• Exterior of Raby Castle, County Durham
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    An Afternoon at Raby Castle

    As I mentioned in my last post, instead of travelling to far-away places I’ll be keeping things local and will be exploring much closer to home. For the time being at least. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be a few trips with flights above six hours coming up but it’s definitely time to check out what’s on my doorstep. Far too often we forget and certainly take for granted what we already have. So, taking this into account, I recently drove just 15 minutes from my new front door (yes, I’ve just bought a house!) to visit Raby Castle in County Durham.  If you’re not familiar with the area,…

  • Spennymoor: The Norman Cornish Trail
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    Spennymoor: The Norman Cornish Trail

    “Spennymoor has all that a painter needs in order to depict humanity.” The North East’s answer to Lowry, Norman Cornish is a well-regarded artist who painted at a time when black coal coursed through the veins of every family. Not being from the North East originally, I can’t say that I’ve heard of Cornish or seen his works. However, now that I’ve just bought a house in the area, I’ll be making more of an effort to explore local areas. To celebrate the centenary of Cornish’s birth, a trail has been created to take you around Spennymoor to see where Cornish took his inspiration from. Many of the locations have…