Monday, 31 March 2014

Who Do They Think You Are? #5

We're on the fifth installment of this series already and I still find it hilarious to read what people have thought about someone all from a photo! Place your guesses now!

A 24 year old Male thought this -
Name: Something old fashioned like Mary or Victoria!
Age: 19/20
Occupation: She looks like she sells skateboards
Location: Wales
Hobbies Include: Skateboarder, graffiti/art, playing guitar. Musical Taste: Heavy metal Other: Quite a loner only keeps to a few close friends, very artistic.

This is what she had to say about herself! -
Name: Tanya 
Age: 22
Occupation: Unemployed (for now) 
Location: Cambridge 
Hobbies Include: Reading, watching films and history. 
Musical Taste: Anything really erm go with rock. 
Other: I'm friendly, I enjoy cosplaying, adore anything harry potter related and have an epic youtube channel!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 26

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

175.What is your fondest memory from the past three years?
Although it, sadly, didn't include Baker as it was before we had him, but our first anniversary was a really nice time. We took a trip to one of our favorite places - Scarborough! Please do click that link and check out what we got up to as it really was one of the best times the two of us has had together. We also were lucky enough to be taken away to Kielder with my parents the week after which was full of amazing experiences too...there's a post on that here if you'd like to see us flying birds of prey and more!

176.What are the primary components of a happy life?
Family. Animals. Love. Selflessness. Honesty. Humor. Positivity. All that jazz!

177.How would the world be different if you were never born?

Well if I had never be born no one would of ever known me for my non-existence to matter if you catch my drift. 
I'd hope that there would be a few people who would of missed out on some form of inspiration from me and of course there are a few charities I have done events raising funds for which wouldn't of happened had I not been born. That's all I can think of though...what do you think?

178.What is your favorite song and why?

Oh there are so many! I love Believe in What You Want by Jimmy Eat World (obviously as I have the title tattooed across my chest), Carol of the Bells - even if it is a Christmas song and Hustling by Rick Ross as it gets me pumped up on my walk to work haha! There are so many others as I'm really not the type to be able to just pick's the same with movies!

179.With the resources you have right now, what can you do to bring yourself closer to your goal?

We are doing all we can to really. It's just a waiting game to be given our opportunity...

180.What are your top three priorities?

The happiness of my loved ones, the comfortableness of our living space and being the best person I can be. 

181.Why do we idolize sports players?

For the majority of them I have no clue...but after watching a tv documentary about Drogba the other night I completely understand. See when such talented, well off, influential people use the vast amounts of money they have to do good then I too would idolize them. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Project 52 // February

Today I'm bringing you the second monthly installment of my weekly photo project - Project 52.
If you don't already, you should totally follow my 'photography' blog, TheSweetness:365 and while you're there check out my Project 365 that I did all through 2013.

Anyway, here's my (not so amazing) photography from February.I actually am quite pleased with the last one even if it technically was from week 9! To find out about what happened to week 8 and read what I got up to each week and more about the photos click here! 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

You Know You're Getting Old When..

I guess this is technically just a little list of facts about me, but they're all facts that people have stated make me old! ha! I love being an oldie at heart :) I especially love my cabinet. ;)

You know you are getting old when... think the weather is a fascinating subject of discussion. are the one complaining about the noise the neighbours are making. often take afternoon naps. become attached to / you overly enjoy furniture. haven't a clue what music is in the charts. love getting useful gifts like socks and bubble bath. fall asleep while watching the TV. prefer monopoly to most other social activities. can't stand cheeky kids / you refer to your childhood to explain whats wrong with today's kids. have lack in the friend department but don't care. would much rather be comfortable than 'on trend'. find bird watching/ feeding/ photographing enjoyable. have a 'just in case' bag in your handbag. are disgraced by some of the explicitness actually allowed to be shown on TV. moan about back pain. go into a room and forget why.

Can you relate to any of them? Or even add to the list? Let me know in the comments below! 

