My First Visitors at Wark (Shitlington Crag Farm)

Mel and Irene arrive this morning direct from Oxford.

We met up at a Costa Coffee Shop in Hexam. So great to see a pair of familiar faces
We met up at a Costa Coffee Shop in Hexam. So great to see a pair of familiar faces.

We set off to the track. So Glad Irene (big City Girl). Offered to close the gates behind us all 4.

Ta da Success

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No worried nor aware of the Bull  LoL
No worried nor aware of the Bull LoL
Winner
Ta Da Success

Arrival at the cottage.

A Fine day and a Glass of Wine.
A Fine day and a Glass of Wine.

Mel being the dog whisperer, Zak adores him.

Dog Whisperer at work
Dog Whisperer at work Sasha looking on in Awe.

Back outside to play.

Woof
Charlie Overseeing the Game
Good Boy Zak
Good Boy Zak
A Lovely Couple on a Lovely day in the countryside.
A Lovely Couple on a Lovely day in the countryside.

Zak and Midgie

Wondering where the ball is
Wondering where the ball is

 

My turn with Zak
My turn with Zak.

Galley Slaves  Preparing Feast of the Day ? ? ? ?

Hmmmm wheres the Oregano
Hmmmm wheres the Oregano

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Forget the Oregano find the CHILI PEPPERS   Is  Midge  interested???
Finally for today Sasha  is Having a Ball. Really Truly

Sash under Table

 

 

The Pennine Way and Hadrians Wall

This area of Wark is called   Shitlington Crags. The pennine trail and Hadrians wall intersect and run along together in many areas.

This from Wilipedia:

Northumberland National Park and the Scottish border

Outside Greenhead the Pennine Way passes Thirlwall Castle on Hadrian’s Wall. For the next 11 miles (18 km) the route coincides with the Hadrian’s Wall Path, following the wall closely past Once Brewed to Rapishaw Gap, a mile west of the Housesteads Roman Fort.

From the wall the trail heads north through Wark Forest. Past the forest it follows field paths to Shitlington Crags and descends to the large village of Bellingham. More remote country follows, across Padon Hill and the edge of Redesdale Forest. The trail eventually reaches Redesdale at Blakehopeburnhaugh and Cottonshopeburnfoot, two neighbouring hamlets which compete for the longest name in England. The route then follows the River Rede upstream to the village of Byrness.[24]

The last stage of the Pennine Way, across the Cheviot Hills from Byrness to Kirk Yetholm, is 27 miles (43 km) long, with no habitation en route. It is usually tackled in one long day, although there are two refuge huts (or bothies). The trail climbs steeply from the village, then heads north to cross the Scottish border near Ogre Hill. For the rest of the stage the path switches between England and Scotland, along a fence which marks the border itself. Back in England the trail passes the Roman fort at Chew Green, and briefly follows the Roman road of Dere Street. The path then follows the border ridge, passing the high point of Windy Gyle. At the west top of Cairn Hill (743 metres (2,438 ft)), from where there is a side trip to the summit of The Cheviot, the main path turns sharply northwest with the border fence, descending to a refuge hut before climbing The Schil at 601 metres (1,972 ft), above the College Valley. The path then descends into Scotland and enters the village of Kirk Yetholm. The path ends at the Border Hotel.

From our housesit the Pennine way passes along yards from the side of the main house.

The Pennine way behind the main House. 4 Dogs and Myself plan to go to the Top.
The Pennine way behind the main House. 4 Dogs and Myself plan to go to the Top.
Onwards and Upwards
Onwards and Upwards

Dogs and I will travel to the top.

But First we had to wake Midge
But First we had to wake Midge

 

Onwards and Upwards
Onwards and Upwards As they say
Zak congratulates me.
Zak congratulates me.
What a view
What a view
Sasha relaxing at top
Sasha relaxing at the Summit
I know Charlie from my Childhood and reading Black Bob
I know Charlie from my Childhood and reading Black Bob
Zak n Charlie Surveying their lands.
Zak n Charlie Surveying their lands.
Oh What a Wonderful View
Oh What a Wonderful View
Very Steep in Parts
Very Steep in Parts
UH  oooohhhhhhhhh
UH oooohhhhhhhhh

 

My K-9 guides
My K-9 guides
The air is certainly fresh After London
The air is certainly fresh After London
 I am facing Scotland
I am facing Scotland.
Much younger than I But just as much of a STUD
I met my First true Aberdonian  “Angus” I BelieveMuch younger than I But just as much of a STUD………LoL

 

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Julie Andrews eat your Heart out
The Hills are Alive!!!!
Midge showed sasha how to get around the cattle grid. The big guys simply jump it. Wee fellas need to be sneaky
Midge showing  Sasha how to get around the cattle grid. The big guys simply jump it. Wee fellas need to be sneaky.
Friends enter the culvert to avoid Cattle Grid
Friends enter the culvert to avoid Cattle Grid

 

 

 

 

Day One of House/Pet Sitting

Normandy fades into the background till next year’s services.

We have arrived at our first house pet sit. Wark Northumberland, very scenic on the borders of Scotland in fact this centuries old house is along Hadrians Wall. So I will be able to check out the construction which prevented the English from taking over Scotland. The house is a 2 mile ride ( Bumpy to say the least ) along a track with 4 gates to open and close behind ones self.

First Adventure before reaching house. Left front tire up to Hub in Mud. Lesson learnt stay in middle of Track.
First Adventure before reaching house. Left front tire up to Hub in Mud. Lesson learnt stay in middle of Track.
Mooo Moooo Move over ladies Sasha Coming Through
Mooo Moooo Move over ladies Sasha Coming Through
bark Bark move along little dogies (woof Woof  LOL)
bark Bark move along little dogies (woof Woof LOL)
LoL Moooove  over Betsy
LoL Moooove over Betsy
Charlie Checking us Out
Charlie Checking us Out with Zak bringing up the rear.
At Last Our Temporary Home
At Last Our Temporary Home Top of the Trail
Hmmmm wonder if these guys want my treats??????
Hmmmm wonder if these guys want my treats??????
Twitten is first to poke nose in
Twitten is first to poke nose in
Tail down as Charlie gives her a Sniff
Tail down as Charlie gives her a Sniff
Hmmm Midge and Sasha sniffing  the area.
Hmmm Midge and Sasha sniffing the area.
Zak coming to check out new lady
Zak coming to check out new lady

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The Neighbours drop by
The Neighbours drop by