Walking: Ponderosa, Llangollen, with Corwen Walking Festival

Can you believe that Corwen walking festival is the first walking festival I’ve been to? Nope neither can I!  Corwen (Denbigshire) is a charming little place not far from me (Ceiriog Valley) and each year they host a walking festival to give people a taste of the wonderful walks available locally and wider a field….

Lifestyle: Hello October!

It’s been a windy season so far, we’ve had trees down, power cuts, branch littered country lanes and yet still the sun shines, the air’s warm and the birds go about their daily seed-eating business. It all seems typically British compared to what’s been going on around the rest of the world! I’ve given up…

Adventures: Glamping at Cambo Estate, Fife

I’m on a quest to find myself in some of the UK’s unusual glamping spots.   My recent glamping in Fife trip would qualify as unusual, especially when you find yourself glamping on a boat,  a boat that is tucked away in the woodlands with nearby sea views. Welcome to the Cambo Boat at the…

Walking: Maspie Den & The Falkland Estate, Fife

It was a hot June day in Fife. No one had warned me and so I came armed with thermal trousers (it’s the 2nd time I’ve been caught out this year!) Everyone skits the Scottish summer so perhaps I was really lucky to be exploring the Maspie Den and the Falkland Estate on such a…

Lifestyle: Hello August!

The evenings are filled less and less with the late night hum of tractors and combine harvesters. The last of the baby birds have flown the nest. The plums are beginning to make an appearance, ripening each and every day. The bushes are spilling out on the roads mainly because the council cut them the…

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 in Capel Curig

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…