f e b r u a r y

February started with...

a birthday (my Mum's) and a cold and rainy day together in St Andrews that ended with the most glorious sky. February was cold, and oh so very windy. Storm Doris blew through. And we had a trip to Northumberland - just for a few days, but it was good to escape. Here are a few photos from my February.

This is the Union Bridge - or Chain Bridge - that spans the border between Scotland and England. The next photo shows the view towards Scotland while the following page is the reverse view towards England. The bridge was opened in 1820, at which point this was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137 metres.

When we were last in Northumberland in September last year, we visited Newton By The Sea and I was really taken by the timber cottages that sit perched on the dunes. Returning in February, it struck me how close these houses are to the sea. We see sections of dunes being swept away by stormy seas on our local beaches, so what happens here? Are these cottages in danger of the same fate in time?

(so very cold)

If you're visiting this area, stop off at The Joiners Arms in Newton By The Sea. We'd somehow missed this place on our first visit but it's dog-friendly, and was a welcome find after the coldest and windiest of beach walks.

And we visited Barter Books in Alnwick. Created in a former railway station, this is a must-see for book lovers. And there are trains...

Cool place, huh? And it's dog-friendly.


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  • travelswmyphone

    Very funny to run into you three today. Great to meet you finally

  • coppernotes

    Likewise @rachelstravels I'm so glad you said hi! Also hope you found your family?! Or at least had a great walk in the Botanics :) 🌿

  • jerry90

    Bellissima storia complimenti, che macchina fotografica ha usato?

  • coppernotes

    Grazie @jerry90 e scusate se questo Γ¨ grammaticalmente strano come sto utilizzando Google Translate per rispondere! Tutte queste foto sono state scattate su iPhone 7 Plus e modificati in SKRWT, Lightroom e VSCO.

  • coppernotes

    Thanks for sharing this one @Steller @jordanfoy ✌🏻✨

  • Tinalouise

    Love this

  • jerry90

    Complimenti sono stupende anch'io realizzo storie qui su steller con il mio iphone 7

  • Leontine

    Beautiful and cold landscape! Your italian is perfect! 😊

  • coppernotes

    @leontine πŸ™ˆ you know what Google Translate is like - it's wonderful to use but you worry that it doesn't always translate quite right!! πŸ˜…

  • coppernotes

    Thanks @Tinalouise - can't wait to have some 🌿photos in the weeks ahead!

  • maria_ef

    Love itπŸ‘†πŸ»β—

  • annld60

    Fiona this is gorgeous πŸ’•πŸŒΏπŸ’•. I just posted a series on my magical _envelopesπŸ’•

  • coppernotes

    Thank you @annld60 πŸ™πŸ»it was such a cold and damp month but it's great thinking that it's only going to be lighter and brighter and greener ahead! πŸŒΏπŸ˜€

  • coppernotes

    @annld60 And I'll head straight over and check your story out! ☺️

  • saradeluigi

    Fiona!! Just seen this one! The pictures are so beautiful!! In particular page 5!! How cute!!

  • saradeluigi

    And the bookshop 😍😍😍 I need to go there!!!

  • saradeluigi

    (I'm commenting while I'm reading πŸ˜‚πŸ˜β€οΈ)

  • coppernotes

    Ahhh yes @saradeluigi Harris with his Grannie πŸ’ž And that bookshop - you would go crazeeeeee there! I must admit, I'm not a big book person - I used to be but not now - and even I was spotting all sorts of fascinating gems! And the trains! The wee trains are just running round this space above the books all the time!

  • coppernotes

    Oh @saradeluigi and thank you for sharing! 😘

  • sooukdotcom

    All of this πŸ™ŒπŸ»β€πŸ™ŒπŸ»β€ page 3 😍😍 absolutely beautiful.

  • havwoods

    On my way back home in Belgium, on train from Carnforth to Manchester, i sat next to your body doubles. Her's was George and she lived in Newcastle with a husband and 3 sons. Ran a hair cutting business. At first George kept quite... at last the whole wagon was in talks. Told her about you and Harry and Steller. She was good fun.


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