The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland. UK. 18th March 2012
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland. UK.
18th March 2012
David Snyder and I were enjoying a conversation in his thread on his lovely baking of last weekend. See here, there are 3 comments to read:
David ended up asking me what bakers do to procrastinate and put off what they really should be doing [ie. making bread, of course!] Well, here is my answer, provided in the best way I can think of, including a visit to a medieval bakehouse!
Whilst I hanker for mountains, Alison is very much a sea lover. Yesterday we did some shopping and cleaning after enjoying a lie-in. Today we went to the seaside! Not just any old seaside, of course; this happens to be a place Alison thinks is as lovely as anywhere else in the world. On days like today it is very difficult to argue with that. And it’s an island, less than one hour’s drive from where we live! And it was cut off today from 09:50 until 14:05. We had the place virtually to ourselves.
First of all we went to the Lindisfarne Musuem, then to the Priory. This is the first time I’ve been to these places since visiting them on a School trip as an “A” Level History student some 29 years ago! To give some context, the old Kingdom of Northumbria was the last of the old Kingdoms of what became England to hold on to Celtic Christianity instead of switching allegiance to Rome. The Synod of Whitby in 664 AD became the last chance saloon as the Northumbrian king gave way. All of this has been famously documented by Bede of Jarrow, and the centre of the Lindisfarne story of this time is the work of St. Cuthbert who eventually became a somewhat reluctant Bishop of Durham.
So, the Priory. Here is a lovely photograph. It is fantastically preserved really, given some parts date to the 10th Century.
From the 15th Century part of the Priory, we found this:
And this is the oven!
After an early lunch next to the sea and close to the Castle, we set off for a walk taking in the north-eastern tip of the island; truly stunning coastal scenery.
As we looked back to the Cheviots, from whence we had come, all was a little cloudy.
Meantime we basked in sunshine, taking in views of both Lindisfarne Castle
and Bamburgh Castle.
Onto the beach; this is typical of the Dunes which are such a feature of the fabulous Northumberland Coast, along with the Castles, of course.
At the end of the time spent on the beaches we found a hut which we believe to be a Shrine, which touched us both considerably. This beach stone structure seems to have been recently been erected by a couple as monument to the baby they tragically lost. Apparently the Planning Authority are none too happy about it; how typical, have they no heart or soul?
Well it’s back to more serious work tomorrow, early doors, with 2 days to complete the next assignment for my MSc and Alison back to the grindstone managing education provision for those around Northumberland not currently in school, for one reason or another.
What a beautiful place to have spent our Sunday!