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Seaton Delaval Hall

I’ve been saying that we should visit Seaton Delaval Hall for ages and I finally got Ma to agree as the 40-ish minute bus ride from Newcastle seemed like a better prospect than the drive from Amble did last year. … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany: Post Holiday Blues

Happy Monday! We had a fabulous couple of days in Newcastle, it is my favourite UK city after London and the only one I’d contemplate living in full time if I didn’t already live in London. (Although I would also … Continue reading

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Friday Links: A break from the news

Happy Friday! I’m back from holiday and had a lovely time, links below… Want to know why food prices won’t go down any time soon? Ask a farmer The most versatile flower in your garden? Meet the California poppy. Once … Continue reading

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Recommended: Riley’s Fish Shack

On Tuesday, we went to Tynemouth. We visited the Priory and then walked to King Edward’s Bay to have lunch at Riley’s Fish Shack. We didn’t book, but they were happy to set us up with two deckchairs, a table … Continue reading

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Allotment Adventures: Swarms and a full polytunnel

This week, I was on a mission. There were a couple of things I felt had to be done; get all the plants in the living room into the polytunnel and work out how many I have and where they … Continue reading

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The irises on the plot came up just in time for my grandmother’s birthday. Iris Lillian Bright was (I’m told) named Iris because they were blooming in her father’s garden when she was born (and she would probably have been … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany: Mini Break

Happy Monday! Today, I’m headed north for a couple of days in my second favourite UK city. We’re headed to Newcastle, to go to the beach at Tynemouth, the Baltic and finally I get to go to Seaton Delaval Hall. … Continue reading

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Sunday Music: Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore

Back to the music that you inherit, this one is from Ma. There is a story. She heard it on the radio and then went to the record shop and sang it because she didn’t catch what it was called. … Continue reading

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Friday Links: So over this

Happy Friday! Inane and Orwellian: a Queen’s speech to improve the life of Boris Johnson British Gas hires more staff to deal with rising number of struggling customers Sinn Féin’s victory won’t bring a united Ireland right away – but … Continue reading

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Allotment Adventures: Spring Flowers

We’re coming up to halfway through the month and I haven’t planted anything outside. I’ve got most of the tomatoes into the polytunnel and we’ve sown celeriac, peas, carrots and beetroot outside but aside from tomatoes, I’ve only sown a … Continue reading

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