After blogging consistently for a whole year, I decided to take 2 months off as I had other more important things going on that I needed to prioritise. Last year I blogged every Sunday and as a way of keeping pressure off myself I’ve decided to blog when I want to not because I feel like I have too!
Whilst I haven’t been blogging I’ve been concentrating on my photography for Instagram. Over the last fortnight, I’ve began to feel more like myself again and as my series of monthly highlights posts have always been my favourite to write, I thought it was a good time to return to blogging by remembering some of the good things that happened in both January and February.
A walk at Low Barns Nature Reserve
After seeing photos of Kingfishers on Instagram, tagged at Low Barns Nature Reserve in County Durham, we decided today a visit as we’d never been before. There was lots of hides to sit to avoid startling the birds; however, when we went inside one the entire bench was taken up by nature photographers with rocket launcher size lenses and there was no way they were going to budge to let me in!
Making the most of Restaurant week
Newcastle’s Restaurant week is the perfect time to try new restaurants and catch up with friends. There’s so many good deals that it’d be rude not to make the most of them hence going to a different restaurant three nights in a row; Fat Hippo Underground, El Coto & Piccolino! Fat Hippo is always a great choice but my favourite out of all three had to be El Coto. I’d never tried tapas before but enjoyed it so much that I’ve since been back.
Booking a Canadian & Californian escape
Needing something to look forward to in the New Year, we booked a holiday to Vancouver & San Diego, staying six nights in each. The Canadian part of the holiday will be mostly sightseeing compared to the Californian part which will be more about relaxing, enjoying the pools, beaches and warmer weather!
Getting creative with colour
As part of a pact to be more creative in 2017, Katie and I headed to a nearby forest early one Sunday. Considering I’d never even lit a match before (I know) I was a bit weary about setting off coloured smoke bombs in a damp forest but it went a lot better than I’d imagined! After a bit of experimenting we soon gained confidence and quickly learnt that the coloured smoke was an irritant, our eyes were absolutely stinging, hence why we ended up having to face away in most of the photographs.
I couldn’t resist following Katie Deacon’s recipe for Raspberry & White Chocolate blondies after seeing her picture perfect batch on Instagram. In the past I’ve never had much luck making brownies but the blondies turned out perfect and everyone commented on how tasty and moist they were, even my 89 year old Gran!
Castle Keep after dark
Late one Wednesday night I attended another of Neil Atkinson’s photography courses (my 7th now I think), this time at Castle Keep when it was closed to the public. Although it was pretty cold, the views from the rooftop were fantastic! It was the ideal location to capture the quayside from a different perspective.
A night at Circus Soleil
7 months after booking tickets to see Circus Soleil Vareki, the day finally arrived. We headed to the Metro radio arena to enjoy a night of colour, mesmerising acrobatics and flawless performances. It was just as fantastic as the time we saw Circus Soleil Zarkana in Vegas (pictured). If you ever get the chance to see one, go!