Adventures: My Experience with Outdoor Instructors so Far

As I explained in a recent post, learning can make me feel nervous.  It’s something I’m getting over as I challenge myself to learn in the great outdoors.   There are some things I pick up easily and others well, I need a helping hand! Trying to tell Google you’re looking for help to find…

Lifestyle: Hello July!

It’s that time of year when the cows and their calves graze in the fields and once shaky lambs now confidently skip over their mother’s back.  Tractors pass the house every half an hour to collect freshly cut grass to turn into hay. There’s a sweet smell of summer in the air.  The landscapes look…

Adventures: Learning Those Ol’ Hill (& Life) Skills

Note: sharing some pictures and thoughts from an amazing hill skills course in Snowdonia.  ****** I guess it was school which developed my dislike for learning new things. Attending a pretty rough secondary school where I was beaten and bullied and where teachers could only work with the limited resources they had, it all  did…

British Flower Week: Pheasant Botanica

I find myself ‘pottering’ around the garden, smelling the flowers, admiring the pollinating bees and more than ever, appreciating just what nature does for us on a daily basis without expectation or a thank you.  This week Britain celebrates flower week from the 19th-25th June and so in the spirit of that, we’ll be talking…

Garden: Creating a Rockery

We have so much green space in our side garden that it’s starting to blend in with the surrounding fields.  To add some colour into our magical space, we’ve taken sections and turned them into little gardens. One of them being a rockery.  We had an idea for a rockery ever since we made a…

Adventures: The Big Retreat Wales

On May Bank Weekend, I found myself traveling to Pembrokeshire to attend The 1st Big Retreat Wales in Lawrenny. A weekend dedicated to soothing the mind, caressing the body and feeding the soul. I asked the universe for more solo micro adventures this year and she delivered. Spending time on my own in the outdoors…

Biking: Interview with Flattyres-MTB

The last in my biking series (for now) is with Colin Down from Flattyres-MTB- a MTB Guide and Skills Trainer (just what I need!)  As I said in the beginning of this series, it was designed to motivate me back on to my bike and help you to get back into it too. I’m glad to say…

Walking: Celebrating 407 miles so far!

By the time you will have seen this post, I’ll be traveling down to Pembrokeshire for The Big Retreat Wales where I’ll be clocking up some miles around Lawrenny. I wanted to write this post to celebrate my milestone but also share some memorable walking moments. I Will Walk…. I don’t feel as though I’ve…

Adventures: Day & Night in Venezia

Whilst in Italy in May, we took an excursion to Venice. I’m not an excursions kind of girl but I think when you’re in a place of the unknown and on a timescale, it’s a quick way of summarising the best things to do and places to go.   We had a wonderful Venetian tour guide…

Outdoors: How to Pack for a Festival

SO as you know I’m off to Pembrokeshire next weekend to attend The Big Retreat Wales – it’s a whole weekend dedicated to the mind, body and soul experience. I’ll be camping the weekend so I’ve started a ‘to pack list.’  This is the first time I’ve been camping on my own and I usually…

Biking: Interview with Mud Chalk & Gears

Hey everyone! 2nd in the biking series is Hetty from Mud Chalk & Gears. I hope the last interview wet your appetite for getting on a bike but if you need extra convincing, this one will….. Chelsea: Hey Hetty – tell me ALL about you, how long you’ve been cycling and what’s its big attraction???…

Outdoors: Segway at Chirk Castle with SegTrek

Over the past few months, I’ve been having lazy Sunday afternoons at Chirk Castle, wandering around their snowdrop and daffodil infested woodlands, feasting on homemade cake and hanging around in their dark dungeons (not as dodgy as it sounds). It’s such a wonderful and inexpensive place to visit with the family or solo (especially if…