Cat Hooper

  • Cat's Book Club

    Cat’s February Book Club

    The start of the year lends itself to lots of nights curled up in front of the fire reading a good novel. I’ve made a good start on my Good Reads target of 35 books in 2017 and here’s a few I’ve enjoyed over the month of January: The Fault in Our Stars by John […]

  • The Word South Shields


    The Word – South Shields

    Libraries have had a lot of bad press in the last few years.  Local authorities all over the country are closing branches and slashing opening hours.  Close to home, our own Gosforth library has seen opening times reduced, despite the protests of the local community.   In tough economic times big decisions have to be made […]

  • Oriental Museum Durham


    Durham Oriental Museum

    On Sunday afternoon we decided to head down the A1 to visit Durham for a few hours.  It’s a gorgeous city that we don’t visit often enough.  In the past we have enjoyed lovely afternoons strolling along the river with a picnic in hand.  Durham is also a great place for a browse in the shops […]

  • Cat's Book Club

    Cat’s Best Books of 2016

    To kick off 2017, I thought I’d share my round up of the best books of 2016, that I have read. I had been an avid reader before the girls came along.  Many an evening was spent reading a classic novel or a light-hearted chick lit. My part-time student job was in the local library. […]

  • Disneyland Paris at Christmas

    Top 5 – Disneyland Paris at Christmas

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas is a great time to go. From the amazing decorations,  piped in festive music, themed Christmas shows and parade it really is a magical experience. Disney know how to pull together the Christmas theme. Here are some of our highlights from our last trip to inspire anyone thinking of going next Christmas, grab […]

  • James and the Giant Peach - Northern Stage

    James and the Giant Peach – Northern Stage

    I Cannot quite believe we have made it to Christmas Eve.  It’s been a crazily busy month but we have loved every single Christmas light, market, party, nativity performance and despite almost having a meltdown last week really wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m so very ready for a few days staying with the family-eating […]

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty & The Beast at the Tyne Theatre

    It’s December and ‘Tis the season for frantic shopping trips, too much food and of course the British tradition the pantomine! ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House was to be the first of many this season. After a fun and slightly stressful Christmas tree putting up morning where yet again […]

  • Late Night Xmas Market

    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 […]

  • Christmas Tree Decorations

    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 […]