What better way to celebrate Galentine’s day than have my main gal, Heather, take over KathyAthy.com to tell you all about the fast-growing, female-dominated sport. A canny few years ago, a little roller rink opened up in our home town, we took to roller skating like ducks to water and Heather had an idea to start training for Roller Derby. I was originally up for it, but then developed an irrational fear of smashing my teeth and ‘gave up’. Heather persevered (which I admire) and has found an amazing hobby that she’s passionate about. See her talk about roller derby, it’s history, the rules, the quirks, why it’s fab (including the psychology behind it!) and how to get involved. Be sure to give her and her team some love!

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What do you do when its chucking it down outside but you really fancy Piccolino poached eggs for brunch?

VSCO Cam-1.jpgPiccolino has been round my local village for years now, there’s one in Newcastle, too (albeit in a Car Park – literally). Piccolino have recently extended where I think they are opening a cocktail bar (which I’m damned that I’m missing) but they also now have a new “all weather” outdoor terrace, similar to the new one at Corks Out.

All Weather Terrace? Alright, bring it on Storm Frank.

I’d been craving the Eggs Benedettine (yes, benedettine) and wanted to fit them in on the terrace before I head back up to Newcastle (tomorrow).

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The next post about my old stomping grounds around my hometown during Christmas is about Another Place. I’m sure if you’re following my blog, you’ll have roots to either the North West or NewcastleGateshead, so the name ‘Antony Gormley’ might just ring a bell.

Most years after each Christmas or perhaps on New Year’s Day, we head to Crosby beach for a walk to “blow off the cobwebs”. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Another Place which makes it even more nostalgic. View Post

The Chetwode Arms (pronounced ‘Chet-wood’) has been a great little pub I like to frequent at Christmastime for years. Chetwode Arms are renowned for their fine meats served on a lava hot rock you can cook to your preference in front of you. With it’s cosy little rooms all dressed up with lights and garlands for Christmas, you can eat your meal next to one of their many open fires.

Chetwode xmas

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Having a little wander around my local village on a little date with my Mam, we popped into Corks Out for a cheeky vino and have a look at their new heated outdoor terrace. Corks Out has been part of the village for years and can be quite deceiving when walking past. It may look like a small, independent wine merchant, however it’s now got a bar, kitchen and heated terrace at the back providing a really chilled (well, heated) atmosphere and there are now six stores across the North West.


Corks Out, Stockton Heath

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