Alan Hooper

  • Fifty Shades Freed Movie Review

    Fifty Shades Freed Movie Review

    I accidentally stumbled into the cinema and landed in the Fifty Shades Freed screening… honest! OK, it was slightly different to that. Catherine had booked tickets to see Black Panther and something didn’t log in correctly and we turned up at the cinema with no tickets booked. So Instead of heading home with now show, […]

  • The Greatest Showman / The Greatest Show?

    We were looking for a film to see in between Christmas and New Year. Something that was suitable for the full family. One that stood out as I’d seen the adverts on a bus was The Greatest Showman. A Story about P.T. Barnum and a circus? I’ll be honest I knew nothing about it and […]

  • Butterfly Cabinet Heaton

    Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton Review

    For what seems to be 10 years we’ve driven past the Butterfly Cabinet and previously Belle and Herbs. Every time we went be there was a huge queue and we said: “we must try there one day”. It’s daft that it has taken so long to eventually getting around to it. Friends that have been had mentioned that […]

  • Here Come The Hoopers

    Where Did January go?

    It doesn’t seem to be that long ago that we were opening Christmas Presents, Singing along with Jules Holland and a gang of bagpipers, nursing a bad head and cleaning out the festive decorations. I appear to have blinked and we’re into the tail end of January. Don’t worry February is only 4 weeks and […]

  • Scalinis Gosforth Review

    Scalini’s Gosforth Review

    The last time we visited Scalini’s, Gosforth we had an… entertaining experience! As a result, it’s taken us nearly 2 years to return to give it another go. It’s a shame as it is literally 10 minutes walk from our house. I’ll explain our previous visit after our review Scalini’s Gosforth Review As part of […]

  • A Small Ensuite Makeover

    The day we moved into our house we knew the ensuite needed a makeover. The problem was we didn’t have the money, the time or an idea of what we wanted. The one thing we did know we needed was bathroom storage, but also it needed to be efficient in space. As with all makeover blog posts, we have […]

  • 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 […]