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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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Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa in Northumberland invited the Mr and I to visit, so last weekend we headed up to this beautiful country escape for an autumnal weekend break. After a rainy week, Saturday was a glorious day and the hotel grounds were in their element. That said, I also can’t think of anything nicer than cosying up at Doxford with the rain lashing down outside. This stunning four star hotel truly offers the best of both worlds.

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St Mary’s Inn invited us to review their Sunday lunch menu last week and so we very happily obliged. A perfect place to get cosy and take shelter from the autumnal elements outside, our visit did fall on a particularly grey and wet day.

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A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were invited to review dinner at The Treehouse restaurant in Alnwick, Northumberland. The Treehouse is a truly unique setting; an incredible restaurant within The Alnwick Garden. The trip happily coinciding with our wedding anniversary, this is a breathtaking venue for special occasions and everyday meals alike.

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This weekend was a special one with both my siblings visiting, and 3 little cousins running around. Family time is always my favourite; and there was a fair amount of hysterical laughter.

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