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2019 In Photos.

As is now a December tradition, I am sharing my year in photos. It’s been a pretty fab one. Life is looking good!

In January I started the #walk1000miles challenge again, determined to beat the 1600 plus miles I did in 2018. Had great fun doing the RSPB Big Bird Watch with my sister’s family, including Chloe the cat. And spent a weekend in Edinburgh. for Wils birthday.

February was pretty quiet , we changed the colour of the bedroom. I’m glad my other half is a dab hand with a paint brush. ๐Ÿ˜

There was a weekend away in March with some walking in the fells near Coniston.

And more gallivanting in April , this time with pals, discovering Street Art In Bristol..

May felt strange, as I left my job of twenty nine years. I took my redundancy and have basically spent the rest of the year spending it! Highlights in May included Badger Watching at RSPB Haweswater and my friend Gills wedding. Wil and I scrubbed up ok.:)

June was the only time we managed to get a camping trip in. This is my fave photo from our weekend in Ingleton with friends. Our dogs on a date ๐Ÿ˜~ Hugo & Bel the Bedlington terrier. Later this month I bought a static caravan in the Eden Valley in Cumbria!

In July we spent a tranquil four nights in a Tree Dome in Shropshire ( booked before my impromptu caravan purchase), got the caravan kitted out and I found work in a local cafe. I’m still there but it’s not the most stable of jobs. Who knows what the new year will bring..

August was mainly about exploring the area local to our van. Much of the rest of 2019 was devoted to this pursuit. ๐Ÿ˜

I visited Amsterdam for the first time in September and the girls and I spent a chilled weekend at the caravan.

October was the month of Afternoon Teas ( in both Manchester and Leeds) plus The Winter Droving Festival in Penrith.

November is my birthday month and Wil treated us to a night away at the Haweswater Hotel. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now it’s December and we are away yet again, this time in a cottage in Keswick, also booked before we bought the caravan. Despite losing my job this year, it seems I have taken more trips than any other! I know I have so so much to be thankful for and this little blog is definitely one of those things…..

I’d like to wish you all the best for 2020. Here’s to a healthy & happy New Year. Xx

30 Before 50 Bucket List.

I’ve wrote my new Bucket List, though I can’t say I’m loving the title! But yes I am now 45 years old and having written a 25 Before 45 Bucket List when I was a mere age 42, I thought I would continue with the bucket listing lark, through the rest of my forties. ๐Ÿ™‚

There were a few items on my previous list that I never got round to ticking off, so I have included some of them on here. I would still like to swim in a lido, see the Northern Lights and try a Dutch pancake in Amsterdam. And there are plenty of new ideas too, such as watching a starling murmuration, collecting sea glass from the beach at Seaham in County Durham and eating ice cream in a vintage ice cream parlour. I’m excited to get cracking!

And I’ve already crossed two things off my new Bucket List. I managed to take a photo of a Barn Owl that was hunting in the field next to my sisters house ( wow, they are such beautiful birds) , plus I went to watch a movie in an old vintage cinema , which has definitely made me want to do more of the same in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

My Bucket List.

Watch a film in an old vintage cinema.

Climb ten more Wainwrights.

Eat out at The Witchery in Edinburgh.

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I’ve only done two Wainwrights ever, so hopefully having them on my bucket list will encourage me to do more!

Go on a guided wildlife walk.

Swim in a lido.

Walk The Dales Way.

See the Northern Lights.

Try a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam.

Collect sea glass on Seaham beach.

Dutch Pancakes in Amsterdam. Image from Pinterest.

Stop in four quirky holiday lets.

Go wild camping.

Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23 in Manchester.

Explore more of the Outer Hebrides.

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Barn Owl in my sisters croft.

Stay a few days in the Peak District.

Go to the No 6 Festival in Portmeirion.

Photograph a Barn Owl in the wild.

Ride a street car in Lisbon.

Watch a starling murmuration.

Go Ice skating outdoors.

Make an honesty box meal.

Yellow Street Car in Lisbon. Image from Pinterest.

Be Nine stone.

Visit Dungeness in Kent.

Eat ice cream in a vintage ice cream parlour.

Cycle round the isle of Cumbrae.

