Saturday 31 October 2015

October Days

Welcome to a brand new feature!  At the end of every month I'm going to ask you all to grab a cuppa (and maybe some cake, you know I always support eating cake!) and have a nice little chat.  It's occurred to me that I'm usually so busy telling you about the latest restaurants and events happening in the Toon that I don't often get a chance to just sit and chat.  

One of my favourite things in life is Instagram and I'm forever snapping on my phone.  Quite often these photos never get used to on the blog so I'm going to take this opportunity every month to have a little browse through my Instagram and share a few stories of what I've been up to over the last few weeks.

Go Bold, or Go Home

I was having a little sort through my makeup stash a few weeks ago and stumbled across a lip product that came in My Little Box.  I'm not usually one for a bold lip but I gave the bright red colour a whirl and really loved it.  I think Simon got the shock of his life when he saw me and he did spend the rest of the day refusing to kiss me in case he ended up with a bright red mouth. 

I've decided no kisses is a small price to pay. I loved going bold for the day and I think I may start to have a hunt round to see what other colours I can find.  If anyone has recommendations for great bold colours for Autumn let me know.

The Cake Escape

I try to be healthy during the week (to prepare myself for naughty foodie weekends!) but this month I couldn't resist a "Great Cake Escape" one lunchtime.  The cosy Great British Cupcakery was the destination of choice and I indulged in a raspberry and chocolate scone filled with a very naughty amount of jam and cream.   Absolutely delicious and it kept me going for the rest of the day.  I think Cake Escapes may become a regular thing.

Autumn Days

I've been fully embracing Autumn this month and, dare I say it, feeling myself getting a little giddy at the prospect of Christmas.  Every time I'm out and about in the early evening and I notice it starting to get dark I feel a little flutter of excitement in my tummy!  Putting my warm coat and boots on has made me feel pretty happy.

Exploring Seaham

I finally managed to meet up with my good friends Kayleigh and Lisa this month after we'd all had a crazy few weeks that meant we didn't get a chance to see each other.  We decided to take a trip to the coastal town of Seaham and had cake in the rather lovely Lookout.  Seaham is pretty small but I can definitely see myself returning for a cake crawl, for somewhere so tiny there's a lot of places to eat!

Bridge Fail

The tourists visiting our beautiful city love to stand along the banks of the Tyne to watch the Millennium Bridge rise.  It's a pretty special bridge, being the only one of its kind that tilts to let boats pass underneath.   I discovered this month that as a local it can be pretty inconvenient when it rises when you're supposed to be on the other side of the river - not ideal when you're already running late!

Hunting for Iced Buns

It's not unusual for me to crave cakes after watching the Great British Bake Off but October saw me in a slightly ridiculous rush about Toon looking for iced buns after their appearance on the Bake Off.  Newcastle has more branches of Greggs than the average city but despite running into 6 shops in one afternoon (I wish I was joking!) I couldn't find one anywhere.  

In the end I managed to get my hands on a pack in M&S, which then obviously lead to me eating more than I meant to.

Halloween at Pet Lamb Patisserie

Happy Halloween!  Simon has literally been counting down to this day as he managed to convince me to buy a big bag of treats for any passing trick or treaters!  Anyone else thinking that he's possibly hoping that they'll never turn up and he can eat them all himself?

The lovely ladies at Pet Lamb Patisserie have been celebrating Halloween by decorating their pretty shop in the Grainger Market and are making some rather delicious Pumpkin Cupcakes.  If you're in Newcastle today make sure you pop along to check out the amazing goodies!

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  1. Oh what a fun idea of a post! I really enjoyed reading this. You reaaally suit that lipstick too - beautiful!


  2. Great picture of the bridge! Now I want cake for breakfast too x

  3. A raspberry and chocolate scone sounds absolutely divine! I think you are turning into a professional cake photographer - another little sideline for you :-)

  4. I really want cake now! Think I might have to go to Seaham ha!

    Kay xx

  5. This is such a lovely post! I think these are my favourite types of posts to read, because sometimes it feels like 'real life' isn't good enough to blog about and then you realise just how many small moments you could easily miss!

    Looking forward to Novembers round up xx

  6. My other half is exactly the same when I wear red lipstick, he refuses to kiss me. Once in a while, that's quite alright... just for the feeling of being a 50s pin up! I wish! As I read your comment about ice buns, I was like YES! That's me! I have a tradition of sitting eating ice buns with my mum!

    Donna xx

    Polkadot Pink


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