On our recent trip to the Yorkshire Dales, we visited the ruins of Middleham Castle, which was the childhood home of Richard III. Built in 1190, the castle is still an impressive site and the dog had an absolutely amazing time playing. It’s not a large site, but there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and it’s easy… Read More
American War is a disturbing vision of a country torn apart by civil war. In Akkad’s tale, the northern and southern states of America are once again bitterly divided, this time over fossil fuels. The story focuses on life in the southern states, which have borne the brunt of the fighting and destruction. Where the northern states are safe places… Read More
After a quiet few months, the last week or so has been pretty great –not only have I just been offered a new job, but this blog is shortlisted for an award! The Northern Blog Awards are in their first year and are organised by Holly from WeBlogMcr, the Manchester Blogging Network. You can find this blog on the shortlist… Read More
When life gets busy, there’s nothing like getting away for a few days in the countryside. We recently spent a few nights staying in a cabin in North Yorkshire, about an hour away from home. Sun Hill Lodges is made up of half a dozen luxury cabins just outside the village of Constable Burton, near Leyburn. This was our third… Read More
So I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Radiohead recently. I was fortunate enough to see them perform on Tuesday night in Manchester and they were utterly amazing. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been building my anticipation for the gig by listening to The Bends and OK Computer on repeat and watching the band’s Glastonbury set (more than once)…. Read More
It’s been a while since I wrote a recap of my recent reads. In April, I only read one book so it seemed a bit pointless to dedicate a whole round-up post to it. Instead I decided to save it and write an April/May post, as May was probably my most exciting bookish month this year as I finished one… Read More
The Harry Potter novels have been a constant since I was a teenager. I was aware of their presence – and their popularity – for a long time before I read them. Almost two decades, in fact. When the first book was released, I was too old for it. I was always an advanced reader, choosing adult books over those… Read More
Now that summer has arrived, most of the shows I’ve been following have finished so I’ve been spending a lot more time on Netflix. And that’s where you can find some of the programmes that I’ve been bingeing on over the last couple of weeks, which are all Netflix originals. If you’re looking for something to watch, read on.