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Meet Felix the Huddersfield Railway Cat.

Go for a cream tea at the home of the Yorkshire Shepherdess.

As you can see, I have left a few gaps in my list, in case I think of a few more things I would like to do.

Do you have your own list?

Have you seen or done anything that I have mentioned here? x

Links & Likes ~ September.

 Links & Likes  this month is from our little hideaway for the week,  a cottage in the Western Lake District.    You are probably wondering why am I wasting a perfectly good morning blogging??  The truth is our car has decided to pack in, and we are stuck waiting for a recovery vehicle!  I will add a few pictures from my immediate vicinity.  Its not a bad place to have car trouble, if only we could go out and explore…..

A nice view for a brew. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was so sad to hear that Bekki’s beautiful dog Hicks  passed away recently. Bekki who blogs at Dartmoor Yarns wrote a lovely tribute post to him , which brought tears to my eyes, but made me smile too. Will certainly miss hearing all about Mr Hicks , especially his muddy puddle antics. He was a Top dog. Xx

Jo’s Monday Walk  to Coverham Abbey is a feast for the eyes. Stone statues, colourful dahlias, a unique Knot Garden. A lovely place to take a wander. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I always love reading about Tommy’s life on Fair Isle and seeing all his fantastic wildlife pictures. 

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Books and Binoculars.

How about glamping in a boat in a forest in Fife?  Check out this post from Loving Life In Wellies. 

Lucy is on the trail of Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island. 

A doggy day out in East Sussex on The Bluebell Railway  is an adventure for  My Little Country Life.

 

Mad March Hares above the fireplace.

Hugo the hound. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chloe makes the best of a rainy Staycation in Anglesey and North Wales.

Love baking with Apples in Autumn? Polly’s Blog is fab for Apple pudding recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Here’s a Great Guide To The Northern Lights in Iceland on Unlocking Kiki. Its definitely time to visit! 

 

I have claimed this Gentleman’s Wardrobe as my own. Love all the different compartments for collars, hankerchiefs and fancy shirts.

The kitchen.
 

Thanks for dropping by. X

 

More Summer Links & Likes.

Helloo!  I’m back with a few more links to blog posts that  I have enjoyed over the summer. I can’t quite believe we are almost into September though ! Plans for September include a week away in The Lake District. Here’s hoping for an Indian Summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

How about a recipe for  some refreshing Lavender Lemonade over at Everyday Cheer. 

Danielle has been Feeding the Seals at Eyemouth. Cute post!

Heather on Ilkley Moor ~ The Quiet Walker.

Have you noticed how gorgeous the heather is looking recently?  Join Amanda on Ilkley Moor and Louise in the Peak District and submerge yourself in purple. ๐Ÿ™‚

Still time to get some camping trips in. Check out The Helpful Hiker’s post about The Best Campsites In The Uk.

Top Campsites on The Helpful Hiker.

These Swirly Bread Rolls look mouthwatering on Kates blog.

Mary witnesses the Solar Eclipse in a most stunning setting.

If your a fan of scones with oodles of jam & clotted cream ( Yes Please!) , Victoria shares her Top 5 places to go for Afternoon Tea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Doggies arn’t to bothered about the Solar Eclipse ~ Travels with the Blonde Coyote.

Off to The South of France?  Allyson can show you some fabulous day trips from Nice and Cannes. 

 Lucy explores the London Underground and Euston’s Secret Tunnels.

 Paula spends her ‘Staycation’ in a Bubble Dome. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yummy Flapjacks ~ Matilda Heart Maneche.

 Fancy a cute dog blog to follow?  Of course! Here’s Piper The Cockapoo! 

 And finally ,  a yummy looking walk & eat Flapjack Recipe on Lisa’s blog.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a good read. ๐Ÿ™‚

 What are your plans for September?

 

 

 

 

Summer Links & Likes.

Hey , I totally missed putting up a Links & Likes for June, so without further ado, here’s ย my Summer Edition. It will most probably come in two parts, ย as we have some way to go yet, ย thank goodness! ย There’s definitely a bit of a travel theme going on here. So hopefully a bunch of holiday inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy!

