Sunday, 11 October 2015


I was reading about the use of microbeads in toiletries.
These are microscopic plastic beads, used as ingredients.

Vegan and Vegetarian Toiletries and Cosmetics at Superdrug

Recently I wrote about the difficulty of finding widely available and inexpensive toiletries suitable for vegetarians ad vegans. I am happy to find that a lot can now be found in Superdrug. As well as being certified as not been tested on animals, it is easy to find Superdrug own brand products which contain no animal ingredients.

I have been using the Vitamin E night cream for some time now

It smells nice and has a pleasant consistency.

Since The Co-op stopped selling their own brand styling mousse I have been finding it impossible to buy a styling mousse suitable for vegans and vegetarians in local shops and have been buying one by mail order from Vegan Store. So I was very pleased to find one available at Superdrug.

Spiders' webs in Jesmond Dene

Jeff found these two spiders waiting at the centre of their webs, which were suspended from vegetation over the Ouseburn.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Jesmond Dene to Paddy Freeman's Park

Last week we were in Jesmond Dene, and managed to find our way up to Paddy Freeman's Park, which was convenient for an appointment at the Freeman Hospital which I needed to attend.
On the way we passed some abandoned derelict buildings which were not marked on any map, only the well known (if not notorious) derelict, well and truly closed Fisherman's Lodge Restaurant being found on the internet.
The abandoned derelict buildings appear to date from the same period as Fisherman's Lodge but I have not managed to find any information about them.

One of the popular iconic bridges over the little Ouseburn

Some blackberries and roseships on the overgrown banks of the Ouseburn

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