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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Hamsterley Forest

Recently Jeff and I went to Hamsterley Forest for the day.
We had a really good time despite arguing over which trail to take when a logging diversion closed part of the path. The walk was very challenging and both of us could not believe that we had walked such a short distance as it felt like at least twice as long as the map claimed.
These are a couple of creatures we met on the way.

A walker looking rather fatigued.

A Gruffalo, having escaped from a children’s storybook.