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#LoveNorthEast - The November 2014 Roundup

November saw the launch of our very own North East linky #LoveNorthEast. The idea is that bloggers share their favourite posts featuring the North East in some way and the rest of us might discover a hidden gem or even a new blog.

We had 11 link ups in November which I am super chuffed about! Starting with my own post featuring a trip to Barter Books in Alnwick which is the perfect place to snuggle up with a book next to the fire in Winter.

Barter books from North East Family Fun

New Girl in Toon introduced us to a hidden gem of a place to enjoy coffee and cake tucked away in Barker and Stonehouse and North East Nerd discovered some delicious oreo milkshakes in the newly opened Geek Retreat. Both of these places are now definitely on my list for places to seek out for a break when I'm next shopping in town.

Image of The Oak Cafe from New Girl in Toon

There were more foodie reviews from Is It Just Meme as she reviewed a lovely looking Sunday lunch from Ryton Country House and Taste of the North reviewed a delicious lunch for 2 at Oldfields in Durham (I really want to try those beetroot crips).

Image of lunch at Oldfields from Taste of the North

I loved all of the wonderful outdoor places that were featured - I'm glad to see the colder weather isn't putting anyone off getting out and about. Babyfoote paid Jesmond Dene a visit instead of the supermarket (I know which I'd prefer) and blogged about a family trip to Gibside which is definitely one of my personal favourite places for a day out. 

Rock and Roll Pussycat featured her wonderful post about a day out at Saltwell Park which includes stunning photographs of the abundant wildlife and scenery - I can't believe I haven't been to Saltwell park yet! This post has certainly nudged me along. 

This stunning shot was captured by Rock and Roll Pussycat at Saltwell Park

Northumberlandia was another beauty spot to be featured this month when Betty and the bumps enjoyed a trip during their weekend that didn't quite go to plan.

The gorgeous Hannah from Mums' Days gave us a guided tour around the stunning Jesmond Dene House Hotel as she got ready for the North East Blogger Awards - I love her little videos! 

Finally,  Kohl Mama described her experience of a new Pop up Mums event in Durham - certainly something I am interested in attending in the future, it sounds like a fab way to meet new people.

How inviting does the bathroom at Jesmond Dene House look! Thanks Mumsdays for sharing.

Thanks to everybody who joined in with November's linky. I really enjoyed reading through everybody's posts and I love how varied they are. We certainly have a lot to shout about here in the North East. 

December's #LoveNorthEast linky will open on 1st December for 7 days - you can link any posts old or new as long as they feature the North East in some way. I hope you can all join in again.



  1. Ooh, thanks for mentioning us! I only just found this :)


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