We’re All Mad Here

Aloha! Nathan and I don’t really do Valentines as such so when he said he had a surprise for me around Valentines Day I went into panic mode. I bought him a funny card and a bottle of aftershave as a fall back just in case we were turning into one of those couples that do. There’s no right or wrong with these types of things, it’s just personal preference I guess.

Rest assured, we are still a couple that don’t really ‘do’ valentines day, however we did do funny cards! I gave him his aftershave and he really appreciated it.

Anyway, back to the reason I’m here. I knew nothing. All I was told was to be ready 3pm sharp on Saturday. To do what? I didn’t know. I literally had no idea what I was supposed to be ready for. What type of occasion, do I dress up? Dress down? Heels or flats? I am not good with surprises, I like to know and be organised. So after threating most of last week, I ended up with a new dress just in case.

Fast forward to 3pm on Saturday I was sat on the sofa in jeans and a jumper and I finally knew what we were doing! We were off to good ole’ Liverpool. We headed to Hatters Hostel for the evening. If you don’t know much about them, they have are affordable accommodation and there are 3 across the country, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. Although they aren’t Alice in Wonderland themed, the top hats make me think of the mad hatter.

We had a lovely evening wandering around Liverpool before heading for some JD chicken wings and cocktails from TGI Fridays and hitting the hey. Sunday we indulged in a ‘Spoons breakfast and did a little shopping, well window shopping because something that we can’t seem to part with lately is money. Hence the budget accommodation, although I don’t think I’d feel comfortable in some posh swanky hotel, I’m not that type of gal.

Until next time…

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Christmas Markets – When and Where? 

facetune-4img_5429-1img_5428-1img_6875One thing that makes me feel all warm and festive inside is definitely Christmas markets. So I thought I’d share some local markets with you. Nathan and I have been off work over the past week, so we have visited a couple ourselves. We love a good adventure when we have the time.

So when and where? Most Christmas markets are now open, or just opening and are usually open right up until the week before Christmas.

One we have visited this week is Chester Christmas markets, which are our nearest festive markets. They opened up on Thursday 16th November, and we visited on Friday whilst on a little shopping trip with Nathan’s Mum. They are based smack bang in the heart of Chester on the Town Hall Square, near the Forum Shopping Centre and the Cathedral.

They will be around until the 20th December, with around 50-75 stalls (this is just my guestimate guys, I definitely did not go around counting the stalls). They are all filled with crafts and tonnes of delicious treats to pick up along the way!

As well as Chester, Manchester Christmas Markets are also open now. They were one of the earliest to open their doors this year, on the 10th November and are there right up until December the 21st. The main market is based in Albert Square, and we walked there from the Arndale Centre. It wasn’t too far, maybe about at 15-20 minute walk.

However, along with the main market hub there are other smaller sections dotted around the city centre – we visited a few, but not all. My favourite part is the ice rink based in Cathedral Gardens, which is only a stone throw away from the Arndale Centre.

This year was my first year to the Manchester markets, and I absolutely loved them – you can’t beat the warm scent of mulled wine! I think the only thing that put me off a little is how busy they are. We went on Monday, and I was expecting it to be a little busy but it was absolutely packed. Every time I visit a city it makes me realise how much I wouldn’t be able to cope living there myself. I’m not the best with crowds and I love coming home to our quiet little village afterwards.

Liverpool Christmas Markets is one that we have not managed to visit as of yet. This is because they opened on Friday 17th November and we, unfortunately, had plans over the weekend and visited the city earlier on in the week for Christmas shopping. Hopefully, we will get the chance before they finish on the 22nd December.

They are all based at St George’s Plateau, along with the Windmill Bar and Grill and the German beer bar. When I visited last year, Nathan and I went along with my Dad and a few of his friends and we absolutely loved the German Beer Bar!

Well, they are my most local Christmas markets. Have you visited any yet? I’d love to hear! Let me know down below in the comments, or tweet me!

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My Week in Pictures

So this week, Nathan had the week off and I was off work Tuesday through to today. I couldn’t get the Monday off but I was more than happy to go to work on that day as I knew I had the rest of the week off.

I know this post is a little late in the day but I have been out to various shops with Nathan picking up more Christmas bits and bobs. I thought it would be nice to show you my week in pictures this week, instead of just rambling on about it.

Here goes.

I admit, I probably could have taken better quality pictures and probably more! But I have been wayyy too busy enjoying life for that this week. Christmas just brings out something inside of me. I have been suuuuper crafty – I have made 3 peoples Christmas presents and a birthday present and my sister text me earlier asking me to make Christmas Eve boxes for my Nieces, and I can not wait to get stuck into that! I might even make myself one. 

I hope you have had a lovely week my wonderful little fairies.

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