This year I’ve became really interested in photography. Despite having a DSLR for 3 years, I’d never actually ventured out of automatic as I was clueless about the other settings! It dawned on me that it was pointless having such a good camera if I wasn’t going to use it to it’s full potential so I began looking into photography courses around Newcastle.
October really didn’t get off to the best start. I’ve wanted a dog for as long as I can remember but due to our jobs it just wouldn’t be fair to leave a dog alone for so long. Instead the closest I’ve ever had to a dog, is my cousin’s German Shepherd, Chip. Sadly that all changed last Saturday on 1st October.
September hasn’t been the best month and I was in two minds whether to share this post. Although I’ve been feeling down mostly there’s still been some enjoyable parts of September which I thought deserved a mention.
Once Summer’s officially over I’m sometimes left feeling a bit down. The days become shorter, the trees loose their leaves and it’s a long wait until next Spring. However, after reading New Girl in Toon‘s Autumn bucket list, the colder weather didn’t seem so bad after all and I was actually quite looking forward to the months ahead. This is the first time I’ve made a bucket list and I’m pretty excited to start ticking things off!
The disused New York central railroad has gradually been transformed into an aerial greenway that runs through the Lower West Side of Manhattan and has became a popular walkway for both New Yorkers and tourists.
Before visiting York in June, I looked online to see which attractions the walled city had to offer. When visiting other cities I like to have a few sights and attractions in mind to make sure we see everything we want to.
As York is rich in ancient history I discovered that a lot of the attractions focused on this. Haven’t ever really been interested in history, these didn’t appeal to me so instead we found other places and things of interest to see whilst we were there.
After indulging in a ‘Geet Big Shake’ at The Great British Cupcakery in December, it quickly became one of my favourite places to catch up with friends and family over a slice of cake.
The bakehouse and parlour is situated on Queen Street of Newcastle Quayside and is the creation of mother and daughters; Carole, Leoni and Naomi. In 2012 they decided to make their much loved hobby of baking into a full time career and have been tantalising the tastebuds of Northerners ever since.
August brought change to my daily commute and I’ve actually quite enjoyed it. Rather than driving, I’m now getting the bus to my new job and it’s actually been a lot more enjoyable than I thought. It’s given me time to catch up on things and I’ve discovered parts of Newcastle I hadn’t even been to before.
A few weeks ago Ronnie and I headed to the Lake District to try out our new Sandero tent. We stayed at Waterside House campsite which was located just on the shore of Ullswater and offered spectacular views across the lake.
Unlike other campsites, Waterside house didn’t have pitch numbers but asked that you didn’t pitch too close to other tents. We liked this as it meant we could choose where to pitch our tent, and of course we chose a stunning spot overlooking Ullswater!
The Piccadilly hotel began welcoming guests in 2015 and has since became popular with both tourists and businessmen. A stones throw away from Piccadilly station, a short walk to the city centre and a 20 minute drive to the airport makes Motel One the perfect base for exploring Manchester.
The Grade II listed mansion house is located 15 minutes away from Newcastle city centre and was once home to Lord Armstrong before becoming a college and a residential school. In 2005, the house was then restored and refurbished making it the only independently owned boutique hotel in Newcastle!
The hotel boasts 40 beautiful and individually decorated rooms along with a three-rosette restaurant. The restaurant at Jesmond dene house serves lunch, dinner and a rather impressive afternoon tea.