- Environmental Education and Wildlife
- Sled Dog Racing
- Community Farms and Small Holdings
- Camper Van Adventures
- Sailing Adventures
- Shetland Islands
- Cumbria and the Lake District
- Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland
- South West
- South East
- Channel Islands
- East Anglia
- North West
- North East
- South Wales
- Mid Wales
- North Wales and Anglesey
- Scottish Highlands and Islands
- Mainland Scotland
About Me & Mine
I live with my husband Andy and 2 children, Joshua aged 6 and Sasha aged 3. We have a dog and spend alot of time outdoors enjoying the countryside around us.
Favourite place in the world:
The Causeway to Holy Island, Northumberland. We love to watch the tide come in and gradually cover the road cutting off the island.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Getting muddy, paddling in streams, climbing - anything! Walking, cycling, camping.
Since having children we have, I am sorry to say, become more ‘summer’ campers and our season now runs from May to September. Of course as we all know well, in Britain this does not necessarily mean good weather! After this time we prefer to use bunk houses and Youth Hostels where we can experience the weather during the day but then get warm and dry in the evenings.
We have a lovely stately home and park close by called Compton Verney. I feel very guilty to admit that until this summer I have not managed to visit it. Having heard lots of good things about it from friends I decided it was time we paid a visit. Not only does it have galleries open all year round but also there are visiting exhibitions and artists at different times during the year.
The birds have had very productive year in our garden this year. We have managed to have nests in various places for 4 different varieties of garden bird. First it was the blue tits in the house wall, followed by starlings under the porch facia. The 2 families of sparrows actually used the nest boxes provided.
Our beautiful countryside really has a lot to offer. Last weekend we met with my Dad and went for a lovely woodland walk near our home. The woods are on a ridge called Edgehill (you may have heard of The Battle of Edgehill, where the first battle of The English Civil war took place in 1642 between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists).
In our house a child size backpack is an absolute must far as children are concerned. We started out with a ‘Little Life’ one for Joshua who actually had it given as a birth present. Definitely one of the best we had! I have since done the same, buying it as a ‘baby’ present for a friend who is so pleased with it now her little one is mobile.
On holiday we visited the National Parks Centre at Danby on the North York Moors. It had quite a few activities for children, such as a great playground which had things to suit our adventurous 6 year old as well as smaller stuff for Sasha who, although she believes she is 6, can’t quite keep up with her brother.
Last weekend we visited Moreton Morrell Agricultural College, which was advertising a Lambing Weekend. We had a brilliant afternoon’s entertainment for a small fee (well worth it). As well as the animals Sasha and Joshua had great fun investigating the various tractors; Joshua was most impressed by the one with wheels taller than him!
We have regular adventures with all our friends at different times during the year where we do a range of things from walking, camping, canoeing etc. One of our weekends this year in January involved us visiting a Youth Hostel in Derbyshire where all the children enjoyed a Sunday morning climb on Stanage Edge.