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The Black Dog

I never write about my health issues as i find baring my soul hard to take, but today after feeling under the weather for a few days despite being on longterm antidepressants. Today it has struck me that im sinking into that horrible hole where i hoped i wouldnt end up again. Ive had depression now many years from what started as “PND” post natal depression some 25yr ago. I have sunk into black holes for sometimes a reason and sometimes not and this time there is no rhyme or reason to it. Everything is fine at home, im on holiday from University which i love we have a comfortable home a car for getting out a caring wife and our furbabies but still im sliding. Home alone im bored, home with the wife im bored and havent a clue what to do with myself i always have to be on the go. I started gardening and got on top of it but no spare cash as meant plans are on hold for the time being. We downgraded the car slightly as last one which i had wanted for years cost more in 6 months ownership than my previous car cost in 6 yrs and was constantly going wrong. Is it these little things building up inside me? I would like to think not as they are minor blips but im grateful i got through my 1st year of uni before feeling like this, it gives me time to get myself sorted, just gotta live with hating myself for feeling this low.

Photo courtesy of https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/about-us/who-we-are

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Bank Holiday Monday, May 28th

Happy Bank Holiday one and all. what is everyone up to today? we are having a chillaxing kinda day may cut the grass if it stays dry but after a whole day car booting yesterday the bones ache a bit-old age creeping up me thinks. sitting here at 7am been up 3 hours already, weather is dry and foggy tempted to go for an early morning walk with camera..mmm


Morning all

This week ive been busy decorating our bedroom, so havent had much time for blogging as it took longer than i had planned we did manage to sneak in a couple of walks so we didnt miss all of the nice weather. Hope you like some of the photos i took while out and about. Normal service will be resumed asap.

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Good Morning

Morning all last week at uni this week for me gutted my first year is almost over but will be chuffed to see my youngest graduate in July. Looking forward to balloons in Durham end of May, Tall Ships Race in July and Sunderland International Air Show so lots to see and do coming up. **update** well the first year of my Extended Media Degree complete barring one small piece to write up tomorrow its been a fab year, especially loving PR and Hope to continue this into yrs 2 &3 numbers permitting. I’m personally now on a bit of a high that its over and I got through without a mental breakdown, which can and has happened now and again. Onwards and upwards it’s a long summer so got two rooms to decorate then I can get back into pottering in my garden. Would love a greenhouse for next year will see what September brings oh and maybe a little pond, tho the wife will not be happy if we get frogs in it lol


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Silent Sunday May 6th 2018

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Mary And The Witches Flower.

If you’re a fan of Anime movies you will love this one and even if you aren’t a fan its still a very enjoyable family-friendly movie.Released today May 4th. The movie  ideal for bank holiday fun and a well deserved trip to the cinema for a family get together. check out the trailer here


Mary is a young girl who arrives in the village of Redmanor to stay with her Great-Aunt Charlotte. After discovering a ‘fly-by-night’, a rare flower that blooms once every seven years, Mary is spirited away to Endor College, a college for young witches and warlocks. There, she meets Madame Mumblechook and Doctor Dee, who celebrate her arrival under the belief she is an all-powerful witch. But in a world of incantations and transformations, all is not what it seems. Mary will have to summon her inner strength if she is to understand the true power of the Witch’s Flower.

The stunning family adventure from the makers of Studio Ghibli classics Arrietty and When Marnie Was There. The film features an outstanding voice cast including Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, Louis Serkis and Ruby Barnhill as the voice of Mary, and is adapted from Mary Stewart’s beloved children’s classic, The Little Broomstick.

To add to your enjoyment of Mary And TheIWitches Flower I  am running a giveaway (see Pic) to win this fab bundle of merch hop over to my facebook page and leave me a comment on the post will draw a winner on Tuesday 8th may 5pm Now for the rest of the weekend I have  a new movie to view.



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May the 4th be with you

As most of you are already aware May 4th is now known as Star Wars Day.  “May the 4th(force) be with you” but whether you are a big fan of the movies or not you will love this Stormtrooper bluetooth enabled speaker.

