Turtle Bay Comes to Norwich!

Thursday nights: normally pretty uneventful right? It’s not quite the weekend yet, it’s a school night and the usual highlight is 7.30 when Jack Branning enters my life again for half an hour. But ohhhhhh no not this week my friend, I went to my first press preview dinner! Ahh! From the second I received the email to the moment my bum hit the seat in the new restaurant in Norwich I could not believe that people actually wanted my opinion on something and went out of their way to get it! It was a real need to pinch myself moment that I am actually a ‘real’ blogger these days and I love it, so thank you everyone who reads my posts, over the last few months I have loved my start on my writing journey!

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The BFG at Cinema City

Matilda. The Twits. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The BFG. What do all of these have in common? They are written by Roald Dahl and I bloody love them. So when Cinema City in the beautiful Norwich offered me tickets to a screening of The BFG, there was only ever going to be one answer!

If you’ve never been, Cinema City is a quaint, small cinema on St Andrew’s Street in Norwich. It is everything I love about a venue, it is full of integrity and character, the historic building is stunning and you will want to wander around to have a little nose at it all. As soon as you walk in, you are hit with a feeling of nostalgia, of a time when going to the cinema was probably something you would put on your glad rags for and when you could really make a night of it.

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There are some lovely snacks available (including gourmet popcorn and delicious ice cream), much better than your usual cinema fodder and also there is a great selection of alcoholic drinks too that you can take into the screening if you fancy. Beside all of the latter, there is also a brilliant restaurant called The Dining Rooms attached to the cinema, perfect for a pre-showing meal. Me and Dan chose to grab a drink from The Dining Room’s bar and sat in their outside seating area which was lush as the weather was so great on Saturday night and we caught lots of evening sun, a rare treat! All in all I would really, really recommend visiting this place if you like a hint of days gone by but with all of the mod cons of life in 2016. Continue reading

Berrys and Grey 

Berrys and Grey, Royal Arcade, Norwich. One of those places where you can feel inferior and inspired all at the same time, your head being filled with ideas about how you can jazz up your home and sad at the fact it will never look half as beautiful as this shop does!

I have seen this little gem all over Insta and Twitter for a good while now and I finally had the time to visit a couple of weeks ago and O.M.G. First of all it is a bloggers heaven, filled with white, rose gold, copper, texture, trends and anything else you would wish for the perfect blogger-worthy home. Even the setting in which this shop finds itself is amazing, if you’ve never been to the Royal Arcade in Norwich’s city centre you should take a little visit, it’s a beauty.

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My Favourite Brunch Spot in Bungay

So I’m writing this on a Sunday morning whilst watching Legally Blonde 2 – I literally only watched the first one a week ago, despite it being released in 2001, oops. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me how fabulous they were, it is making me feel like a 15 year old again and reminding me I really need to colour my hair and wear more pink.
I really wanted to write this post for those local to myself on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and also for those who are planning to visit. I have been visiting The Earsham Street Cafe in Bungay for over a year now and it has never failed to be delicious.

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Oysters in Orford

Picture the scene: It’s Saturday morning, you’ve slept in (rare treat), you check the ole BBC weather app and it tells you that you have approximately 4 hours until you need to get Noah on the phone and check into the ark. What you gonna do? Go on a mini adventure, of course! I mean, you could do adult things like clean the house, weed the garden, blah blah blahhhh but isn’t life too short for all of that whilst the sun is out?

I may or may not have mentioned in previous posts that my lovely other half Daniel used to be a pretty fine chef and one of the places he worked was The Crown and Castle, Orford. So when I asked him what he would like to do for the few hours we had until the rain came, he suggested hopping in the car for lunch and a stroll around his old stomping ground. We live around 45 minutes from Orford, which is in Suffolk near Woodbridge if you aren’t familiar with the area. Continue reading

Byfords, Holt – A Birthday to Remember

I’m going to start this post with a bit of a lame excuse. I should’ve written this post approximately 2 weeks ago as it is about my birthday weekend at the start of the month (woo!). I turned 24 on the 3rd of June and ever since life has been full steam ahead. We had this gorgeous weekend away i’m about to tell you about, my day job exploded and suddenly got ridiculously busy, I joined the gym and we have been for mini breaks in London and Manchester. All this in a two week window, so I hope I am forgiven for taking my eye off the blogging ball in June. I have posted since this lovely birthday weekend but they have been short posts and I really didn’t want to rush this one as I had the best time.

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Blickling Hall, Norfolk

So I’m writing this on a kindle. I am not enjoying it, it’s safe to say, fellow bloggers do any of you ever post from a tablet or a phone?! In fairness, and this is not a joke, I’d had my old laptop since 2007ish so I can’t complain too much, but it died a few days ago so here I am waiting on the new one to arrive! It’s safe to say I won’t be making a habit of writing posts on anything but a real life keyboard – keep your new fancy technology!

So this is actually a belated post about the marvellous bank holiday Monday I had this week as I thought it might be of interest to my more local people who are reading this. I went with the lovely Daniel to Blickling Hall and Gardens, which is North Norfolk, about 20 miles north of Norwich. It was his idea and I must say, I was a bit sceptical at first, I thought it sounded like pensioners paradise. But actually it was bloomin’ bloggers paradise – the garden –  I nearly self combusted.  We started with a walk around the big stately house which I’m lead to believe is where Anne Boleyn was born, which is pretty cool, I do like a bit of history  now and then. The only room I can honestly say I was interested in was the library. It was something Belle from Beauty and the Beast would’ve been proud of, complete with wooden ladder you could whizz round on trying to look sophisticated and interesting. Think Audrey in Funny Face.

Now I’m not going to blab on much about the gardens as I took 16374  photos while I was there which speak for themselves really. All I will say is it was such a relaxing place I would definitely recommend going there on a spring/summer day. If you want to see the bluebells you’re best to go in April or May and all of the other beautiful flowers will be out then too. I would probably suggest paying for just the gardens and not to go into the house as it looks amazing from the outside but inside was pretty dull. I think just the gardens was £8 each and the house was an extra £4! Also check out the sausage rolls in the cafe, realllll good.

I’m off to drink a bucket of wine now after my kindle induced stress. Cya!

Just Hollie xox


Cambridge in the Sunshine

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Walking around Cambridge on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, spring is in the air but also there is the faint feeling of intellect around me. There is nothing quite like a walk around Kings College to make you think about how you really should use your brain for more than working out if you can afford the bag AND the shoes once in a while. If you have never been to Cambridge, watch the ‘Theory of Everything’ and you will instantly know what I mean. Everywhere you turn the city oozes class and culture, it is one of my favourite places to visit, whether it be for a relaxing walk on a sunny day or an almighty shopping trip (the shops are just fab!). Continue reading