Ten Things Tuesday: small unexpected pleasures

I’ve been away from home for two weeks now and have had some wonderful experiences; meeting my newest nieces and nephews, visiting friends and relatives, and discovering more about my family’s past. But there have also been many small pleasures; good coffee, interesting people, fine architecture and beautiful views.

So here, in no particular order, are ten of the little pleasures that have helped to make my days so enjoyable:

Twilight view of The Sage, Gateshead

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Lunch at The Olive Branch Cafe, Alnwick; where the owner know how to make coffee the Kiwi way!

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First sight of Edinburgh Castle on a crisp autumn morning

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My wonderful room at the Seascape B&B; Lower Largo, Fife.

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The Scottish National Portrait Gallery; fantastic building – never mind the art.

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Bust of Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

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Oak roasted salmon, orange, pomegranate and snow pea salad; Pizza Express, Edinburgh.

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Sunrise; Lower Largo, Fife

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Early morning on the stone bridge at Tyringham, Buckinghamshire.

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The sanctuary knocker; north door, Durham Cathedral.

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Word a week photography: arch

I’m in the UK at the moment – revelling in the architectural gems of many centuries that pop out at me wherever I go.

Sue’s Word a Week photography challenge is arch: perfect for so much of what I’ve seen on my recent travels.

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The parish church at Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire.

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Dunfermline Abbey, Fife, Scotland

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The parish church at Auchtermuchty; Fife. Home of my Leslie forebears in the late 19th century.

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St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

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The old churchyard at Kirkmichael, Perthshire. The headstone in the foreground is that of my 4x great grandparents, James Wallace and Ann Cunnison.