Monday 16 November 2009

Sic transit gloria machinae (Not So-OK Computer)

Our little house in Haltwhistle is now up for sale. It's an ex-council house (which we've owned for five years) and we will be very sorry to leave here. Our neighbours are marvellous and the house is very warm and cosy!

Above: A view over to Haltwhistle Burn out of one of our side windows.

My computer (laptop) finally crumbled and gave up the ghost a few days ago (BTW just read Robert Harris' book "The Ghost" and thoroughly recommend it). It is one of the many reasons why I have not been blogging. Using hubbie's laptop at present. New one is on the way hurrah!

Above: More great views of Hadrian's Wall. I'm trying to remember which "lough" it is. I think it is Crag Lough pronounced "loff" (lake) and "crag"(obviously).

I've written the above in italics. My husband has pointed out (since I originally wrote the post) that it is the view of the Wall overlooking Cawfield Quarry. You can see the cars parked on the other side of the quarry.

Above: Another view of our B&B, on the borders of Northumberland/Cumbria. It is literally a stone's throw from Hadrian's Wall. It is also on The Pennine Way. The ruins of Thirlwall Castle, a Reiver Castle, (its stones are Roman) is hiding behind the trees on the right.

We are also looking into setting up language courses (Spanish, French, Italian and Latin) to run alongside the B&B. I've also started language tutoring - Spanish GCSE... (which is marginally like the "old" style O-Level Course).

We popped down to London at half term to see friends and relatives. I started to write a post a few days ago about being in London but lost the lot. (Stop press! There may some saved. It has is below. Some repetition but never mind.) I was reminiscing about my College days in North London - Hampstead. I also got to go to the Language Fair at Olympia, Kensington, where I picked up some great ideas and tips. The marvellous chap on the Greek and Latin stand (www. was most helpful. Minimus and Cambridge Latin Course here I come!

We have had such a superb Summer welcoming guests. Plus there are always lots of meetings to go to. Such as the one the other night over at The Corbridge Angel Pub (this pub is very up-market....not really to my taste...I prefer The Wallace Arms) I did get to meet some German archaeology and tourism delegates from LIMES (the ancient German Roman Empire Frontier)...and Lindsey Allison-Jones and Paul Bidwell. The latter two are great scholars and teachers of all things to do with Hadrian's Wall.

The Volunteer Guides for Hadrian's Wall in the Tynedale area, of which I am one (a bona fide Yellow Badge Institute of Tourism Guide), have been shortlisted for "The Pride of Tynedale Awards" which is being held this Friday at Hexham Race Course. I've also been invited along to the Lunch Awards Ceremony so I'm dusting down my best frock and royal blue "Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd." fleece!

Yes. I know. I owe you lots of stuff. Promises. Promises. One of these days I might surprise you and it will all be here.

P.S. If you want to know more about Whitley Castle (an un-dug-up-Roman fort called Epiacum) and the joys of it. Look at a leaflet about it here at this website: It is a downloadable PDF file.


Dumdad said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere.

Yes, I enjoyed The Ghost by Robert Harris. But everything he writes is good.

Sage said...

Welcome back, I have missed you xx

If you want to get a handle on some extra material, you can click on this address they had some government money to get more learning materials into open learning space and some of their older materials are in here.

French, Spanish, German and best of all getting started on classical latin



Hadriana's Treasures said...

Dumdad...absolutely agree with you regarding Robert Harris. I worship at his altar. Am also saving "Lustrum" for after Christmas. I need something to cheer me up in The New Year. (Also realised that I missed a full stop in my post...will go back and insert it. Do you cringe when you see mistakes or is it water off a dumdad's back?)

Sage: Thank you very, very much for the reference to the material. I'm trying hard not to fork out loads for materials. Lots of my books are boxed up in the loft extension upstairs. The annoying thing is...that I will have to open them all up to locate all of my language reference books. Aaagh! So your recommendations are much appreciated. :)

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Sage - The Latin one looks fab. Thanks for those!

Nota Bene said...

Phew...lots to read....a lot happening with you...all sounds very positive! Hurrah

The bike shed said...

Nice that you are back blogging. And to see the pictures of the wall - I learned to climb at Crag Lough and Peel Crag.

Have you seen the bloggers who are doing the walk along the wall next year. Click the link to All That Comes With It on my blogroll.

Expat mum said...

Were you at the awards lunch (dinner?) last month in Newc? My mother was there (Beamish Museum) and said a lot of the Roman volunteers won things.

Maggie May said...

Hope your new laptop comes soon. I would be lost without a computer.
Lovely photos!

Nuts in May

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the photos.....I know what it's like not having a laptop, I so missed mine when it was away being fixed.

Gill in Canada

Suburbia said...

What beautiful countryside :)

Welcome back!

Ladybird World Mother said...

Lovely to see you! Must get that book out... have heard good things about it. I do love your posts... so much to look at and think about. x

French Fancy... said...

Oh Hade I am pleased to see you back. I didn't realise you used to hang around Hampstead - my old stamping ground.

Good news about the new financial plans and fingers crossed your spare house sells quickly. Your views look amazing.

thinking of you


Lakeland Jo said...

Good to hear from you Hadriana-thanks for the lovely pics. Good luck with the house sale and the bank.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Now the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Catactacus, were just passing by.
All together, now the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Catactacus, were just passing by.
....I just passed by, read the post but was too lazy to leave a proper comment.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

NB: I have my new whizzy laptop now! So fast I cannot keep up with it.

Mark: My husband has ticked me off about the Wall photo. I should recognise is Cawfields quarry - just along the road from here. Disgraceful of me I know.

Are they the bloggers - Dan and Jo Beaufoix et al? I will go and have a look some time. I apologise hugely to everyone's blogs...I will get back to you all soon (I hope). Even if I don't leave I comment...I will be reading!

Expatmum..I wasn't there sadly. Sounds very interesting. I'm hoping to get to the lunch today. Fingers crossed. The whole family are being afflicted by this Winter 'orrible virus that manifests itself at both ends!!!

Thank you: Maggie, Gill, Suburbia, LWM, Lakeland Jo and FF(BTW I went to Westfield College which is now Queen Mary Westfield in the East End college days were definitely of the Shangri La variety).

Yorkshire Pud: You do make me laugh. Your sense of humour concurs with mine. Good on you for leaving your own brand of comment. More please.

Big apology to Troy: I deleted his comment because I got on my high horse about something. I completely misread and misinterpreted his comment. I must have got out of bed the wrong side or something. I've apologised to him by e-mail as well. Culpa mea.

That's me all over: happy, friendly, volatile, cantakerous, cautious, jump in at the deep end, bonkers, sane and all the rest in between.

Gosh...this computer is making me very chirpy!

the fly in the web said...

Great to see that you are blogging again and also that you are feeling so positive.
Good luck with the house sale and with all your initiatives.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Lovely article and very exciting times for you all. Ah to be young and energetic. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I hope the move will be a good one for you. The area is so beautiful and amazing scenery - we are very lucky to live in this part of the world aren't we.

CJ xx

Lynne said...

So glad to see you back.
Can you teach me German?

Clippy Mat said...

oh just had a little fantasy there about buying that house with that lovely view and spending summers in it... wouldn't that be nice?
going to check out that book.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Sadly Lynne...German isn't one of my languages. I'd love to do it one day though. Shall we learn it together? Grossen umarmungen!

Fly, GOK, CJ, CM...Thank you! If you bought the house, CM, you could hang out with your friend from time to time... :)