Archive for September, 2008

The Green, Wallsend

September 30, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  7 Comments

crow bank, newcastle, uk

I had an appointment in Wallsend last week.  I found a little place called The Green which I’d never discovered before.  This road looked like it belonged in a tiny country village, not the middle of Wallsend, a not-terribly-exciting town in North Tyneside.

A few more pics on flickr.

sunrise at the station

September 29, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

sunrise at station, newcastle, uk

I caught a train at 7.30am on Saturday morning.  This was the scene that greeted my husband as he left the car park after dropping me off.

I love this photo.  The railway lines.  The castle keep off to the left. The way the Tyne Bridge seems to fit under the railway bridge.  The perfect colour of the sky.  It was worth getting up for.

There are more early-morning Saturday train journey photos (and Sunday afternoon return photos) on flickr.

Quaker Meeting House sign

September 28, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments

Quaker sign, Newcastle, UK

If you visit the Quaker meeting house when it’s open to the public, and if you go into the garden at the back, you can see this sign.  It’s from 1698 when the Quaker meeting house on Pilgrim Street first opened.

The Quakers (or Friends, as they are known) moved to their current building on Archbold Terrace in 1961 but they took the sign with them.  I don’t blame them.  I would have taken it too.

Jesmond signposts

September 27, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  4 Comments

Jesmond Signposts, Newcastle, UK

On the corner of Grosvenor Road and Osborne Road, there is a sign for pedestrians.  Turn left and you’ll go down Acorn Road towards Tesco and West Jesmond metro; turn right and you’ll go towards Jesmond Dene, a park in a steep valley where I’ll be going soon to take some pictures.

Friday evening was lovely.

The students are back

September 26, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne, People  |  6 Comments

busy path, Newcastle, UK

It’s not just the dodgy headgear that gives it away.  It’s the fact that even last week, I could walk into town along this path from Jesmond metro and see one or two other people at the most.  Today it was pretty busy.  It’ll probably get more so, while the students get to know Newcastle and go to all the events put on for them, before quietening down when they all start lectures.

The left hand side of the path is the cycle lane, which is why most people are on the right.

Jesmond Parish Church

September 25, 2008  |  Churches, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle, UK

Jesmond Parish Church a week or so ago in the morning sunshine.  This church does a fantastic candlelit carol service in the run up to Christmas – it’s not far away now, but to see the colour of the sky here you’d never think it.

Civic Centre

September 24, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments

Civic Centre, Newcastle, UK

A different angle of the Civic Centre.  To the left are the windows, to the right are bars you can see in this picture.  The Tyne God was straight ahead and to my right as I took the shots.

Autumn’s here

September 23, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  11 Comments

the birds, newcastle, uk

Yesterday was the equinox, when night and day are of equal length.  As my husband and I set off for work, we encountered these birds.  With the heavy grey sky and chilly morning air, I felt nervous going underneath them.

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I’d like to know what you think about Newcastle Daily Photo.  What would you like to see more of?  Less of?  Do you like themes, for a week or a few days?  Do you think the photos should be taken only in Newcastle itself, or are surrounding areas OK?  North Tyneside? Northumberland?  Gateshead?  Where is ‘too far away’?

Drop into the comments, say hi even if you’re just passing through.  It’s nice to hear who is out there and what you all think!

And if one photo a day just isn’t enough, don’t forget to check out flickr.  I’m still posting photos of the Heritage Open Days – I took over 400 in two days!

Swans in Flight, Civic Centre

September 22, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments

swans, civic centre, newcastle, uk

This shot is taken from one of the committee rooms in the Civic Centre.  The swans are in the Quadrangle of the Civic Centre, which is open to the public and a pleasant place to sit – the busy roads nearby notwithstanding.  The five swans represent the five Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, reflecting the close ties beween these countries and the North East (Newcastle is twinned with Bergen which sends us the Christmas tree at Haymarket every year).

The Civic Centre was opened by King Olav V of Norway. The 40th anniversary of the opening of the Civic Centre is on 14 November this year and King Olav V’s son, Harald V of Norway, will be coming to Newcastle to commemorate the occasion.

The sculpture is by David Wynne and more information can be found here and here.

Apparently, the tree that can be seen in the background grows very tasty cherries, if you can beat the pigeons. There is actually a car park under the Civic, so it only grows in seven feet of soil.  Quite an achievement.

(Chris and Cassandra both took shots of these swans, but mine is from above.  I think that makes it different enough.  What do you think?)

Two picture Sunday – St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

September 21, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  4 Comments

St Mary's Lighthouse Newcastle UK

St Mary’s Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1984 and soon after was bought from Trinity House to ensure that it should not be bought privately and lost to locals.  The lighthouse is on St Mary’s Island, a tidal island that can be reached along a causeway.  The lighthouse cannot be reached at high tide.
staircase, st mary's lighthouse, newcastle, uk
There are 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse.  There’s only one set, so if you meet someone going up as you go down or vice versa… you have to be very careful.  I found it rather nerve-wracking, especially when small children were running past me.
For opening times, click here.