Last November I stayed in Opengate Retreat Centre on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

I took this picture on my phone as soon as I arrived:

Opengate Courtyard©HelenBushe

After a morning walk around the tiny island in the wind and the rain, a seat by the fire in Pilgrim’s Coffee shop was much appreciated:

Pilgrims CoffeeShop©HelenBushe

Closer to home, another great place to enjoy coffee and cake after a walk is in this outdoor area of our nearby Cartford Inn:

Cartford Fire©HelenBushe

Or if it’s too cold to sit outside at the Cartford, there’s always a bar stool indoors:

Cartford Chairs ©HelenBushe

My final picture has nothing at all to do with any of the above, but I do remember the thrill of being lifted up onto an empty seat on a carousel many years ago. As soon as the ride started, I thought we were galloping at the speed of light! A child’s imagination knows no bounds.

Carousel Horses©HelenBushe

With thanks to Xingfumama for her Pull up a Seat Challenge Week 45.

Challenges like these get me thinking “out of the box” and send me on nostalgic journeys through old files. This is especially appreciated as we, in England, enter a four week lockdown due to Covid-19.

Stay safe everyone!

To see what fellow-bloggers from around the world have to offer, click on the icon below:


Teresa · 6 November 2020 at 21:22

I did love riding a carousel too, great memories. And that courtyard is just lovely!

    Helen Bushe · 6 November 2020 at 21:34

    Thank you so much. In my memory the horses on the carousel were galloping at the speed of light

bushboy · 6 November 2020 at 20:46

Such a lovely warm places to enjoy a drink 🙂

XingfuMama · 6 November 2020 at 18:09

Wonderful seats…and fireplaces. We’re having the kind of weather that makes the ones by the fire very appealing. Have a safe and snug week!

    Helen Bushe · 6 November 2020 at 21:35

    Thank you. I enjoyed putting this post together.

Lisa Coleman · 6 November 2020 at 18:00

Looks so quaint.

    Helen Bushe · 6 November 2020 at 22:00

    The house in the first picture where I stayed dated back to 1568!

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

%d bloggers like this: