

Ducklings are exploring the water and stones but staying close to Mother. Is it a Hen when its a female Duck? Just a Duck? as opposed to Drake?
What a lovely sight, I felt so happy looking at them.
After I had come out from my appointment at the RVI today I decided to spend a bit of time with the birds, to improve my mood.

I had really felt very angry on Thursday when I found the top part of Leazes Park had been blocked off with fences by the Food and Drink Festival, which starts on Saturday. HOW DARE THEY BLOCK OFF OUR PARK! I fumed. Its really unfair because the Festival is only on Saturday and Sunday and the access to the top part of the park has been closed, from the Derelict Park House right down to the lake, including the Terrace and bandstand, and Lime Tree Avenue!
Its unusual for access to paths in the Park to be completely blocked.

I do have issues with anger management, I will admit the fury gets easily triggered when I am feeling a bit down or tired, so I thought the waterbird therapy was a good idea.

Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary demolition news

Recently I published a few photos of the demolition work on Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary and speculated whether it was demolition or retrofitting. Today I can inform you it was demolition. For the first time in many years we can see the late 20th century RVI “Leazes Wing”. You can also see Richardson Road. Photo taken from Leazes Park.

Leazes Park Flowerbed and bees

Some detail of the flowers, with bees on some.

One of the main flowerbeds in Leazes Park is full of bee friendly summer flowers at the moment, poppies in particular, and the bees are going in the flowers to get the pollen and nectar. It does seem as if they are very excited, or having fun, happy or in bee heaven. Some are rolling around inside the flowers, getting covered in what looks like raw honey.