Photographing the Milky Way

The milky way is one of things you only ever see in movies or magazines, very rarely do you get to see it with the naked eye, or never see it at all if you live in cities or where there is a lot of light. To really get the best results of seeing the milky way you need to out of the way of those big cities, right out into the countryside miles from any civilisation, im lucky enough to live in the Uk best dark night spot right here in Northumberland, which is about an hours drive for…

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Andy and the odd socks GIVEAWAY

I have some big news for you, do you know Andy and the odd socks are coming to the north east on their big UK tour? well yes they will be here Saturday 20th October and I have 4 tickets to give away to one lucky winner. The tour dates are:  Oct 20 – Newcastle Student Union Oct 21 – Glasgow Dry Gate Oct 23 – Nottingham Arts Theatre Oct 24 – Folkstone Tower Theatre Oct 29 – Brighton The Old Market If you havent heard of this amazing children’s band heres a bit of background for you: Andy &…

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Scream Factory Redcar – Screams come true

I love halloween. Back when I was younger I loved the excuse to get dressed up for a halloween party or night out. I dont get the chance nowadays as halloween has become all about our kids. Im pretty sure if you asked my missus she would tell you that Halloween/Bonfire night is her favourite time of the year! So much so that the house becomes decorated from the first week in October! So when we were recently invited to Scream Factories VIP preview night along with plenty of other influencers and bloggers I was over the moon. The missus…

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My Favourite time of year for photography

Its starting to get to my favourite time of year for photography, the time we have very early dark nights, and later sunrises. I recently stayed in one of my favourite location up in Northumberland, and I was woken to a bright light beaming through the window, I havent moved as quick to get ready and head out with the camera, I didn’t have to go far as the shot I had in mind was right out the frnt door of the shepherds hut we were staying in. The sun was rising behind the hills in the distance with the…

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Dream Big – Disney on ice

I am the biggest fan of anything Disney related and when I got offered the chance to go and see Disney on Ice at Newcastle Metro Arena – I certainly wasn’t going to turn the offer down! I mean yes it is for the younger generation, but I am secretly still a child at heart and I was certainly excited for it.   Disney On Ice presents Dream Big                                                               …

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FourFit Health Band Smart Watch Review

Fitness trackers, health bands, pedometers are all of the range now; they are so popular! There are an abundance to choose from on the market and it can be a minefield to find one that you think is going to tick all the boxes and work for you. I have the Fourfit health band smart watch and i thought it might be good to give a little round up of the features i like on it! I also have a little discount code available for you all if anyone is currently in the market place for one of these gadgets.…

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Northern Spire Bridge-Sunderland

The Northern Spire Bridge is Sunderland’s newest landmark and is likely to be one of the most photographed bridges in the north east for some time! Rightly so, it’s a magnificent structure and is very photogenic, especially at night. When something new comes around it of course exciting in the photography world but sometimes it can get a bit continuous when all you’re seeing is one subject being continuously posted online. I am too in that bracket. But I don’t post online, I keep to writing and posting my images right here on my blog. The History of the Bridge.…

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Inchmurrin Island-Loch Lomond, Scotland adventure

Scotland has got to be my favourite places to take holidays. We have been here twice already this year and if I am honest I wouldn’t mind coming back in December. This time up we have stayed on Inchmurrin, which is one of only three habited islands on Loch Lomond. It is approximately 1 1/2 miles long and ½ mile wide and only a short boat ride across from the car park near Balloch. We have stayed here once before five years ago when it was the Queens Jubilee and the island was one of the chosen places to light…

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Cirque Du Soleil OVO Uk tour 2018

Did you know that the world famous Cirque Du Soleil is in town? I went along to the opening night last night and got to see the brand new show for myself. Cirque Du Soleil – OVO conjures a fantasy world of insects which is interrupted by a tired yet energetic bluebottle carrying a large egg. Hence the OVO, which is Portuguese for egg. The story follows the Foreigner (bluebottle) and his love at first sight for a ladybug and at times has the crowd belly laughing with his affectionate advances. I particularly liked his attempt at the floss! The…

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Long Exposure of Loch Lomond – Inchmurrin

What not to love about Scotland, it offers so many opportunities to take photos. This time I was on the island of Inchmurrin on the waters of Loch Lomond. I have recently been on holiday on Inchmurrin, one of three habited islands on Loch Lomond. I wasn’t here for photography and never went looking for images, but my camera was always with me, more for family images but just in case I stumbled across a composition. We ventured to the far end of island and decided to try a different route back following the shore line round the island. We…