The Original Stormtrooper Bluetooth Speaker will be launched on May the 4th. As all film fanatics know this is also May the 4th Be With You Day!

Featuring full-size helmet design and a limited edition of just 450. Includes Certificate of Authenticity signed by Original Stormtrooper creator, Andrew Ainsworth, himself.

This beautifully crafted, sleek and stylish speaker has been made in collaboration with Andrew Ainsworth, the man who created the armour and helmets for the original Stormtrooper in 1976. Andrew made the original mould and it has become iconic ever since.

The full size helmet speaker will sky rocket your party into a new galaxy. With 2 x 10w speakers that combine to make a galactic soundwave of 20W, it’s sure to liven up any gathering.

With crystal clear clarity, pure sound and superb bass it is the perfect speaker for any fans home. It’s set to be one of the speakers of 2018 and with its unrivalled and distinct design, who wouldn’t want as their centrepiece?

It works via Bluetooth and easily syncs to your devices and with a range of 10 metres it won’t miss your favourite tracks.

In 1976 prop maker Andrew Ainsworth of Shepperton Design Studios created the original Stormtrooper helmets and armour for the first movie. These products are based on the original moulds Andrew produced, as close as it is possible to get to the original film props.

The Thumbs Up Original Stormtrooper Speaker has an RRP of £300 and will be launching exclusively on Amazon on Friday, 4th May.

Available on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078YC5YSG

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LetterBox Cakes and save 15%

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a “letterbox cake” from the lovely people at Bakerdays.com.

As it was the father in laws birthday the following week Opted to get a cake sent to him, sadly I never got to taste it as he lives 300 miles away but it was a lovely surprise for him and he did say it tasted yummy. With a selection of cakes to suit every occasion.letterbox cakes are a fab little gift that really does fit through your letterbox. They arrived safely packaged in a 5-inch tin, we opted for this DIY/builder design as Mick is a builder and had it personalised without names. There is also a choice of sponge ranging from Dairy Freee for those with an intolerance, to Chocolate and even a gluten-free option to traditional sponge so something for everyone.

If you order your cake before 2 pm you should receive it the next day,  ideal for those last minute surprises or you can order to have it sent in time for a special day. I will be ordering a graduation cake soon for my daughter in July.


Now if this has inspired you to buy a Letterbox Cake we have a special offer saving you a whopping 15% if you use the code….   DAILYBREWREVIEWS15


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Silent Sunday

Silent sunday Yorkshire Moors, #peaceful #tranqul

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Tile Mate- if you can attach it, you can track it.

Tile-Mate is the easy way to locate lost keys, bags or anything else with the help of this Bluetooth tracker. We all know how frustrating it can be when you are in a hurry to pick the kids up and can’t find your car keys, but with Tile products and a mobile phone with activated bluetooth, the process is simple, as it setting the Tile up.

It Literally took seconds to set the application and tile to work with a very simple process. I downloaded the app for the iTunes store, (it’s also available on Android) following the instructions it was simply a case of pressing the Tile logo on the tile itself which then played a tune and as instructed placed the tile next to my phone for the two to connect and hey presto done. But the real beauty of this little gadget is you can also use it to locate your phone, again simply press the Tile logo on the tile itself and you Phone will play a tune once located. I need never worry about where I have left my keys again which like most people I am prone to do often. You can also add a friend to your app so you can both locate you keys etc.

This Versa-Tile Tile is available in 4 different versions the Tile Sport is rugged and waterproof so ideal for hobbyists who are likely to get wet. Tile Style is white with gold coloured edging for those with a bit of pizzazz who wish to show off their tiles. The Tile Mate which I was sent to review is  a white understated piece the width of two credit cards, and the Tile slim slightly larger but also much thinner ideal for wallets, purses, bags and cardholders

Check out which Tile suits your needs here . 

I will definitely be buying more of these little gadgets but if you would like the chance to win one check out my Instagram and Twitter pages.


and twitter DBRDurham 

I was sent the Tile to review and also offer one as a giveaway good luck, all you need to do is follow us on twitter and Instagram x