Weight and Stuff Report – 28 August 2017

Weight: 231.8 pounds (16 stone 7.8 pounds, 105.1 kg)
Steps: 15,319

Today’s weight will be another one of those temporary wossnames, but it’s still a new low for the year (exactly one pound less than Friday’s temporary wossname), so yay, etc.

Having got up moderately early for a bank holiday, I decided it was well past time I took myself and a camera to Gibside, a large estate in the care of the National Trust.  As with a lot of places I’ve been to recently, I’d never managed to get around to a visit, and I really should have. Getting there is easy enough – you can get a bus from Newcastle or the Metrocentre (services 45, 46, 47 mostly), and if you’ve got a Tyne & Wear all zones pass, then you’re in luck, as the bus stop you’ll need is just inside the county boundary. From there it’s a short walk (maybe half a mile) to the entrance. If you don’t have a National Trust card, be prepared to pay – currently £11.60 for an adult. Once inside, you’re free to wander around the large site – though the free map helpfully suggests a few walking routes which take you to key parts of the site, with marker posts at sensible places to make sure you don’t get lost. I followed one of the routes, which took me past the Orangery (ruined posh greenhouse), the Hall (ruined house), the Stables (not ruined, and from the front looks more like a fancy house), the Column to Liberty (really impressive monument) and through lots of woodland before ending up at the Chapel.

At that point, a break seemed like a good idea, and I managed to get to the cafe just before a load more people. I had a cheese and onion relish sandwich (nice but expensive, but that’s about normal for National Trust properties) and, welllllll, a pint of Red Kite ale from the Wylam Brewery. Look, it was on draught, right in front of me, and it’s so important to support local business…

While I enjoyed that, I had another look at the map, and decided to take a detour from one of the planned walks to see a bit that wasn’t on the one I went on earlier. This ended up being quite a long one, but it did take my along the riverside, which was very pleasant. Though some of the uphill bits were hard work.

At this point, I knew I’d reached my walking limit, so I was happy to leave. I then had to walk that half mile back to Rowlands Gill for the bus back to Newcastle.

I’ve got a load of photos to sort through, but for now here’s one of the hall:

Who lives in a house like this?

Who lives in a house like this?

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 28 August, 2017


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