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Perfect Pet Lover Gift Guide

I have no idea where the idea for this list came from as my Etsy hunt originally was for cute Easter gifts for my anipals! Along the way my search has some how been compromised and turned from gifts for pets to pet gifts for people! Anyway, this is in no way a hint hint to the people in my life of future gifts they could get me...really, it's not...well maybe a little :P
I hope this gives others some cool ideas as to what is out there in the range of unique gifts for the animal lover in your life. (You could even sneakily email or post this on your other half's Facebook, you know, to put them in the right direction when they're struggling on what to buy you!)

1- Teeth Vial Necklace Right, first up is something I know will be very hit or miss (hopefully hit with alot of you I know who read this blog) but I find it ingenious. I have a little memory box, as does Jake, but we also have a separate one for little man and in the very bottom of it are his baby teeth floating around! Alot of people are grossed out when I whip them out but it's a dear memory of his puppy days and I think they are too cute! Sadly they're wasted not being seen and this is the perfect solution...definitely an ice breaker topic when hanging around your neck.
2- Hand Painted Rustic Wood Sign Family When we finally manage to get onto the property ladder this will be my housewarming gift to myself. I've seen alot of people with similar things, though none including the pets. What would be sweeter in the entrance to your home than a quirky introduction to who lives there? Love it.
3Pet Nose Impression Necklace Just Uh! How amazing is this?! Amazing is such a rubbish word but I was lost for words when I saw this. How perfectly personal and completely unique is this necklace? A dogs nose 'print' is just like our fingerprints in the way that a dog can be identified using it, so carrying an exact replica of your pooches sniffer around your neck would be a very sentimental thing indeed.
4- Custom Charcoal Pet Portrait Framed, up on the wall, pride of place. I know my pet lovers will agree with me that their little guys are like children and when I was young my parents had a portrait of me done which is on their living room wall, so why shouldn't I have one of Baker. There are alot of artists on Etsy but not alot jumped out to me. However I thought these ones were fab!! Very traditional looking and extremely well done.
5- Italian Greyhound Silhouette Pillow Well Baker isn't an Italian Greyhound but it's highly unlikely that I'll find anything of a Border Collie Lurcher cross! This is a pretty good match to his stature though and would be very well suited amoung the rest of sitting room accessories!

6- 'My Dog Rescued Me' Bangle, Customized with Pet Name. I don't often wear bracelets and when I do they are modest and comfortable. This bangle is so sweet and plain with just the right quote to match every true pet lovers thoughts. The best touch is the personalisation of your dogs name on the inside.
7- Dog Shaped Chalkboard I need this for my kitchen!! I love the nostalgia of a chalk board and this is a perfect version to suit our animal loving household as well as be different from the boring hanging rectangle. It comes in different breeds and in black too which I prefer.
8- Custom Portrait Illustration Art These are the types of things I see across many different blogs and always wonder how cute ours would be with a little dog and rabbit added to the family. Yet again there were a few different artists doing similar things but I found this to be executed the best. Of course I'd frame it but I also reckon it'd make a cool greetings card or business card!
9- In Memory/In Adoration Pet Illustration Yet another piece of artwork but I couldn't pass it up for this list. Crazy cat lady, dog mama, whatever, this would be sure to memorialize the love for a past pet or show off how much you think of them right now. Brilliant idea, really well done.
10- Needle Felted Sculpture of your Pet Now this item on the list is very special. It takes some real talent to create something like this, so much so I don't really have anything else to say. I would adore one for both my little guys. Superb.
11- Wooden Pet Photo Memory Book Last but not least the cutest photo album I've seen n a long time. I mentioned that I had a memory box for Baker and like the teeth it's a shame for things not to be seen. Displaying photos, tickets and vet cards etc in this and having it laying on the coffee table would make it so much easier to force people to look at! haha

And that brings us to the end of the gift guide. I have to point out that some of these do not ship internationally and are based in the US but I wanted to include them for my US readers. I'm sure you could always get in touch and ask about shipping options or alternative suppliers if you really liked something!
Let me know what your favorite thing on the list is. What would you like as a gift personally or what would you give to a friend?
I hope you enjoyed looking at this post as much as I enjoyed researching for it and thank you to all of the store owners for letting me include them. :)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 25

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

168.What has been the most terrifying moment of your life thus far?

