I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has made 2014 a wonderful year for me. Thank you to all my lovely customers and every one who has taken time to share my work and leave such kind and encouraging comments. You have no idea how important you've all been. Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! Maureen x
Hellooo from a sunny, but wee bit chilly Northumberland.
I thought I’d tell you about some wonderful food we have here in Northumberland, the first being…
Perhaps the most famous of all north-eastern specialities, Craster kippers herald from the Northumberland fishing village of Craster (just up the coast from The Strandline) and are exported far and wide.
Oak-smoking herring caught in the North Sea is the traditional way to preserve the fish and the Robson family in Craster has been doing it for four generations and more than 130 years.
In the days before refrigeration, salting, drying and smoking were methods used to preserve food and smoking herring makes an incredibly tasty fish that is also very good for you.
First, the herring are split on a machine capable of splitting 500kg per hour, this replaces the numerous "herring girls" that used to split the herring by hand.
Then the herring are placed in a brine solution of plain salt and water for a predetermined length of time depending on their size and lastly, they are hung on tenter hooks and placed in the cavernous smokehouses. Fires made of whitewood shaving and oak sawdust are placed under the rows of herring and these are left to smoulder for up to 16 hours until the kippers are ready.
We like them lightly fried and served with bread and butter, but they can be grilled or cooked the traditional way (jugged) fill a large jug with boiling water, and simply place the kipper in head first with the tail just above the surface of the water. Leave for six minutes and your kipper will be cooked to perfection.
If you weren’t hungry before, you will be when you smell these kippers!
Last night I was thinking about the supermoon that will occur tonight and thought I would take a few photos as it was looking good.
Towards Amble - no moon yet
According to astronomers, tonight (Sunday) will see the moon closer to earth than it has been in the last 20 years. At around 18.10 the moon (supermoon) will be at it's full stage for approximately 26 minutes, taking it to within 221,765 mils of earth.
Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him@TheoPaphitisand describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.
Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has over 400,000 followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.
The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy.
Had a busy day with some tricky drilling. This delicate summery necklace has three sea glass gems of differing colours. Each sea glass gem measures under 1/2" so that's where the tricky drilling comes into play - didn't want to drill my fingers :)
Found this in the Telegraph yesterday - your chance to see the beautiful beaches where I collect my sea glass :)
Win a seven-night family break in Northumberland
Discover Northumberland’s abundant wildlife, enchanting gardens and spectacular fortresses on a week-long coastal break - click photo!
Enter the prize draw for the chance to win a wonderful seven-night coastal family holiday in Northumberland, courtesy of Stay Northumbria.
Based in a beautiful apartment situated in the prestigious Seafield development in Seahouses, you will be close to the sea and local village amenities.
After a day exploring, tuck in at the Bamburgh Castle Inn – famed for it use of local produce, including shellfish freshly sourced from Seahouses fishermen – where a delicious family meal and sublime harbour views await.
The lucky winner will also enjoy a superb year-long family pass to every English Heritage property in Northumberland as well as family admission to a National Trust site during your stay.
I've not been to the beach today as it is so windy, but went for a walk along the river instead. It was still very windy, but quite good light so I took a few photos of local birds and one uncommon (and very close) visitor a Slavonian Grebe!
Had a wonderful 2 1/2 hours beachcombing yesterday, the sun was out and as it was a south wind it wasn't freezing :)
Took a little time out and just sat here staring out to sea - aaaah!
I didn't know where to look first - all these bits!
A good day! Lots of sea glass in most colours and even a nice little piece of blue, but even more pottery! Also, in the top right of the photo is a whole shell, not something I find regularly, they are nearly always broken.