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Home from home; in a Stable…

When the telephone rang with an invitation to stay at the newly refurbished Chesters Stables we jumped at the chance. Over the past few months we have been keenly watching the development of the former stable block. Like most people when you imagine a stable, you probably picture something far from Chesters Stables. The sandstone building Read more

Allendale Tar Barrels

Allendale Tar Barrels

As the New Year fast approaches the residents of Allendale are preparing for the annual New Years eve procession of the Tar Barrels.   The tradition in Allendale goes back at least 160 years.  The whiskey barrels filled with tar and are carried around the village by men or guisers who were born in the Allen Read more

Go paper free this Christmas

Paper Free Christmas Challenge – Wrapping

Christmas Season is upon us and people will be Christmas shopping soon.  With that in mind, we have decided to set ourselves the “Paper Free Christmas Challenge”! I am sure you are already well aware of the vast quantity of wrapping paper that is bundled up on Christmas morning and put straight into the re-cycle Read more

Perfect Winter Warmer

Homemade Ginger Wine

We love homemade gifts and recently one of our lovely friends made us some non-alcoholic ginger wine. The thoughtfulness, time and effort that goes into homemade gifts matters more to us than the end product.  You know that someone has dedicated their time and effort into making something for you, with love and patience as Read more

Epiacum Roman Fort near Alston, UNESCO World Heritage site, Frontiers of The Roman Empire

Dig at Epiacum

A bit last minute… but if you are free this weekend you can take part in the excavations of the Roman Fort of Epiacum at Alston. Kevin and I went up a couple of years ago, when they were excavating the native roundhouse site nearby.  The views across the valley were stunning. For more details Read more

Northumberland Day at Hexham Abbey

Northumberland Day at Hexham Abbey

To celebrate the first ever Northumberland Day, Hexham Abbey hosted their Turbulent Tales of Northumberland event, which we were happy to be part of. The warriors were kept outside where folk could find out more about William Wallace and The Knights Templar, with Joe and Kevin discussing the more turbulent times of our border county. Inside the Read more