Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with a couple of good friends. Gillian works with me at PaperArtsy and we got to know Steven through twitter, he is one of the loyal PAtwits. As Steven was visiting Newcastle to see family, and the city is about halfway between me and Gillian, we all decided to meet there.
Our first stop was the Art Shop, I love that place, it sells my favourite brand of blank journals. We spent a good while noseying at all the shelves, and filling our baskets. then, as we were all starving we headed to a pub that Steven had found. The Forth Hotel, isn't actually a hotel anymore, but oh WOW, the food is excellent. If you are ever in Newcastle, go to this place.
On the way to the pub, we found this amazing metal sculpture..
Seriously how cool!
We started with a drink.. of course..or two..
Then we ordered food, those sandwiches were huge, on homemade crusty bread and oh so delicious.
Gillian had nachos, and they were HUGE.
After lunch, and rather large drinks, we needed a little fresh air. Gillian was very giggly, and Steven turned into a tour guide.
After walking for miles, and hunting for various random items such as fairy power spray, creme eggs and toaster pockets... we found a great coffee shop.
We had the most scrumptious cakes.
Parsnip,lemon and ginger cake
Popcorn and salted caramel tiffin
Cranberry and white chocolate flapjack
If you point a camera that close to me I will pull silly faces, just can't help myself.
While we were stuffing ourselves with cake, we glanced out of the window behind us and noticed a yarn shop, it was getting late by now so after tea and cake, we dashed across the road, hoping it would still be open.
I bought some sock wool..
and these funky buttons..
and Gillian bought this yarn, which is the hairiest, hairy stuff on the planet. I am currently knitting this for her into a scarf.
we then wandered a bit more, and I found an advert for my new stamps in a magazine.
We said our goodbyes to Steven, and then me and Gillibobs went back to our hotel. There were lots of parties of 'hen night and stag night' people staying there, so it was very busy. We managed to grab a table and had our evening meal.... with a couple of drinks!
By now the bar area was getting very noisy so we headed back to our room. where I surprised Gillian by just how much journalling stuff I had packed into one pencil case lol
We both worked on Documented Life pages, and time flew by, before we knew it, it was 3am lol
Next morning we had breakfast and packed our bags and then waited for our mini spa treatment. We had booked through here Perfect mini Spa and we both had a head,neck and shoulder massage. it was heavenly.
Then we checked out and made our way back into town. this time we were loaded down with bags, and after a short while Gillian decided she couldn't carry hers so she bought a trolley!
She also bought some new Doc Martens
We stopped off for a cup of tea, at a small tea house that had been recommended. I had Oriental Spice flavour.
"This is a black tea with the addition of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom pieces and vanilla seeds rounded off with orange peel giving an oriental style tea drinking experience."
I laughed when it arrived with a timer, the young man serving us explained that all the teas required different brewing times, and we could pour our tea when the timer went off. mine took 4minutes.
I love flavoured teas, and bought myself this funky teapot, they didn't have it in stock in the shop, so I am trying to be patient and wait for it to arrive by post. Hurry up postman!!!
I think we look pretty chilled out after our massage and spicy teas..
Then it was time for hugs and train tickets as we both set off home. It was a fabulous weekend.