GIRL ABOUT THE YORKSHIRE DALES
Hi there, I’m Amy!
Hi there, I’m Amy!
I am a 34 year old ex prison nurse. I currently manage our holiday rental cottage and do some bank nursing. I live with my husband in Horsforth, Leeds but due to his mid life crisis, we are selling up and moving to a little village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. We have spent much of our time here over the last 4 years discovering where our hearts truly lie. The beauty of the place is hard not to fall in love with, the freedom of the fresh air when walking, the raw and rugged landscapes, the warmth of the people and of course the Swaledale lamb.
The important things in my life include: my Dad, my friends, my family, my life experiences, holidays and trips, curry, NZ Sauv blanc (of course, which 30 something, female bloggers don’t like a drop of Doris Juice), my mental health closely followed by handbags. Many of my friends tell me that this last point is about as deep as a puddle, but on this occasion, I don’t care. I like handbags. And a good handbag can last a life time, just like them.
I haven’t put pen to paper since university in 2004 and I have never written a blog or a published review before. I am feeling excited and eager about this new venture, almost as much as I am looking forwards to my next meal. I’m writing this at a health and fitness retreat in Devon. That doesn’t allow gin or Doris juice. However, I can’t wait to share with you some of my views, insights and experiences.
10 Facts About Me:
1. I swam a mile 2 weeks after my 6th birthday and landed up in the newspaper as “little action girl Amy Parker”.
2. I own 2 Holiday Cottages in the heart of Swaledale that I have renovated to the best of my ability and have the privilege of sharing with people as holiday let’s.
3. I have just bought our forever home in the Yorkshire Dales and am about to embark on my final (hopefully) renovation mission of the farmhouse and barn restoration project.
4. I trained as a nurse in 2004 after a year as a HCA in medical cardiology. My first qualified job was in a male over 21 prison and my last in end of life care at a fabulous hospice.
5. I was bullied and assaulted as an adult in my first qualified job by a nurse affecting my confidence in most aspects of my life.
6. Over the last 10 years, I have volunteered as a charity fundraiser for Macmillan raising lots of money for cancer support services and have donated much of my bank nurse wages to the homeless of Leeds.
7. My Mum fell down the stairs 19 months ago and died. I struggle every single day to deal with this.
8. 2 weeks after my mum died, my Husband (who I met at 17-he stole my youth ) and I were diagnosed with infertility. I wanted a football team for a family.
9. I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have the best bunch of friends anyone could wish for that support me every day. My friends are amazing people and I couldn’t be more grateful to them for the last 30 years, especially the last 2 (and my Dad!)
10. On a lighter note – I LOVE to cook! I spend a lot of time trying to ethically and healthily source and cook my food. Curry – chicken and spinach is a fave of ours. I would love to travel to India and eat my way around
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I’m a primary school teacher and I’m a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma – how to ensure the wellbeing of our children – particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.
It was a great way to see parts of Leeds you might otherwise miss on your daily commute. We had some delicious and varied food choices accompanied by some nice drinks along the way. I’d genuinely be so happy to get this as a Christmas present. I always imagined food tours might be a bit pretentious and maybe not the kind of thing my other half would enjoy, but this wasn’t at all. The type of food offed, as well as the beers, sampled definitely kept him happy!
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I had already heard good things about Elements. Despite only just celebrating their first birthday, they’ve been nominated for two awards in Marketing Derby’s food and drink awards (Best Newcomer and Best Customer Service). Thanks to their beautifully curated Instagram feed they were firmly on my Girl About radar.
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Thursday night a couple of weeks ago and my Dad was in town. My step-mum had gone to an ABBA event at the O2 and he didn’t really fancy getting all dressed up like a Super Trooper, so we decided to go out for a bite to eat. I’d been to The Stratford once before when it first opened in the summer and was impressed with their Stratford burger, so thought it was worth having another look.
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