Know where to find the best Ice Cream Parlours in the North East? ย Chloeย has put in some serious research!

Paul is galavanting round Iceland , ticking offย Game Of Thronesย filming locations. ๐Ÿ™‚

Polly attends a family wedding in beautiful Portmerion , and gets to wear aย gorgeous vintage dress.ย 

Theย Greedy Sistersย do great City Travel Guides! ย Look out for their latest adventures in Athens and Avignon.ย 

Church yards make perfect haunts for summer wildlife, asย Amandaย finds out, ย in Yorkshire.

Yarn bombed Seahorses and Mermaids! Where else butย Saltburn by the Seaย , with Jo of course!

And more seaside fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย The Retro Poodlesย are in sunny Seaham….and look at the treasures they have found. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christineย is Wild Swimming amidst stunning Lake District Scenery.

Piiaย  has wrote an informative guide ย Ten Free Things To Do In Helsinki.ย Makes me want to get up and go!

How lovely to holiday on the beautiful Island ofย Islay , as seen here onย A Mischief Managed – and other Adventures.


Andย Bevย celebrated her blog’s Birthday….by drinking Champagne in Champagne!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 


 

 

 

Links & Likes March. โ™ก

Starlings and Hares by Rob Barnes.

Hey and welcome to March Links& Likes. I thought I would include some pretty pictures of mad March hares frolicking around with not a care in the world.  If only our lives could be as carefree as these beautiful illustrations.  Anyway without further ado….

Gina put   The Kelpies

 

 in Falkirk on her visit list. I would love to see these Giant horse sculptures for myself. 

Fancy a walk that meanders through a pub and ends with a Waterfall?  Let Jo  show you the way.  

Naomi tells us about  The Joy of Gorse and how the shrub’s sunshine yellow flowers  can be made into a fresh and delicious cordial. ๐Ÿ™‚

Illustration by Lucy Grossmith.

Louise  follows in the footsteps of  Peakland writer Roger Redfern and finds that things haven’t changed all that much ,since he published his own rambles in the 1960s.

One of my favourite travel boggers ‘Mary’ from Travels with the Blonde Coyote hasn’t posted in a while, but hopefully that will all change now she’s introduced her gorgeous new dog pal ‘ Vida’. What a beauty! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Erin has visited the vibrant and colourful city of Lisbon. Me too please. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Illustration by Louise Scott.

This fab post by Baked by Mummy Iris explores London’s Covent Garden. It looks like foodie heaven and certainly makes my tummy rumble. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Hey did you know that there is a A Cat ~^^~ who actually works in B & M Bargains???  Check out this cute Kitty ! 

And if your planning a trip to Iceland this year , here is a very useful blog to consult I โ™ก Reykjavik.

Wendy Andrews ~ Dreaming of Spring.

Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have any blog recommendations, that you think I will like, please let me know. โ™ก

 

 

February Links & Likes. โ™กโ™ก

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Hi folks I’ve been reading quite a few blogs recently but haven’t written any posts myself. To be honest I could do with some inspiration!  Any hew,  here are some of my favourites. โ™ก Hope you enjoy. 

Naomi has shared all her lovely Glamping Adventures from last year in one post. I must say I’m quite jealous ! 

Bekki has made up some pretty Knitted Heart Kits for her shop ‘Dartmoor Yarns’. If you enjoy knitting ,take a look at her blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah enjoyed  Kitty Cuddles at  The Cat In The Window Cafe in Aberdeen. This post inspired me to book myself and a friend into ‘Cat Cafe ‘ in Manchester. Can’t wait! 

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What would motivate me to run a marathon?  Well, maybe The Hot Chocolate 5K as tried out by  Charlotte. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rebecca has reviewed sweary self – help Book  ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k’ and it has some useful ideas. 

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Have you seen any Snowdrops in flower yet?  Here is a list of The National Trust’s  Top Spots For Snowdrops. ๐Ÿ™‚

 The Helpful Hiker has compiled a list of  the Best Outdoor Dates For Valentine’s Day. โ™ก

Ever considered  Greenland for a City Break ??  Ellen says Ilullisat  is one of her favourite destinations. And I can see Why.
 

