I’ve lived in the North East my whole life but that never stops me being a total tourist whenever I’m out and about. Andrew and I both had some annual leave so we really tried to make the most of our time off, as well as the glorious weather we had this week, by getting out and about.
We started the week with a day out in Durham. I work in Durham and live twenty minutes away but I don’t go into the centre enough. If you’ve never been to Durham, its a small city but with an amazing cathedral and castle, pretty streets of old buildings filled with little shops and cafés, and a river that is gorgeous to walk along. We began with breakfast at Flat White Kitchen, read my review on that here, and then went for a look around the Cathedral which amazes me every time I go. We then went for a walk along the river, where I was on the hunt for snowdrops, and finished with some shopping.
On Tuesday we tried something brand new; we went to a Scotch egg making class! Scotch Eggs are our favourite snack so my mam bought us this class for a Christmas present. The class was at the Top Notch Scotch Egg Company, which I’d never heard of but is really near to us, and I’m excited to have discovered this fab local business. They taught us how to make Scotch eggs from start to finish, in all different flavours, and I’m really proud that we managed to make them and they looked and tasted like they should!
Wednesday was the last day of the little heatwave we had and we spent in the most perfect place. We packed a picnic and drove up to Hadrian’s wall for a hike. Andrew had never been up there so I’d been wanting to take him for a while. We walked the stretch between Housesteads and Sycamore Gap and back, making a six mile walk that was challenging in places but a lot of fun, and the views here are pretty unbeatable.
On Thursday it was my Mam’s birthday and we had her and my Dad over for dinner to celebrate. I wanted to cook something really nice so started the day by paying a visit to Knitsley Farm Shop, my favourite place for gorgeous local produce. I ended up cooking lamb shanks and I was really impressed with how it turned out, and I think my parents enjoyed them too.
I love living in the North East because there’s so many amazing places to explore near me, and I can’t wait for more adventures! Let me know your favourite places to explore and give me some ideas of where I need to go next.