There are two things that  spring to mind. Both are very different. The most emotionally terrified I remember being was when my Granda was ill in hospital before he passed. When he first got taken into hospital my parents were on holiday and so I was the driver to take my Nana to visit him (the hospital is about 50 mile away). I was also the one who the nurses would give the updates to and if seeing your Granda in such a bad state wasn't enough, all that responsibility just added to the terror.
The other was more of a physical fright. My skydive..well the flight more specifically not the actually dive!

169.Who is the strongest person you know?

My Dad. He's just an all around amazing person, full stop. He puts up with so much, he works so hard and he is so selfless. If it weren't for his constant help and support I wouldn't be where I am now. He always tells me not to worry about anything. He's pretty damn special!

170.If you could take a single photograph of your life, what would it look like?
If it were to depict recent times it would suck. It would be in a very urban setting, dirty and the ground covered in glass. My little family would look tired and sad. But to depict my life in general, like what it will be soon it would be in the country, with sun shining, surrounded by birds and animals and huge grins on our faces. 

171.Is the reward worth the risk?
Well that depends on the reward doesn't it?!

172.For you personally, what makes today worth living?

The thought of tomorrow.
And not tomorrow as in Monday. Tomorrow as in the next day of my life.

173.What have you done in the last year that makes you proud?

I'm proud of how attached and devoted I am to this here bloggy. I'm proud of my efforts to help others ie. doing the Race for life, sending off a Shoebox to operation Christmas child and the hamper I put together for a local cat and dog shelter. I am also proud of sponsoring a dog with the Dogs Trust and  the charity event I have/am organizing for this coming June! I think that's it though. :/ I need to make a conscious effort to do more. 

174.What did you learn recently that changed the way you live?

Nothing recently I don't think. Boring answer I know! 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Q&A feat. YOU!

Today's posts is a handful of interesting questions from some of you guys that follow me on twitter! I'm glad I decided to do this as asking you made for some awesome questions! Enjoy.

How long have you been cruelty-free, and what inspired you to start it? 
from Charlotte
It's been around 4 years or so since I became aware and started to be more conscious of using tested things. However it's been around 2 years that I have been clean. I really actually can't remember what exactly led me towards the light but it was more than likely one of the disgusting photos or videos you see all over the internet. Now I hope to inspire people to do the same by spamming my personal Facebook page haha

Would you ever consider getting any serious body modification like scarification or getting your ears stretched?
from Claire
No. Simple! haha I don't even do piercings at all anymore, although when I was a teen I had my lip and nose done (wow, so original!), so stretching is completely out of the question. For newer followers I'll include some early photos of my man when he used to have tunnels, HERE. He has since taken them out thankfully :P As for scarification I just don't like the aesthetic of it - it looks sore! I'll stick to tattoos and lots of them, well if and when money allows.

If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
from Leona

I couldn't of received a more difficult question. I want all the animals! Except bugs but I'd have even mythical and magical ones too. However it was made clear via Twitter that I can only answer with 'real animals' haha.Well I have a dog, a rabbit (although house depending, I'd have more of both) and I'm allergic to cats and have no room for a horse. Jake and I have talked about getting a Leopard Gecko before, after we met a little one named Jake at a pet corner of a farm. We'll get one in the future I'm sure but just now no more pets. We'll wait until we're working more hours and can afford all the crickets and calcium powder!

