Thursday, 11 December 2008

Sykywatch Friday - 12 December 2008

Gateshead - Newcastle Millennium Bridge

I've eventually walked over the Gateshead - Newcastle Millennium Bridge! I think I was the only person in the North East who hadn't! Everyone I speak to has been over it many times but I hardly ever go to Newcastle. If I do, I just go to the main shopping area and never down to the Quayside.

My husband was 65 a couple of weeks ago and we decided to go out for a late lunch in Newcastle on the Quayside. Not only was it a late lunch, we were late too. I was walking as I took these photographs, the light wasn't too good and it was absolutely freezing, so they aren't exactly wonderful. I just had to record the occasion!


Tyne Bridge

This is a view of the Tyne Bridge taken from the Millennium Bridge. The struts (not sure if that's the correct terminolgy) of the Millennium Bridge are at the top edges of the picture.

If it looks familiar, the Tyne Bridge is a smaller version of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was built four years before the Sydney one by the same company Dorman Long, Middlesbrough. It's not as dramatic as the Sydney Harbour Bridge let's face it, that one stands alone over a really beautiful harbour.

This one was built in what was a highly industrialised area and has other bridges very close to it, carrying the traffic into and out of Newcastle upon Tyne. Nevertheless, it's well loved here in the North East.

I think a summer visit is in the offing to get some better pictures!

If you'd like to join Skywatch Friday just go to the Skywatch website and post your pictures.


24 comments:

  1. I love these bridge shots, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  2. Very nice sky. Love the bridge.

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  3. beautiful capture. impressive bridge.

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  4. Nice photos, thanks for sharing them!

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  5. Happy Birthday Winifred's husband. Great skywatch.
    Patsy

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  6. Gosh it must be 30 years since I was last in Newcastle. Changed I bit I expect. Great on the fly photos thanks for posting. First time visitor but will be returning....Loved your previous post re the librarian. Stilgoe a very clever chappie.

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  7. Interesting bridges and well taken photos. I will have to visit someday, hopefully.

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  8. Very appropriate shots for Sky Watch Friday and I like the lighting!!!

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  9. The bridge is beautiful as is the sky especially in the second photo!

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  10. Well, I think they're beautiful photos and I like the lighting too.

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  11. I Very much enjoyed your beautiful photos. The first one is an amazing bridge.
    Have a great sky watch week.
    Grammy

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  12. I thought it looked familiar! Did you know we have a Gateshead here too?

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  13. Its nice to see other parts of the world...thanks Winifred. What are you up too? Are you doing much decorating and such? I'm trying to cut way down...small tree downstairs and 6 foot skinny upstairs...both artificial. A few things placed at eye level for our soon to be 5 year old. Can't wait to get him and his 8 month old brother in my arms. Oh joy...I'm glad they're coming up...3 whole days together...and 2 travel days for them.

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  14. great captures...interesting bridges...quite open and modern.

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  15. Great photographs of the bridges. Even as a non-engineer they have a fascination :D

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  16. Great photography, and I awed with the construction. I'm learning lots about your part of the world

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  17. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.

    The Quayside area has changed tremendously over the last thirty years. It was old warehouses all along that area now it's a vibrant area for nightlife. It helped make the area a hotspot for stag & hen weekends. Now people seem to go further afield, Barcelona, Prague, Ibiza etc. I'll do a trip along the Quayside sometime and post the pictures.

    What am I up to? Well that's a blog for tomorrow I think. No decorating for me, I wouldn't dare. Everything I plan seems to have disaster written all over it. I have to laugh though.

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  18. I really enjoy posts about the area where you live. The pictures were great!

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  19. Thanks so much for visiting me and commenting on my Skywatch post.

    These are beautiful photos, and very neat bridges!

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  20. a belated happy birthday for you dh. What an interesting commentary about the bridge. Great photos, too.

    Gill in Canada

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  21. Great photos Winifred. Prefer the Tyne Bridge to the Millennium Bridge though. Have always admired it.

    A x

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  22. Dear Winifred ~~ Love your bridge and sky pics. Well done. I am so glad you had a good laugh at my jokes. And your husband (Happy Birthday) liked the grandad one. We were very happy to get over an inch of rain - for the farms, gardens and catchment areas. Take care, Love, Merle.

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  23. Both splendid bridges in your cityscapes.

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  24. Beautiful post. Also, just read your previous post about Joyce the Librarian. Being a retired librarian, I really enjoyed it. although I must say most of the librarians I know don't fit the stereotype.

    ~hippo hugs~

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