Back in November 2019, we decided to take Polly, our camper van and do some touring of Scotland, initially around the Dumfries area, then we’d see where Polly would take us. We were also on the hunt for, not only some great walking, but some good mountain biking trails.
Our first Brit Stop seemed to be just a car park off the beaten track in Caerlaverock, near Dumfries. It was late and very dark so we didn’t really know what our surroundings were. Little did we know that we’d stumbled upon a beautiful nature reserve. I wrote about this here, where I also explain what Brit Stops are.
From there we were heading towards Newton Stewart, then north toward Galloway Forest, in search of a mountain biking trail we’d heard of at Kirroughtree.
After only a few hours driving and of course the enjoyment of Scotlands beautiful
scenery we found ourselves pulling up at Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre. A quick tour around the centre familiarised us with what was on offer and we were excited. There were various walks around the forest and what looked like a great mountain biking course, in fact it was one of the 7 Stanes courses, which in the mountain biking world are well sought after as they are award winning trails, eight to be precise, dotted around south Scotland and you don’t have to be an expert to ride them as they have varying skill levels within each trail. Jon was happy, I was happy and the dogs were so excited as they were first on the list to enjoy a big long walk and explore in the forest.
We set off walking one of the harder trails of the forest and it didn’t take us long before we were walking in what seemed to be an enchanted magical mysterious forest, as everything was covered in moss. It was so very still, quite eerie, and stunning in a strange kind of way. It was a fantasy story waiting to be written, my mind was running wild with fairies and goblin’s. Continue reading “Exploring Kirroughtree Forest”→
A few months ago, I saw something on Face Book, which caught my attention. It was an advert to take part in ‘The Muddy Dog Challenge‘ to raise money for Battersea Dogs Home. I’d never heard of it before, but the video looked like so much fun. It’s a 5K run with your dog with obstacles and plenty of mud! Who wouldn’t want to do this?!
This was definitely my thing, doing something which looked like a lot of fun with our dogs. The 5K part? Well it’s been a long time since I’d run a 5K, I fast walk that distance regularly, but running? I’d worry about that later.
I got in touch with my two sons and it was a YES from them and my youngest niece was also interested to run it along with her boyfriend. I would run with Rosie, our collie, my eldest son would have Millie the pug, which would be interesting! My youngest son would run with his dads collie, Blue and my niece and boyfriend would run with her sisters dog, Bruno. We had a team! We signed up!Continue reading “A Family Fun Day In The Mud!”→
During July we, (myself, Jon, our two dogs and two cats) set off again, on our annual cruise from our mooring in South Yorkshire, in our home on the water. Last year, we travelled up to York and loved every minute of it. This time, we said we’d like to explore other areas of the canal system, but with Jon’s work primarily being around the York area this summer we decided to head up to that magnificent city again, and why not?
The whole journey is fabulous from the South Yorkshire navigation to the Aire and Calder River, onto the beautiful Selby canal, braving the rapid Ouse river toward Naburn and then a sedate trip into York.
There’s always so much more to explore there too, especially as I’m a bit of a history lover so York again? Absolutely! Who knows, we may just head up further along another stunning stretch of water, the Ripon canal which leads to the heart of Ripon, if time allows, well that was the plan…
Once again I am excited to introduce another guest to my series:
Amazing over 50’s
I am inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are happy to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work or their achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride and open arms.
This month I’m happy to introduce Cara Achterberg as my sixteenth guest. Cara is an author and blogger, but she is also a heroine when it comes to fostering dogs in need.
Last Summer we took our first big cruise from South Yorkshire to York in our floating home. By car it would take around an hour to get to York from where we have our permanent mooring in South Yorkshire, but on our canal boat last summer, we enjoyed a leisurely week or so of cruising, with a few exciting moments and experiences along the way, a truly enjoyable cruise along, approximately 19 miles of the industrial South Yorkshire Navigation, 6 miles of the very straight, yet interesting NewJunction Canal with it’s, quite different swing and lift Bridges, then 9 miles of the Aire and Calder Navigation with it’s stretching views over the English countryside. We then met the tranquility of the Selby Canal, with it’s 5 miles of Continue reading “We Made It To York!”→
Want some Free Feel Good Therapy? Then get your trainers on and get to your nearest wood or forest, because it’s there waiting for you and I guarantee you’ll be feeling great the minute you start walking amongst nature.
Anyone who follows my blog may know that I absolutely love nature and walking, so it’s a no brainer for me when it’s time to walk the dogs that I usually find myself heading for the local woods to get some of that FREE Feel Good Therapy. Continue reading “Friday’s Feel Good Therapy”→
Last Sunday saw the sun shining again, so we packed a picnic and headed to Rother Valley Country Park. Set in the Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the park has 4 artificial lakes, nature reserves and plenty of recreational activities, including a water skiing/wake boarding cable system, an inflatable obstacle course, a water sports area, including hiring of paddle boards and various types of boats, there’s also a sailing club and a separate lake solely for jet skiers. There are also plenty of lovely walks to enjoy around the lakes and nature reserves and also some biking routes. Continue reading “Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise”→
The Forestry commission have excelled themselves in developing a wonderful area for all ages to enjoy nature at its best within the beautiful surroundings of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Sherwood Pines is open every day except Christmas day, from 8am until dusk and has large, scenic areas for parking. It cost us £6 to park for the whole day, which we felt was well worth it for the great day we had in such a gorgeous place. There is so much to do at Sherwood Pines… Continue reading “A list of things to do at Sherwood Pines”→
I awoke this morning really early, to the sound of very noisy birds, singing & twittering to their hearts content, not caring at all that there are people trying to sleep on this boat. I was quite excited because today I was travelling to London. Continue reading “A Day Of Contrasts”→
Back in March I wrote a review on ‘The PoochOnezee’. I originally wrote the blog post because I genuinely loved the product which I bought for Rosie, our Collie who loves puddles, water and mud and although I love walking Rose, the aftermath has never been much fun, having to use so many towels to dry and clean her in order to save my car and home from the splatter, so I was delighted after buying a PoochOnezee because it ‘did what it said on the tin’. It’s brilliant so I wanted to shout out about it, but I wasn’t expecting the surprise which came through the post after I wrote the review. Continue reading “A Pooch Surprise”→
I wrote this post last May, before we’d sold the house and moved onto the boat. We are so looking forward to cruising soon as work commitments and other practicalities have delayed us, but in the mean time it was nice to have a look back at one of our favourite trips. It was also our cats maiden voyage…