What are the top three cruelty free products that you couldn't live without and what products do you wish were cruelty free? 
from Melissa

My most recent find and love is carbolic soap. Guuuh. I bought a huge bar at Beamish as the lady had told me it was used for everything back then. Everything! I looked it up online and apparently it's most prominent feature is that is great for acne - thankfully it's been working wonders for me ever since! Barry M Mascara. A very overlooked company but actually great quality, value and ethics. Winning! Thinking of a last item is difficult. Do I pick a household item or cosmetic... I really want to say something from Soap and Glory as I use alot of products from them and of course love them like the rest of the universe. Okay, I'll say the Kick Ass Concealer!
I wish all products were cruelty free for the sake of animals, however on a personal level I particularly like Benefit. My skin really agreed with their skincare line and I found their brow box thingy'm'bob one of the best eyebrow kits. 

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? 
from Lynsey

My answer to this will probably change overtime (I'm not sure if I've answered a similar question before) but right now I'd say to fly. I love birds. I love to be alone. I love to travel. I could fly away anytime that suited me, without traffic or other passengers. Yes - I really, really would like to be able to fly!I guess my skydive is the closest I'll come. Boo.

If you found out you only had a few months left to live, would your priorities shift and if so how?
from Kendwy
I don't think anyone can answer this fully unless they have experienced it. I think right now my priorities are to care for and provide for my pets and matter what they will always be my priorities. However, I suppose one thing that would change is that I would try and spend ever more quality time with the afor mentioned, not worrying about work and things that don't really matter, well and truly making the most of the time I had left.

I want to sincerely thank the 6 fabulous ladies who very kindly sent questions for me to answer and if you don't recognize any of their names, just click on them and you'll be taken to each's magical little world.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for being here and let you know that I am always here to answer questions or have a chat if you ever need me :) Just message me on Facebook, Tweet me or Email me at

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

News That Made Me Happy #4

Uh, life has been getting me down lately so I knew it was time to share my 4th installment of  'News That Made Me Happy' to cheer myself up. 

I hope they make you crack a smile too. 

The Baddest Breed Proves You Wrong
We all know Staffordshire bull terriers are horrible, vicious, nasty dogs, actually, hold on that's what were told by the media! Staffys are no more dangerous than any other breed with the right owners and this is thankfully a story proving exactly that!
2 year old Staff, Charlie saved his owners life when the blind and diabetic John collapsed. Johns blood sugar had dropped as well as his body heat and hero Charlie then laid on his chest, licking his face and howling. This gained the attention of Johns son as the dog rarely barked let alone howled and paramedics were called. Another 5 minutes lying in the floor and John would of died. That dog is a dude!

Finders Keepers...Unless You See A Service Man
No doubt you've already seen this one but I saw this on the social network (that I dislike) and cried like a baby. 
Only in America would an 8 year old be so caring to give $20.00 he found to another family just because the father was in a military uniform. This kid is a dude! Watch the video here to hear how and why the little boy did what he did. 

Seal Adopts Photographer?!
I know that this feature is meant to highlight the good people in world but I can't help but include awesome animal stories. You have to CLICK HERE to see the full series of photographs and read the stories, but in short, this photographer was one of the luckiest people alive to be able to experience this kind of care and compassion from a wild animal. See, they're not stupid!

Just Another Reason Disney is Awesome
This story is short but sweet: My favorite cooperation in the whole world, Disney, has ended funding to the Boys Scouts of America due to their policies regarding gay troop leaders. BOOM. Go on Disney!

The Arctic is Safe. For now. 
And finally, some news that effects our dearest Mother Nature. Instead of posing high risks of contamination, oil spills and harm to fish and marine life, Shell (the multi-national oil company) have a new CEO. Why is that good news? Only because he's called for a stop to the companies exploration of the Arctic in 2014. Oh yes. Let's take that as good news. Baby steps are still steps in the right direction after all.

I thought I'd also include this quick video for you. 
Although it's not in English I'm sure you will understand what is going on :)

Monday, 17 March 2014

Dear Danielle,

[Apologies for the lateness in posting this...I had alot of posts jump the draft que!]

Whilst exploring one of the newer blogs that I've discovered, this post caught my eye. I've seen people writing letters to their kids or even sometimes to a teenage self...but never this - I thought it was a fab idea!! 

