I’ve been, staring at the edge of the water….

Day three of our holiday was partly very chilled. We got up without an alarm and chilled together downstairs for half the day. We watched Moana and Walking on Sunshine while I did a 500 piece Harry Potter jigsaw, Shannon did her scrapbook and Jon cried at the choice of movies!

All morning it was raining and cloudy, until the afternoon when the sun finally came out! We took this chance and we ventured out to Seahouses and had a look around Jon’s favourite pound shop where they sell everything from spray paint to postcards to kites and surfboards. It is pretty cool!

After Seahouses we went to the beach and we had our wetsuits on and Jon blew up his 2 man canoe. Myself and Jon went out to sea in a blown up canoe while Shannon read her book on the beach. Ive never been to sea in a canoe so I was a bit dubious but it was so fun! When you get past the breakers it was so calm, I did want to go to the bigger waves but Jon didn’t fancy getting smashed against the harbour wall so we compromised and we surfed the waves near the shore instead. It was so fun!

After the canoe, we dragged Shannon into the sea and we all had a little swim. Only a short time though because it was absolutely freezing! We had numb feet and legs by the time we got out! We got changed and dried and went back home to have hot showers!

When we were dry and warm we went back out in the van to Seahouses and got fish and chips for tea. A treat because it’s our last night! Gutted.

While waiting for the fish and chips, Jon and Shannon went to co-op and got some mango and hot chocolate powder and they bought me some frozen chicken nuggets because id be craving them the day before! Yey!

We went back home, had our fish and chips, packed some stuff and cleaned some of the house and cracked open a bottle of wine. We then played Harry Potter Cluedo which I lost because of Jon! Here’s what happened…

Hayley – anyone have ministry of magic as the location?

Jon – no. Shannon – no.

*Hayley thinks she’s cracked it and goes to the Burrow*

Hayley – it was Draco Malfoy in the ministry of magic

*Hayley is wrong because it wasn’t in the ministry of magic*

Jon – oh wait, I have ministry of magic!

Proper screwed me over! We will let him off though because we did have a good laugh about it! By the time this had finished, myself and Shannon had drank quite a bit of wine, so we cooked some chicken nuggets and played charades and danced about while Jon contemplated why he came on holiday with two crazies.

It has been an amazing holiday and I’m gutted it’s nearly over!

Roll on next time!

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Trip to Hogwarts

For day two of our Northumberland holiday we had another action packed day! Including a very action packed morning which I’m surprised went well! Shannon got up at 8ish and went for a run but woke me up beforehand. I then moved all the sofas downstairs, had breakfast and set up body combat. When she was back, we woke Jon up so he could shower while we were doing body combat, so then when we had finished body combat, the shower was free. I then showered while Shannon had breakfast, then she showered while I dried my hair. WHAT A PLAN!

So the plan worked and we were up and ready to go by about 9:45 and we made our way to Alnwick Castle. The very place Hogwarts was filmed and where Harry, Ron, Hermione and all the others in Harry’s first year class had their first broomstick training! We were super excited (even though we have been together before, but you can never go to hogwarts too many times!).

So we got to Alnwick, sorted out our tickets because you do get year long tickets so we got in free! The first stop was the broomstick training! However we did find out we had to wait until 11:30 for that so we had a wander around the shop first, then went to the training grounds. Broomstick training was so fun again! Probably made for children but we’re big kids anyway! Being able to say I’ve done broomstick training in exactly the same place Harry, Ron and Hermione had their first lesson in philosopher stone is brilliant!

So after broomstick training we went to the state rooms and it blew my mind that people live there over winter and there are family photos up in the middle of huge libraries and chandeliers and 10m long mirrors (cleanest mirrors I have ever seen in my life!). I couldn’t live there though, I get freaked out in my tiny house whenever I hear a noise!

After wandering around the state rooms we made our way to the medieval quarter and we had such a laugh. The area is meant for children but we played some Victorian era style games, we dressed up as Princess and Knight and Shannon even defeated a dragon with her sword!

There weren’t many people about but the few people that were there, thought we were nuts!

Dinner time next and we took a pack up and ate it outside, needed after using our energy on children’s games! We then popped back into the shop to buy a few things before we went to do archery.

Myself and Jon did the archery and he ended up winning but only by 5 points!

Jon- 64

Hayley – 59

It was so fun though, and quite competitive!

We had then done most things in the castle so we decided to have a wander around Alnwick town. We went in tons of charity shops and had a Costa coffee. Alnwick is lovely, but do be careful of the uneven floors, as Shannon kept tripping up every few minutes!

After we had had enough of charity shops we went back to the car and drove to Barter Books. This is the best book shop in the world! There are thousands and books and there is a little train that runs along the top of them and wow, it’s a nerds dream.

We dropped off some books there so we could get store credit and we had a wander around before going to the cafe for a drink. We seem sophisticated in going to this brilliant book shop until Jon pointed out that all Shannon did was drop off a load of books, Jon bought 7 dvds instead of books and the only thing I had was a glass on rosรฉ in the cafe!

