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Really pleased to see The Red Arrows at this year’s Sunderland International Airshow … thought I’d share a few pics with you:

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As a special treat, they flew overhead later in the day on the way to their nesxt show … all nine of them this time :O)

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I never tire of seeing them and can’t wait for the next time!

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A lovely sunny Saturday in July …. and let’s face it, there haven’t been many of them this year … and a trip to Cragisde House in Northumberland.

The cloud formations were beautiful, the strawberry shortcake delicious and we even managed to get in a game of snooker … now you can’t do that in every National Trust place!!

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Neither of us had been to Shropshire so that seemed as good a place as any for our summer holiday this year. We’ve met lots of lovely fellow accommodation providers on Twitter and Facebook and decided to go to The Hop Barn and received a wonderful welcome from owner, Birgit.

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The weather, sadly, was completely pants!! We did go to a few National Trust properties in the area and have to say that they were somewhat disappointing but the villages and towns were absolutely beautiful:

Ludlow town centre

It was lovely also to take a look at The Iron Bridge:

The Iron Bridge at Ironbridge

… and the Bewdley Museum which was completely free and had a great little cafe in it:

The highlight for us both however was The International Centre for Birds of Prey.

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It even stopped raining long enough to see the birds fly!!

We even managed to find time to meet up with another Twitter and Facebook friend Karen from Hopton House whose marmalade recipe I use and our guests just love it!

Beloved made friends with the dog at the Sun and Slipper which serves fantastic food:

The Hop Barn is lovely and well worth considering if you’re looking for a “cottage” in the country and we’ll definitely be going back.

Ludlow is absolutely fantastic and I could have spent a fortune here:

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It comes a s a surprise to many to find out that I’m a Geordie Lass currently living exile in Scotland!!

Born and bred in Blaydon, I just couldn’t let the 150th anniversary of the Blaydon Races go by without a mention.

The song itself “The Blaydon Races” is the adopted anthem of the North East and of local football club Newcastle United; sung brilliantly here by local celebrities Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy and Kevin Whatley in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Having signed the petition eons ago in support of a great celebration to mark such an auspicious event, I have been greatly pleased to see it rollercoast and evolve.  Good luck to all who are running today and hope the weather’s not too unkind to you!!

And when the dust settles, you’ve got the Olympic Torch passing through next week too!!

Ahh nostalgia …. I’m only sorry that I can’t be there to celebrate this year!

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RN Lynx “Black Cat” Display Team

Howard loves photography and airplanes so what better place to take him for a treat than the 23rd Sunderland International Airshow

We were disappointed not to see the fabulous Red Arrows this year and the weather was overcast which doesn’t make for good photos but here are a selection of his pics which I hope you enjoy:

Display Team

Hurricane

Spitfire

Catolina

Vampire

Hawker Hunter

Breitling “Wing Walkers”

Blades Aerial Display Team

RAF Parachute Display Team

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