So here I am, being unoriginal (for a change though I think) and 'copying' the idea. Please do make sure to check out Emily's original post here and peek through her blog while you're there. 

Okay. Here goes.

Dear Danielle or Darnell as you seem to call yourself in that silly little voice Jake and you use.

Right at this moment it's 22.04 on the 19th of February 2014 and of course you're making tea! Do you still eat so late? Even on days when you haven't got the late shift at work to blame?
Talking about work are you still with the KP massive. It'd be cool if you finally followed you're heart and got into some kind of animal care or something though and definitely in a nicer, more permanent home? There's no doubt in my mind currently that you'll still be blogging as so far it's been over 2 years (on Underland to Wonderland and over 4 in all!) and it's such a big part of you right now.

What about the babies? Bunny is at my feet right now, as I sit at the table it the kitchen and you know how sharp Baker is about bedtime so he's in the land of nod. He's been a little clingy today, just in his teenage phase I hope. Oh, and Bunny won Bark's and Bunnies Valentines Competition! I just found out an hour or two ago, yey for Bunny! Baker will be almost 3 now and Bunny 4, am I right? I hope everything is still as it was and they are both well and being good, the little tinkers. Ohh I hope you haven't been silly enough to cave into the temptation of adding to the family just yet...well unless you have won the lottery (fat chance, do you even put it on yet?). I mean the animal variety by the way..I know for certain you won't of added a human to the family!
This is becoming a little hard to think of things to say and especially to avoid the point of Jake. I'm sure you two are still strong as a rock but you never know what time brings eh especially with how snappy you can be! Remember that he was one of the best things to happen to you and although life has been hard it's been getting alot better lately.

How about Disneyland?! Right now I cannot wait to get back there and the whole trip being with Mam will be a lovely memory making time. The only other big event you have planned for the year is your sponsored dog walk and I hope your first time organizing a charity event yourself went smoothly!

It's taken me the whole time of eating my pasta, finishing to cook Jake's lasagna and potatoes as well as watch 3 episodes of Sabrina to write this so to give you some advice for the future - quit procrastinating!!

Love you, bye :)

That sign off line makes me sound conceited but I swear I'm not haha. You never know I might be having a bad day on the 19th of February 2015 and need something to make me smile, this being what Jake and I say to each other all day everyday (even when neither is leaving) will be sure to do that.
Let me know if you've done a post like this, link it below.
As always thank you very much for reading I greatly appreciate it. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 24

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

161.If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?
Well it's currently 23.18 so the day is almost over but I'll answer this as if I was writing this morning - no. ha Would many people be able to answer this with yes?! No way would I go to work or tidy the bedroom, wasting precious time, on the last day of my life.

162.If today was the last day of your life, who would you call and what would you tell them?
I wouldn't call anyone. I would go with Jake and visit my Mam, Dad and Nana and of course thank them for everything. It's difficult to get across appreciation but I'd take them all for a walk to the beach and make sure they knew how much they all meant to me.

163.Who do you dream about?
Myself the majority of the time to be honest. Obviously Jake features in alot of them and occasionally random people I haven't seen in years which is pretty weird. 

164.What do you have trouble seeing clearly in your mind?
The space in time between now and my future.

165.What are you looking forward to?
Disneyland for my 24th of course!! I don't want to rush away the year as time goes to fast as it is but I really am looking forward to spending time with my Mam. :) If only I could close Disneyland so I could take Baker and Bunny too then Jake and my Dad would be able to join us.

166.What is the number one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
To own a beautiful home and be surrounded by beautiful animals and people.

167.When is love a weakness?
Often. It's a well known fact that love can make you blind and from personal experience that even in the worst circumstances, if you love someone you'll make excuses for anything that may usually make you run a mile. 

Friday, 14 March 2014

My First Charity Event...

