St Cuthbert's Final Journey

Following 9th century monks as they flee from invading vikings with the body of St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels – and undertake a momentous journey that helps shape England

Durham…and that something that stays within

We’re driving up the A1 in silence. Gone are the winding country lanes and death defying pheasants. It’s plain sailing now; full steam ahead to Durham. I glance across at … Continue reading

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Kirkleatham

Thanks so much for the lovely Juliet Lunn, who researched and visited Kirkleatham before Paul and I’s journey. Here’s what she wrote. As a teacher of creative writing I must … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

112 Years in Just Ten Frustrated Minutes…and Here Comes Wilfrid so Don’t Forget to Boo!!

The Parish Church of St Cuthbert and St Mary is closed when we get to Chester-le-Street, a great shame considering his body rested here for 112 years. We try the … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

Forest Fire…the Symbolism of Trees

It’s getting dark quickly. I’m leaning on a viewing platform on the edge of a forest, looking down a valley, then up again at Bilsdale, about the same height as … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Closer to home…acid rain, missing graveyards and wishful memories of a long lost Daddy

Closer to home now; not the home I made for myself, or the home I grew up in, but the home of my grandparents, where my Mam grew up as … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Settling down…

The sound of nature settling down, having its last swansong before the dark comes, safe in the knowledge it will be at least another hour or so before it starts … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mutilated Effigies, a Deserted Medieval Village and a Sub-Sea Engineer in Cuthbert’s Town

The church at South Cowton is fortress-like, its solid no-nonsense walls and thin windows built to withstand the tumultuous times it was built in – the 15th Century; when life … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 6 Comments