|Holiday Inn Express in Wakefield|
|Doubletree by Hilton Dundee Room 1|
|Doubletree by Hilton Room 2 – wish I could have stayed in here!|
|Insanely good pineapple rice <3|
|Love my insta tea pics :p|
Something I’ll never say no to is sushi… I love it! Until I started going out with Tim over 11 years ago I barely touched it. To begin with I would only have sushi with veggies or cooked chicken/ duck but eventually branched out to prawns (my absolute fav) then salmon and tuna – give me a spicy tuna roll any day yum! Waitrose have sushi counters which do a good range of take away sushi – the crunchy chicken and prawn ones are the best and make for a tasty lunch.
I mentioned above that I went up to Scotland for a week with work and it was freeeeezing! We got a flight up to Edinburgh and then drove up to Dundee. We stayed in a Doubletree which was lovely. I especially loved the warm chocolate cookie you get on arrival #chocolateforlife!
There was a really nice gym area and the pool was nice. I started off a couple mornings in the gym or pool finishing with a sauna to start the day.
We only really saw Dundee by night but it seemed nice! The food also was great. One night we went to 172 at the Cairo where I had Arancini followed by pasta with Cod – so good! I love Arancini but the best I’ve had still has to be from a little place in Rome.
Breakfast was fairly tasty at Doubletree – the choice was great with your usual continental but there was also a pancake station and they did some tasty eggs benedict. Also liked the touch that you could get a tea to take away when you left. We won’t talk about the morning that I spilt my tea ALLLLL over the table as I was about to leave – oops! I definitely have butter fingers 😋
We also found a restaurant which was in an old railway station called Bridgeview Station – we went for 2 courses for £20 which were lovely. It was definitely cheaper than it would have been down South. I had crispy brie to start followed by salmon.
Finally on our last night we went to a place called Porters Bar and Restaurant where me and my colleague had burgers and chips with a soft drink for £20! Bargain! We then had to have pudding – we both went for the sticky toffee pudding – so good! The location was quite nice too although it was bitterly cold – I mean I wouldn’t expect anything else for this time of the year in Scotland…
At my new work we have a dinner allowance of £20 so you definitely try to hunt out all the good deals.
It was a late one back home that Friday but it was nice to be home. I’m getting used to staying away a bit more but I’m liking it so far – I like visiting new places and it means you get to try new food places which is always a bonus!
That weekend my in-laws stayed over which was lovely. My mother in law isn’t very well so we decided to go to West Midlands Safari Park on the Sunday as we could stay in the car and didn’t have to walk very far. You’ve probably guessed but Tim and I love animals so will never say no to a trip to a safari park or zoo. Having just been to Chester not too long ago it is interesting to see a slight difference in West Midlands Safari Park as it mustn’t get as much income as Chester. The enclosures didn’t look as enticing but you’d hope that they are definitely what the animals need. I love seeing the lions and elephants. It was too cold and muddy for my favourite – the giraffes – but we got a little sneak peak of them!
That evening we went to see Jack Whitehall. We were a bit skeptical about what he’d be like but he exceeded our expectations and we had a great evening. His support acts were also great – sometimes support acts can be a bit odd but these guys were good and we laughed a lot!
And of course I had a couple more meals out last month – you know I love my food! We went out with some good friends to celebrate their engagement so had an early Christmas meal at Purnell’s Bistro – it was delish as per! Here are some pics of the meal for you to enjoy…
|Cute decor at the bar|
|Happy hour cocktails! YUM!|
|Scotch egg of dreams…|
|Words can’t describe how tasty this plum rice pudding was…|
I also popped out for a tasty lunch with an old work friend and we went to Las Iguanas for a delicious meal. Of course we had to have 3 courses and 2 for 1 cocktails – dreamy! It was a well overdue catch up and there was lots of gossip to get up to date on! I only managed to get a pic of pudding…
Finally, we went out for a meal with Tim’s parents after going to see Tigers loss to Saints. Love a rugby match but it was soooo cold! I had my fleecey tights on to keep me warm thank goodness. We went for Wagamama’s and I had the prawn lollipops and then chicken ramen – I was so full but wow it was good.
And that was my month really! We’ve been counting down to Australia so we’ve been planning the final bits and pieces which has been exciting. I started my packing prep which has been harder than I thought it’d be…
Earlier in the month I had a big clear out of my wardrobe – I went through everything and got rid of everything that was an xs and even some things that were 2 sizes too small from when I started work 8 years ago – there’s no chance I’ll ever be a size 6 again or an xs! Definitely feels good having a clear out – I filled up 3 bags to take to the charity shop and have a bag of other bits to sell. I did keep a few bits in the hope I’ll get back into them with a bit more exercise. I’ll revisit again in a few months.
So at least when I started my packing prep I knew what would fit so was a good starting point.
I’ve still got some bits still to sort but that’ll be a job for just before we go.
|Wardrobe clear out was successful!|
|Packing is well and truly underway!|
Going through all of that it definitely looks like its been a busy month! I guess it has been 😋 Wouldn’t have it any other way! I definitely prefer it busy and this time of year I find I need to keep busy so I don’t think about how cold it is! The past 2 days I’ve woken up and couldn’t get over how chilly it was brrrrrrr! I’m literally counting down the days to the sun in Australia… dreamy! Just got to make it through another week of chilly and cold days… not long to gooooo 😁
Until next time,