Bambrough Castle

We are very lucky living in Newcastle Upon Tyne as we are in striking distance of a great many lovely places to visit. If you go along the Northumbrian coast you will soon find yourself on a route that is jam packed with a number of different castles, lovely seaside towns and of course Holy Island and the Farne Islands. One of the castles that is well worth a visit is Bamburgh castle. It is set on a hill overlooking the coast in a very dramatic way. The outcrop it is set on was formed by volcanic activity many years ago and as you drive into the village of Bambrough the castle dominates the area. You can easily see by looking at the hillside how difficult it must have been to attack this castle. Bambrough castle has a long history, there has been a fortification of some sort on the site since the year 420. Obviously this would have been a fort rather than the impressive structure that you see today. The castle we see today was based on the castle the Normans built in around the 1000’s but it has been added onto and lovingly restored by William Armstrong … Continue reading →

Nip and Fab Frown fix winners

Thank you for entering my competition to win one of five Nip and Fab Frown Fixes. I have just done battle with and pulled five names out of the hat.  The lucky winners of my competition are: Jay Lynsey MunchKim Alex Splodz Well done! I have sent you all an email, if you can get your details to me I will organize for these to be sent out. … Continue reading →

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I must be one of the only people in the world who has never managed to watch or read the Time Traveler’s Wife so I was unsure what to expect from Her Fearful Symmetry, which is Audrey Niffenegger’s second novel.  It is billed as a ghost story and it is one, but it is much more than that. It takes a number of threads of different peoples lives and weaves them together into a compelling way. It starts with loving couple Elspeth and Robert. Elspeth has had cancer for some time and at the start of the book she dies. Robert is left in his flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to grieve and to get on with his everyday life, writing his thesis and giving tours of the cemetery to tourists.  Elspeth is an identical twin. She has been estranged from her sister Edwina for a number of years, but no one but the twins is aware of the reason for this. Edwina lives in America and has two daughters, Julia and Valentina who are mirror twins.  Elspeth leaves them her flat in London on the condition that Edwina and her husband are not allowed to visit. Julia and Valentina are … Continue reading →

Acorelle Epilation body scrub

Its sunny outside, time to start baring flesh to get the sunshine. Time to invest in a good body scrub to slough away the trials of  winter and to make your skin look nice. Time to bring out the fake tan and pretend you have been sunning yourself on a beach. I recently tested this Acorelle Epilation body scrub from MyPure.  Everything from MyPure is free from sulphates, parabens and pthalates and they use natural ingredients. This body scrub uses crushed almond kernels for the scrubby bits and for moisturising your skin it has a mixture of organic beeswax and organic royal jelly.  Royal jelly is secreted by bees to feed their larvae and as a result is very difficult to harvest. I didn’t realise one hive would only produce about 500g of royal jelly over a six month period.  As you may know it is very high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes and because of this is prized for use in a wide range of products.   It is recommended that this body scrub is used once or twice a week on moist skin. This is what it looks like in the jar. It is has a rich creamy texture … Continue reading →

Drinking Fudge from Fudge Kitchen

Recently I tried some Drinking Fudge from Fudge Kitchen. I must admit I was very intrigued by this idea as fudge is one of my favourite things .  I have never heard of drinking fudge before and I wondered what it was going to be like.  I must admit it did sound a very yummy idea. Drinking fudge comes in six different flavours. These are Moreish Mint, Tangy Orange,  Dreamy Coconut, Gorgeous Ginger, Classic Chocolate and Mocha Chocolate Madness.  I would quite like a vanilla fudge flavour as well. They come in small packets each one of which contains a plastic sachet with the drinking fudge in it. It is really easy to make. All you need to do is to microwave a cup of milk for a minute to warm it up. The drinking fudge, which is a bit like melted chocolate in consistency is stirred into it and then you warm the cup in the mircowave a little bit longer.  After that simple preparation it is ready to drink. Make sure you do stir it throughly though or the fudge will sink to the bottom of the cup and you will lose some of the benefit. I tried … Continue reading →