How A Pub Makes A Name For Itself
Some of our favourite licensed premises are better known by what the customers call them than by their real names, as GORDON WILKINSON explains.
ALLAN POTTS ponders on what surprises Mother Nature has in store for farmers in 2014.
A First-class Return Along Victorian Lines
JOHN GRUNDY praises the recently renovated railway station at Tynemouth, and the hard work put in by those people who saved it from decay and dereliction.
When The Produce Walked To Market
MARK MOFFITT traces the history of livestock droving, and looks for clues in the landscape which reveal a once-important network of cross-country routes.
High Spots In The Wildlife Calendar
IT’S that time of year again, to wonder and plan and to start to venture out into the great outdoors, MIKE PRATT, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust looks at what nature has to offer.
How The Culleys Ploughed New Furrows In Glendale
CRAIG ARMSTRONG pays tribute to an undervalued pair of brothers who changed the face of 18th century farming in north Northumberland.
Taking The Biscuit, And Taking The Offensive
Senior vet JOHN PRESCOTT has treated countless numbers of dogs during his career, but two particular canine patients remain prominent in his memory.
A Long Walk Through A Changed Landscape
In the autumn of 1907 James Mathew, a senior partner in a successful family printing and publishing business in Dundee, decided to go on a month-long walking holiday from Edinburgh to London. His adventures on his first visit to England, following roads in a time when motor cars were still a novelty, were later recorded in a book, An Autumn Tramp. This abridged account of his journey through Northumberland is illustrated by the author’s pencil sketches taken from a rare first edition of the book belonging to Dick Blain of Longframlington.
House Guests Which Vanish Into Africa
Where do house martins go in winter? IAN KERR describes a mystery which has puzzled ornithologists for years.
Down In The Forest A Tree House Stirs
SUSAN BURKE visits a unique holiday home in Kielder which has become the star attraction in a TV design series.
First Stirrings In The Sill Soil
ANTHONY TOOLE visits the national park visitor centre at Once Brewed, near Hadrian’s Wall, which is to be transformed by an ambitious redevelopment over the next two years.
Cultivating Skill On The Nursery Slope
SUSIE WHITE visits the gardens at Stanton Hall, which have been transformed over 30 years and now include a thriving nursery business.
The Mystical Tree Older Than Methuselah
BRUCE FERGUSON explores the natural history, myth, folklore and uses past and present of the yew tree.
The Case Of The Hole With The Mint In It
Although they are not archaeologists, RICHARD MASON and his father Tom have a knack for uncovering interesting historical finds when they are carrying out general groundwork on construction jobs. The family home at Pondicherry Farm in Rothbury is filled with a collection of more than 200 rare old bottles and clay jugs they have dug up ‘out of the clarts’, but their most exciting find was left on a shelf and forgotten about for eight years.
Where The Audience Gets In On The Act
BARBARA HENDERSON hears about a performance company whose productions have placed the emphasis on audience participation.
Arctic Snowflakes Scatter On The Sand
RICK TAYLOR welcomes the seasonal return of the snow bunting to our shores, and offers advice about where best to see it.
Also In This Issue....
HOME COOKING WITH JANE LOVETT
A warming Winter's Tail
School work's done - Chirapatre update
Meet in town - NCC trade event
Pigs in the picture - North Acomb painting competition
Darkness is golden - NNP & Kielders Dark Sky Park
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