Well technically my second. But my skydive wasn't that difficult to organize and only concerned me, so this is a little bit more of a big deal.
So yeah, maybe you've seen me mention it here and there over the interwebs but since January I have had a sponsored dog walk event in the works! This is just like any other sponsored walk however you bring your dog along and collect sponsors for them, isn't that cute? haha I'm really excited about it especially as it is raising funds for the Guide Dogs Association who (I'm sure you'll agree) are very important and a magical charity.
What could be better for a blind or partially sighted person to receive not only a best friend for company, but someone who will give them the confidence, mobility and freedom to live daily life to the fullest capacity possible?!

The facts
It costs over £5,000 to breed and puppy walk each guide dog puppy and the lifetime cost of a guide dog is nearly £50,000.
The guide dog service transforms the lives of around 4,600 blind and partially sighted people every year.
The guide dog service receives no government funding. 

So you see, little events such as mine are very much needed to help the astounding dogs and awesome people keep doing what they are doing to change peoples lives.
There are many other ways of helping such as donations, puppy adoptions, other sponsored or fundraising events and way more.

Obviously my event will be taking place very far away from the vast majority of you who are reading this, but that doesn't stop you from supporting us! I urge you to consider one of the above options and give to the Guide Dogs Association. 

Details of my event for people that may be able to attend are as follows -
Date : June 15th 2014 
Location: Berwick Town Walls (Berwick Upon Tweed)

No entry fee, but sponsor forms will be given to all who register and are encouraged to fill them up! :)

All dogs welcome however they must be kept on leads and you must pick up their waste.
Time and meeting point will only be given to those who register as this is a closed event.
To register email: 

For those who live too far to be able to take part or would like to support me, we have a justgiving page where every penny you can spare is greatly appreciated -Bakers GoWalkies - thank you!

I'll let you know in a few months how my event goes, but for now, wish me luck?!
Oh and yes, that is Baker is a puppy :) 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Pet Pawtraits Competition Entry

I was so super excited this week to receive an email inviting Baker and I to join in on an awesome blogger photo competition: Pet Pawtraits with Animal Friends insurance.
Now I always research a company before taking part in anything and the first thing that caught my eye upon visiting their website was the words 'ethical' and 'charity'. 

''As of the end of 2013 we have donated over £1.5 million to over 230 different animal welfare charities worldwide.'' 

Whhaat?! How fab is that! They even give their employees a chance to be able to give a considerable sum to an animal charity of their choice through the employee of the month scheme...sounds like someone I'd like to work for haha.

Of course my little man is already insured but I went ahead and got a quote and the prices are very competitive for the benefits you receive, I think I'll definitely check back when Baker's is up for renewal especially when they donate such large amounts of their profits to help other animals in need.

Anyway, back to the competition. Basically we just had to take a portrait of us together. My regular readers will of seen the amount of photos I take of Bunny and Baker but rarely with myself included in them so this was gonna be a little bit of a challenge for me.
I'm not 100% comfortable in front of the camera and yet wanted my photo to be something different, showing my excitement for this competition.
And so here is our entry....

It was very difficult to get! haha But I am very happy we were blessed with a gorgeous sunny day yesterday which made the colours around us that little bit prettier. We took the camera and tripod along with us to the field, got the settings all sorted and then had some fun. :D Baker always loves his photo taken, probably because he's grown up with my lens in his face bless him!
I want to say a huge thank you to Animal Friends and Cassie for inviting me to take part, because if you didn't I wouldn't of had such a fun lovely day with my best friend and gotten some fab images to treasure.

Oh and here are some outtakes to make you smile!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

St James Stadium Tour

Long overdue and finally here, here are the photos from our tour around the Newcastle United football ground. It was a kind of belated birthday gift for Jake and an early one for my Dad I suppose. We went the day after our time away at Beamish (you can see those photos here) and yet again struck lucky to have Mr Sun grace us with his presence.
This time instead of talking you through the photos I'm just gonna let you look at them. Who really reads what I say anyway :P
Let me know if you've ever done a Stadium tour, which one? Hope you enjoy.

Monday, 10 March 2014

The Last Thing You... TAG!

