30 June 2016: Puffin Scarf
I got this adorable puffin scarf from Mam and Chris for my birthday.
29 June 2016: Mug Cakes
I helped Ali out with her Brownies and we made vanilla mug cakes in the microwave. It was fun, but extremely tiring! I'm sure I remember Brownies as being a far more quiet and sensible affair, although Brown Owl might disagree with me on that.
28 June 2016: Out
It was hardly any great surprise that England had a poor tournament, and they managed to get knocked out by Iceland in an absolutely awful display. Back to the drawing board...
27 June 2016: Birthday Cards
In the age of social media, the number of actual birthday cards I receive diminishes each year, but on the bright side this way they all fit on the mantelpiece!
26 June 2016: Aphrodite
We weren't going to do anything today but following yesterday's trip to the races we spent some of the winnings on a Sunday dinner at Aphrodite.
25 June 2016: Plate Day
Michael and I went to Plate Day at Newcastle racecourse. We did quite well overall, with him getting 4 winners and me getting one winner and one second place!
24 June 2016: Kathi Kebab
I celebrated my 31st birthday with a family meal at Taste of India. This was my starter, a kathi kebab.
23 June 2016: York
I spent the day in York with Michael, Ali and Kathy. It involved some sightseeing, an owl, an extremely spicy pizza and some tasty ciders and to top it all off it was a beautiful sunny day.
22 June 2016: Poo Prize
I went to the Hoppings and won a cushion shaped like a poo in a game of darts. Naturally I had to take a selfie with it on the big wheel. After that I mainly wandered around watching people on rides and eating my body weight in fudge. Quality day!
21 June 2016: Swirly Glass
We joined Mam and Chris for lunch and I fell in love with their new glasses.
20 June 2016: B&Q Taps
Our week off work got off to an extremely unusual start, as we went to B&Q with Paul and Nigel. As we want to get a new bathroom soon we did spend some time looking at taps, but to be perfectly honest they all just look like taps to me! Normal service was resumed later when we headed to the pub to watch England play.
19 June 2016: Fashion Sense
It's clear that I get my fashion sense from Dad as he turned up to Lezzet in this bobby-dazzler of a shirt!
18 June 2016: Ali Mac
I popped round to Dad's and was amused to find this little picture of Ali on the wall in his toilet.
17 June 2016: Stone Roses
We went to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to see the Stone Roses, who were amazing as always.
16 June 2016: England 2-1 Wales
I was stuck at work while England played so I was forced to resort to desperate measures. This is a rare photo taken by me on someone else's phone (thanks Nicola) but it all had a happy ending.
15 June 2016: Hertha BSC Shirt
I've wanted a Hertha BSC top for ages but it's not often a small one turns up on Ebay. I managed to snare this one the other day and it arrived today.
14 June 2016: Post Card
We recently received an invite to Carolyn and Steve's evening wedding reception, which we were pleased to accept.
13 June 2016: Happy Hour
It's rare that I join Michael, Paul and Nigel for a Monday night drink but they were able to twist my arm for happy hour, which was followed by a curry at Akbar's.
12 June 2016: BBQ
The weather wasn't great but that didn't put Mam and Chris off, so he fired up the barbecue to give us a slightly different Sunday dinner (which promptly sent us all into a food coma!)
11 June 2016: Strawberries
A group of us went round to Christopher and Catherine's house for England's opening game in Euro 2016, a disappointing 1-1 draw against Russia. Ella proved to be the perfect hostess by making these amazing chocolate covered strawberries.
10 June 2016: Euro 2016
The tournament starts tonight and I'm all ready with my wall chart.
9 June 2016: Killingworth Town Park
I've walked past this place so many times but never paid attention to the sign. Having looked at it, I've decided I'm not keen on the font.
8 June 2016: Science
I've read a lot of fiction books lately, so this time I've gone for a book where I might learn something. I'm sure Bill Bryson is up to the challenge of teaching me lots of cool knowledge.
7 June 2016: Mallow
This is what I smell like at the moment. It definitely had a nicer smell in the shop.
6 June 2016: Paint Job
The common parts of our office building are being painted a rather brilliant shade that I can only describe as 'migraine white'. I'm going to have to start wearing my sunglasses to go to the toilet.
5 June 2016: Peacock
I wore my Gran's peacock brooch today to add an extra splash of colour to my outfit.
4 June 2016: Paprika Pint
It was Bev's last Saturday in the Grey Horse and since there were no cans of Strongbow left, I was forced to drink my first ever pints in there! Vicky went to the shop and kindly brought us all back some reduced seasoning, so at least that's tomorrow's dinner sorted.
3 June 2016: Office Dog
My boss brought his dog into the office so we spent Friday watching a poodle type thing roam about the room. I've had worse days.
2 June 2016: View From a Height
From upstairs in Eldon Square I had a good view of people passing by Greggs and Bowers.
1 June 2016: Cheers to the Usher
It's difficult to see the engraving ("Cheers to the Usher! Michael 28/05/2016") but this was the gift Michael received for his duties as Matty's usher.