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A day out in Craster
We’ve had the week off this week for reading week (or half term, if you teach in a school!) and it has been lovely to have a few days at home. Last week was completely manic with the busiest week of the year in the day job, combined with playing in a show every night, but we survived and have been able to get some rest this week. Phew! 🙂 A lot of sorting out has been done (see my post on decluttering – it has begun!) and I finished my dress for the Simplicity Blogger Challenge too. We also had a day out in Craster in Northumberland – it’s a beautiful seaside village with a few quaint shops, a lovely little harbour and a great restaurant. Perfect for a day trip!  Read More

Leicester University Botanic Garden
I was away at a conference this weekend with my day job, as a few of us were speaking about a reading test that we have developed for our international students. I was really worried about it, but thankfully it went much better than it played out in my head beforehand and I’m very relieved about this! On Saturday morning there was a bit of time where we didn’t really fancy going along to a talk, and as we were staying close by we decided to wander along to the Leicester University Botanic Garden. It really is an oasis of calm! And it was such a beautiful day, so it was really great to get some fresh air and enjoy the garden.  Read More

Birkheads Secret Gardens in spring
We went to Birkheads Secret Gardens for the first time last summer, and bought a season ticket so that we could go again. The gardens opened again a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend we went to have a potter around. The weather forecast had been great all week, but typically it changed by the time Saturday came around! It was incredibly windy but dry, so at least we managed to get out there and have a look at the lovely spring flowers.  Read More

Scarborough October 2014 | Hello! Hooray!
Scarborough fun
We had such a lovely time staying at Ox Pasture Hall last week (click here to see my post). After checking out we had a little bit of time before we caught the train back to York, which meant that we could have a little potter around. It was quite a foggy, dull day but we decided to go up to the Castle to see what we could see. Although it looks a little gloomy, it did actually clear up a little bit whilst we were there!  Read More

Ox Pasture Hall | Hello! Hooray!
Ox Pasture Hall
A little while back I was contacted by Ox Pasture Hall and was invited to stay and review the hotel. Naturally, I jumped at the chance and this week we went down to stay! Ox Pasture Hall is a luxury hotel located just inside the North York Moors National Park, a couple of miles outside Scarborough. So it’s a great place to stay if you want to go to somewhere to relax for the weekend, either by the sea or in the countryside. The hotel is set in beautiful grounds and it would be a brilliant location for a wedding too (more on that later!). Read More

A trip to Beamish

Back in September, we had a day out at Beamish. Tom had never been before, and I had only been once – about 20 years ago! It isn’t that far from us really, and I’ve been saying for ages that I wanted to go again. For those of you who have never been, Beamish is an open air museum and it is described as being ‘the living museum of the North’.  Read More

The Great Northern Quilt Show 2014
At the end of August, me and Mum went along to The Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate (yes, I’m still catching up with post writing!). We had never been before so didn’t really know what to expect, but it was brilliant! The show lasted for three days and we went on the Friday – it was busy that day, but I imagine that it was packed out on the weekend. Half of the showground was the exhibition quilts, and the other half was craft stalls. We were in our element – it was like Christmas had come early! Read More