It's no secret that I love a TAG post, Leona knows that and so tagged me (forever  ago, oops!  I pre-wrote it back then and am just publishing now) in this one. Thank you Leona :)

1. Who did you last talk to?
Jake and Pickle. We're on holiday from work this week and Jake's friend is up for the night.  One of the seniors from work, a friend of Jake's also, came round to watch the football and I cooked them all spaghetti and meatballs for tea :) So yeah, long story short I'm talking to them haha. 

2. What was the last outfit you wore? 
Today I had some nice grey and black patterned leggings on but me being me and wanting to be comfy in the house switched them out for my trusty grey Nike jogging bottoms. On the top I have a small black ribbed tank top with a long beige tank top layered over the top and a Superdry hoodie. 

3. What was the last thing you ate? 
Some tiger bread with butter.

4. What was the last thing you drank? 
Rockstar Punched. Guava Rockstar is the best Rockstar.

5. Last sport you played? 
None really...I suppose playing 'football' with Baker at the park yesterday could count.

6. Who did you email last? 
Bex from Beauty By Bex about the super big secret that is Inked and Awesome! It will return this March :O!

7. Which one of your friends did you talk last? 
In person, I'm not too sure but right now I'm talking to Gemma on Facebook chat!

8. What was the last thing you watched on TV? 
Breaking Bad and I hate it. haha I know that it seems from a few posts lately that I've always been watching it but I really dislike it - I just can't start a series and not see it through!

9. Last blog you checked? 
Life as a Rolling Stone ! <3

10. Last game you played? 
Video game it was the Epic Mickey 2 demo on the Xbox as we're poor and I can't afford the full game. Pickle and I, both being Asthmatics, also played the 'See which Asthmatic can hold their breath the longest' game...not recommended to try at home. Ha Not really, inside joke ;) 

Nothing like a filler post eh ;) haha Well I TAG the two blogs I have mentioned in this post and obviously whoever else wants to do it.
Also, please do spread the word of Inked and Awesome and get in touch if you are willing to be featured. You can directly contact me at
Thanks in advance!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 23

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

154.What did you want to be when you grew up?
The two things that stick most firmly in my mind are a vet and a marine biologist. I don't even know where a child under 10 learned the word 'biologist' never mind named it as a career possibility. I couldn't of just said a Princess or something... 

155.How will today matter in five years from now?
It won't. Nothing of significance has happened and like I say to Jake everyday when he gets angry about loosing a game of Fifa, this moment won't matter in a year, a month, a week or even a day - so don't let it bother you!

156.How have you helped someone else recently?
It makes me feel depressed to have to think so hard about this... Urm, obviously at work I always strive to go above and beyond and help customers find what they need. There was a particular old gentleman recently who obviously just wanted someone to chat to. He told me since his wife had passed away he relys on the 'lovely ladies' like myself to help him get his shopping and thanked me for my time as he 'knew that it's an unforgiving job where most people treat you like crap' and told me he appreciated it. 

157.What is your greatest skill?
I think the phrase 'Jack of all trades, master of none' probably refers well to me. There aren't many things that I feel I am particularly good at, let alone possessing a greatest skill!

158.Do you see to believe or believe to see?
Well this post might give you a hint. 

159.How are you pursuing your dreams right now?
I'm not! Unfortunately I'm stuck in a rut, just working to pay the bills and lacking the motivation to do anything else. I have been looking online for positions and/or courses to do with the field I want to be in to earn the money we need to buy our first home and get us in a position where we can live without pretending to be mice. I am aware this may seem rather vague to most people but I this is one thing that, for safety reasons, I do not feel I am able to delve into here on the blog. 

160.What’s the next big step you need to take?
I suppose we both have to push just that extra bit. As they say, if you don't ask - you don't get!

Friday, 7 March 2014

A Day in Yesteryear // Beamish Open Air Museum.