We headed back home after Barter books, had tea, went for a walk for some eggs and watched some crappy TV.

I then started to help Shannon with her 925 piece 3D jigsaw of the Sydney Opera House and that was the worst mistake of my life. It is the most confusing thing ever. I have never seen so many pieces of a jigsaw that look exactly the same. It drove us so crazy that we had pizza waffles at 11:30pm when we discovered no takeaways deliver to the middle of nowhere!

Overall though, a fantastic day!

Roll on tomorrow!

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Norway Video!

I don’t know if any of you read the previous blogs about mine and Shannon’s time in Norway but here is a Youtube video showing just some of the things we got up too!

We had such a fabulous time in Oslo. Holding snakes, sight seeing and even seeing a ballet in the famous Opera House!

Enjoy!

Here is the link if that’s easier..

https://youtu.be/fKCdyW1H8ew

 

Trip to Hull day 2

Today I got up at around 9 and had a lovely breakfast cooked by my wonderful mother. After getting ready, we went for a wander around the shops near where we live. We ended up staying in WHSmiths for around an hour though because they had a book clearance and you could get books for like ยฃ1 and ยฃ2! We were in our element.

We popped into Boots, then went to Costa in the new ridiculously big Next. We met my dad in there and I went with him after to see my Grandma in Withernsea.

In Withernsea we went for a walk along the beach,

And walked further up the promenade where there are some new statues and old photos, here are a few of my favourites…

We had a look around a few shops and in a small market before heading back to my Grandma’s house. Unfortunately, it was already 4pm and I had to be at my other Grandma’s house for 5pm for tea! (It was a get looked after by Grandma’s kind of day!).

My dad dropped me off at my other Grandma’s and we had a lush beef stew with dumplings for tea. YUM!

After tea we watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers because I’m currently watching the top 100 musicals from imdb, from 100 – 1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is number 95! It was surprisingly good, if not a little sexist, but they could get away with it then! We watched some videos from when I was away in November, because I travelled Europe for a month with my friend. It was great to reminisce! We had such a laugh! (See previous blogs from November).

On the way home from Grandma’s at 10pm, we drove via the new Banksy mural in Hull. It has been there two days and has very recently been confirmed that it was THE Banksy who came to hull. This is what it is meant to look like…

This is what we found it like…

I’m fuming! Someone has already painted over the top! Typical Hull! The minority ruining it for the majority. A LOT of people are annoyed!

Apart from that, it has been a great 2 days seeing the family!

Trip to Hull Day 1

Four years ago I moved to Leeds for university and my family still live in Hull. It’s not that far but I haven’t been back in a while!

This morning I woke up in Leeds at 7am and got the train from Kirkstall Forge to Leeds at 8:15am. By the time I got on the Hull train at 8:38 I had listened to The Greatest Showman twice on Spotify!

On the train I read two chapters of the Stonewylde Series (book 4!) by Kit Berry. It’s a really good series, everyone should read it! I got to Hull at 9:30 and my mum met me at the train station.

The first thing I did when I arrived in Hull is marvel at the amount Hull had changed! It had such a bad name for itself throughout England, but I was amazed at the transformation! Since it was City of Culture 2017 it has made a brilliant recovery! Starting with the train station, there was new shop windows that were fully glass and modern and a large plane hanging from the ceiling. Completely different to what I’d seen before!

However, for myself and mum the first stop was Costa. We stayed in there for nearly two hours, just catching up with each other, chatting and people watching! After a few mochas and a sandwich we went to the Hull KR shop to pick up my tickets and then we went to the Maritime Museum because we haven’t been in ages! However, it’s hasn’t changed since about 1985!

When we had finished in the Maritime Museum, which didn’t take long, we went for a walk near the marina, which is so nice recently!

We found a bench with loads of Hull sayings…some of you won’t get this.

However, the storm got worse……and worse…..

(what a beautiful lady my mum is though!)

After our windy and rainy walk, we wandered through a new and very modern market in Hull, that we didn’t even know was there!

This led us on to the Hands on History museum. When I was younger I used to absolutely love this museum because there was an actual ride in the middle! There was an old fashioned kitchen you could pretend to wash and poo in the hole toilet and there is a school you can pretend to teach and a puppet show. Basically I have grown out of all this stuff (being 22) but it was still cool!

Upstairs, my mum loved it. There was a whole section about the era she grew up in. I was rather bored but it was slightly interesting I suppose. But if my mum is happy then I am!

After we had wandered around a few shops, we left the centre and went home in the car. We had a few plans to go to Hollywood Bowl and Nandos until we found out it was ยฃ41 for three people for two games! What a rip off!…so we improvised and made our own game of bowling!

It actually worked quite well, surprisingly!

