My bean bag I was selling, after being advertised a good number of weeks with no responses, I took the advert down. I am not giving it away, so it looks like I am stuck with it. I take this is meant to be and that I must use it like I used to and relax on it with a book, or fall asleep because I got so dam comfy. 😁
My month has been a month of travel, whether short, or long. It’s been enjoyable with a month of some experiences as well.
Trip to Oxford to see a friend. These trips, whether me coming up to Oxford, or my friend coming down my way, are far and few in between, because of distance, but we always make most of the time and enjoy every minute of it. Usually the time flashes by, but I was thankful this time, that it felt it didn’t, to feel like we really did have half a day together.
With the weather being sunny, I got to see the sights of Oxford this time and I enjoyed what I seen. The only thing I did avoid, was looking in shops, like a tourist, because I did not have the money to spend, other than for a drink of pop later. But I stretched this to chocolate also. Ten minutes into the coach journey, going back home, I noticed my arms had been slightly caught by the sun. I would have been surprised if I hadn’t. But it wasn’t bad as it could have been. I felt totally relaxed too, like I had been if it was a five day holiday.
The next day, after sleep well, it was day out with another friend. I met him in a town where I hope to live one day and from there we went in his car to Tesco not far away for a drink, before getting our meals, to cook later at his. While at his, we watched a couple of films. A lovely and relaxing day.
5 day break in Newark was not my original plan as regular readers will know. But I did enjoy my time there and I was looking forward to it. I planned what I was doing, prior and the idea was to see something, or do something, where I have not been before. I have a friend who lives this way and she was off work all week and asked if I mind her joining in on a couple of things I was planning on doing. So we met up a few times during my 5 days.
Day 1, I arrived early afternoon to my hotel; ‘Beaumond Cross Inn‘ and checked in. Once sorted in my room, which felt homely and relaxing the minute I walked in, I texted my friend to let her know I had arrived and met her at the top of her street.
Today, my plan was to go to ‘Sconce and Devon Park‘ and visit ‘Rumbles cafe’ on there, which was a short walking distance to. There, we caught up in the cafe and talked about when to have our chippy night. We then walked around the park and after we went back to hers. Later from there, we went to an Indian restaurant called ‘Castle Cuisine,’ that I picked from ideas we could do that night. I had a chicken korma with plain rice, naan bread and a poppadom. I was stuffed and could not eat it all. The nann bread was bigger than expected. But afterwards, the sweet menu was brought to us, which I wasn’t expecting. So I made room for that. 😁
Day 2, after breakfast, my plan was to visit the ‘National Civil War Centre.’ My friend has never been to this and she was interested in joining me in on this one. I waited for my friend at the hotel I was staying at. We had a pot of tea at the hotel first, before making our way there. The place wasn’t far away and we were mostly there all day, as there is lot’s to see and take in. We were both surprised on how much history was in there, about Newark.
There is a cafe called, ‘Nineteen20’ and toilets to hand, so everything under one roof. The place was much bigger than I imagined.
After we finished looking round here, we browsed shops for a couple of hours before calling in at, ‘The Prince Rupert.’ Here, we had drinks and a pizza and relaxed chatting, till we departed our separate ways. I then had an hour downstairs in the hotel, before calling it a night.
Day 3, was to bid on any two flats on the council list, before going down for breakfast. I bid on just one flat, for an area I would live in and as I had time, I looked to see if there was anything new on private letting, which there was, so I sent an email. I wasn’t allowed it though, as landlord would only accept those that can provide a guarantor. There was another, which I had already seen, that they suggested, but I wasn’t going on top floor. I thanked her for the help and politely declined the other one. I said I would be in touch if I seen any others.
After a cooked vegetarian breakfast, which was very filling, I set out to visit the ‘Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery.’ As it wasn’t open until 10.30am, I had time to have a walk around. I called in a cafe called, ‘Cafe 17,’ which you will find on Castle Gate and I had a cuppa, before making my way back and taking my time to admire the art and see what was in the museum. Entry was free to this and for a small area they were in, there was quite a lot to see. Well laid out.
Next on my plans was a canal ride, so after calling at some public toilets beforehand, I made my way down to the canal. I was very early, but I wanted to sit down there and admire the view anyway, doing nothing. I was originally going to do this tomorrow, but rain was given out.
The canal ride was one hour and thirty minutes long, with these: http://www.newarkline.co.uk
It’s not the first time I have experienced a canal ride, but its the first time in Newark and I enjoyed the ride.
