OneRepublic and Mikky Ekko at the O2 Academy, Leeds

Well for once it wasn’t me dragging Cameron to a gig, but Cameron taking me to see one of his favourite bands. We got there really early to try and make sure we got a seat (yes, we’re getting old), and it was a good job we did, because the queues were huge! When we got there, I’d forgotten I had left my tablet in my handbag, which led to a trip down to the cloakroom in the cellar to check my bag, which was quite convenient as...

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Fun with Maestro at Golden Acre Park

The weather was so lovely when we got up this morning that we decided to take Maestro for a walk around Golden Acre Park. Unfortunately, a lot of people had the same idea, so it was extremely busy! The sun was rather deceptive as the place was still extremely muddy from all the rain recently, and as I was walking over the grass towards the lake, I ended up on my knees in the mud. I wish I could say that I had been pulled over by Maestro, but...

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Nostell Priory

Since we just renewed our National Trust memberships, and it’s been a while since we went for a walk anywhere, we decided to stay close and go to Nostell Priory. We took a picnic with us which we ate in the car before our walk (still slightly too cold for eating outside!), then went for a walk around the lake at Nostell Priory. There’s a few different walking routes around the grounds, so we’ll probably go back and explore some...

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Eric Church and The Cadillac Three at The Ritz, Manchester

For Christmas, Cameron bought me tickets to see Eric Church at the Ritz in Manchester. Since it had been a while since we went away anywhere, we decided to get a hotel in the centre of Manchester and have the weekend away. Living in England, there’s not much opportunity to see country music played live, so I was incredibly excited to see one of my favourites, Eric Church, live for the first time! I didn’t expect it to be too busy...

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Brimham Rocks: 5th January 2014

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, we went for a rather cold walk around Brimham Rocks, a National Trust property in North Yorkshire, near Ripon. Cameron had never been there before, but I went many many times when I was younger. It was a fab afternoon scrambling up and down the smaller rocks, although it was too wet and I was too scared of falling to get very high!

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Red sky in the morning, Shepherd’s warning

I’ve kinda been slacking on my morning walks recently, which is definitely reflected in my average daily steps on Fitbit. It’s really hard to make it to target when you stay sat on your backside! The sky was vividly red this morning though, a brilliant welcome back, and an excellent motivator to get back out there tomorrow!

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Holiday to Ashington

Well after a hard couple of months at work, we decided to take ourselves away for a long weekend, heading up north on Friday afternoon and coming back late Sunday evening. We stayed in a Premier Inn in the Queen Elizabeth II country park in Ashington, which is kind of in between Newcastle and Alnwick. It’s recently been refurbished and it was really lovely. On the Saturday, we started off by going to Barter Books in Alnwick, a huge second...

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Rodley to Apperley Bridge on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

It rained massively yesterday (as you can probably see from my pictures), but when I woke up this morning I could see glorious blue sky out of my window (I really need to hang my blinds back up again!). I decided that I couldn’t really waste such beautiful weather, so I went for a walk along the canal from Rodley to Apperley Bridge and back, just over 5 miles in about 2 hours. The blue sky was slightly deceptive since it was still...

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Waddington Airshow 2013

It’s taken a while for me to get these pictures processed and uploaded, but I’m finally done! I love going to Waddington and this year was Cameron’s first proper air show, after we introduced him to Sunderland last year. It was so much fun, although very warm! That was good though, because the sky was so clear that it was full displays all round. Perfect! And I even managed to avoid sunburn this time. Result! Next year...

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

After the Friday evening trip to the Harry Potter Studios, we decided to go to Whipsnade Zoo on the Saturday. We didn’t realise quite how hot it was going to be – 33 degrees! We were very warm and very tired after all the walking. Which there was lots of. It was more like a safari park that you can walk around than a traditional zoo because all the enclosures were so big. You could pay extra to take your car in so you can drive...

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Harry Potter Studio Tour – Leavesden Studios

Last Friday was my best friend Abi’s birthday, so we arranged a trip down to London for me, her and her sister Hannah. We decided to go to the Harry Potter Studio tour, and it was simply amazing! It’s at the actual studios where Harry Potter was filmed and has loads of original props, sets and costumes to look at. I was enthralled with how cool it all was, walking around the sets that they actually used for the films. I’ve just...

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The Deep and Bridlington

Today we decided to go to The Deep in Hull. I went when it was first opened, and Cameron hadn’t been for about 7 years, so we thought it would be quite interesting. There were lots of kids running around, but most of them were interested in looking in the tanks and not so bothered about reading all the information, which was better for us! I learnt lots of things, for example the Clown fish (i.e. Nemo) actually lives inside a poisonous...

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First look at Leeds First Direct Arena

While we were on holiday in Skipton, Cameron spotted a tweet from Leeds First Direct Arena advertising their open day – 2,500 tickets released for free to help them test some of their functions before the arena has its official opening very soon. We jumped straight on my laptop to order ourselves a couple, and today was the big day. Having decided that even with only 2,500 people going, Woodhouse Lane car park would be packed, we took the...

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Holiday Day 5 – The Caravan

Well today was the last full day of our holiday and the day that Julie and David came back up. They were due to arrive just after 7pm, so we were cooking a two course meal for them. In the morning, we went down to Skipton and walked around the market, then did our shopping at Morrisons. After cleaning the caravan for a few hours and then cleaning the car, we were just in time for Julie and David to arrive. Since we didn’t go out today...

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Holiday Day 4 – All over the Yorkshire Dales

Well we had no idea what we wanted to do today, and since Cameron turned off the alarm and went back to sleep without waking me up, we didn’t leave the caravan until about 12. We decided to go for a drive around the dales, and pretty much spent all afternoon driving round, Grassington, Kettlewell, Leyburn, Kirkby Stephen, Hawes, everywhere. We drove past a lot of sheep, took way too many photos, and realised that sheep do not like the...

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Holiday Day 3 – Bolton Abbey and Aysgarth Falls

Bolton Abbey was our destination for today, only £7 to get in (per car, not each), and only 20 minutes from the caravan. When we set off, the weather was cloudy and a little bit cold, but after about 20 minutes of walking down to the priory ruins, the sun was back and shining brighter than ever – I think I may have got a little sunburned today. We walked just over 4km, with a picnic about halfway along, and then went for a little drive...

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Holiday Day 2 – Skipton Castle

Today we decided to invite my parents and my grandma up to Skipton to take them out for lunch, so that my grandma could enjoy the sunshine. Then Vicky decided to come home from Sheffield for a few days so she came along too and it was a nice family day out. As they didn’t arrive until lunch time, Cameron and I decided to go to Skipton Castle in the morning. Neither of us could remember going there before and it was actually quite...

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Holiday Day 1 – Trip to Hawes Creamery and the Yorkshire Dales

Today was the first proper day of our holiday to Cameron’s Aunt and Uncle’s caravan in Skipton. We decided that we’d take a drive out into the dales and visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. We were a bit disappointed that they weren’t actually making cheese that day so we couldn’t see the live demonstration, but we went round the rest of the museum and found out how they make it. We then took a trip around the...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! The snow is finally melting  and the sun is out, it feels pretty warm outside! I accidentally told Cameron that I’d be picking him up at half 9, even though the rest of my family aren’t coming round until later, so we went for a little walk around Golden Acre Park. It was pretty muddy with all the snow melting, and the lake was still frozen. Still, even though it was pretty sunny, I probably should have taken...

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