Thursday 31 May 2018

My May Days

How amazing has May been? The beautiful days of blue sky and sunshine have been the perfect start to Summer and we have everything crossed for June as we have a week booked off for a North East Staycation and some sun would be lovely. Here are a few things that didn't make the blog this month.

An Honorary Geordie

This month I hit a pretty important milestone - 5 years of living in Newcastle! I was delighted when Geordie Gifts officially declared me an Honorary Geordie and presented me with this very special mug. If you're drinking tea out of this you are, most definitely, 100% certified pet! If you want one for yourself you can find Geordie Gifts at their shop in the Grainger Market and you should most definitely follow them on Instagram because their stories are hilarious!

My May Days - Geordie Gifts

Up on the Roof

I discovered Newcastle's best kept secret this month! John Lewis in Eldon Square have their own roof garden for staff - who knew! I am now seriously considering getting a job there just so I can have access to this gorgeous space, the views and people watching opportunities are spot on.

My May Days - John Lewis Roof Garden

Lunch at Hotel du Vin

We headed up the hill from the Quayside last weekend for a spot of lunch at Hotel du Vin, somewhere that's definitely very much out of sight out of mind. It was a gorgeous sunny day in the Toon yet their outside terrace was deserted (a great tip if you're looking for some available seats next time it's sunny). We had the Bistro to ourselves and indulged in a delicious carb fuelled lunch. I'm currently thinking about what hotel to book for our wedding anniversary this year and I have to say that Hotel du Vin is a serious contender. Has anyone ever stayed over?

My May Days - Lunch at Hotel du Vin

Mini Golf in Gosforth

First a little tip for you, if you're going to play Mini Golf I do not recommend doing it in dungarees and a baker boy hat - it has to be the most unpractical outfit for golfing. One of the few ways (and there really are only a few!) to get Simon out enjoying the sunshine is with a round of Mini Golf, he loves it! We only discovered Parklands Mini Golf in Gosforth this month and it's a great little find. Only £2.50 to knock a few balls round the course and although I was pretty useless I enjoyed sitting on some rocks enjoying the sun while Simon tried to teach me how to get the ball into the holes!

My May Days - Parklands Mini Golf

Getting Summer Ready at Intu Metrocentre

The launch of the SS18 season at Intu Metrocentre had me lusting after brightly coloured dresses and straw bags and wishing that we could afford to book a beach holiday this Summer! I love Summer fashion and whilst I may look a tad daft strolling about Newcastle in a huge straw hat, I will most definitely be rocking the beach vibes Tyneside this year! The Fashion Live events at the centre are always a season highlight for me and I now have a shopping list that far exceeds my clothes allowance for the month. Will anyone else be joining me in wearing daft holiday gear round the North East this Summer?

My May Days - Metrocentre Summer Fashion

Summer Coffee 

You know Summer has arrived when you order your first Frapp of the year. I am an absolute sucker for calorific drinks when the weather turns hot and the more cream and sugary drizzle the better. My first of the year was this delicious Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks and I'm sure it's going to be the first of many.

My May Days - Starbucks Frappuccino

Beargers at The Purple Bear

Newcastle really has become "Destination Burger" and there are now so many places in the Toon to get your burger fix. We're slowly making our way round them all and our latest discovery was the "Beargers" at The Purple Bear - I went for The Brown (£10.50) - a two stacked patty with Swiss Cheese, Mushrooms and Garlic Mayo. Despite it coming wth fries and Slaw I couldn't resist ordering a side of Pit Beans as well. The burgers were delicious but what really stole the show for us was the episodes of Thundercats being played on the screen above our heads.

My May Days - The Purple Bear Newcastle

Bank Holiday in Manchester

I spent the first Bank Holiday of the month in sunny Manchester and it was beautiful! With temperatures soaring we had a perfect afternoon wandering the streets of the Northern Quarter hunting out all of the amazing street art and attempting to stay cool by pottering around in Selfridges air conditioning (whilst lusting after stupidly expensive bags of course!) and indulging in glasses of Prosecco. It really is such a fantastic city, and if Newcastle hadn't already stolen my heart I could see myself living there one day (just don't tell my husband as he'll have me moved to his home city in a heartbeat!)

My May Days - Manchester

Pasta Party

Considering I write a North East destination blog it is crazy how long it sometimes takes me to get to places, Zucchini Pasta Bar has been open for ages, I've heard nothing but amazing things about their fresh pasta dishes yet I only made my first visit there this month! So now I'm yet another person telling you that you HAVE to go because the food is so good! I went for the Open Lasagna of Funghi, Parmesan and Tarragon (£7.00) and it gave me one very happy tummy!

My May Days - Zucchini Pasta
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  1. We were blessed with some gorgeous days in May weren't we xx

    1. We really were .. very hopeful that June will be the same!

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    1. It's brilliant isn't it - they do so many lovely things. I need to get a tea towel next!


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