Day Fifteen: Lindisfarne and Alnwick

This weekend Sophia and I tagged along with some of her classmates for a 15-person day trip to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the town of Alnwick (pronounced “annick”), both across the border in England.

Holy Island is especially cool because it is connected to the mainland by a large natural sandbar, which is covered with water at high tide. There’s a paved road across. Signs everywhere warn drivers and hikers that the road will become impassable at certain hours and that the water rises rapidly and may necessitate a Coast Guard rescue of cars foolish enough to race the clock.

Driving to the island
Driving to the island

Although I didn’t learn the history ahead of time to know why it was holy, I did visit the parish church on the island, as well as look at the island’s castle and walk on the nice large-stone beach. The other major stop we made there was to buy mead, which seems to be the island’s main export.

Lindisfarne Castle in the background.
Lindisfarne Castle in the background.

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Inside the lime kilns
Inside the lime kilns

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Lindisfarne Priory ruins
Lindisfarne Priory ruins

In the nearby town of Beal there is a birds of prey center.

Sophia with a baby eagle
Sophia with a baby eagle

Alnwick Garden is an ornamental garden/park with nice fountains, labyrinths, … oh, and a “poison garden” where they grow khat, opium poppies, salvia, marijuana, datura, and a lot of other plants that were somehow a bit less interesting.

Miryam casting a spell (?)
Miryam casting a spell (?)
Cannabis plant: "Please keep off the grass"
Cannabis plant: “Please keep off the grass”

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