Just one week to go until Christmas, how did that come along so quickly?! This weekend started with what can only be described as a very drunk and slightly rowdy Christmas night out with work, which led to a hangover to beat all others on Saturday. It was one hell of a week in the lab (Science is a little bitch when it goes wrong), so I guess it’s only right that Sunday was spent forgetting about it all, relaxing and making the most of this beautiful corner of England that we now call home.
We haven’t had a day with absolutely no plans in a long while. After a suggestion from our good friends Dorothy & Matthew we decided why the hell not? Let’s go to Corbridge. People have been suggesting it since we moved up here (& Mat has been here nearly 5 years!) but we just hadn’t got round to it, so it was lovely to finally be visiting.
Corbridge is so beautiful and it’s somewhere that I can imagine, if you did a survey, everyone that lived there would rank as being just a bit happier than the rest of us. It’s idyllic. All the houses are so picturesque and have the cutest little doors, emphasised by the wreaths hanging on them for the festive time of year. It reminds me so much of the village in the film, The Holiday.
Our main goal for the day was to find a little coffee shop to have lunch in. We had no trouble as it turns out that Corbridge has an abundance of adorable looking tea rooms and coffee shops. We had decided before we arrived to have a technology free afternoon (except the ol’ DSLR of course), so for once we couldn’t rely on trusty the Trip Advisor app and just walked into one of the first we stumbled upon. We ended up in ‘Tea & Tipple’ and as is standard I demolished a hot chocolate with all the trimmings.
Before we ate, we went in a lovely book shop, Forum Books. We had a good browse and I came away with ‘The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well’. I’d seen so many people raving about it online and after reading a little bit in the shop I really wanted to get stuck into it. I had a little read of it this afternoon and it’s so interesting – I can’t wait to get reading it again. Look out for a little review!
After eating, we wandered around the village a bit more and ended up walking along a bit of the River Tyne, before stopping to sit on a bench and take it all in.
It was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday and left us both feeling so relaxed. So relaxed in fact, that of course I had a little nap when we arrived home.
Tonight we’ve had fajitas, wrapped our second to last Christmas present and are now very cosy watching Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I’m in a very Pottery mood after seeing The Cursed Child last weekend, but I will of course #KeepTheSecrets and say no more about that.
Here’s to the last week of work for 2016 – I can’t wait for Christmas!