family time · goals · Mam Tor · school holidays · Uncategorized · walking · walking for fitness · walking for fun

Miles walked in July and a hen do reunion! 

So July is coming to an end, which means it’s time to tally up my miles walked for this month. With our trip to the Peak District and more days with T because of the summer holidays I felt like I was doing pretty well and it seems I wasn’t wrong. 

July came in with a total of 56.83 miles! Now compared to June when I managed a measly 42 miles that is great but I still have a way to go to beat May when I walked a whopping 72 miles! 

There have been some great walks this month with a couple of new routes and some stunning scenery in and around Castleton. Here are a few highlights from July.

Poppy’s birthday walk
Walking in Bradwell

The beautiful Peak District
Mam Tor, Castleton
Treak Cliff Cavern view from the exit
Poppy gets a new toy!
Fun in the park
Trip round the lake!
Bike ride round the fields!

This weekend was a great end to the month with a hen do reunion to celebrate 1 year since my weekend in Cambridge punting, drinking prosecco and wearing t-shirts with my face on with my nearest and dearest girls! This weekend was a much calmer affair with just a meal and cocktails but still so much fun getting everyone together!

So plans for August! I feel like I want to discover a new walk as it’s been a little while since I did and T is finding the usual routes a little repetitive now she is coming with me more. I want to keep up my running, weather permitted, yes I’m a fair weather runner! Hopefully next month I will make some progress and get slightly faster but if not just showing my friend Lisa that running really isn’t all bad has been great. We have a weekend away at my Nan’s which is by the sea so I’m hoping for some nice walks on the beach and round the fields with her dog too. We also have a week off planned so will hopefully get at least one picnic in and meet up with friends in some sunshine! Lots planned and hopefully we will make the most of these summer holidays! ūüėä

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Monday mood

These days there is such a pressure to be happy all the time. As a mother, wife, friend, co-worker, neighbour people have come to expect a smiling face and willing conversation. Everyday we are interacting with people for hours of our day, even if it’s a quick hello at the school gates, stopping to talk to your neighbour or laughing along with your co-workers jokes. Communication is vital in my job role, I have to be able to smile and give feedback positively, I welcome new staff to the company and am a long serving member of staff with whom people have become accustomed with being happy and bubbly. Daily I’m interested in people, I make conversation, say hello to everyone, ask about their lives and listen to the answers. 

I’m a happy, proactive Mum and wife who loves organising my family time with activities to make the most of our days off.
Today I don’t feel like doing any of those things. Today for whatever reason I just feel subdued. I’m not up for conversation, I’m not smiley and interested in people, I just want to get on with my day and go home. Today I’m hiding behind my hair, wrapped in my jumper with my scarf round my neck because I feel like I just want to have my resting face on and not interact. I don’t know if there is anything particularly wrong, maybe I just need a cuddle but today I just feel different and I’m not going to apologise for it.

Children · cockerpoo · family time · gardening · Healthy eating · horse riding · school holidays · Uncategorized

A great start to the summer holidays!

So it’s been a pretty great weekend! Summer holidays always brings pressure with what to do that’s interesting, but doesn’t cost a fortune, and makes T feel like this is what summer holidays are all about. 

So we started off with Thursday, we did a spot of food shopping in the morning and then it turned into quite a grey and cloudy day so in the afternoon we stayed on the sofa watching George’s Dragon, a really great film. After that we went to last ballet lesson before break and I cooled us homemade burgers which were so good! 

Friday we we took Poppy round the lake,A lap of 2.5 miles and it was such a windy day T’s bike blew over when she stopped to use her new stand!

After this we had some good friends over for a playdate and using inspiration from the film we watched T got everyone to decorate a picture of a dragon as an art activity! The girls all loved it really got creative! Afterwards they spent some time playing outside and eating strawberries, raspberries and blueberries on a strawberry Angel delight as a treat! We had a lovely afternoon.

Friday nights dinner was salmon and brocolli pasta with a creme fraiche and chive sauce.


Saturday was a very special day, We became godparents to our good friends son Kaleb. We felt very honoured to be asked and with Scott also doing a reading during the ceremony it was such a great day. Although I have to say T’s favourite part was probably the bouncy castle at the party after!

Again the weather turned bad later on so it was comfy clothes and a film again and this time it was Mr Peabody and Sherman! T also finished a colouring she had started on the last day of school.

Today we have been to riding, She had a great lesson, right up until she fell off! Well it was more of a plop but she was fine and got herself a certificate for being brave! I think she just wanted to christen her new jodphurs on the sand! 

This afternoon T played outside while we gave the garden a good tidy up, it’s amazing how much you can clear up if you haven’t done it for a while and we got loads done while T amused herself. After we popped out and finally got some cushions to finish our garden seat that Scott built a couple of months ago. I’m really pleased with how it looks now. Scott made dinner tonight and it was delicious! 


Now as the weather is still good we are off to take Pops for a walk round the lake as I’ve only managed 10 miles so far this week because it keeps raining! 

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend and start to the summer holidays, I would love to hear what you have been upto!

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

Addiction · Chester Bennington · Mental Health · Uncategorized

Chester Bennington a life lost 

Linkin Park were a band I loved from the release of their first album Hybrid Theory in 2000. