October Updates

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

In typically British fashion, I'll start off with saying how rubbish the weather has been lately and how unprepared I was for it's arrival. Sandals in the pouring rain did not go down well the other week at all! One of the nice things about the weather turning though, has been heading home at the weekends for catch up's with my family and cups of tea in front of the wood burner.

Last weekend my Mom and I headed to the new TK Maxx store in the town near to where we live. Mom was Christmas present shopping for various friends and family so I won't spill all the details on here just yet about what we bought but we got some amazing bargains.

I took a long walk round our fields when we got back past my favourite trees which you can read about on Instagram. I'd left my Hunter wellies at home so I borrowed some of my Mom's, wrapped up in my Barbour and headed out into the wind with the dog.

It was such a lovely chilled weekend, I plan on doing exactly the same this week.

September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Girl in the North September 2014

1. There's been lots going on this month and I feel like I've had hardly anytime time to blog! I treated myself to a manicure while Norman (my mini) had a trip to the valet. He came back polished and just in time as the weather the next weekend was perfect to put the roof down.

2. Lush night time walks on the Quayside have been more pretty than normal... I'll be sad to see the sign go down. 3. I joined the #GirlBoss club and I was pleasantly surprised. 4. You can never have too many trainers, especially when your boyfriend is a PT. My new Nike Free's make me feel like I'm floating but I'm still having issues with my shin splints.

In other news, I've been enjoying these: Restaurant reviews especially Tasha's review of Fat Hippo - Love their burgers. I'm planning a trip another trip back to London this Autumn (I miss my London friends), so these tips for free things to do will come in handy.

My absolute favourite offline read is The Guardian's Blind Date column so when I spotted this on Buzzfeed I had to share. Finally, recently I worked out I'd been writing online for a crazy amount of years which made me feel really old so I was glad I wasn't the only one when I saw this.

Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Great North Run Million

Every year I am amazed by the sheer amount of friends, family and colleagues who sign up to do the Great North Run and this year, was an extra special year! This year the Great North Run was even more special than usual because it was the first event of its kind to reach its one millionth finisher! An incredible achievement for the organisers and brilliant for our region.

So to celebrate, Bupa and the Great North Run Culture people threw a bit of a party down on the Quayside on the Thursday evening before the race. I grabbed my Barbour jacket fearing a chilly Autumn night and the Mr and I headed into town. I have to say it was one of the best events I have ever been to and completely blew away Disney's Epcot fireworks... if you've seen this then you'll know it was incredible!

From Mark Knopfler, Sting, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks and Chase and Status, the whole night was a treat for the eyes and ears. It truly set everyone up for a great sporting weekend. When I got home, I stayed up late looking at everyone's photos but my favourite set were featured on The Chronicle website here. It was an absolutely amazing night and I hope that the Opening Ceremony returns next year.

Weekends at Home

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Durham, North East England View

When I was younger I used to really dislike how remote where I lived was but as I got older, I started to appreciate how peaceful it is. So this past weekend I headed home to enjoy a massive mug of tea with Dad in the conservatory and take a long walk up our fields. My brother's cat, Maggie is currently taking up residence while my brother has work done on his house so we got acquainted over a brew.

There's nothing better than when you need to clear your head, than taking a long walk around our fields so I took the dogs and we headed out to soak up the sun. You can see for miles and miles from the top of our reservoir and it's so quiet. It's now one of my most favourite places and I had to share it on here.