It’s that time of year when we go on a family adventure and this year mum drove us all up to Cumbria. We split the journey and spent one night in Peterborough before we made it up to the most beautiful place of rolling hills that were also quite intimidating! We had hired a beautiful wooden hut called Dobby’s Lodge which had views over Skiddaw. The decor of the place was done so well and it had such a quaint and cosy feel. On the Sunday we went into the towns of Cockermouth and Keswick which were so different to any villages I have been to before with the river Derwent and river Cocker flowing through Cockermouth. St Bega’s church was a bit of a hidden gem in Bassenthwaite with a half an hour walk through fields to get to it. It is still a working church with a list of the service going ahead on the door. If you want somewhere to go wild swimming then you must visit Ullswater lake with a beautifully scenic backdrop and sailing ships out on the water it is the perfect place for a swim or kayak. For another water based walk you must visit the gorgeous waterfall Aira Force with the natural rapids and waterfalls it is a stunningly beautiful area. If you want an awesome short mountain hike then a walk in Whinlatter to Seat How is a nice 10km of mountainous terrain and is perfect for the dogs to have a run, the cafe may also be where I discovered Kiwi and Lime Old Mount Cider (delish)! We also went to a couple of awesome little pubs the Sun Inn at Bassenthwaite and the Ramblers Bar in Glenridding where I had traditional Cumberland sausage and mash for lunch!
I hope those of you that celebrate Easter have had a lovely Easter weekend and not eaten too much chocolate!!
This weekend has been a busy and eventful weekend with family visiting.
Yesterday my family on my dad’s side came down for dinner, which meant that our little cousin was coming down. We held an Easter Egg hunt for him which I joined in with as my little sister hid the eggs around the house and the garden, of course he got to take all of the chocolates home, we then did some Easter baking which consisted of making chocolate treats due to the time limit we had.
It was such a lovely day and I’m so grateful that I still have so much family to spend time with.
Today has started with seeing how many Easter eggs the bunny bought me, I’m glad to say there were five plus extras. I then had breakfast of the obvious choice (boiled egg and soldiers) in my new egg cup. There was of course an Easter egg for the pups as well.
Today has been a bit more of a lazier day though with a long windy hike up the South Downs with the pups to see the sheep and cows waiting to have their babies on the farm. And then chilling on the sofa with my family watching silly films and the reruns of Sherlock that have been on television with a glass of sparkling rosé.
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Today I have spent the day with my Nanny running around the local garden centre to try and find a rose plant do one of my retiring work colleagues. We went to a garden centre called Wyevale who I had rung up on Thursday and said they had the plant in stock but when we arrived they no longer had it. So instead I bought a Nutella recipe book and five children’s books from my childhood.
So rather than giving up we went to Blackbrooks which is such a cool store it is a mixture of a home and garden store, clothing store and a restaurant. We decided that we would grab some lunch in the restaurant I chose to have a tuna melt with a slice of cheesecake, which turned out to be like rubber and flavourless, with a cup of tea. We may have also shared a cheeky portion of chips.
After lunch we looked round the store where I bought a new polo shirt for my dad and some new plants for my mum. I nearly bought these really cute Gruffalo wellies for my cousins newborn son as a Christmas present but nanny persuaded me to get them some other time.
All in all it was a very successful trip to the Garden centres but the only thing I didn’t get which I really needed was the retirement rose! It will mean I will have to go on a further adventure tomorrow to find one.
This afternoon I have been back out to the farm with my parents and the pups. The fields have now been muck spread and will soon be plowed.
What have you done today?
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Welcome to Blogmas day 13, yesterday was a day of preparing the house for the rest of the week as we have a super busy week coming up!
We took the dogs down to Winchelsea to a place called Doggs Hill. It is where you can walk from one end of Winchelsea to Rye. They had a great time and my pup couldn’t resist going in the sea and playing ball.
I really feel like going to the Pantomime is part of Christmas as I have been every year since I was little and have enjoyed it each year. It is a time where everybody comes together to watch one of the longest running shows our theatre holds each year. This year it is Cinderella with Jessie Wallace from a popular Television Soap called Eastenders. Unfortunately she has broken her foot so she cannot move around very much due to being in a boot.
It was a great performance and I cannot wait to go back and see it for the last performance of the year!
Sorry this is such a short blog but other than hanging Christmas cards on ribbon around the living room nothing else much happened!
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Yesterday I spent the day putting up my Christmas tree. We went to Whitelands Farm based in Westfield and spent and good amount of time choosing between trees. I finally chose the bushiest tree that was the tallest we could get to fit in our living room. I also bought some mistletoe to hang in out doorway.
We then had to cut into my cake and it was delicious!!
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Yesterday I spent the day getting things ready for the evening and today. I was so busy!
In the morning I went shopping for baking supplies with my dad so that my sister and I can make a gingerbread cake following Tanya Burr’s recipe.
We then went for a long walk on the farm which was lovely. To be able to live so close to the countryside is such a privilege because there is something so refreshing about it especially during the winter when it is cold and crisp.
This evening at Rainbows we made little alien cupcakes as part of their you’ve got a friend in me badge. They were supposed to look like the picture below but we couldn’t fit three eyes on. They did turn out really well though and the girls really enjoyed decorating them! We also made friendship bracelets and did wordsearches.
To decorate the cakes we made some green buttercream icing, used green laces as the antenna, green fondant for the little ears, white chocolate icing and black writing icing for the eyes. They are so simple to do and great for an activity with your children on a rainy day!
It was the last evening of Brownies tonight and they had a spa night which consisted of a foot spa, champagne (lemonade), hair styling, nail bar and face painting. The girls really enjoyed being treated like ladies and the older brownies who will now be my guides had a lovely last night. We decided to surprise the girls with a chocolate tray each for Christmas and a Christmas card and we leaders received lots of cards which makes us feel so appreciated and proud of what we do. It was sad to think that it was my last full evening at brownies!
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I’m sorry I haven’t blogged lately I have been very busy!
I arrived in the New Forest yesterday for the first week of my two part holiday and I must admit that the drive down was actually less nerve – wracking than I first thought it would be.
Last night I went out for dinner with my mum before she got the train back home to drive back down today. We went to the Rose and Crown in Brockenhurst and I had hunter’s chicken which was delicious.
I then stayed in a beautiful b&b called Farside which is on the main road between Brockenhurst and Lymington. The lady who runs it made me feel so welcome and cooked me a delicous breakfast of bacon and scrambled egg with earl grey tea.
Today I have spent the day exploring the Forest whilst waiting for my family to arrive I sat on the common with the ponies with Love Tanya which I am reading for a second time and just chilled in the beautiful sun. I also had a bit of a pcinic as I didn’t want to leave the peace and serenity around me it made me feel so calm.
Now my Family have arrived with my puppy Edgar and we are staying in our gorgeous cottage in the heart of Brockenhurst with the common on our doorstep. It is the first time that my puppy has been on holiday with us and I hope that he enjoys the Forest as much as I do.
Have you ever been to the New Forest? What did you think of it?
I hope to be able to write some more exciting blogs about what I get up to in my time away!
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