• Out and About


    I know lots of you (well if anyone read my posts) would feel repelled by my recent excursion but I’m not afraid to say that I love Blackpool. Why do I love Blackpool? Well I just do. For one week every summer we used to go to Blackpool for our summer holiday it was the event of the year and although we just go for short, generally overnight stays now my enthusiasm for the place has never dulled. I love seeing who can spot the tower first. I love saving my 2ps to put in the slots at Coral Island. I love the fish and chips, the kiss me quick…

  • Food,  Out and About

    Bar Farm Antiques & Birkin Fisheries Tea Rooms

    We visited two new places at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. The first delight was a placed we’d actually seen on an antiques tv program. Bar Antiques is a series of large ‘sheds’ packed to the rafters with antique and collectible items to meander around and purchase. There were several general sheds and a vintage clothing shed, there’s also an array of items situated outdoors.  A tea room in an converted 1965  Albion Carnival truck is very quirky, we had a lovely cup of tea and a slice of cake, the lemon cake was particularly good. The tea room even has a traditional burner to snuggle up…

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    Living North Live

    I mentioned a couple of months ago that one of my mother’s day presents was tickets to the above show with my daughter-in-law. Well eventually the day dawned and we set off early to attend. Neither of us had been before so we didn’t  know what to expect. I can tell you it exceeded our expectations. It was very good. There was an eclectic mix of stalls selling some weird and wonderful things. There were dedicated, passionate stall holders discussing their wares. We met Wajheera Husain (of BBC 2’s Top of the Shop fame) she was really lovely every bit as bubbly as she came across on the screen. Her chocolate…

  • Follow Me,  Food,  Out and About

    Day 11

    The long bank holiday weekend hooray! Poached egg on toast for breakfast, cup of tea. Walked partly around village to post birthday card. Made use of the glorious weather and drove to Tynemouth with. A picnic. We walked along the seafront and wandered up the Main Street to the market inside the train station. Tynemouth is well worth the visit if you haven’t been, the market is open every Saturday and Sunday and sells an eclectic mix of new, old, very old and artisan goods etc. The beach is very clean, you can sit for ages watching the brave swimmers (the North Sea is freezing even in the middle of summer),…

  • Out and About

    Next Stop Tynemouth Markets

    Tynemouth markets are housed in the metro station and run every Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 4pm. We visited for the first time on Sunday and had an absolutely fabulous time. There was a wonderful array of sights, sounds and smells all coming from an eclectic mix of stalls. From the artisan to shop bought, from brand new to secondhand, from international food to confectionary stalls there was definitely something for everyone. The whole experience was colourful, varied and definitely fun. There were an awful lot of good quality items at mostly reasonable prices to peruse and purchase. I bought some fabric with a repeat flamingo pattern, I’m going…

  • Out and About

    Lyndene Hotel, Blackpool

    We spent Easter weekend visiting Blackpool. We took my parents on Good Friday, stayed with them until Easter Sunday, left them there and returned for them the following Wednesday. We stayed at the Lyndene quite a large hotel on the seafront. The hotel has recently been the subject of a takeover and the new owners have made a good job of renovating the reception area. I presume they will move to the bedrooms after the illuminations season as they are quite tired looking. The food in the dining room, we always choose the upstairs one, was very good. The staff all work hard under the direction of the matre de…

  • Food,  Out and About

    Jashn Indian Restaurant

    We love eating out and especially enjoy both Chinese and Indian food. Our favourite Indian restaurant is Jashn, Swalwell Bank near the Metro Centre. The food is delicious, the service excellent you are not rushed at all and the food is cooked to order. They have a Thursday night specials menu which is well worth checking out. Give it a try if you love Indian food I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Lazydaisydoes

  • Food,  Out and About

    The Purple Bear

    We recently visited Purple Bear in Newcastle (formerly Northumbrian Arms).  I got a Living Social voucher for my birthday so we went one Friday for breakfast. The place is very welcoming and upbeat. The decor is modern with quirky features. It was rather quiet when we were there which was a shame. I had pancakes, maple syrup and bacon, it’s a favourite of mine, and my husband had the full English, it’s a favourite of his. The food was tasty and well presented. The waiter was the appropriate amount of attentive. The menu has some great food combinations and a ‘What’s Occurring’ section. They also have a good range of…

  • Food,  Out and About

    Wetherspoon – The Giant Bellflower

    Whether you are a Wetherspoon’s fan or not I urge you to visit The Giant  Bellflower in Selby. We usually frequent for Saturday morning breakfast when we visit our son and his partner. I enjoy the pancakes, bacon and maple syrup with a side order of fruit. And the rest of the party usually have a full English. We are generally fans of Wetherspoon pubs (except Metro Centre one) and have visited many. The Bellflower is one of our favourites. It is clean, the staff are very friendly, the food is tasty, well presented, arrives quickly and is good value for money. And of course the refills of tea and…

  • Food,  Out and About


    We recently visited Malmaison, Newcastle Quayside for a girly weekend. The location, hotel rooms and food were very good. We all enjoyed the treatments in the spa but we did miss a swimming pool or even a jacuzzi. When we arrived there were some complimentary truffles (they looked handmade) in the room. They were delicious, even if they were about a million syns each.  We had a cocktail each in the bar (part of the deal). I had the Painkiller, it was delicious and certainly the tastiest out of the four. After coctaiks we we were taken into the restaurant. I had the beef brisket dish. Delicious – definitely a…