Visit North East: The Town Hutch

A large wooden chest with paper scrolls and a metal bucket on the top

The Discovery Museum has so many brilliant artefacts that it’s almost impossible to single one out. However, the museum helped me out, as they’ve chosen their own ‘Top 10’ to highlight, so I’ve picked number two, the town hutch to look at here. The Town Hutch The hutch is a large oak box, bound with…

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Visit North East: The Discovery Museum

A red-brick building with a row of windows

If you have a spare couple of hours (or half a day, to really do it justice), you must go to the Discovery Museum. It’s less than 10 minutes from the train station, open all year round and free entry. They have lots of events on over the holidays, so it’s great for kids. The…

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Visit North East: Isabella and the Pot of Basil

A woman in a pink nightgown rests her head on a round pot, her black her flowing over it.

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, by William Holman Hunt, has always been a favourite of mine, so I was excited when the Laing Art Gallery chose to reproduce it on the side of the building. Unfortunately, it’s mostly obscured now by a rogue tree, but it’s still there. On first glance, the mournful Isabella…

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Staying Healthy While Travelling

I’m continuing to push on with my goal of being location independent with my business, and my trial run in Malta earlier this year shows that I can be productive working in a hotel room, and resist the pull of the pool to meet my deadlines. The part that seems to elude me, though, is…

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The Conundrum of Being a ‘Poker Wife’

I love it when people ask me what I do – my dream job was to be a writer, and now I am one. When people find out my husband is a semi-professional poker player, they imagine we live an impossibly glamourous, wildly exciting life. The truth, of course, is that one of us spends…

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Balancing Location Independence (10 Day Blog Challenge)

I thought today’s video asked a really good question – if you want to get location independence right, how will you balance work and play? I’m having a mini test-run when my husband and I are in Glasgow for a couple of days next month (for his work) and possibly in France at the end…

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