• A fantastic day out to bolton abbey in yorkshire
    Days out,  Family,  Travel,  Walking

    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…

  • Birthday,  Days out,  Discussions,  Photography,  Travel

    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.…

  • Lancashire and Cumbria days out. Two photos of Spike, a blonde haired brown eyed preschooler enjoying Lowther Castle and Mrs Dowson's Farm
    Days out,  Family,  Home,  Travel

    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 fun filled walk with children in Grizedale Forest
    Family,  Travel,  Walking

    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
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Holiday,  Travel

    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…

  • Camera Obscura in Edinburgh
    Days out,  Family,  Travel

    “Haha! I’ve gone all funny mummy!” – Introducing Spike to the weird and wonderful at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Last weekend we were very lucky to be gifted entry to the fantastic Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh. We were on a mini break on the Berwickshire coast. With it having such good links to Scotland’s capital, and the forecast looking a little grey, we thought we’d take a jaunt into the city. We knew Camera Obscura and World of Illusion would be a great family day out. However, we didn’t know it would be as amazing as it was! Funny mirrors  As soon as you reach Camera Obscura and World of Illusions on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you are treated to magic mirrors. They are on the…

  • A Day at Coral Island in Blackpool for Spike’s Birthday
    Ad,  Days out,  Reviews,  Travel

    Pirates, 2p machines and a fun filled birthday – Our trip to Coral Island Blackpool

    Blackpool holds a special place in my heart. For many people images of hen and stag dos, and cheap holidays when they think of Blackpool. But I don’t. I think of amazing things. Things like quiet, foggy, windy days on the pier in February. The special memories made with T for our 6 month anniversary just before I went away for 3 weeks and missed him so much that I knew that would be the longest time we’d ever spend apart. The first zoo trip Spike ever made. The first time she saw the circus. And multiple day trips spent at the 2p machines after watching the aeroplanes at the…

  • Spike and I at the start of the Pendle SCultpure Trail in Lancashire
    Days out,  Travel,  Walking

    A trip into the hills – The Pendle Sculpture Trail

    So this post has been a while in the making. Truthfully I’ve wanted to write it for ages but kept forgetting about it when I was sat down to write! However with #NationalWalkingMonth upon us I realised it was the perfect time to talk about amazing walks me, T and Spike have enjoyed.  The Pendle Sculpture Trail is high on the list. We took to this trail on New Years Day. I always love to go for a walk on New Years Day, it starts the year right and clears your head. This trail was no different. It was harder than expected but with such a mild day to enjoy,…

  • Child free,  Days out,  Travel

    Playing tourist and exploring the capital – A childfree weekend in London

    Last month for T’s birthday we decided to hop on the train and head to London for an overnight stay. It was bliss. Not just because we got a change of scenery. No, because we didn’t have a child complaining after 3 minutes of walking that her legs hurt. And we got to spend some quality time together without being prised apart or interrupted. And how often does that happen as a parent? Travelling in style We headed down to London on an early Friday morning train courtesy of Virgin Trains (#gifted) in their first class carriage. It was a stress free, comfy journey and thankfully, despite the wind, we…

  • Rethink Mental Illness and Virgin Trains team up for Christmas Kindness campaign
    Christmas and New Year,  Family,  Personal posts,  Travel

    Virgin Trains spread a little kindness this Christmas – It’s a wonderful line from London to Glasgow

    This Christmas Virgin Trains and Rethink Mental Illness are encouraging you to spread a little kindness. They have teamed up to paint the entire Script of Its a Wonderful Life on the train platforms between London and Glasgow Central. Spreading the story Its a Wonderful Life is a Christmas Movie like no other. Its about kindness and about the lows that can be found at this time of year and how other people can bring you out of them. Its a story that makes you think and believe in the kindness of others, and makes you want to spread that kindness. Our mission Virgin Trains asked us to pop along…