Month: August 2013

Summertime Sadness

            Yesterday my mum and I took full advantage of the Bank Holiday and the return of the gorgeous weather and took a trip up the coast to Heysham near Morecambe. It is a gorgeous secluded little spot with a small sandy beach, coastal path and beach path and huge field with a couple of horses and ponies over-looking the beach. Despite the hot temperature, it was pretty quiet which was perfect for my dog, Buttons, who likes to take it easy now she’s reached the grand age of 11, and keep out of the way of children who like to stroke the small dog! We waked along the beach, had a little paddle and then looked around Heysham village. We decide to stop for tea at a lovely country pub on the ride home and ate in the beer garden with Buttons laid at our feet! I had chicken wrapped in bacon with a blue  cheese sauce and Mum had an epic portion of fish and chips-ideal after a …

Festival Fun

The end of the festival season always signals summer coming to end. We have been blessed with amazing weather from June right through to this coming weekend, if the weather reports are to be believed and it didn’t disappoint this past weekend went I attended V Festival in Stafford on Saturday. Myself and Natalie who blogs over at Fairytales and  Unicorns headed down early Saturday morning with a McDonalds breakfast in our bellies and the hope that the weather report of rain was untrue and the sun would make an appearance. We stayed at The Old Orleton Inn in Wellington which was a short taxi ride away from Weston Park. The hotel was lovely- gorgeously decorated twin room with a en suite. Complete with colourful décor, soft cushions on the bed, complimentary tea and coffee and a flat screen tv. The hotel had a lovely garden which would have  been perfect to relax in if we had stayed a little longer. We arrived at Weston Park at around half 11 when gates opened and made our …

Holiday Postcards: Sydney on a shoestring

Two years ago a couple of my best friends from University made a brave decision to undertake a trip of a lifetime and head of to see the world. However, travelling had never been on my agenda so the idea wasn’t my cup of tea, but not long after they had gone itchy feet syndrome occurred and a friend and I decided to book flights to Sydney for 2 weeks to take a whistle-stop trip of one of the Worlds most loved cities. Bet you’re wondering how we managed to see and take in Sydney in 12 and a half days (time difference!)? Well, we did, so get a brew and a biscuit and read more to find out just how we got on! On the 7th May 2012 after 3 planes and a 28 hour long journey to the other side of the world, we landed in a rainy Sydney airport. Typical! We were soon reunited with our friends who had flown from Melbourne to Sydney that morning, so after an emotional reunion at …

The ultimate festival look

The next event circled on my calendar is V Festival the weekend after next, and for the first time, I am yet to have my festival outfit sorted. We are only going for the day on the Saturday to Weston Park after being a little to unlucky to get Sunday tickets, so instead of being defeated, we went for the next best thing- the day before! Now, I have the obvious essentials ticked off my list as they just so happen to be left over from Glastonbury- hand sanitiser, tissues, toilet roll etc, but my outfit? Nope. However, because tents aren’t involved and we staying strictly 5* in a lovely guest house near by, its hair straighteners and immaculate  make-up all the way, which also means I can choose a nice outfit cos I’ll be home to a cosy bed and hot shower once Kings of Leon have done their thing! However, that aside these are my top picks for the outfit options on the day- weather depending of course! I have my fingers crossed …

Burgers are big business, right?

Since when did burgers become big business?  Lately I have noticed that we have upped our game from the days of a bog-standard BBQ or McDonalds burger and have developed a hankering for a meaty, juicy amazing burger and fries. With so many exports landing in  the UK, the burger business has taken off in a big way. The fad for a fantastic burger stems from the land of shakes and fries, the old US of A and us Brits have caught the tailcoats of the trend. Being based in the North-West, my dreams of meat patties and amazing french fries is often lived vicariously through my twitter feed  which reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the best and tastiest burger joints in town. With Shake Shack having recently landed in London, Byron Burger finally expanded up North in Spinningfields and Liverpool 1 respectively and Almost Famous being just that in Manchester, burgers are back in business. See, I like my burger to be medium-well done, a little bit greasy with lots of cheese, sauce and salad …