Since then we have drunk some wine, had a Chinese, listening to mcfly, watched IT, watched Undateables, watched funny YouTube videos, and now I’m basically already ready for bed, and I’m so tired! It’s only 9:50 here!

But roll on tomorrow, seeing the Grandma’s!

Y – Alphabet Dating

So after the AMAZING surprise Harry Potter themed birthday party which Shannon threw me for my birthday at the climbing wall where we work, we woke up and packed the car (we were heading to Hull after York) and set off to York for the day. We found the park and ride and got the bus in to the centre and walked around for a bit just exploring but aiming to find the Harry Potter shop (of course!), called ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named’. We did eventually and had a quick look around before going somewhere to find some food because we were both really hungry and it was about lunch time and neither of us had had any breakfast because it just hadn’t been our top priority when we were about to set off. So, we were getting increasingly hangry.

We found a lovely little cafรฉ/ restaurant place but as soon as we went in we felt it was too posh for us, but we went with it any way, why not? The breakfast menu had stopped so it was on to the lunch menu so we both asked for meatballs only to be told they hadnโ€™t made them yet, WHAT!? Your telling us its lunch time, so we canโ€™t have the breakfast, which is what we both wanted, but we were to early for meatballs? Anyway, we quickly had another look at the menu and ordered something different. It was definitely a restaurant that was too fancy for us and the food wasn’t even that nice, like they had tried to be TOO posh, but we are both still alive and ate enough not to be too hungry.

We continued to walk around and we met up with Shannon’s friend from primary school, Gemma, who goes to University of York. It was nice to see her for a bit and also very good as she knew where all the shops where and considering we had been trying to find the Disney store for about an hour before meeting her, she literally took us around the corner and it was there! After doing a little bit more shopping and going back to The Shop That Must Not Be Named, where I, after much debate with myself, bought Harry Potter Cluedo, a Platform 9 and three quarters passport holder and some Harry Potter glasses! We then said goodbye to Gemma, after she very kindly pointed us in the right direction to get the bus back to the park and ride… we are adults I promise. We got the bus back to Timothy (Shannon’s car) and continued on our way to Hull.

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X – Alphabet Dating

For X we went to Xscape in Castleford. There was myself, Shannon and Jon and we started off at the skiing/snowboarding part of the place. Shannon did a ski season last year so she sometimes goes snowboarding at Xscape. Myself and Jon sat and chatted with a glass of wine while Shannon went snowboarding. It was so cool! It’s all indoors and its quite high up! I would have had a go but it was way to expensive if you don’t have your own stuff.

After Shannon had been snowboarding, we made our way up to the 3D mini golf. NEVER DO THIS. It is the most trippy thing in the World! You have to wear these 3D glasses so it makes the pictures on the walls jump out at you and its so hard to walk with them on! It’s pretty dark in there too so we were nearly tripping up all the time! It was fun though, and different to normal mini golf!

After we had stumbled around the two courses and failed miserably at mini golf, we went to Nandos. YUM. Myself and Shannon had our normal order of chicken and chips with herb and lemon/medium spice whilst Jon had…a plate of chips. He’s an odd one when it comes to food…and other things in life, come to think of it, and he basically only eats chips, yorkshire puddings and chocolate. But he did enjoy his chips!

It was a great evening out!

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V – Alphabet Dating

So for V we went to Vue cinema to see Goodbye Christopher Robin as I had been wanting to see it since it came out, I loved it to bits and really understood all the references to Winnie the Pooh as I read the books a lot when I was little and love Winnie the Pooh. Hayley hadn’t read them as much as I had and after knowing how it ruined his childhood is not 100% sure she wants to read them now! She is an adult but is still contemplating reading Winnie the Pooh! We both enjoyed the film though! We also had some Nachos which was a big bonus!

Since then we have been to Vue again to see the Greatest Showman. This is THE BEST FILM EVER and everyone needs to see it! It’s top of the album charts because it’s just so amazing. You’d be a fool not to see it!

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T – Alphabet Dating

After not being able to go for my birthday we decided to go on Monday.. so Monday came around and it’s time to go…to Tropical World!

We got there and Hayley discovered she had to walk through a room filled with butterflies. First it was very funny to watch someone be scared of a butterfly… I know different people have different fears but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh at your friend when she’s running through the tropical house with her hood up!

I was amazed she didn’t know who Ollie the octopus was he made my childhood visits to tropical world and she meant the new one who is not worthy of being named after he kicked Ollie out of his home. (Side note from Hayley – if you also don’t know who Ollie the Octopus is, then it’s this weird Octopus that you put money into and it talks to you……it’s weird).

When we got to the rooms with the birds in, I thought she was going to have a heart attack! But I knew she would soon be happy when we got to the meerkats! The dark part we explored were all the animals that come out at night (ie. bats) was a tad creepy but luckily Hayley didn’t have to have her hood up as the bats couldn’t fly around her!!

When we had finished walking round we went for lunch in the Cafรฉ which was lovely, before it was time to go to work.

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