Alan Hooper

  • Chinese Gosforth Palace

    Gosforth Palace / Poons Gosforth Review

    Gosforth High Street offers a wealth of different restaurants. We’ve created a list and we’re trying to visit all Gosforth restaurants this year as a 2018 goal, starting with Gosforth Palace.. Gosforth Palace Located just up off Gosforth High Street on Salters Road, Gosforth Palace is hard to miss. Previously called Poons Gosforth, in the […]

  • Setting up a Dwarf Hamster Cage.

    We got Dwarf Hamsters for Christmas!

    After nearly 2 years of looking into a pet for our girls, we eventually decided to surprise them with Dwarf Hamsters. I’ll add that this was one of their Christmas presents, but that wasn’t the reason we got them. While deciding a Dog wasn’t going to fit that well into our lives we felt that Dwarf […]

  • UK Blog Awards 2018 | Shortlisted Finalists

    2018 has started on a high already. We were just starting to turn around from our holidays to getting back to work mode when an email landed from the UK Blog Awards 2018. UK Blog Awards 2018 Finalists We’ve been selected on the Shortlist for the final judging panel for the UK Blog Awards 2018 […]

  • Enchanted Belsay 2017

    Enchanted Belsay – English Heritage

    Belsay Hall is an English Heritage Property not too far away from us in Ponteland.  Like most English Heritage properties the Hall is a shell of a building and often used as a gallery to house art installations. The last time we went to the property was in 2009 when Stella McCartney had her glass […]

  • A Year of Home Improvements

    A Year of Home Improvements

    Everything seems to hit at the same time and sometimes it’s intentional, while other times it’s just bad luck. 2017 in the Hooper House was one project after another. Some projects had been put off, some had been planned for and others were just pure luxury wants. Upgrading the Wifi and Creating a Data Point! We’d […]

  • Dosa Kitchen, Jesmond – South Indian Canteen

    Sometimes the inspiration from a night outcomes from know where sometimes it right under your nose. We visited Dosa Kitchen in Jesmond on their opening night. I’d been working on the signs for the kitchen and it was only upon the day of installation that I thought we should try it out. Dosa Kitchen Jesmond Dosa […]

  • 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

    Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review | Hoover Freedom

    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 maybe […]