Spring usually represents change and there’s certainly been a lot of that happening during March, all of which I’m pretty pleased about! I’m not sure if it’s the lighter nights and milder weather, but after months I seem to have found my motivation again which feels great. I’ve been sorting things instead of putting them off and have even surprised myself with how proactive and organised I’ve been!
Seal spotting at St Mary’s Lighthouse
Rather than sitting in the house one Saturday Afternoon, I decided to drive to the coast to experiment with my camera and hopefully photograph some crashing waves. Stood on the rocks at St Mary’s Lighthouse, Katie and I noticed some people stood with binoculars and it wasn’t until we looked properly that we realised they were watching seals. Yes, seals at Whitley bay! The area was cordoned off so that people couldn’t get too close to them but with my zoom lens I managed to get a photograph of a light coloured seal that was rather happy to strike a pose!
Learning how to Bokeh
In the run up to Christmas, I’d noticed photographs of out of focus fairy lights before learning that they were called bokeh. Whilst there was lots of lights around the house I couldn’t figure out the right settings but after going on a photography course in February, I then realised where I’d been going wrong and finally mastered the bokeh effect!
Burgers followed by the Bee Gees
Before heading to see ‘A night with The Bee Gees’ at City Hall (don’t ask), we enjoyed a burger at Fat Hippo stacked high with onion rings and chorizo. I finally joined ‘the herd’ loyalty scheme which I realise might have been a dangerous move! Afterwards we made our way to City Hall where it became apparent I was probably the only person under the age of 50. I’d agreed to go and keep my Mum company but I’ll admit, I actually knew a lot more of their songs than I realised.
A Spontaneous Sunday night
I’ve never been the kind to write off a weeknight just because I have work the following day. I usually don’t go to bed until Midnight anyway so it doesn’t make much difference whether it’s the weekend or a week day. One Sunday night, we were looking for things to do to avoid going home early and as we passed the Gala Bingo, it was jokingly suggested that we should play. Before we knew it, we were stood in the queue, about to sign up! We couldn’t believe how full the hall was and just how quick the numbers were called, I was actually trembling still when I got home, it was either panic or adrenaline!
Pancakes at Flat White Kitchen
No visit to Durham is complete without a trip to Flat White Kitchen. One Saturday morning I got the train from Newcastle and caught up with a friend who I hadn’t saw in 2 years. The pancakes are always amazing there and the menu changes quite often so this time I got to enjoy Ricotta Pancakes, with fresh fruit, maple syrup & cinder toffee butter! Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo though…