Three years since I last stood here. Lindisfarne, a tidal island off the Northumberland coast of North Eastern England . Otherwise known as Holy Island. A place with a rich religious heritage dating back to 635AD.

It’s such a beautiful and evocative place. We would regularly visit here as a couple, as a small family and now as a family of two.

Saint Aidan came from Iona to found a monastery here. Iona is a small island of the western coast of Scotland. He must have liked wind and rain. Shall we say both islands are a tad exposed.

It’s a place I’ve always wanted to move to. Cut off from mainland for large parts of the day. Feels like you are surrounded by the vast open water on all sides. No escape from the unique feel and smell of the sea. A great place to think and breathe.

Not great for the waste. I would live off Fish and Chips…..

I’m talking about this as my mind wandered today. Hawklad is getting older. Won’t be many years before he is 18. Where did that time go. If he’s Independent then MAYBE I will need to find a new place to live. He’s always talked about never moving. So it might be be packing the bags. How knows maybe the bags will head here.

But it’s such a feeling. Such a big step. The thought of potentially starting again

60 thoughts on “Islands

  1. My daughter knows that she will be Isobelle’s caregiver as long as she lives, and then my eldest granddaughter will take on the responsibility. I really hope it will be different for you 🙏 ❤

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  2. I’ve been to Lindisfarne and I can understand your feeling. Such a lovely place, so peaceful. And guess what I had for dinner last night? Homemade Fish and Chips 😉 I just love F & C.

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  3. I’ve always regretted that I didn’t get to see those wonderful islands. And yes, you can definitely do it. I was 70 when I decided one day that what I needed to do was sell my place on the West Coast and move back to NY to a part where I knew no-one. Bought a house on the Internet and moved with 13 cats. So yes, you can do it.

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  4. I was recently due to go on a visit to Orthona, down here in Essex. This is a small celtic christian community right on the coast founded by St Cedd, who was a preist under St AIden. Unfortunately I missed it due to illness, but I am planning to go later in the summer. Ive always wanted to visit Lindesfarne. Maybe I should make a journey up to Northumberland one day?

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