Returning to the UK from our Caribbean Honeymoon didn't feel as awful as expected, probably because when we landed in Newcastle we realised that whilst we'd been away Spring had well and truly arrived. Our month has been filled with days of sunshine, loads of food and long walks.
Here's what didn't make the blog in April.
You may remember from last year's disastrous daffodil walk that I'm a little obsessed with Spring's sunniest flowers. In the 3 weeks we were away it seems the daffodils arrived, bloomed and then left. Luckily there are still a few hanging about and I managed to power walk my way to Exhibition Park one lunchtime to see these beauties. My trip also reminded me that I still need to get myself to Wylam Brewery for some food - the Sunday lunches are supposed to be fantastic.
Hungry for Hippo
Our Honeymoon saw us returning home with a hefty bit of excess weight. With a long period of healthy eating and exercise ahead of us we decided to have one last blow out the day after we landed so headed to Fat Hippo in Jesmond. If you're going to have a last supper it's best to have it at Fippo. I went for my current favourite, the Danger Mouse, which is an exclusive on the Secret Menu if you are a member of the Herd.
Le Mini Macaron
Yep, the diet isn't going so well, turns out that Fat Hippo wasn't our last hurrah and we're still struggling to get on the straight and narrow. Something about nice weather makes me want to skip about in the sunshine eating naughty food, please tell me you're with me! During a recent outing we stumbled across local foodies Le Mini Macaron. Despite appearing at markets across the region this was our first ever visit to their stall. Oh wow! The flavours they had were out of this world - Rhubarb and Custard, Cherry Bakewell, White Chocolate - we had six to share and each bite was more delicious than the last.
We've made the most out of our National Trust membership this month with visits to Gibside and Wallington where we got beautiful Easter treats courtesy of some adorable lambs. The Broomhouse Farm walk at Wallington had us strolling through a field full of happy woolly bundles and two of the more adventurous little chaps came right over to us. It wasn't long before Simon was shouting "Chloe, No!" at me, I think he was worried I'd try and take them home! Then on a walk at Gibside we happened to stroll past a field when a farmer appeared in his trailer to help a sheep in labour. Two seconds later we saw a lamb being born. Talk about great luck!
Long Distance Memories
We had a good house clear out over the Easter weekend and finally got round to hanging up our beautiful wedding present from Simon's brother and his family. The heart in the middle is made up of three maps showing Norwich where I grew up, Simon's home town of Manchester and Newcastle where we got married and made our home. I love it so much. Thoughtful, personal wedding gifts are the best!
As soon as we got a sunny weekend this month we raced to the coast for a little walk along the seafront. We had fully intended to walk from St Mary's Lighthouse to Tynemouth but got so distracted people watching that we ended up turning round far earlier than expected in the search of ice-cream. We have many fantastic ice-cream parlours in the North East and there are still so many to try. I've heard great things about Di Meo's in Whitely Bay so it was lovely to finally tick them off our ice-cream list. Wow they were good! I had a scoop of Bounty with a scoop of Cookies and Cream stuffed into a chocolate sugar cone. As you can see the post Honeymoon diet isn't going so well!
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