Date day with daughter we headed to the theatre for a production of ‘Snow White’. Rewind to 2010 and Emily and I were involved with Northern Stage’s anniversary project #40babies where a living book was created and captured from bump to three years old so Northern Stage Newcastle always holds fond memories. Fast forward to 2016,…

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When I was a teacher, the holidays were planned for us. And let me say, they were always very much needed by the children as well as the staff! Working for myself, I’ve made a conscious decision to stick to the school holiday timetable (without the six week summer holiday of course) but having a mini-break…

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As eating experiences go, this was a hot one! Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant opened its doors in Newcastle with the same pizazz and panache as on their menu. When you think Caribbean, what comes to mind? I’ve never been before, but my imagination conjurers up balmy weather, white beaches, sunshine, cocktails and lots of coconuts!…

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The setting; The Botanist. The occasion; Suzanne’s 40th birthday. We were celebrating like we were 10 years younger. We’d left the house at lunch time after a hairdressing pamper session. We’d hit the Quayside, not so much like it used to be in the “glory going out days” but a more sophisticated affair (those of us over a certain…

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When life is going super fast, it’s good to take your foot off the pedal and enjoy what’s on your doorstep. For us that’s Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. The Beamish Park Hotel, is a local, independently run business – just the kind we love to stay in. A hidden gem, Beamish Park balances leisure…

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