Beamish. If you're from the North you've heard of it and most likely visited on either a school trip or a day outing like us.
Set in Stanley, Durham, the open air real life town 'museum' was a 15 minute metro ride followed by a 50 minute bus journey from our house (although a mere 27 minutes if we still had a car haha) and replicates what a Northern town would of been like in the early 20th century. Buildings and exhibits are all either real antiques that have been relocated or replicas and staff are dressed accordingly in outfits from the era.

There are many old trams and buses to help you navigate around the 300 acre estate, however Jake and I decided that on such a lovely day we'd just walk. First up we came across the Colliery Village. This is where there is a draft coal mine that is actually an original feature of the area and I was rather disappointed to find out it is closed during the winter months as I had psyched myself up to take the tour for the first time.

As well as the mine, reconstructed pit works and steam locomotives, the village is home to the school, church and miners cottages, the school in-particular a firm favorite on school trips (there were two while we were there), with scary headmasters, writing slate and metal rolling hoops to try and play with out in the school yard - I remember it all distinctively from my childhood visits.
The miners cottages, across the road from the school are a depiction of where I'd love to live! Cute, compact and a way. A greenhouse at the bottom of the garden with goats and chickens in pens gives a lovely old fashioned sense of being self sufficient and the limited number of houses paired with the proximity to the church and school shows how a small village community would of felt. Uhh I so should of been born back then!
Oh, there was also a cage full of Canaries. Just like the ones that would of been used to detect gas in the mines. (If you look closely, at the first set of 4 photos in this post, you can seen the horribly teeny tiny cage that would of housed the birds on their gas hunting journey.)

By the time we'd had a little explore around there it was nearing lunch time so we set on our way, had a quick peek around the front of Old Pockerley Hall (a Georgian Manor Farm) which like the pit is closed in winter, and then found a quiet seat to sit and eat our picnic.
We finished up and had a lovely stroll to the Victorian town. A few birdies had told me that there had been a couple changes in the past few years and the smell of freshly baked bread catching our noses as we arrived, told me that a Bakery was one of those new additions.

The Masonic Temple from Sunderland was of much interest to Jake and I, being big 'conspiracy theorists' and obviously connecting the dots to that of the Illuminati. That's another story though! I swear I've never been in this building before either, though I can find no evidence of it being a newer addition. The grand hall was well and truely grand, with a glided 'G' on the ceiling apparently symbolizing any individuals own God...although the Masons were not a spiritual group, so that I found slightly contradictory. 

The rest of the town shops are just as interesting as the next and it was always exciting to go into the Co-op as a kid as my Dad was a butcher for them for many years. Being older this time around made me appreciate different things and really enjoyed facts such as products coming in plain colour coded packages for the many people who couldn't read and the affordable red soap named carbolic soap, was used for everything from personal hygiene to laundry and dishes (I later bought a big bar to get it home and find out it's apparently great for acne!).
We obviously made purchases in the famous sweet shop too who make the sweets in house through the back for you to see. Afterwards we had a peek at the beautiful horses in the stables before heading to the row of professional's houses. The piano teacher, the dentist and the Solicitors. There's a real serving pub too but obviously we gave that a miss with being non-drinkers! I had lots of photos from inside the houses and stuff but this post is already ridiculously long without them....

The last leg of our journey around the estate we're to two places that weren't up and running until the summer aswell, but it was still lovely to walk through taking photos as it was only us there. The waggon way usually has a replica steam locomotive with carts to give visitors rides along the short length of track but all trains were tucked up in the 'great shed' - we still stopped by the platform for some posing pics though.
Last but not least is my favorite place. I could stay there forever. Home Farm. I got talking to a goose who was rather tongue tied and we oinked at the poor lonely piggy who came over to say, 'Hi' which was a highlight for me. The pony in the photo above was housed in the Colliery village as were the silly goats.

A quick self timer photo together and a last shot of the Colliery village as we walked back to the entrance and our day was over. I am very thankful that it stayed such amazing weather for us baring in mind it was February! I cannot wait to go back too. Especially once the Chemist, Photographers and Police and Fire stations have been built.
A must for any North Easterners looking for a day out!! Have you been to Beamish? If not would you like to?