The End of Summer

Oops I well and truly abandoned this blog for a while. Life got busy then complicated.

At the end of the Summer The Boyo and I escaped on a much needed break for a week. Using a friends wedding in the middle of our holiday as a basis for our travel plans.

Then it was the start of term for me and we’re short staffed and as usual at this time of the year super-duper busy. I got another ear infection, squeezed in two visits to my home town, organised a baby shower, saw Paolo Nutini live at the Glasgow Summer Sessions, the Guide Unit I run started back with me as solo Guider for now, we  went on a days kayaking and goodness knows what else. I’ve been a bit under the weather recently and my appetite has suffered so I just have not been cooking as much, or with much variety recently so no tasty recipes to blog either. The October break is fast approaching and whilst I am working for most of it in Aberdeen The Boyo and I are going to escape for a long weekend to properly relax.  We have a lot going on just now but mostly it is good busy… although I have to say I do really look forward to sleep!

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So our holiday in August was a trip round NE England. We split the trip into 4 parts.

Part 1. Northumberland.

On the road down South we found completely by accident a little sandy cove and enjoyed a picnic in sunshine, it was a very pleasant start to our holiday. We spent 2 nights at Doxford Hall Hotel (very nice indeed!) and used that as a base to explore some of the sights in Northumberland.

Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Alnmouth, Pride and Prejudice at Warkworth Castle, Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden, Barter Books in Alnwick.

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Part 2. The Yorkshire Wolds

The main reason for this trip was to go to a wedding and this wedding was held at Brewery! Our friends got married on a glorious day at Wold Top Brewery and the bride even arrived by helicopter! We stayed in a log cabin at Dale Farm and we enjoyed Pie (ENORMOUS portions) at the Piebald Inn the night before the wedding in Hunmanby. We would definitely like go back another time to do some of the outdoors activities the region offers.

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Part 3. York

I had never been to York and was very keen to go. We found a hotel – Hedley House Hotel (it had a car park!) – just outside the city walls and packed quite a lot into 3 days there.

I had bought a Treasure Trail in advance for the trip and would definitely recommend it, we had one for the historic city centre and it was a great way to explore. Other activities included: eating ice cream outside York Minster, Visiting & Climbing up York Minster, Riverboat tour, walk around city walls, The National Railway Museum (Free!) and The York Chocolate Story.

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Part 4. The Return Home, a night near Morpeth

After a quick pop back into York to get a Tea Loaf at Bettys for my Gran it was time to start heading North again. We wanted a hotel with a pool that was roughly half way for us so we could have a relaxing evening after a fairly busy holiday. The MacDonald Linden Hall Hotel near Morpeth fit the bill and we did indeed have a nice relaxed time. 11890979_10156037189365565_8082990998553755675_n

After a week on the road exploring parts of England we had never been to before we were quite glad to get home in time to put the kettle on and put our feet up for an hour or so before dealing with washing and all the lovely domestic stuff!

We had a wonderful and much needed break, the sun shone everyday and we only had 1 episode of rain (whilst we were trying to find somewhere to eat in York). The highlights for us were definitely The Alnwick Garden and The National Railway Museum. We spent nearly a whole day at the railway museum and would quite happily go again. It’s hard to believe that this holiday was nearly 2 months ago now and I’m definitely looking forward to the next adventure with my Boyo.

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