Nina is celebrating 2 years of being a Mum to little cutie Lana. ๐Ÿ™‚

I might have to try this tasty looking low fat Flapjack recipe on Fred The Thread Blog.

Need to know what Galentine’s Day is all about. Read this article here and arrange time out with your Besties. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day ! Let me know how you will Celebrate?  I’m doing ‘The Galentine’s ‘ thing on Friday night with some girl friends. A cocktail masterclass at ‘Escape’ in Clitheroe. I will let you know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Bucket List Progress Report and Links & Likes ~ January.

Last year I started my  25 Before 45 Bucket List and although progress is quite slow, I have at least achieved a few things on it !   Whilst I have not yet learned to crochet, swum in a Lido or watched a Film Outdoors, I have managed to Trek With Llamas in the Lake District, Picnic on a Village Green with my old-fashioned Picnic Hamper ( Not very successfully, Hugo ate the cake ! ),  do a Rail Ale Trail Tour  on the East Lancs Railway  and  take part in  The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk  led by the Queen’s Official Guide, Cedric Robinson. I have just under 2 years to complete the list, so hopefully in 2017 I will make a sizeable chunk in it. Wish me Luck!

 

And now for a bit of  Blog love. Here are some links to posts I have enjoyed reading in January. X

Lisa knows where to get warm in the winter. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens of course!

Leah shares a wonderful Insiders Guide To Malta. ๐Ÿ™‚

Snow Day and an Excited Pup on Loving Life In Wellies. So cute!

Em has a delicious recipe for an Amaretto & Apple Juice Cocktail. Looks and sounds heavenly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Polly has only gone and had a baby. Congrats Polly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine has been accidentally  bagging Wainwrights in the Lake District.

Fancy making Memory Jam ? Head on over to Cultivating Time.

Laura has wrote a lovely post about her  Favourite travel companion. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gregson the dog has found out that Margate is a very pet-friendly town. ^^

Thanks for Visiting!


My 2016 ~In Photos.

As is now tradition, I am posting a quick photo round-up of my year. All in all it’s been a pretty good one! I have been slightly more organized than normal and included some post links. Yay!

January.  Woh this seems such a long time ago now. January gave us the only snow of the year. Hugo loved it of course but it only lasted one snow day. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was still frosty and cold however on our visit to Formby Point where we saw Red squirrels ๐Ÿ™‚  And yep thats me with a naked man at Another Place , the Anthony Gormley Art Installation on Crosby Beach.

February.  It was a pretty quiet month in February. We did manage a day out in Manchester however and I had a fun time photographing the Street Art in the Northern Quarter. I also attended my God daughter Mady’s sons christening. I’m not one for holding babies but baby Jason was very chilled. ๐Ÿ™‚

March.  Wil and I had a weekend away in Coventry and stopped at the lovely Coombe Abbey Hotel & Country Park. We also visited Coventry itself which had lots of surprises. And later in the month I was in Manchester again , this time for a friends birthday. You can read my post about it here.

April.  Spring arrived at last ( hurrah! ) and I  couldn’t wait to get out and about with my camera and my Ladybird Book Guide To spring. ๐Ÿ™‚  A day out at Bolton Abbey in the Easter Holidays was great fun and I treated Wil to a trip on a steam train ( with lots of Real Ale involved ๐Ÿ˜‰  ) on the East Lancs Railway.

May.  The weather was great in May and included a day out in Kirkby Lonsdale with my sister and her family. We even managed a paddle in the river. ๐Ÿ™‚ A walk along the banks of Derwent Water in the Lake District was made all the more interesting , when Wil, Hugo and I came across a giant hand sculpture!  Our Holiday Season started in May.:) A camping trip in the Yorkshire Dales , not too far from Fountain Abbey. And a stay in a hotel looking over Haweswater. ๐Ÿ™‚

June.  I loved our day out in Malham where we walked up to the Cove and paddled in Janet’s Foss. Think that was Hugo’s favourite part.:) We also went camping in Silverdale and Hugo enjoyed his second ever boat trip, on Lake Windermere.

