We have been to Northumberland for a week, staying in the Lord Crewe Hotel in Bamburgh. The castle, which is majestic, was visible from our bedroom window, as was the sea.
I am not very mobile and cannot walk too far, so we tended to go to places where I could have gentle walks and enjoy the scenery while the farmer set off on a five mile walk. We would meet up for a sandwich lunch - there are plenty of sandwich shops in Bamburgh, where you can choose your sandwich filling from a wide variety.
My modest walks would be followed by reading the Times, doing all the Mind Games and then chatting to anyone who came by. Quite often a National Park Warden would come by and be only too happy to chat, so I learned a lot about this wondereful place.
The Cheviots are so beautiful and the whole area is so green. We spent several days in the Harthope Valley which is just out into the National Park from the little town of Wooler.
I heard the cuckoo for the first time in many years, I heard and watched Song Thrushes - we never hear one round where we live - and the air was full of sandmartins, who had built their nests in the river bank.
The principal breed of sheep was Scottish Blackface - a lovely breed with the most beautiful lambs with black legs and faces.
We have been to the area before, so there was no need to visit the National Trust Properties and the like - this time we spent the whole time out of doors enjoying the scenery.