Hugh's Back Yard Adventures

November 19, 2020
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Hugh, a Northumberland local and Head of Marketing, Communications and Business Administration at one of our favourite cafes ever, Pilgrims Coffee, talks to us about his summer of sun on the North Sea, the thrill of water sports and new puppies!


Summer in Northumberland 

A cancelled trip to Lake Annecy in France would have left me in a far worse mood if the weather at home in north Northumberland hadn’t been quite so amazing. I’ve had quite a few beach days in glorious sunshine where the North Sea looked a lot more Mediterranean than its usual grey self. Sunset swims at Budle Bay and Bamburgh with my dog, Daphne, have been some of my summer highlights. It’s also been brilliant to see local eateries doing so well after the first lockdown. George at Embers, based near Embleton, serves up some of the best wood fired pizza I’ve ever had. Try the Northern Heat - magnificent!  


Budle Bay scorcher

Back to work

At the start of July I started working again at Pilgrims Coffee on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, although this time in a new capacity. I’m now head of marketing, communications and business administration. It’s been a great busy few months in the roastery surrounded by delicious, sustainably sourced coffee and a wonderful team. Working with Siren Communications has definitely been a highlight, especially getting mentioned in publications such as I News and National Geographic Traveller Food. Some people hate their commute, and while having working hours dictated by the tides can be inconvenient, I never tire of driving across the causeway. I put down my windows, breathe in the sea air and listen to the curlews and the oystercatchers. Just the thing after a day’s work. 


Holy Island causeway


3 days down the Wye

After a 3 month postponement and a 6 hour drive across England I finally embarked on a long weekend of canoeing and camping along the picturesque river Wye with a great gang of some of my oldest friends. Although the weather was less than ideal it gave my £15 waterproof poncho, which was mocked at the start of the weekend, a chance to shine! Each night we camped and ate out at pubs on the river bank. A definite highlight was our final night at Ye Old Ferrie Inn, in Symonds Yat. The Forest of Dean wild boar burger was phenomenal and of course it would have been rude to visit Herefordshire and not sample some local ciders!  




A new arrival

The end of August saw the arrival of our new puppy, Dulcie. The days leading up to this I was quite anxious about how Daphne would react but tolerance soon led to friendship. They are niece and aunt after all! The training has been going well and the puppy recently started joining us on beach outings. She has a Labrador's affinity for water, as well as anything edible...




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