Entries by sophie stephenson

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

Not just a good read (The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith/J K Rowling), but a good listen too. We have heard a cuckoo nearby consistently over the past few days, and as per the well-known rhyme, May is the time to listen for the call. A bird to be admired, the cuckoo has been in […]

Evening Light

We have been blessed with fine weather at Layside over the past few days, and the evening light especially is beautiful. Kevin and I have travelled to many places in the world, but I can honestly say that on a fine evening here in Northumberland, there is no other place that I would rather be. […]

Brown Hare

Our resident Brown Hare can now be seen most days at Layside – the young leveret enjoying garden shrubs and spinach from the vegetable garden. It is believed that the hare was introduced to Britain by the Romans around 2000 years ago and it is good to see that recorded numbers of these beautiful animals […]

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May is here

Despite the drop in temperature over the past few days, the sun is shining and the promise of summer hangs in the air. The swallows have returned to nest in the outhouses and the pied wagtails have again decided that it is a good idea to nest underneath Kev’s car, so journeys are kept short […]

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Spring Festival

The local market town of Hexham holds a Spring Festival every year – to be held this year on Saturday 28th April in the beautiful Abbey grounds. Organised by the Hexham Community Partnership, this family-friendly outdoor event will feature live music, food and craft stalls, dog agility and a falconry display. Closer to Layside, the […]

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New arrivals at Layside

It is always a lovely sight to see spring lambs in the fields surrounding Layside. The weather has improved and these new arrivals are enjoying some long awaited sunshine. We took our first walk yesterday without Archie at our side. A ten minute walk up the road took us to The Sill, and it was […]

Goodbye to a dear friend

It is with great sorrow that we had to say goodbye to our black labrador Archibald yesterday. He was not only a loyal companion, best friend (and of course “hairy brother” to Eddie), but he was our inspiration. We all fell in love with this part of Northumberland together with long walks along Hadrian’s Wall, […]

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Greenhead Farmers Market

Greenhead is a small village in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country. A village market is held at the Greenhead Village Hall on the second Sunday of every month from 10 am to 2 pm (in April it will be held on Sunday 8th)! It is a great opportunity to meet local producers with a […]

The Curlews Return

The charity “Birdlife International” put the curlew on its global “birds at risk” list for the first time in 2008. At Layside we are lucky enough to welcome the humble bird as it returns to the National Park every year to begin nesting and courting on the rough pasture. It is in fact one of […]

Northumberland National Park wins Prestigious Award

Northumberland National Park has won the prestigious accolade of National Park of The Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. This is the second time the National Park has won the respected nationwide competition through an online public vote, making the least populated National Park in the country the undisputed people’s champion once again. […]