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Back to Britain

I've been back in the UK for about 3 days now, and, while I'm missing Paris an awful lot, I'm also enjoying being back with my family, and trying to organise the Durham-based next year. There are some flipping amazing adventures to be had in that tiny city.

Today I discovered an incredible ice cream parlour in Northumberland. Wheelbirks is a dairy farm in the middle of the best countryside in, well, the country. They have the oldest, and the only pedigree Jersey herd in Northumberland, and those are some gorgeous cows. The parlour is in a converted barn, and it is stunning. All ice cream is made at the farm, from milk from the Jersey cows.

Adorable table names.

The menu is great – the ploughman's lunch is served with an impressive wodge of cheese, but I couldn't resist the ice cream. Flavours included apple & caramel, maple & pecan praline, peach & raspberry, wild cherry, and a delicious jersey cream. I had maple & pecan and jersey cream, and it was the biggest ice cream I've ever eaten. Incredible.

Boy had wild cherry with peach & raspberry.

Out of the back of the café is an orchard with a wee play area, lots of space for sitting in the sunshine, and some very happy looking chickens. There's also space to visit and coo over the calves from a small distance. A little shop in the parlour stocks local treats. My favourites were the woven baskets, and I couldn't resist some unperfumed honey and beeswax lip balm, made in Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is not very far away at all. Milk from the herd and pints of the delicious ice cream are also available to purchase and enjoy at home.

I love my satchel, and this Union Jack printed chesterfield.

I also love the pictures on the wall, from the early days of the farm (one is from 1936!)
My Father's cycle club were here today as their rest stop mid-ride. I've never seen so many bikes. It was a thing of beauty.

I am fairly certain that Wheelbirks is going to become my new go-to place for all of my ice cream cravings.

Just beautiful.



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Could we start again, please?

I’ve been absent from the blogging of late. The U word started again last week. Scary as it is, I’m grateful for second chances, and I think I’m going to be getting the support I need to deal with all of the scary bits.

In happier news, I’ve been joined in my lovely flat by 2 baby bunnies. They’re both ladies, absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve named them Nymphadora Tonks and Luna Lovegood. So far, I’ve been enjoying watching them far too much. They’re cuddly creatures, and so curious. Normally about wires they shouldn’t be chewing, and running around among many boxes of heavy things. First step, bunny proofing at least my room, so they can be free range without my supervision.

This week I turned 23.  I had a visit from Mama Schultz at the weekend, and that was delightful. We ate at the Dovecot gallery Stag espresso cafe and went to the newly reopened National Museum of Scotland. It was open doors weekend in Edinburgh, so a lot of museums that usually charge for entry were free. We went to the Surgeon’s hall museum and wandered being cultural and enjoying the wonderful sunshine. Free things are the best.

This is a video of what I did on my birthday.

It has been a beautiful week. The weather has all of a sudden become summery, and the leaves are beginning to turn on all of the trees. I think autumn is approaching very very quickly. I love every new season the most when they arrive, and I think this time autumn is better than ever before.

Enjoy the sunshine,

love becs.

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