A plethora of Vizslas

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
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Trip End Aug 02, 2009


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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Don't you just love that word plethora??  Well, maybe not a plethora of Vizslas, but I've seen two in the last 24 hours.  One at my uncle and auntie's place, or at their neighbours, and another one on Holy Island, or Lindisfarne. 
Upon arrival at Newcastle I was picked up by above auntie and uncle, spent the evening catching up with my cousins Angus and Iain who are all grown up from when I saw them last on 1991 trip when they were teenagers.  Alan took me round to see Hector the Vizsla and Harry the German Wirehair, who were lovely.  The following day, Wednesday, we took off to Lindisfarne which was an interesting place, you have to cross a causeway at low tide.  Alan and I visited the castle which was atop a huge rock, Holy Island was a stronghold against the Vikings but the castle was only built in the 15th century.  Before that St Bede and St Cuthbert hung out here although their remains ended up elsewhere.  The castle was rather nice, and had in recent times been used for a holiday home for some rich guy.  This was where I encountered the second Vizsla, being walked on the island.  Dogs everywhere being walked, including Jinx, my cousin's dog who was staying until his owners got home from holiday in Cyprus.  Jinx is a staffy/whippet cross and was a rather nice size, could have had him as an agilty dog very easily and he was very well behaved.  
On our way to Lindisfarne we had also stopped for a photo of the Angel of the North which is a huge sculpture, meant to symbolise hope for the future, once the mines and steelworks which the region was famous for had closed down.
On our return to Washington where Alan and Ann live, the rain was absolutely torrential, so hard that it was difficult to see on the motorway.  Washington, where they live, is where George Washington originated from.    However when I tried to put in Washington as the place where I was on this blog, it didn't come up as an option!  Wonder what George would have had to say about that!
A yummy roast cooked by my auntie and a chance to catch up with my cousin Hazel, her husband and young Katie.  Last time I saw Hazel she was only 10! 
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