Sunday, 26 September 2010

St Peter's Church - Sunderland

Cycling around today the weather was overcast and far from perfect for photography. Near to the end of my ride I popped into St Peter's church in search of a cup of tea and a bun, they have a cafe at the rear of the place. However on Sunday afternoons all that you can get is Sunday lunch, but the kindly chef offered me a bowl of soup and a coffee, and I can certainly recommend the excellent soup! The cafe is open for a limited period on all days except Mondays.

There is some evidence to suggest that Bede was born in Sunderland and that he spent most of his time at the St Peter's site, which at that time was a monastery. No doubt the people of Jarrow would dispute this as they claim Bede as one of theirs.

Photography was a tad difficult within the building without a flash gun or a tripod, but I managed to capture a couple of shots.

The fruits of the Harvest Festival on display in the foreground.

I have been into the church a number of times in the past, but had failed to notice the attractively painted ceiling.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Autumn on the way!

A couple of shots taken at Saltwell Park in Gateshead yesterday.

Saltwell Towers was designed and once owned by William Wailes, a prominent designer of stained glass, and was completed in 1862. It is now a tearoom and exhibition centre within the park.

First signs of autumn.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Great North Run

World class marathon runners, Haile Gebrselassie and Kiplimo Kimutai. They finished first and second respectively. Seen here on the Felling bypass, about 3 miles into the run.

The gentleman in the banana suit is Tony Audenshaw, who plays Bob Hope in Emmerdale, running for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Thanks for the wave Tony!

And last, but certainly not least, is my younger son Tom and his friend Michael, both running for a local children's charity.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Tanfield Legends of Industry Gala

The Tanfield Railway Gala starts on the Friday night with a Photographers' evening and then there are two days of frantic activity on the railway with passenger, mixed and coal trains running. This year they imported two engines, the LNER J72 tank seen above, and a Manning Wardle cabless 0-6-0 tank, while the recently restored local Stephenson tank Twizell was in good form. Other attractions included a vintage vehicle display, model boats, a fairground organ and a group playing country music.

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Rose Line Building - Wylam Wharf

The Rose Line Building at Wylam Wharf on Sunderland's riverside was restored in 1995. Originally constructed in the late 18th century the brick extension was built in 1820.

Canon 5D 24-70L

Monday, 6 September 2010


An elderly fishing boat chugs out of the river past the University of Sunderland's buildings at St Peter's.

One of the several remaining traditional cobles still fishing (crabs or lobsters?) from the Wear.

Canon 5D 24-70L