MINI GETAWAY – DESTINATION ALNMOUTH

Good morning beautiful souls,

My travel blogs are coming at ya a little belated, for which I am sorry, but I’m finally getting back into mu blogging and I have a lot of belated content to share haha, plus it is nice to reminisce all the cute mini getaways I had this summer! A couple of months ago I had my last holiday of the summer which was a couple of days in Alnmouth with my family and I just wanted to share a few photos from my time there with you!

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We had a lovely few days together just relaxing and enjoying each others company.

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We went for walks along the beach…

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Were creative together painting, looking around an art gallery and taking a trip to Potadoodledo to paint some pottery which was great fun!

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I cooked everyone delicious vegan food every day from tofu scramble to pea risotto all the while enjoying some delish holiday G&T’s whilst doing my thang in the kitchen haha – anyone else love a drink whilst cooking dinner?!

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My sister and I introduced our parents to Queer Eye (if you haven’t seen this program you’re missing out- it’s the cutest) and we chilled watching tv or reading our books in the evenings…

All too soon however it was time for me to go home and back to work, whilst my mum, dad and sister were allowed to enjoy another couple of days there (I totally was not jealous!)

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I love Alnmouth! If you live in the north east and haven’t been yet I highly suggest you take a trip to this cute coastal village with a beautiful beach!!!

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CABARET CHARITY NIGHT

Good morning beautiful souls,

A couple of weeks ago I went to a charity cabaret evening at Lumley Castle. It was the first time I’d ever been to Lumley Castle and I hope it won’t be the last! What a beautiful location!!! The event was to raise money and awareness for cancer research and turned out to be a lovely evening.

(By the way, please excuse the terrible quality photos, my phone is great in daylight but terrible in the evenings and low light!)

We were told ‘dress to impress’ and so out came my beautiful green ball gown, which by the way is one of my fave charity shop finds, the heels and fancy jewellery. I love getting dressed up but rarely get the chance to, so when I do have an opportunity, I go all out hehe.

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When we arrived at Lumley Castle we at first got lost and nearly gate crashed a wedding haha, but were luckily found and pointed in the right direction. Once we found our way we were greeted with a champagne reception and a photographer took our photo before we mingled caught up with some other people we knew and had a browse of the silent auction prizes.

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An hour or so later we sat down to some speeches before enjoying a meal and I was very grateful that they made me my own vegan options – a curry for mains and a chocolate tart thing for dessert which were both tasty.

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After the meal we had the cabaret entertainment and some musical favourites were sung as well as some instrumental pieces performed. They put on a good show, which was followed by the DJ cracking out some fab tunes and people grooving on the dancefloor before the silent auction winners were revealed. We waited for my friend to collect her winnings and then had to hurry on out as our lift home was waiting.

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I really enjoyed myself that night. It was just nice to get out of the house and do something different!!

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DAY TRIPPING – DESTINATION ALNMOUTH

Good evening beautiful souls,

Last week I was luck enough to have 3 days off, which for me is very rare and thus meant that I actually had time to do something nice for myself once all the housework and various other tasks were completed. The weather was so nice and I was craving a beach trip, but not being able to drive made this wish a bit problematic. Sadly there aren’t many easily accessible by public transport beaches around, well not unless you want to sit on a bus for over an hour which for me is a big no no as I get serious travel anxiety when it comes to bus journeys that are longer then 20mins! After some research however I discovered that Alnmouth station was pretty easy to get to only being a 30min walk away from the beach and so I had my day trip destination.

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The walk to the beach is quite a pleasant and easy to follow as it’s just along the main road. From the station you firstly walk through a small housing estate and then it’s out in nature with wild fields on your left and glimpses of the sea on your right. After about 20 minutes you reach central Almnouth and walk through it’s floral hanging basket lined street until you reach the golf course and the beach.

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On my way down to the beach I came across these beautiful roses and I had to stop and give them a sniff – does anyone else do this whenever they see roses?! They smelt divine and I’m not going to lie, I was very tempted to snap one off and take it with me!

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The beach was relatively busy, the sun was out and there was a light breeze rippling through my hair as picked a little empty spot to put down my picnic blanket. Once settled I sat back with my feet in the sand just enjoying being in the present moment and watching the world around me; the grandparents sitting in their folding chair reading their papers, children hopping from stone to stone and family’s running around playing Frisbee and flying kites. It was a beautiful afternoon.

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It wasn’t long until I unpacked my picnic full of healthy vegan goodies and read a bit of my book whilst savouring my lunch. I had grapes, blueberries, pretzels, veg, hummus and crackers as well as a little can of G&T. It was the perfect picnic! Afterwards I lay down with my headphones on listening to my audiobook (The Count of Monte Cristo) and relishing the feeling of the sun warming my skin.

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Sadly the clouds came in not long after and they didn’t seem to want to budge meaning I got chilly quite quickly and ended up deciding to pack up and head on home again, but not before I took a stroll along the beach and dipped my toes in the chilly sea of course. Although I was only there for about 2 hours, it really was worth it and I enjoyed every minute of my mini excursion!

I hope you’ve all found the time recently to go out and do something nice for yourselves too! I know I need to make time for myself like this more often. I don’t do it enough and it did me the world of good!

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