Walk here: Druridge Bay to Amble, Northumberland.

It’s January. Everyone hates January. The darkness. The wet. The short days. I could go on. I think we have to search for things to enjoy in January, so I’m sharing a favourite beach of ours. This picture, full of winter sunshine, was taken at Druridge Bay, Northumberland in late December 2015 and it couldn’t have been more glorious.…

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Is it really Miracle Murad Skincare?

Murad Skincare. Heard of them? No, I hadn’t either until we attended the Murad event launching this new-to-us beauty brand in House of Fraser at the Metro Centre, Gateshead. First things first, there were lots of the usual claims pronouncing the actual and real difference these products would make to our skin. (I’m jaded. I need skincare evidence). Keeping an…

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The thing about turning 40 is…

I have embraced turning 40. It’s been a cracking year. Highlights include:  1. I’m happiest than I’ve ever been. The rest of this list exists because of this one, undisputable fact. Sharing life with so many wonderful people in it, makes me a very lucky lady. 2. I work harder than I ever had. And…

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South Causey Inn, Beamish Valley

Sometimes it’s the non-planned days out that are the best. After some debate about where to eat lunch (somewhere without the queues of frenzied-shoppers), Mike and I ended up at the South Causey Inn, somewhere I’d never been to before. South Causey Inn is an independent hotel that has it all. The setting is beautiful,…

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Eat at The Botanist, Newcastle

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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