A really enjoyable few days, with all the girls together and my realising anyone of them could qualify as the Guinness Book of Records "Shopping Champion". Shop 'til you drop took on a whole new meaning!
In the midst of all this of course the shootings were happening in Northumberland, with the incident of the policeman shot in his car occurring quite close to where we were located. Undeterred we all enjoyed our time with Ashley and Dan, the meals out, the sightseeing and it produced a particular nostalgia for me based on my time spent in Newcastle many years ago. A fabulous place which has lost none of its attraction.
Amidst all this I sorted out arrangements re the car and the transfer back north with the AA ( Automobile Association).
Mention must be made of the Kittiwakes which now nest on the Tyne Bridge and even on the window ledges of some of the large office buildings nearby. I recollect they weren't as far into town previously and confined, then, to ledges around a factory building further down the river out towards the coast. Now their ringing calls vie with traffic noise and all the familiar sounds of an inner city location! The evening was spent with a celebratory Italian "creation" , cooked by me, and eaten with a view of the sun going down behind the hallowed outline of St. James's Park across the river!