July.  Clitheroe has had lots of great new eating and drinking venues open in 2016 and the biggest surprise is probably Bowland Beer Hall at Holmes Mill. It’s an amazing space in an old textile mill, host to a listed steam engine and what appears to be England’s longest continuous bar. I attended the opening evening with Wil and some friends in July. I also crossed Llama Trekking off my  Bucket List when myself and some of my family enjoyed a half day with these adorable animals here. Oh and Hugo found himself inside the July edition of The Simple Things Magazine. ๐Ÿ™‚

August.  In August there was a holiday at Spring Park  in Cornwall. We stayed in ‘The Duke’ , a beautifully restored Showman’s wagon. On the way down to Cornwall we stopped one night in the spa town of Bath.I would love to return to both places. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugo has been busy bagging lakes all year. Here he is in Grasmere, over the bank holiday.

September. The poor pooch wasn’t quite sure what to think of The The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk. as it involved a lot of doggy paddling. I got pretty soaked too!  The new Bridget Jones film turned into a bit of an event for us ladies.:) And if you like cake ( doesn’t everyone) you will like my post about my friend Nicolas Macmillan Worldโ€™s Biggest Coffee Morning.. She certainly didn’t scrimp on her baking. ๐Ÿ™‚

October. We had an unseasonably dry October so this month’s posts are full of Autumn colours. ๐Ÿ™‚ I joined in with #30dayswild, and enjoyed fun days out at Lowther Castle & Gardens   and The Forbidden Corner with family.

November. November is my Birthday month so it was great to get away with Wil and Hugo to a holiday cottage in Scotland . The Afternoon Tea in Portpatrick was a Birthday treat courtesy of Wil and it was also nice to get together with friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

December.  This month has been all about meeting up with family. ๐Ÿ™‚  I’ve included a piccie of my cat Slinky as she does tend to get overshadowed by a certain Black Labrador. And I took part in Janet’s ‘Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap’ which I will post about separately I’m sure. 

Despite the radical changes in this country and abroad in 2016, I guess the best thing to do is just carry on and LIVE. Life is just to short to get depressed about it. So all the best for 2017 guys ….. and see you soon. X

 

 

 

‘The Duke’ at Spring Park ~ Our stay in a Showman’s Wagon.

Deep in the Cornish countryside , not far from the secluded hamlet of Rezare, Spring Park isย aย holiday hideaway, a gorgeous getaway and a haven of peace and tranquility. Located ‘ somewhere’ amongst a myriad of narrow country lanes and lush green meadows in the pretty Tamar Valley , this eclectic collection of vintage vans and cabins, is as hidden away and remote as you can get.

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The Duke is a classic 1940’s Showman’s Wagon, set in its own private meadow.

All the ย wagons and cabins at Spring park are set apart from each other in their own private areas. We had booked to stay in ‘The Duke’ which is a beautifully restored Showman’s Wagon dating back to the 1940s. It stands in it’s own lovely wild flower meadow, buzzing with bees and butterflies. There is a fire pit, a wood fueled hot tub and a lovely modern bathroom in a timber hut, all reserved especially for the occupants of the Duke. ๐Ÿ™‚ But anyway I’m going to let the pictures do the talking. I couldn’t help but take a few. ;).

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Fresh flowers, a bottle of wine ( chilling in the fridge) and two portions of tasty chocolate cake , greeted us on arrival. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Duke has a French Enamel Wood Burner , which sadly we never got to use. The gorgeous weather meant it never got lit. I can just imagine it making the wagon , even more cosy.

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Lots of wildlife shared the meadow with us, including rabbits, goldfinches and butterflies.

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The wood fuelled Hot Tub was amazing and got really hot. Perfect to relax in with a glass of wine. Paddy who owns Spring Park , with his wife Kitty, recommended the woodland near Rezare for great off lead walks with Hugo. The Duke’s bathroom with it’s lovely hot shower is nearly as big as The Duke. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hugo met the owner’s dogs and Brooke can be seen above, wondering what on earth Hugo is playing at, racing round the meadow like a mad thing. And also above, is a sneak peek of another of the vintage vans at Spring Park, ‘The Duchess’.

I cannot recommendย Spring Parkย enough, as the most relaxing , wonderfully thought out getaway from it all, kind of break. We wouldn’t hesitate to go back.