Bolam Lake

Still beautiful on a foggy autumn day.
Near Belsay, about half an hour out of Newcastle, the well trodden circular walk around Bolam Lake is great whatever the weather. It only takes about half an hour to get round – adult not toddler pace!  And there are a few good spots to stop and feed the swans. The visitor centre car park has a little cafe and toilets. Parking is about £1.20 for two hours.

http://www.northumberlandlife.org/bolamlakecountrypark/

Meanwhile, like most people I set out to try and save a few pennies this Christmas and decide to try my hand at some home made gifts.
I hoped the thought and time that has gone into them, from myself and the children, might gloss over fact that I am just being tight.
I dug out a Hairy Bikers xmas recipe book that had been lying around for a year and found some recipes for xmas chutney, lebkuchen biscuits and rum fudge.
Armed with my xmas list I headed off to the asda, where my budget plan seemed to hit an itial hurdle – when igredients of not mch more than onions sugar and butter, dried fruit – and a bit of booze seemed to bring my weekly to shop to over £100…
Anyway, my chutney seeemd go quite well, and I was quite pleased with myself until I pureed up the mixuture including a cinnamon stick and now every mouthful risks breaking your teeth.
Next, I roped in eldest cihild for a mother daughter bonding bisucit maing session, which seemed to be going quite well until I found that on top of the nutmeg and cinnamon she had added some madras curry powder.
Anyway, after finishing all the extra washing up and counting up the cost I was going to try the fudge but cracked open the rum and poured myself a big Cuba Libre and sat down for a bit of internet shopping like everyone else.

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