This post marks my last blog post of 2016! Cranberry & Apricot will be 1 at the start of January 2017 and I’ve successfully managed to blog every Sunday for the last 52 weeks. What a relief! I’m so pleased I started a series of monthly highlight posts at the start of 2016 as it’s easy to forget everything that happens each month and is a great way to reflect on the year overall. Here are a few things I got up to in December…
Reindeers at Heighley Gate
In the run up to Christmas we went to Heighley Gate garden centre in Morpeth to see their reindeers. Unfortunately they didn’t come up as close to the fence as I would’ve liked but luckily I had my zoom lens!
One perk of darker mornings is that I now get to see the sunrise whilst I’m getting ready for work. There has been some fabulous ones recently where the sky has just been a mass of pinks and oranges!
Afternoon tea at Slaley Hall
After being left disappointed in November by the service at Slaley Hall, we were invited back for complimentary sparkling Afternoon Tea. I originally went with my friend but this time went back with my Mum. It was nice to drive out to Hexham and although the festive Afternoon Tea was much better than our first experience, it still wasn’t as goods our time at Bonbar, Jesmond Dene House or The Great British Cupcakery.
A magical walk
One Wednesday night we headed to Saltwell park for Enchanted Parks, an after dark adventure. The woodland was dotted with magical lighting and the buildings were lit with moving projections. Although it wasn’t quite as I’d imagined, it was still good to walk around the park and admire the lights.
My wardrobe arrived!
After a 12 week wait for my wardrobe to be made and shipped from Germany, it was finally delivered and fitted. As it was customisable, it meant I got to choose the panel colours, the handles, the interior layout and any extras such as soft close fittings and lights. I chose it so that the left side of the wardrobe has 2 hanging rails and the right side has a section for longer items as well as shelves for clothes that can be folded and my toiletries. It’s so much bigger than my old wardrobe and means my floor is now kept clean!
Going underground at the Grainger Market
On the 1st Dec, the Grainger market held it’s first ever late night shopping event to help support the 111 small independent business’ it houses. I was invited to the event which meant I got to go underground into the air raid shelter which I don’t think has actually ever been open to the public! It was great to go down and see it, it was much bigger than I’d imagined and branched off in different directions.
A night of wreath making
One Thursday night, I went to Katie’s for a night of wreath making, it was lovely to finally meet in person. As we sat down to start we realised nobody actually had a clue how to make a wreath! After resorting to YouTube we soon got the hang of it but had all underestimated just how fiddly it would be. Katie had collected so many different decorations that everyone’s wreath looked really individual once we’d finished, I was pretty proud. What a great night!
Edinburgh Christmas market
A few weeks ago, my Mum and I headed to Edinburgh for three days to enjoy their Christmas market. The market was lovely to wander around both day and night with its aisles lined with twinkling lights, festive shoppers and enticing smells. The brightly lit fairground rides took over the skyline at night and I couldn’t resist trying to photograph some light trails. It was the first time I’d captured fairground light trails but I was really pleased with how the photos turned out!