Monday, 26 September 2016

Transformers 5

I know this is nothing to do with the Farnes but when you get some guests in town who are mega superstars then it would be rude not to blog about it.
They have been filming the new Transformers 5 at Bamburgh and Alnwick Castle which features Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and the one and only Sir Anthony Hopkins.

We can't forget the cars as they were a big hit with everyone. Bumble Bee and all the other cars were on show and it pulled in the crowds. I'm not sure if the locals enjoyed it as the traffic jams were from Seahouses to Bamburgh.

All the pictures of the cars are by my daughter "Charlie" so i can not take any credit at all. 

My sister in law, "Sally" and her family missed the cars but they were not bothered at all as Sir Anthony Hopkins stopped and had his pictures taken with (from right to left) Grace, Faith and Mae.

The film is called the "Last Knight" with the plot revolving around King Arthur which is why its being filmed at the Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles and it will be released in June 23rd 2017 so watch out for it.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Dolphins and Dunstanburgh Castle

We do Sunset Cruises every Tuesday and Thursday from May until mid Sept but so far this year it has not been the best.

What we tend to do is slowly cruise around the Farnes, seeing all the seabirds and seals and the light is perfect at this time of day for photography, but this year we have had about 5 really good sunsets and what we try to do is to see them going down behind Bamburgh Castle before we head back to the harbour.

It is really disappointing for me and my guests when the clouds roll in at the last minute and spoil what would have been a cracking sunset but sometimes it does pay off.

This Thursday was one of those evenings when it did pay off, as we were just about to head out for the cruise, when dolphins were spotted. All I could think was that i needed to get out there so we don't miss them.
As we left the harbour I could not see them but then all of a sudden there they were. They were on a mission and I did not think we would catch them up so I asked my guests what they wanted to do. The response was "Lets go for the dolphins"

When a guests asks that, who am I to say no, so off we went. It was not long before we managed to catch up with them and what a display they put on.
At one stage they were at both sides of the boat and I'm positive they were enjoying it just as much as we were. By this time my smile was as big as a cheshire cat but I was not the only one and before I knew it we were at Dunstanburgh Castle. Boy where did that happen, oh well, there was no point in going home just yet so we stayed and watched the sun go down behind the castle.

What a perfect end to a perfect evening and thank you everyone who joined me. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Luecistic Shag

We have seen the wonderful Shag around the islands a lot lately but we have not been able to get a really close look until yesterday and today.

It is not as laid back as other shags and seems to be a little bit on edge the closer you get, and I can totally understand why, as its a beauty to see. 

That's two luecistic seabirds we have seen this year and both were special to see. Anyway enough talk here are some pictures for you. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sunset and Storms

Its taken a long time, but on Tuesday and Thursday evening during our sunset cruises, we had the best sunsets of the year and to top that off we had flat calm seas, good company and we watched the last of the jumplings take that leap of faith. I didn't want to go home as I was enjoying myself so much, but when I looked at some of my guests, I realized they were starting to get really cold so I had to go back home.

We have also had some great storms and one storm caught me out as I was not expecting it at all.

The forecast said it was going to rain but it was blue skies and flat calm seas, so a little bit of rain was not going to put this skipper off and they never get the forecast right anyway... Bugger the second I left the harbour the heavens opened and it started to chase us as we headed out to the islands. 

We did get caught in a few showers but overall we were very lucky as they past us by, but what we did see was some amazing lightning bolts over Bamburgh Castle and other areas up and down the Northumberland coastline. Yes its not the best place to be during a lightning storm as we are a total conductor but it was good to see.

Yes we made it back in one piece.

During the sunset cruise on Thursday I looked out of my window and saw a puffin fly past and I thought it was flying really funny. I took a second look and it was not until then that I realized it was a Storm Petrel. I run outside to tell my guests, but I think in my excitement the word "storm petrel" came out all wrong and it sounded like "straw man" What a prat eh. No wonder people were asking what I had seen.

Never mind it made people giggle and made me look like a right plonker but to be honest I was still chuffed to see it no matter what I was.

Anyway I have waffled on enough so here are the pictures of the sunsets, storms and the petrel, and remember we sail every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm, and as the weeks move on it will become quicker so its always good to ask if you are booking.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Guillemots Gone

Well it will not be long before all the seabirds are gone and that will be it until next year. At the moment the Guillemots are the ones that have gone first and I don't think it will be long before the other seabirds will follow.

When you look at some of the cliff faces its totally bare and you think to yourself where has it gone. It was not long ago when I blogged about them arriving and all of a sudden I'm saying goodbye. It has not been the best of years for all the seabirds, but it's not been the best of years full stop. Fingers crossed its not all bad news and some of the seabirds have had a good year.

Judging on what we have been seeing this season I think the Razorbills have had a good year but as for the other seabirds I just don't know. I have never known a year like it really and we have struggled but the seabirds have not had the best time either.

We have seen a good few purple sandpipers lately and people have told me that they are none breeders that's why they are here so quick. It makes you think that it must be the same everywhere, but I suppose I can't really say anything until the final count is in.

Until then all I can say is that the guillemots have now gone and hopefully the other seabirds will hang around for a little while longer.


It will not be long now until the end of the breeding season but for now we are enjoying the chicks grow and leave the islands until they return.

I love watching the Kittiwake chicks grow to big for their nests and sometimes its just to much for the parents and the chicks to be on the same nest but they manage to do it.

When you are passing the same place day in and day out you notice some really silly things, but this year it seems to be the seabirds which is a crying shame. I'm not sure just yet as the wardens have not told me the final numbers, but I'm convinced the Kittiwakes are down. I look at what I call "my little areas" and I can see that they have either failed or they have just never bothered at all. I do hope I'm wrong and I would love to think I was wrong but I just have a feeling.

Hopefully it just goes in circles and next year will be a bumper year, but its still nice watching the young grow up and then take their first flight.

I have taken some pictures to show you how they are growing up really quickly.