You see I wasn't in the North East, I was in Norfolk where the skies were thick with cloud and there was a Winter like nip in the air.
Not wanting to let my Geordie friends back home have all the fun I insisted we had an Easter Sunday adventure and took my beautiful Joules coat on its first outing. Even if we weren't going to see the sun at least we were guaranteed to see something bright and yellow!
We decided to head to the Blickling Estate, a National Trust property just outside Aylsham. It was the closest National Trust site to my Norfolk home so somewhere I used to drive to quite a lot when I wanted a peaceful escape. So I was excited to share it with Simon for the first time.
Forever thinking with our bellies our first priority was heading to the Muddy Boots Café for a spot of lunch. With an Easter egg hunt on to entertain the kids, Blickling was the busiest I've ever seen and I was feeling a little ratty standing in a rather long queue for food (never get between Chloe and her food!). I was so relieved when thanks to the amazing National Trust staff the line moved really fast and we even managed to find ourselves a table.
The chocolate scones served with chocolate spread were a real treat and having left our Easter eggs at home we felt entitled to stuff our faces with something naughty.
After all that delicious food we definitely needed to get back into the fresh outdoors to wake ourselves up so we took a little walk to take a look at the outside of the stunning Blickling Hall.
I have been for a snoop around inside before but if I'm trying to save pennies I'm more than happy to appreciate the house from the outside - it's a stunner!
Blickling is such a great place to head if you're on a budget as you can enjoy the Park and Lake for free so we headed for a nice walk to burn off a little of our lunch.
It was very chilly walking round the Lake but we kept ourselves warm with the walk, stopping every now and again to see what we could spot in the water.
This time he became a little obsessed with hunting for frogs after realising loads were chilling out in the reeds. Every time he saw a reed twitch or heard them calling to each other he was enthusiastically leaning over the water to see what he could see. I will admit I was a little nervous about my DSLR camera ending up in the lake.
I'd love to know how you spent your Easter Sunday.