About the Diary

This daily blog is an attempt to create a year-long verbal (and photographic) picture of life in Allendale, Northumberland, in the heart of the North Pennines of the United Kingdom. It’s not a calendar of events (there are plenty of those throughout the village websites) but rather it’s a record of musings, thoughts, memories and reminiscences, incidents and happenings, recorded at the end of each day in this blog.

By the time the end of the year rolls around, there should be 365 entries, which might be collatable into a book form, thereby turning into a handy record of a year, this particular year of 2019 in fact, of life in this village.

So . . . who is this diary for? Probably not for the greater outside world — more probably it’s for the people who actually know and love Allendale, this diary is more like a picture/story book about Allendale (and much of the wider Allen Valleys) that you can actually hold in your hand, or dip into online and exclaim, “Well, yes, that’s true, that’s the way it is, here and now.” Or, a decade hence, “Oh yeah, I remember that, what a concise history of a time and place.” The online diary could be a memento for folks who visit, or for folks who have moved away and want to reminisce. It’s not necessarily an attraction for tourists, or visitors, more of a continuing aide-memoire of life in this village during this year. That’s also why the Comments after each Post are so important!

The diary doesn’t fit into normal blog directories, in fact (I’ve checked, it doesn’t), because it is specifically about a great little village; it’s kind of an extended prose poem, a series of love paragraphs perhaps, to Allendale. So its reach will always be rather limited in scope, but in the grand scheme of things, that’s just about enough to be getting on with, isn’t it?