• The Best National Trust sites in the north of England - in our opinion! Featuing Formby, Tarn Hows, Aria Force and more
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    Getting out and about with the National Trust – The best National Trust sites in the North (in our opinion!)

    As you know, we love to get outing nature and explore. One of the things I’ve realised in the last couple of years is just how many of the amazing places we love to go are looked after by the National Trust. A few years ago I naively thought that National Trust sites were just the big houses that you see in the countryside. But I’ve since realised that they look after some of my favourite open spaces too. So I thought I’d share some of our best National Trust sites from across the North of England in this post. Tarn Hows First on the list has to be Tarn…

  • Blog title graphic with two images, first image is Kato the Alpaca looking out over the Lake District, second picture is Raimy, a 32 year old woman with purple hair and glasses, with Kato on my alpaca walk
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    Taking Kato and Dougal for a walk – Our morning alpaca walk with Alpacaly Ever After

    Me and T prefer to get each other birthday gifts that are experiences rather than material goods. It fits in with the more minimalist lifestyle we’re hoping to create. Meaning that theres less gathering dust around the house. We’re still waiting (two years on) for my hot air balloon ride that he got me for my 30th, but never mind! This years gift was the amazing experience of an Alpaca walk in the Lake District with Alpacaly Ever After and I managed to get that one booked in quick! Alpacaly Ever After’s options Alpacaly Ever After is an awesome company that rehouses alpacas, and a few llamas I believe. They…

  • A fantastic day out to bolton abbey in yorkshire
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    Beautiful waterfalls, amazing ruins and stepping stones – our awesome day trip to Bolton Abbey

    Last month was my birthday, and as always I wanted to celebrate with a special day with my family. A lot of things weren’t fully open near us, but thankfully I don’t mind driving that little bit further for special occasions. It turns out Bolton Abbey was the perfect place to visit. Beauty in the Yorkshire Dales Bolton Abbey is a ruined abbey in the Yorkshire dales. Its a massive estate with lots of walking trails, cafes and great areas for sitting and relaxing. The abbey and the stepping stones are what I wanted to go for but after we’d made the decision to go, I discovered the Valley of…

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    Our August In Pictures

    This August was a strange one for us. We were meant to have a family week. We were expecting to go away for the first week of the month. But it didn’t happen. Instead we’ve been desperately trying to fit in our days out around work, kids club and other commitments. August is also my birthday month, which always means a fun day out in the sun (sunshine not always guaranteed.) And thankfully there was no exception to that this year. Days out – Grizedale Forest, Loughrigg Tarn, Rydal Caves and Bolton Abbey We had a couple of great days out in August and I loved each and every one.…

  • Kids plasters always come in handy on days out when you have a little one as clumsy as Spike
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    Being prepared on a day out – dealing with the inevitable with a little help from Safe and Sound Health

    This post was written in collaboration with Safe and Sound Health , but all words and pictures are my own. Spike is so accident prone. She falls on also every day out we have. So in addition to the standard lunches and water bottles, I like to be prepared with the essentials like kids plasters whenever possible. Our trip to Grizedale Forest Last week we made the most of the sunshine and headed to our nearest Forestry Commission Forest, Grizedale. We’d spent New Year’s Day here and loved it. We spend a lot of our weekends travelling out to places like thi. Spike loves to explore and me and T…

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    Our July in Pictures

    Last month I thought Lockdown had gone quick. It’s nothing compared to how fast the last two weeks had gone. I’m back at work, Spike is back at kids club. It seems like two minutes ago when I was collecting our June pictures together. July just wizzed by. July 2020 We managed to fit a fair bit into July. Visiting friends. Spending some time in a coffee shop. Climbing a big hill. paddling in rivers. Visiting one of our favourite day out locations in Cumbria, Lowther Castle. We had a week where my sister stayed to look after Spike while I worked so she got to explore amazing trees. Plus…

  • Lancashire and Cumbria days out. Two photos of Spike, a blonde haired brown eyed preschooler enjoying Lowther Castle and Mrs Dowson's Farm
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    Our favourite North West Days out around Lancashire and Cumbria

    Lancashire and Cumbria are awesome places to explore and while a lot of attractions are currently closed, it still has a whole host of places to enjoy for walking and playing in nature. We’ve been talking a lot about our favourite attractions and walks in and around Lancashire lately, to put onto our Lockdown wishlist and I thought it would be good to do a little round up of some of our favourite Cumbria and Lancashire days out! Free days out I’ve a whole blog post about free Cumbria and Lancashire days out from a few years ago, but to be honest we hadn’t even gone that far when I…

  • A blog graphic with post title and two images. The first showing a girl in a unicorn scarf/hat browsing books in Waterstones and the second a 3 year old girl in front of art showing wings at Chester Zoo
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    Our Post-Lockdown Wishlist – Days out and things Spike is looking forward to when we can start the new normal

    Early on in Lockdown Spike was asking a lot of questions about the things that we could not do. It was devastating to hear her ask to visit people, see friends and go on her favourite days out and have to say no. While the questions have stopped, the wishing has started. Spike refers to the lockdown period we are in as the ‘Nasty Bug Days’. She often wishes to do things as soon as these days are over. I have told her we’ll keep a list of all the things she wants to do and try and get to them as soon as we can. Here’s just a few…

  • A fun filled walk with children in Grizedale Forest
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    Playing tunes, finding sculptures and enjoying nature – a New Years walk in Grizedale Forest

    I love a good walk, and a good forest walk is even better! For the last couple of years I have persuaded the brood to head out and clear out the cobwebs on New Years Day. This year the target location was Grizedale Forest.  Grizedale Forest  Grizedale Forest is to the west of Lake Windermere in the southern Lake District. We looked at going last year but because we were still living near Preston, it was a little far for a day out. Now just an hour or so away, we decided it was the perfect place for a New Year walk.  Getting to Grizedale  I’m not sure if we…

  • A super busy half term blog title image with spike lying on a bench at Seven Stories in Newcastle
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    A super busy half term – Our long weekend in County Durham

    So its taken me ages to get round to writing this. Spike has been a little difficult lately and it has stopped me from wanting to write anything. We’re finally over what I’m hoping is the worst of it but we’ll see. The difficult bit started just after we got back from our lovely little holiday in County Durham. It’s kinda put a dampener on the holiday but we had so much fun while there that I have to share some of the highlights, in the hope that it encourages more people to visit this little part of England that doesn’t seem to get many visitors!  County Durham as a holiday…