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About Me & Mine
I'm a website editor who loves the web and the outdoors equally. Ben and I have a darling 6 year old adventurous daughter Alice.
Favourite place in the world:
Keswick in the Lake District.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Walking, camping, beaches, bird watching, river paddling and skiing.
It was yet another cold and wintery day last Sunday. The snow had disappeared but we needed to get out of the house before cabin fever set in. A quick trip out was all we could manage as our favourite walk along the Nidd Gorge was out of bounds due to the flooded river and massively deep mud so we just went for a walk in the sunshine near the Pine woods in Harrogate.
It was a last minute decision to spend New Year’s Eve in Ayr with family. It was an inspired decision too. New Year’s Eve was fun, relaxing, enjoyable with maybe a touch too much wine and even the odd whiskey here and there, but the next morning, for New Year’s Day, a walk along the beach was definitely needed to blow the cobwebs away.
It’s all very well being able to take your child to an indoor soft play area these days as there are so many popping up everywhere, but nothing can really beat a good old-fashioned outdoor playground. Even if the playground in question is in the middle of a fascinating place such as Edinburgh Zoo, and isn’t even that big!
It was a beautifully frosty November afternoon when we took the short drive from Harrogate to Staveley Nature Reserve for a winter walk. The reserve is managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a lovely place no matter what the season. Sunday afternoons are always a good time to chill out and traipse out to visit a local site.
There was huge excitement in our family car when I finally managed to picked up the parcel from Little Trekkers last week. Jumping up and down with anticipation in her car seat, Alice asked, “Is it for me? Is it for me? What is it????”, then a short breathless silence when I opened the package to reveal.....and then happy appreciative sign of ”It’s the Best Coat in the World mummy! Wow!”
One of our favourite (and most frequently visited) places in the UK is Keswick, and just up the road from there is the brilliant Whinlatter Forest. With its great visitor centre, osprey webcams (a pair breed nearby), Siskin Café (great food, great views through the forest), forest walks, mountain biking and adventure playground it’s great for every outdoor enthusiast.
The Natural History Museum is an amazing place for children to visit and I hadn’t been for years before Alice was born. It was a wet weekend (as it nearly always has been this summer!) so we hopped on the East Coast train from York, down to London for the day to take Alice and her little friend to a BIG museum for a change.
Deershed is a brilliant family friendly festival at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. It's as much geared towards children as it is adults and we are big fans, having been twice now. There is music of course (this year we enjoyed St Etienne, Villagers and Cherry Ghost amongst many others) but it really is the 'other stuff' that makes it so much more all encompassing than other festivals.
The Bank Holiday weekend in August arrived and we were just planning to stay at home and relax, but friends invited us for a couple of nights camping at Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast of Yorkshire. Even though I'd just finished the piles of washing caused by our latest camping trip to Wales, we just couldn't resist fitting another adventure in before the nights got too cold.
Sutton Bank, in North Yorkshire, is a brilliant place. It rises steeply from the Vale of York and marks the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors as you approach from the west. To us it's synonymous with the colour white – for the white horse that is carved into its side, but also because it's a great destination for a wintery, snowy walk.
Last year we ventured up to a small family festival, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire that had received excellent reviews from its first attempt the year earlier. It didn't disappoint! So, this year we are going again and are really looking forward to it. Not only does the Deer Shed aim its entertainment towards families, it also features some of the very best in home grown music talent.
Not many people know that this little oasis of old farm fun exists, not even many of the locals in nearby Harrogate or Ripon, but the Old Farmyard at Ripley is one of those little gems of a find that you can enjoy as a family day out, all through the summer months. And lucky for us it's just a short trip up the road.