Cabbages & Corn

When I was 10 years old ,we were lucky enough to move to the countryside, which was the most wonderful experience in my life! As it meant we could have our very own goats hens and a pony! – a long awaited dream for me and my Sisters! On Sunday afternoons we were sent along…

Take the Plunge!

If you have never sampled the good old fashioned delights of Morecambe my friends, it’s time to take the plunge! We venture over every Year for “vintage by the sea festival” or sometimes just call by en-route, to visit Eric and take a snap! The famous sculpture of Eric Morecambe You can’t ignore the beautiful…

Facing the elements!

Well, we are bang in the middle of the summer vintage festival season, and after I’ve been to a few in the past, I discovered how much it can absolutely tank down in the UK at this time of the Year, and being stuck outdoors with no protection from the elements, I decided this was…

Treasures from the deep!

It’s lovely to find a new place to visit, somewhere local, beautiful and free! We found that place a matter of months ago! It may seem odd, but as children, we were always taken to the usual seaside towns on the North East coast (Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and South Sheilds). Other beaches were spoiled by…

Red Barn Eggs

Spring is a celebration of rebirth, daffodils are blooming and there’s a sense of a new fresh start around the corner. Grab the sun while you can, as it shows itself briefly between April showers. Eggs are a traditional sign of rebirth at this time of Year, wherever you are from.I remember when we were…

Byers Family, Train crash and shipwreck!

I have been given, during my quest for searching my family history, a suitcase full of old photographs from my maternal grandparents . I’m fascinated by them, most of the people I met and the others have been explained to me, but there was one photo that nobody recognised, and very strangely, it belonged to…

Coral Flair

Well It’s not the time of Year for dolling up and going out for the day, it’s way too chilly here up North for that sort of thing, so we decided a spot of decorating was a better option. Our dining room has always been an issue, it’s dark and shady, and we have tried…

Winter Glamping

Winter Glamping A cosy cabin nestled in woodland in the North Yorkshire countryside is just a great base for a winter getaway! A brisk walk in the outdoors is just the trick to burning off the Seasonal treats we have indulged in! The cabins are off grid which means log stoves and candle light, maybe…

Green with Envy

I was thinking of green, and the lack of it in winter, and my mind turned to evergreen/conifers. Now there is something special just up the road from us, something I hadn’t visited for a very long time. Every Year there would be an open day at Minsteracres monastery, and as children, our parents took…

Autumal Hues

Well we can’t stop time, and we can’t stop Winter approaching, at least we can enjoy the hues of autumn until the days turn really dark. It’s a time for cosy fires in the Retropoodle house, Coco is the most drawn to the fire, she’s known as the heat hogger! apparently it’s a trait in…

Bowlees

Well today was a funny day, weather-wise I mean! Thick mist and quite chilly. So this afternoon we headed West, where things were supposed to be better. That was an understatement! It was a different world! Hot, sunny and perfect! We had to go to nearby Middleton-in-Teesdale to collect a new dog coat for Jet,…