Jameson’s Abbeydale Road Tearoom, Sheffield


Over the weekend I hosted a joint baby shower for my 2 sister in laws at Jamesons’s as Baby H is due 2 cousins within a month of each other (both mine and Keith’s brothers are expecting). We chose Sheffield as it was a nice middle meet up.

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Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire (National Trust)


So it’s been absolute ages since we actually made use of our National Trust membership since the arrival of Baby H made things quite difficult for us to go out and about in the cold weather (she doesn’t like the cold like her mummy). However it’s now mild enough that we feel comfortable heading out! We decided on a day out at Shugborough. We’d been back in August 2010 when it was being managed by the Council so it looked quite different back then.

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The Wheatsheaf, Burton Joyce, Nottingham


We went to The Wheatsheaf a few Sundays ago to have a pre-Christmas meal with some friends and their families. Our friends had been and they really like it there so we gave it a go.

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The Cod Scallops, Long Eaton


The Cod Scallops is originally a fish and chips shop based in Wollaton in Nottingham. However, not too long ago Long Eaton got our very own branch! They were actually 3rd in the 2016 National Fish and Chips Awards and a Finalist in the 2018 awards.

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Lagan, Beeston Nottingham


At the weekend we visited Lagan with some friends of ours for a late dinner. Lagan has only been open since the first May bank holiday weekend and is where the old post office used to be on Chilwell Road in Beeston. It is a branch of Mewar Haveli in Radcliffe (we’ve never been but have been told its very good) that serves Indian tapas!

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Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (National Trust)


Last weekend we continued our tour of National Trust properties. Kedleston Hall is a lovely 18th century mansion with huge grounds. Its a short distance from Derby so is fairly easy to get to.

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Calke Abbey, Derbyshire (National Trust)


On the bank holiday Monday we decided to take advantage of our new National Trust joint membership. Calke (been told its pronounced like Cork?) Abbey, also known as the un-stately home and country estate, is located in Ticknall, Derby. Short drive away from home for us.

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National Trust Membership


With our little baby H on the way, Keith and I decided to join the National Trust. If you’re not familiar with it, its a charity founded in 1985 which does its best to look after coastline, forests, woods, historic houses, gardens, art collections, etc all across the United Kingdom.

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Mod Pizza, Nottingham


Recently we visited Mod Pizza in Nottingham. Its been open in the market square for a fairly long while now but we’ve just never tried it. The basis is very much like Inferno Pizza (now Pizza Storm) where you pick your own sauce, toppings, etc.

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