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The Ultimate Burger Recipe

I love burgers, no doubt about it, im boring too when it comes to eating out, I always opt for the burger on the menu, I just cant seem to help myself. When ever I get the opportunity I will make my own in the house, nothing beats homemade food especially a burger, If its done right of course, or in this case if its done my way. Please read all ingredients and method before proceeding What you will need This is a hard one really apart from the obvious you can put what ever you want on it. My…

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Healthy Eating with Meal Prepping

Im certainly not going to sit here and try to tell you that i am the healthiest chap going! But whilst the woman indoors likes to keep a tight fist on our breakfasts and teas being always home cooked and healthy – if i had my way I would eat utter crap breakfast dinner and tea and still chuck in some seriously bad snacks for good measure.  Im not stupid – I know its bad for me – my problem is is that im just damned lazy and cant be bothered to prepare anything for myself. Lunches are the only…

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Simple creative photography

Now that we are half way through the year and the dark nights are slowly rolling in I thought I would look back at some old photos. What I love about the dark nights is the creativity it can offer, from long exposures of cityscapes, to stars, to painting with light. When we were in Scotland, we knew because of the time of year it would get dark pretty early on so I wouldnt have to keep my kids up to late to be able to get a photo. Every time we go away we always take sparklers with us,…

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Wild Intrigue – a chance to be Re-Wilded!

Recently me and the family threw caution to the wind and took an evening trip up to Northumberland on a school night to explore the great outdoors, and to be re-wilded! We attended a Mini Expedition with Wild Intrigue for a Bats and Pizza night at Wild Northumbrian.  We have stayed here a few times so the choice of venue was familiar to us. The place still excites us each time we get to visit. Its filled with such natural beauty and every time we have stayed we have been reluctant to leave. When we arrived on site we were warmly greeted by…

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Using Photobooks to save memories – Saal Digital

Photobooks for personal use have become a big thing these days! Gone are the times of film and photo albums made of prints. Photobooks are great for gifts, whether that be Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Birthdays, Christmas – even Valentines Day and Anniversaries. I cant be the only guilty one when it comes to my images?! I take hundreds of them and then they are stored away on a hard drive only for me to usually do nothing with them! Whoops! I have a computer full of images as well as on my mobile phone, which has thousands of images…

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Rhubard and Custard gin recipe

Gin has become a national favourite, and it feels like it has grown very quickly. There are gin bars popping up everywhere, and all are offering some very tasty and unique flavours. Ive always been one for testing out and trying new flavours in drinks, and one I continue to make every year is Sloe Gin, with my oldest bottle being from 2014, this is my vintage, im want to see if I cane leave it until its about 12 years old. Anyway I have been trying to test out different gins, I have an allotment where I grow Rhubarb…

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Big Fish Little Fish – Family Rave

Who loved the 90s? Or even better who loved a good rave back in the day? All that partying stopped since the kids came along? Well problem solved – the company Big fish Little Fish gives you the opportunity to get that rave feeling but in a family orientated environment. I mean obviously you cant sink numerous pints and leave for a cheeky takeaway at an ungodly hour. But its a safe rave that allows adults to dance along with their kids to some top Djs and have a really good time, with decent food and drinks for sale. I…

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That time I lost my sons shoe -Mocc ons Review-

Ever heard of Sock Ons? The clever design that go over babies feet to keep their socks in place? Well the same designers have also got a similar product – Moccons. Using the same concept – the slipper socks are thicker material with little moccasins attached to the bottom.  They range in size from 6-12 months up to 2-3 years and come in a variety of unisex designs to go with all outfits. We were kindly gifted a pair and I chose the navy stripes as they caught my eye and were likely to go with most outfits. Elijah has been…

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Looking fly for a bearded guy!

Ive never been one to have a full on beauty routine (can men say this???!!) ; more so because I didn’t think it was masculine to be moisturising after a wash.  Since having a beard I have always used a beard oil but i’ve never been one to use any other products on my skin, ie scrubs or moisturiser.I should as I do suffer from dry skin from time to time and doing my current job I often rock up home absolutely filthy. I have used many brands of oils for my beard and I am yet to find one…

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The Curry Guy Easy book Giveaway

I have been a long time follower of The Curry Guy on Social Media, back in the day when there was only a blog! But now The Curry Guy – Dan Toombs, has 2 books; The Curry Guy and his latest new release Curry Guy Easy. I ordered his first book on pre release a while back and once I received it, for many months our Saturday nights became curry night and we would try a different recipe each week. His recipes are so easy to follow and honestly taste like the real thing. When ever I get the chance…

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