Our holiday is over, we had a great time and I now have heaps of photos to sort before posting. Seeing as this is a major undertaking, I'll ease my way back into blogging gently and start off with a Skywatch post.
For most of our week away the sky looked like this. Blue, blue and more blue. This is the controversial and very large Angel of the North, which looms over the motorway not far from Newcastle. There are undoubtedly much better photos of this statue but, considering I took this one from the back of a motorbike whilst travelling along the A1, I think it's not bad.
Head over here for more lovely skies.
Addendum. A little more info on The Angel of the North, since Gayle was asking.
There was much controversy at the time the statue (sculpture?) was erected, lots of opinions were expressed, by the newspapers as well as local people, as to whether this was art or an eyesore! We happened to be coming past the first day it was unveiled and there were long tailbacks on the A1 as everyone wanted to get a look at this 'blot on the landscape/beautiful sculpture' (delete as applicable).
At the time, I thought it was an ugly piece of rusty metal which looked totally unbalanced due to the shape and length of the wings, and that it stood out like a sore thumb. These days I am probably just ambivalent. I don't pass it very often but, when I do, it certainly draws the eye.
Follow the link to its website to see more photos, these illustrate just how large and prominent it really is. A few opinions, both good and bad, are also mentioned.
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