Afterwards, I called in at the, ‘The Old Lock House,’ which is on the canal front. I had a latte and a cake. I did not fancy anything else, as my cooked breakfast was still keeping me full. I then walked round the castle grounds, before making my way to my friend’s house, late afternoon. This was going to be our chippy night and a friend of hers was going to join us on this too, who I have met before. We all had a good night.
I then left from there and, went back to the hotel and settled back in my room.
The photos below, are of the castle, with one photo overlooking the canal below.
Day 4, after a cooked vegetarian breakfast, the plan was to visit a couple of cafes, but in the end, I left it to just one cafe called, ‘The Old Bakery Tea Room.’ I had smoked salmon brioche, with side salad, followed by lemon meringue. With it, I had a pot of Earl Grey tea.
Before calling there for lunch and after, my day just consisted of walking around looking through shop windows, calling at one and buying some greeting cards, the markets and taking in the scenery. I then went on the canal front and sat for some time, watching different boats pass by, before calling back at the hotel for an hour, or two.
Afterwards, I went to a nearby park I discovered yesterday; ‘Beaumond Gardens’ and sat there for an hour, before walking back round in town for half an hour.
After, I then chose to spend the rest of my time in the hotel.
At 5.30pm I had dinner at the hotel, which my friend joined in on this. It was absolutely lovely; mushroom and Stilton pie, with chips and salad. I was stuffed. My friend then departed later and I made my way to my room, to get settled for the night.
Day 5, after having breakfast, I checked out of the hotel some time before 10am. (Had to be checked out by 10am.) I did not make any plans for today, as originally the plan was to go home that morning, but I met up with my friend, just for a few hours. She met me at the hotel for 10am and we went to ‘Nineteen20’ cafe-bar, inside the National War Civil Centre and stayed there till after lunch, before departing our separate ways. For me, it was catching my bus from the bus station and start my journey back home.
I arrived back home about 4pm, quickly unpacked my suitcase, made myself a large mug of tea and played a couple of films on DVD. Then it was time to snuggle up, back in my own bed.
The Beaumond Hotel Inn I totally recommend
The family-run hotel I stayed at for five days was very welcoming, by all the staff that worked there. It was a clean and a relaxing place to be. I give it full marks for this place and I would totally recommend. Whenever I choose to stay in Newark again, I will use this hotel again and I have a feeling I won’t be long before I am back. 😊 It felt like home.
Breakfast was included in my stay. I am more of a cereal person, but I did have a vegetarian cooked breakfast on two occasions as you have read. I felt there was a good choice for breakfast.
The dinner I had at the hotel, as mentioned was lovely too and a good choice.
Getting to know Newark better
I have visited Newark quite a few times, but I haven’t seen everything. So my time here wasn’t as a visitor, but as a tourist. I got a feel for Newark more, by the end of my holiday, but it doesn’t mean I am likely to be able to give you directions, it just means I am less likely to get lost.
My planned holiday, exceeded my expectations.
The day after my holiday, I took some donations to a local charity shop. Later that morning, I went with a couple of bags of donations to Cats Protection. From there, I walked back to Warsop and chose to wait for a bus back to Mansfield, as there was not long to wait. I had my lunch there in town after doing something else I needed to do, before going home and watching some films, on DVD.
The day after that, was a day with another friend. We had a meal at The Alders, in Ollerton.
I like coming here and I have been here numerous times, for a meal.
Afterwards, it was a film back at his place. A relaxing day.
When I was back at home, I watched a film on DVD, before having an early night.
Discovering Nim’s crisps
At work, someone bought in a couple of packs of Nim’s crisps that she was given by a friend, as they did not like them. She wasn’t keen in them either, so she brought them in for us to try. It was either a hit or a miss with us. I for one liked them. I tried both apple and, the pear crisps and I liked them both. Here is a picture of the empty packet of apple fruit crisps.
I would certainly have them again and so I looked up to see where I could buy them from and it seems to be either directly from the company itself, or Amazon. There doesn’t seem to be a shop local to me, that stock them.
There are other flavours in the fruit and vegetables range. Some of these I would be willing to try, to see which are a hit or a miss for me. These crisps are healthy and are one of your five a day. They are air-dried and 100% natural and made in the UK. They are licensed by the Department of Health and are suitable for Vegans and Coeliac sufferers, it says in the back of the pack.