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    Grainger Market Late Night Shopping

    It’s been years since I’ve properly looked around the Grainger Market. Working up near the Civic Centre, it’s just too far to pop there and back in my 30 minute lunch break and weekends are usually so busy taxiing the girls to their various social engagements. So when the blogging opportunity arose to pop down as […]

  • The Days of the Raj Gosforth


    The Days of the Raj – Gosforth

    The Days of the Raj has bee around in Gosforth (opposite Asda), for many years now. It is a sit in restaurant, but also serves up takeaway. I’ve got to admit that I have had a love hate relationship with the place. Last time I went to order the British meal of choice Chicken Tikka […]

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    December Plans

    Wow! I cannot believe it’s already December and the big man in red’s visit is imminent.  2016 has gone in a flash and in January our little baby ‘Here Come the Hoopers’ will be celebrating it’s first birthday. The past few weeks have been so busy, so this year shopping will be left to the last […]

  • Crab Rangoon Recipe

    Crab Rangoon Recipe

    We recently invited Samantha and Steve Rickleton and Chloe and Simon McGuirk over for cocktails and nibbles. The idea was to have a few themed cocktails and ideally some connected nibbles. My theme was Disney, but mainly the Disney World resort Hotels official cocktails and food. Then a recipe caught my eye for Crab Rangoon. […]

  • Geocaching in Birmingham

    Geocaching trip to Birmingham

    I’d hummed and harred about booking a Geocaching trip with Chris Speed and Stephen Coulson for a few weeks. It needed to be somewhere halfway down the country and somewhere cheap. Chris is from Great Yarmouth, so it seemed a halfway point was fairer. The cost factor is mainly because we always seem to have […]

  • Viva Brazil Birmingham

    Viva Brazil – Birmingham

    On a recent geocaching trip to Birmingham, we headed out into the town centre on a Saturday night. Not fully realising that it was the opening weekend for the German Christmas Market there. The Town centre was PACKED! I mean that with more capital letters than it is socially acceptable to use. Every bar we walked […]

  • The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay


    The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay

    Child Free Day After a lovely coffee in the Long play cafe we meandered up to town, grabbing some last minute crafty bits for Imogen’s party taking place that night.  After bumping into our neighbour Kim, and my sister in law Janice and her Mam in the space of 5 minutes, Alan came to the […]

  • Katies Garden


    Katie’s Garden – Sunderland

    On the eve of Imogen 9th birthday we took a trip down to Katie’s Garden in Sunderland with my friend (and fellow Brownie owl)  Victoria and her daughter Elizabeth (7). It had been quite a crafty weekend as Imogen had celebrated with a little party with her classmates on Friday evening decorating mugs, canvas bags […]

  • The Coulsons i nLondon


    The Coulson approach to London

    We’re a North East family of four but we’re not the Hoopers. Like the Hoopers we live in the same area of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and our kids go to the same school. The big difference is, however, we have two boys rather than two girls. This feels a little bit like a ‘Going for Gold’ question!!! […]

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