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Newcastle Adventure

Hello Everyone!

July seems to have become the month where I go off exploring. School hasn’t quite finished but this weekend has certainly made me feel like I am on holiday!

This weekend I spent time in Newcastle and the surrounding areas. It’s only my second time in Newcastle and I absolutely love it! There’s some really beautiful buildings here. I liked this guy most!

The first stop was Souter Lighthouse, standing midway between the Tyne and the Wear. This lighthouse opened in 1871 and stands proud today. It remains an iconic beacon. It’s the first lighthouse in the world that was designed and built to be powered by electricity.

Due to it being such a clear day, the views span for about 35 miles. Amazing!! You may remember from my previous post that being near the sea is one of my favourite things. This was just beautiful. Again, I felt like I was abroad. We need to cherish our British seasides really. They are just as good as any other.

After exploring the lighthouse and mooching about the coast, I then started to head towards Seaton Delaval Hall. This grand hall sits perfectly within Georgian society. However, it was more of a party house.

The Delavals had a flamboyant lifestyle and were full of life. They were known as the most notorious Georgian partygoers and pranksters. Everyone wanted to be invited to their balls and parties. It was hot topic at the time!

However, today this house requires your imagination as it was ravaged by fire two hundred years ago. It still wears it’s scars today. I don’t think this detracts from its beauty though. I think it adds to it because it survived.

The day of adventure didn’t end there! After having ice cream and lazing in deckchairs soaking up the sun, the last stop was to see The Angel of the North.

Created by Anthony Gormley in 1998, it stands 66ft tall looking over Gateshead. The wingspan is 177ft across, opening its arms across the city. Gormley wanted to create a sense of an open embrace.

I’m really thrilled I’ve seen her. Photos really don’t do it justice; you need to see her and experience her for yourself.

What an incredible weekend. I can’t believe I saw so many beautiful things in one day. We have some amazing places in this world but it’s what it makes us feel that’s just as special. This has given me the motivation to see out the last of this term. I can do it! If you ever have a sense of doubt, look out at this stunning view and give yourself five minutes. That’s my plan anyway!

Hope you’re all still enjoying this beautiful weather!

Big love all xx

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Birthday Weekend – Flamborough Adventure

Hello Sunshiners!

July is upon us and it’s Britain is beautifully basking in the heatwave so far. Yesterday was my birthday and to celebrate my family and I are spending the weekend together.

Today we went to Flamborough because we fancied being by the sea. Flamborough is situated 4 miles from Bridlington. It’s a really beautiful little place; a hidden treasure. The little beach cove meant that we had found a lovely spot to spend the day.

I love being on a beach, the sand between your toes, the constant sound of the waves makes my mind completely empty. I’m completely at peace. I find it so therapeutic and calming. Today did not disappoint. In fact, I’m writing this on my way home, I’m that excited.

My birthday has been pretty awesome and I wanted to share it with you lovely people too. Have you any seaside stories? Regardless, I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine and taking some time for yourselves. You deserve it!!

Enjoy July everyone!

Big love xxx

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Summer at the Seaside

Hi everyone!! 

Hope you’re having a great week so far. I just wanted to explain my slight absence, I’ve been on holiday to Paignton in Devon. I have a number of fond memories, as a child, being on holiday at various British beaches. We have a huge amount to offer; there’s always somewhere new to explore. If you remember last year, I was holidaying in Ilracombe. You can recap that here & here. This year it was time to explore a different part of Devon. 


The weather was lovely and warm, the sun was nearly always shining and I also managed to read a number of books! I was feeling a bit down about reading but this helped me to get my groove back. I’ve got a little tan too. Relief! 


I wish you all a happy, healthy and enjoyable summer. We deserve it after all! 


Big love xxx

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Holiday Finale 

Morning everyone! 

I’ve had an action packed yet relaxing week on holiday down in Ilfracombe, Devon. I’ve done activities and had experiences that I never thought I would. I feel really lucky. I managed to read three books as well that I will be reviewing at some stage. Also, the weather was on our side too and sunshine is always a lovely added bonus. 

