Onto Day 4 of the September Blogging Challenge and just to be different, I’ve decided to express gratitude to a place rather than a thing! I lived in London for seven years, and I remain a big fan of the capital (if you ignore the ridiculous cost of living), but I’m very thankful that I live in the north east of England. Here are five reasons why.
This is Cragside, the fairytale home of William Armstrong near Rothbury. Built in 1863, it was the first house to be lit using hydroelectricity. Armstrong was a bit of a Victorian Tony Stark , and a fascinating character. It’s a beautiful house, run by the National Trust, and it’s one of many gorgeous stately homes to be found around the north east.
Newcastle is famous for its bridges and its nightlife, and while I’m no fan of the screeching hen parties that descend on the packed clubs and bars, Newcastle is a very pretty city at night, especially along the Tyne. Just look at that Quayside! Newcastle also has the advantage of having a very compact centre, so you can walk from one end to the other pretty easily, without having to rely on public transport.
The north east has a particularly wild and occasionally desolate coastline, livened up by beaches such as Whitley Bay or Druridge Bay. There are a lot of surfers at Tynemouth, and it’s nice to live in an area that boasts the wide open moors of Northumberland, an urban centre like Newcastle, the forests around Kielder and such a spectacular coastline.
Greenery! In Newcastle alone, we have Leazes Park and the Exhibition Park in town, and Jesmond Dene is easily accessible by bus or Metro from the city centre. It’s nice to be able to wander beneath trees and move away from traffic noise with very little effort. Further afield, Northumberland is a very green and pleasant county!
Newcastle isn’t all pubs and clubs – we actually have a decent cultural scene, if you know where to look for it. We’ve got a range of galleries in town, including the Laing and the Baltic, plus the Discovery and Great North museums, along with the cultural hub that is the Ouseburn Valley. Our independent cinema, the Tyneside, also has a good programme of events, and it’s amazing how many artists and craftspeople live and work in the area!
So that’s what I’m thankful for…living in the north east!