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Ripon Remembers
Sunday, November 11, 2018      17 comments

Over the past weeks my little home city has become flooded with a beautiful sea of red poppies, on buildings, shops, gates, fences, bridges, around every corner as I walk around the city each morning, a truly awe-inspiring tribute. ... Read more
Beautiful Budle Bay
Monday, June 04, 2018      21 comments

We just spent another lovely week on the Northumbrian coast, this time at Budle Bay. I walked for many happy miles exploring this beautiful coastline. ... Read more
A note to my friends
Friday, May 25, 2018      18 comments

Hi all. Some of you may already know that the EU have introduced new data protection rules. So here in the UK I have been receiving dozens of emails from various companies and organisations who have updated their privacy policies, and with a sim... Read more
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 30, 2017      19 comments

This blog is by way of an apology to my Spark Friends and teams. The end of the year has been busier and more stressful than I would like, and my natural reaction in these situations is to turn inwards and withdraw a little. So I might have been... Read more
Not feeling SAD today
Wednesday, November 08, 2017      19 comments

A conversation with a Spark Friend about gloomy weather days and winter blues reminded me to start using my Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) alarm clock. It has a lamp that gradually gets brighter over 30 minutes before an alarm goes off. It's ... Read more
Welly walks in lovely Lancashire
Monday, October 30, 2017      16 comments

We just spent a week away in Silverdale on the Lancastrian coast. It's a new area for me, even though it's only a couple of hours' drive from where we live. The weather was soggy and distinctly unpromising to start with, but there was a magic ab... Read more
A Beautiful Week
Monday, August 28, 2017      17 comments

We just spent a week away in Shropshire and the Welsh borders, our first visit to this lovely area. There were so many beautiful sights I hardly know where to start... CHARISMATIC CASTLES ... Read more
Beautiful rewards for walking
Monday, August 14, 2017      21 comments

Yesterday we visited my parents. My Mum used to be a keen walker but she fell out of the habit, and these days she can't walk very far or very fast. (Use it or lose it everybody!) Mum is trying to get out walking a little again to improve ... Read more
Chasing butterflies
Thursday, July 13, 2017      18 comments

It was a sunshiney morning here so I took my camera out for a walk chasing butterflies and bees. ... Read more
New adventures
Tuesday, June 06, 2017      19 comments

We just returned from a week away in Norfolk. It was such a treat to take my camera out on new adventures to explore the beautiful surroundings. ... Read more
How a 40 day challenge led to 2 years of healthier living
Thursday, May 11, 2017      22 comments

Today is my 2 year anniversary of healthy living. On 11th May 2015 I joined a 40 day yoga challenge to complete a different yoga DVD every day for 40 days. I bought a notebook to journal my experiences. I knew it would be hard, but it was only ... Read more
How to be healthy - tips from cute animals!
Sunday, April 30, 2017      19 comments

I thought I'd share some pictures from the lovely day out we had yesterday at the Wildlife and Falconry Centre near Sheffield (in a sparky kind of way!) ... Read more
Wonderful walks in Northumberland
Monday, February 27, 2017      19 comments

As usual we spent February school holiday on the Northumbrian coast. We were lucky to get a lot of sunshine. Although holidaying in the North of England in February sounds like an awful idea, there seems to be some kind of happy micro-climate at... Read more
Climbing hills or relaxing?
Monday, January 30, 2017      17 comments

Today DH had a rare day off work and we had hoped to go for a walk of some sort together while the kids were at school. But the day started out grey and misty, so he suggested a relaxing do-nothing day instead. That sounds reasonable, doesn't it... Read more
Walking, weather and waxwings
Wednesday, January 25, 2017      20 comments

I awoke this morning to dense fog and bitter cold. At this time of year it can be hard for me to get motivated to get out of bed, not to mention exercise. Luckily I have to do the school run, so that gets me going whether I want to or not! We wa... Read more

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