A few months ago, after discovering her amazing NorthburN candles, I got chatting to founder Wendy on Instagram. As well as already loving the simple luxury of these local Northumberland home fragrance products, our conversations were so empowering.

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However knackered or stressed I feel, even on days when all is perfectly calm, as soon as the beach comes into view my soul lifts, sings and jumps for joy.

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Last week, the Mr and I stopped by at Carluccio’s in Newcastle, all set to sample their summer menu.

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I’m going to be honest here- last week I felt overwhelmed. After one bit of information too many, I needed to stop and take stock.

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Last Sunday, we took a trip over to Beamish Museum, exploring this brilliant indoor and outdoor Durham destination.

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