St Nicholas Chapel 

 

A short climb up a hill and you reach the top where this stunning little chapel is. It still works as a lighthouse today and is regarded as one of the oldest in the country. The chapel dates back to 1321. Inside was really rather beautiful. It’s quite small, but the highlight for me were the old black and white photographs. I do like to see these pictures and look at what they are wearing and to work out what they were thinking through their facial expression. It really was a spectacular place to visit. 

Damien Hirst’s Verity

Verity lives at the end of the harbour and is currently on loan to Ilfracombe for the next 20 years. She has the reputation of being like marmite. She’s a 66ft bronze clad sculpture, showing a pregnant Verity, with her insides showing in some parts, holding a sword, standing on legal books represents truth and justice. 

The Tunnels Beaches

 

A little Victorian beach which I absolutely loved. There were separate beaches for men and women during the Victorian times, as mixed bathing was not introduced or allowed until 1905. They have some of the best rock pools here with a variety of different fish within. I’ve seen a lot of crabs and jellyfish this holiday! It’s remarkable how much this beach changes when the tide comes in! I know first hand, as I got soaked and my poor iPhone took a dip as well. 

  

The Ilfracombe Princess 

This was a massive highlight for me. I went on an 90 minute boat trip around the costal path with the hope of seeing seals. We got lucky that day and saw three!! Two sunbathing and one playing in the water. The photos aren’t very good but you can just make them out. They are so beautiful. Also, the scenery was just stunning. 

Walkers Chocolate Emporium 
 
This little piece of heaven holds huge amounts of gorgeous chocolate, a mini museum of chocolate and a section where you can see the chocolate being made. The best bit for me was the 6′ chocolate man. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to buy him! 

Capstone Hill – Katie statue

A climb up a much larger hill brought you to the top where there were the most amazing views. I actually climbed it twice because the first time was very cloudy. The second time, however, you could see right out to Wales from the sea and a panoramic view of the town. It was just breathtaking. The climb and wind was definitely worth it. This little statue is called Katie, to commemorate a young girl who fell to her death. In my opinion she has the best view. I don’t think this picture below gives it justice as to how high the hill was!   

The Harbour 

 

The harbour was lovely, with its variety of shops and restraunts, and sandy beach with different boats dotted along. I must say I loved seeing it at night as the sun was setting.  
This is just a snapshot. But, there are some beautiful places in this county, and I believe Ilfracombe is one of them. I can’t wait to go back. Hope everyone else is having a lovely summer, wherever you are! I’m looking forward to seeing your blogs about it! 

Big love x

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…

Morning all! 

As you know I’m on a little holiday at the moment. I started at Weston-Super-Mare and now I’m in Ilfracombe, Devon. Goodness me it is breathtaking. I really am at a loss for words. Eveyrtime I walk along the coast, I see something different that catches my eye. 

Thankfully the weather decided to clear up yesterday, with the skies clearing to a gorgeous blue. There is hope of me getting a tan yet! So, before my day on the beach with a number of books, I wanted to share with you the view from my holiday apartment. 
 

It’s really quite therapeutic hearing the waves crash against the rocks, seeing the different boats, each on their own adventures. I’m feeling very lucky to have this on my doorstep – for a little while at least. 

Have a fabulous day everyone!

BL xx 

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Weston-Super-Mare

It’s holiday time! So, I won’t be posting about book and bakes for a week, (sorry!) but I will be sharing some lovely seaside snaps and photos of different places I’m visiting! 

I’ve also decided that work takes over my life. I’ve already been planning lessons and writing schemes of work for next year. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to make the most of my time and visit lots of new places and be a bit more adventurous. Here’s hoping! 

The first place I have visited it Weston-Super-Mare. Super by name, super by nature. I have and always will love Weston-Super-Mare. There’s something about popping to the seaside, having £1 on the arcades, hearing the waves crash against the rocks and walking along the beach. I always feel at my calmest and my best when I’m by the sea. It’s another childhood love of mine and I have fond memories in Weston. 

The Grand Pier at night.  The Grand Pier in the day.One of the gorgeous views. The otherside with the big wheel. It was a huge success. At the arcades we managed to win: two Minion mugs, 3 Minion rubbers, 2 drumstick lollies and a Pier donkey souvenir. Not bad for a couple of hours entertainment. What a super day. 

Hope everyone is having a lovely day! If you’re on holiday as well share some snaps! I love seeing them 🙂 

BL x

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