Alan Hooper

  • A Family Games night with Randomise

    As the nights draw in, we’ve been getting that trapped in the house feeling. Abigail had started to show an interest in the games console, Imogen became more glued to her iPhone. Our once social night in with the kids started to become separated. When in Scarborough we dug out a word game and split off into […]

  • The Bryherstones Country Inn Sunday Lunch

    The Bryherstones Sunday Lunch, Burniston

    On our recent weekend in Scarborough, we headed to the Brytherstones Country Inn for Sunday lunch.  My parents and Nana had come down to spend the day with us, so thought I’d better book somewhere in advance.  Our first goto site was TripAdvisor and we were swamped with options. We’re always looking for somewhere new […]

  • Hadrian's Tipi Newcastle 2017

    Hadrians Tipi, Newcastle 2017

    Always looking for a new adventure we thought it would be fun to try out Hadrian’s Tipi, Newcastle on its opening weekend. Sure, if it’s just opened not many people will know about it! If we go around 5 pm on a Saturday night there’ll be loads of space and plenty of atmospheres! Or as it turned […]

  • Patisserie Valerie Durham

    Patisserie Valerie, Durham

    Last week my mind started to wander and I discussed the options for selecting delicious cakes as a treat. A quick google brought up Patisserie Valerie and I lost 5 minutes of my working day. Just to clarify the cake discussion was work banter. Would you eat a custard slice in public? Patisserie Valerie, Durham It […]

  • Hoover Freedom Pets FD22RP Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

    Hoover Freedom Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review

    We’ve been having a little bit of vacuum bother in the Hooper House this year. I’ll not name brands, but our bagless vacuum cleaner stopped being a super sucker. It could have been that we had been doing a lot of decorating this year… or that we vacuumed the fake grass outside twice… or may […]

  • Crepe Affaire

    Sweet and Savoury Crêpe at Crêpe Affaire, Newcastle

    We’ve been slowly working our way around Newcastle latest foodie focus, in Eldon Square. Grey’s Quarter is full of great options to snack and munch on with a variety of budgets. Today is Crêpe Affaire’s turn. To celebrate their 1 year anniversary in the Grey’s Quarter, they approached several bloggers to review their Crêpes. We couldn’t say […]

  • Basilico Gosforth High Street

    Basilico Gosforth

    Gosforth High Street has lots of restaurants, but one has been shrouded in mystery and we’d always passed it by. I only know two people that have been to Basilico and I felt it was time to give it a try. Basilico Gosforth High Street Basilico is located at the Town moor end of the […]

  • Jojo siwa microphone and bodacious bow

    JoJo Siwa Microphone and Bodacious Bow

    Not long now until Christmas and finding the right gifts is getting harder and harder. Abigail is insisting on a Dog or a Dog! So I’m sure anything less than canine, will not do, but since we started reviewing toys on The Hoopsters youtube channel we’ve found a collection of toys that seem to stick! […]

  • Cheated out of my ancestral home

    Many years ago my Dad started to tell me a story about how he should have been living in a manor. Apparently, he had “proof” of how he’d lost his ancestral home. Information about hidden graves of children who had no nameplates or plaques. A tomb behind a secretly blocked up crypt. Buried workmen crushed […]

  • Things to do in Skegness

    8 Things to do in Skegness

    We were looking for things to do in Skegness, that wasn’t Butlins. Don’t get me wrong we love staying and playing in Butlins, but there has to be more to the area. So, on our Halloween week break, we left the safety of the chalets to find what else there is to do in Skegness. […]