Huge excitement this week in the N H-L household - we are getting a Wood burning stove installed in our livingroom. I really can't wait and feel it will add some great cheer and comfort to the long, cold, dark Winters we have up here.
Anyway, with this in mind, I managed to persuade the family to take a trip South last Saturday to the small coastal town of St Cyrus where I had heard of but never before visited 'Steptoes Yard' in the quest to find some fireside accessories.
This place is something of a legend around the North East area - quite unbelievable that I'd never been before. The excitement was rising (for me anyway) as we parked in front of a large farm -like yard and proceeded to try and take in what lay in front of us.
First thing - never go to these types of places with your children - in less than 2 minutes the familiar 'can we go now' started and I literally could not focus on any of the 'stuff' that lay in front of me. After ten minutes my impatient children were starting to annoy me and I could no longer concentrate on the job in hand and the sheer quantity of 'things' started to overwhelm me- to be honest most of it looked like a pile of junk, but I'm pretty sure, given the time and some peace (come alone next time!) there would be some hidden gems to find......