Christmas in #Newcastle

This weekend myself a friend went up to Newcastle to see the department store Fennicks annual Christmas window display. I wasn’t sure why we were doing this apart from it being my friends annual family tradition. We never did things like this as a child so I found it hard to buy into the excitement of going to look in a shop window.
In the end though I really enjoyed it. The theme was Paddington and the display was set into several sections telling the story of the recent film. The display was really intricate and each part had the jar of marmalade hidden somewhere for the little ones to find. I was amazed by the amount of families queuing up to have their pictures taken against the window as well as watch the display. It’s nice to see something that’s not linked to the latest phone app or technology that children were enjoying and I loved seeing families interacting.
Made me wish we had done more of this as a child but nothing to stop me being a big child and enjoying more of this now I’m older.
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Time Travelling in the North of England

It's all about the Yes

This past week has been my birthday and I’ve been celebrating it by visiting a few places of history in both Leeds & Northumberland. On Wednesday after opening my cards and pressies we set off for Temple Newsham, a Tudor-Jacobean large house in Leeds. This house is the birthplace of a Lord Darnley. The name meant nothing to me but it would seem he was the husband of one Mary, Queen of Scots – arch enemy of Queen Elizabeth the First! For anyone like me who doesn’t drive, it’s fairly straightforward to get the bus. However it doesn’t actually stop outside the house. Instead it’s a mile walk from the closest bus stop. Or, if you are like me and have no sense of direction, it becomes a 3 mile walk when you desperately try to remember the way you went several years before and end up circling round the…

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