28th March 2013 Seaton Sluice

Despite the ferocious easterly wind up here, the sun has tried to shine the last couple of days so we went bird watching yesterday along the coastal path.  First we walked across the causeway to St. Mary’s Island only to find out that the tide would cover our exit route in ten minutes!  We hastily walked around the lighthouse (which has been inactive since the early 1980s) and headed back to the other side.

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We then spent the next couple of hours walking along the coast bird watching.  Eider ducks, purple sandpipers, teals, sanderlings, tufted ducks, curlews, turnstones and the ever present heron were all there.  A guy we got talking to was giving us the low down on what else we could expect to see along the coast at this time of year.  We also got to see a puffin, but sadly it was a dead one.  Since then we’ve heard on the news that the weather has had an adverse effect on the puffins, with a lot of them being blown off course and dying because of it.

The chap also told us we were too early to see the puffins really, we knew we were pushing it as they usually start returning in April but we thought we might be lucky – sadly the weather has been against us.  Everywhere has been affected by the easterly winds, but just imagine how strong they are right on the east coast before any built up areas slow them down!

As we headed back to the site we decided to call in at The Delaval Arms just outside the site.  It doesn’t look much from the outside and it always looks empty but that is because the restaurant area is at the front of the pub.  If you go in and go round the back, the bar area is really cosy and the staff and regulars were really friendly. 

The next day we walked in the opposite direction towards Seaton Sluice along the coast path. Seaton Sluice was once famous for making glass bottles. Again, the sun was shining and the wind had died down a bit so we didn’t need quite so many layers.  Dean was like a little kid exploring the rock pools on the beach while I took a seat and watched him.  Having fallen on my backside the other day climbing over the rocks I was reluctant to join in! 

The village of Seaton Sluice is very pretty, with a harbour, sluice (of course) and a beautiful beach further on.  There are a number of good pubs in the area but the one we went to for lunch was The Kings Arms.  It is an 18th Century building (www.thekingsarms-ne.co.uk) and excellent food.  We had scampi/cod and chips for around £9 each and it was worth every penny.  The owners have been there since 2010 and have invested a lot of money and effort into the business, and at the front of the menu they give you an update on what’s been happening over the last year which was a nice touch.

It turned out to be a lovely end to our few days on the east coast and we will be back when the weather is better.  While relaxing in the evening we had the binoculars out looking out to sea and saw a tanker in trouble.  First we thought it had been grounded and watched it for ages being pulled along by three tug boats, only to find out later on the news that it was the boat that had run aground further up the coast near Linidsfarne a few days before, called Danio.

We think they were towing her to the port in Blyth to check her over for damage.  It seemed to take forever!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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