Newcastle UK. Day 1 with a 9 year old.
We have arrived in Newcastle to house-sit.
We chose Newcastle for a few reasons.
Firstly, my ancestors are from here.
Secondly, we are waiting the arrival of our friend from Australia who will join us for the next few months of travel.
Right now Explorason is going through a reading phase, so he is engrossed in his book, whilst I take in my surroundings. We seem not too far out of the city, and I guess I was expecting something larger, so I was pleased with how easy I found it to get my bearings.
It was before 10:00 a.m. and seemed most of town was still asleep.
We came across some sort of food fair. Not sure if this is a permanent thing, but it had a nice English feel to it.
Explorason loved the flavoured licorice.
In the centre of town, Earl Grey’s monument stands tall. He never patented his tea blend, so the English are very thankful to him and he is an icon f the area.
I tasted the most delightful cheese ever. Great British Cheese was just fabulous! I love the English. They are fun. They love a chat and a laugh and everywhere we go, people are so friendly. Go Geordies!
I managed to buy a new piece of luggage. My bag was broken by Irish Ferries but they came to the party and paid for a new one.
So I went to a designer clearance store named TK Maxx. They are all over Ireland and Great Britain. I bought a fab red Timberland bag for a quarter of the original price. This then put it in the price range of the busted luggage. I was so happy!
We needed to return early afternoon as I had a doctors appointment. I’m allergic to the Rape Seed crop in the field next to the house, and the dog has a strong smell that we are caring for. The double whammy means I can barely breathe when in the house we are caring for.
The good news is that Australians get reciprocal medical through the NHS system. So to go to the doctor there is no charge.
The bad news is there is not a lot they can do for the allergy apart from me leaving, and I am committed to the house-sit.
So here I sit, loving Newcastle.
Soon our friend arrives and our next chapter will begin.
Stay tuned – the next few months will be really exciting!