It’s been a long week of work and politics, after our holiday in beautiful Northumberland last week, so I thought it would be nice to welcome in the weekend, though not the next British government (which will take a little longer to arrive), with some images from the gardens at Cragside. Unfortunately I can’t also import the roar of RAF jet fighters practising their low-flying techniques that accompanied my picture-taking – but at least your ears won’t hurt while you enjoy the flowers.

A sign at Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland – everybody is welcome here.  ‘Wat fettle?’ is Cumberland dialect – you can read more on that subject here.