It’s been a quiet bank holiday Monday today. The weather wasn’t bad here (wet in other parts of the country, I hear), but I lacked the motivation to go anywhere or do much at all, so I didn’t.
Today’s photo is of Ovingham Bridge, which links Prudhoe to Ovingham (oddly enough). It’s currently closed for “refurbishment”, which will involve replacing the road deck and various components. It’s a very narrow bridge, which can only carry lighter vehicles, and apparently requires drivers to pay attention to what’s coming from the other end – there are no lights or signals controlling traffic. This is the bridge I’d previously spotted and thought looked interesting – now I’ll have to go back next year when it re-opens…
I decided to go somewhere different today, so I got the train to Prudhoe – it’s another stop on the same line that leads to Corbridge, Hexham and Carlisle, but is a wee bit closer to home than any of those. It’s been on my mental list of places to go since I spotted an interesting looking bridge there…
Anyway, I got there, had a look at the bridge (photos to follow), then headed uphill (oxygen very nearly needed, as I made the mistake of taking a shortcut that involved some steps and a rather steep path) and visited the castle, which I hadn’t known about until today. I had a good look round there, then prompted by something I’d seen on one of the information boards, went back downhill, over the bridge and looked at something else (details and photos to follow). I thought of having a further wander, but decided to make it a short visit, and got the next train home.
OK, this would be better if it was on an actual TV station rather than lurking in the depths of the iPlayer, where you have to go looking for it, but it did a good job. Think of the old Doctor Who Confidential boiled down to its essence: the nice behind the scenes bits, the cast and crew interviews, and the references to older stories, without the long irrelevant bits of filler that made the final series not quite work. Could it do with a bit more detail? Certainly – maybe 15 or 20 minutes and you’d have it sorted.
And if you can’t find it on the iPlayer, it’s also on the BBC YouTube channel. And indeed right here:
 Stretching it to 45 minutes was not the best decision in my view
 Subject to any odd regional controls
While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:
While I was enjoying my traditional Frankie & Benny’s breakfast this morning, it started to rain a wee bit. Well, I say a wee bit, but I might be understating slightly. It was pouring down. Rain bouncing off the quite impressive layer of surface water that was covering Trinity Square and giving the drains a good test…
I waited for it to slow down a bit before going to Tesco to do the equally traditional shopping. When I came out of there, the rain was just slowing down enough not to be too nasty, and by the time I got home, it had stopped. Bits of blue sky were in evidence, even.
So, I decided to go into Newcastle for a wander. While I was on the bus, it started to rain again, and by the time the bus got to Market Street, it was doing the stair rods thing again, so much so that I loitered in the bus shelter for a while before looking in some shops. And yes, it cleared up, the sun came out, etc. But I wasn’t going to be fooled again, so got a bus to the MetroCentre, where I succeeded in finally finding a new coat that I liked. Not only that, but it had been reduced in price from £79 to £39.
Having finished my MetroCentre business, I returned to Newcastle for a tiny bit of extra shopping, and headed for my bus, just as the rain started again. And now it’s dried up again. Fun.
Today’s photo is another one from the coast, and shows a distant tower. Once day, I’ll get round to working out what it is and why it’s there, but for now, it’s an interesting thing to the north of Whitley Bay: