Barbour – Mens Land Rover Collection

The other week I received an email from Mat G at Barbour to say that I had won £1000 worth of Barbour clothing, from the Land Rover range.
This is a great win!
I spent a little time browsing the range of items available on the Barbour website, deciding what I wanted, before emailing him back with the details of my choices.
Barbour - Mens Land Rover CollectionJust over a week later a box of goodies arrived at my door. DSC_0004On Sunday we decided to go down to Crimdon Beach with Barley and Porter for a mini photoshoot. It was freezing cold, which made me happy that I had won some warm clothing and not shorts and a t-shirts. Hahaha!
Barbour - Mens Land Rover CollectionI think Porter our rescue Rottweiler was a little miffed that there was not a dog coat included in the win for him. I’m sure Barley our rescue Lurcher would also have liked a nice new coat, but he was too busy eyeballing dogs further along the beach to show his disappointment. The items I chose from the Barbour Land Rover collection included, The Barbour Driving Coat (£599): This is a heavyweight Oban waxed cotton coat with a detachable collar, and jacquard and wool lining. It is now my default winter coat. It is well made, will withstand the elements here in County Durham, and more importantly withstand the dogs lively antics.

Barbour Clearwell Knitted Blazer (£199). IMG_3847

Barbour Richardson Half Zip (£119).
IMG_3846Barbour Land Rover Lambswool Scarf (£44.95).  

The scarf is a very timely result. Previous to winning this Barbour scarf, the scarf I usually wear, which I purchased in Sarajevo, Bosnia is now looking a bit thin and worn, but it has done me proud, and I’m sure my new one will last for a long time too.IMG_3848

Barbour Land Rover Wax Sports Cap (£34.95).DSC_0009We tried our best to get some decent shots of my lovely new clobber, but with two mental dogs and arctic conditions, it wasn’t an easy task. The dogs didn’t want to wait around while the photos were being shot, they wanted to run, and not just for fun but to get warm too. At least I was nice and warm in my new jumper, coat, scarf, and hat – Thank You very much Barbour!

J Barbour & Sons Ltd,
South Shields,
Tyne and Wear,
NE34 9PD

Blog post by Richard Randall

Easington Colliery – Falling Apart at the Seams

During our morning walk with our dogs Barley and Porter we passed by The Spice of India take-away on Seaside Lane in Easington Colliery.
During the night a section of brick work on the top of the building had peeled away and crashed onto the road. It is a busy junction, so it is lucky that no one was hurt.
Easington Colliery

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NuMex Twilight and F1 Vampire Chilli Peppers

My fine crop of NuMex Twilight and F1 Vampire Chilli Peppers. I have 2 plants of each, but this year only a very small crop. I did seed them a bit late and the Sun was an infrequent visitor during the mid to late Spring.

Next year I’m seed earlier and chant for sun.

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A Winning September and October

On the first day of September a Dear Lizzy paper crimper arrived in the post, which I’d won on Craft Beautiful?. I’m sure it will make a good gift for one of our crafting friends.
In the second week of September a copy of A Culinary Photo Journal: A Decade of Traveling for Food, Cooking and Culture by Nathan Gray arrived in the post.
IMG_3746 In the middle of September a number of books turned up within a few days of each other. The first book to arrive was The Path of the Ninja by Martin Faulks. IMG_3754

The next book to arrive was a copy of Kasmah Forma by S. Vagus.
IMG_3755 Then on the 22nd of September a copy of Guinness World Records 2015, along with a copy of Guinness World Records: Celebrating 60 Years, and a t-shirt arrived.IMG_3753

October started very well.
On the first of the month a big box of goodies arrived. It was packed full of Clipper teas, coffee, Whole Earth drinks, Whole Earth peanut butter, Whole Earth Organic cornflakes, and various Kallo products; rice cakes, stock cubes.
I don’t think we will need to be buying tea anytime soon.
IMG_3782 During the second week of October a number of prizes arrived in the post. First to arrive was a copy of Journey: Secretagentman by Mykl Walsh and Richard Saunders. IMG_3787

The next book to arrive was a copy of The Book of Colors, a novel by Raymond Barfield.
IMG_3790 The next book to arrive was Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt by M.C. Beaton. IMG_3789

Then a copy of Beasts Royal Twelve Tales of Adventure by Patrick O’Brian arrived.
IMG_3791 Last but not least to arrive in the second week of October was a DVD copy of The Forger starring John Travolta. IMG_3788

During the third week of October a copy of Belonging by Umi Sinha arrived in the post.
IMG_3805 Next to arrive in the post was a bundle of DVD’s that I won from the BFI. The films are, Man Up staring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell, Breathless staring Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo, Far From The Madding Crowd staring Julie Christie and Terrance Stamp, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona staring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Scarlett Johansson. IMG_3809

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Total prize value to date: £3684 (from 1st September 2013).