I don't know if I really want to blog about Northumberland. You see, it's one of the UK's best kept secrets.
Tucked away at the top of England, just before you get to Scotland is the most wonderful county.
Spectacular beaches, amazing castles, Roman ruins, fabulous scenery, an island you can only reach at low tide and Hogwarts!
Not only that, not many people know about it, so it's peaceful and quiet as well as breathtakingly beautiful.
Hence why we love it and had looked forward to our trip since we booked it last January.
On our way up to Alnwick we stopped at High Force:
On Sunday we hit Bamburgh beach in the shadow of magnificent Bamburgh Castle:
I looked for Crystal Jigsaw along the beach, but didn't see her, maybe these are her sheep:
How cold is the North Sea?!
We were going to go to Lindesfarne, but our car was playing up and I didn't want to risk breaking down on the causeway and having to be rescued by the Seahouses Lifeboat, so we just visited the lifeboat instead.
The next day we dropped our car off at a garage in Alnwick and went to 'do' Alnwick Castle only to find that it had closed for the season (usually it's open until the end of October, but this year they closed on 30 Sept). No riding on broomsticks for us!
So we visited Northumberlandia, Lady of the North:
(Not to be confused with the fabulous Anthony Gormley sculpture "Angel of the North" which is a bit further down the A1)
It's difficult to describe, but it's a piece of public art set in a public park; a woman made of 1.5 millions tonnes of rock, clay and soil and covered in 4 miles of footpaths.
On Tuesday we enjoyed a trip back to Edwardian Times at Beamish Open Air Museum:
And on Wednesday we imagined what it was like to be in Hadrian's Roman Army stationed at Housesteads:
We had to return home on Thursday, but we will be back!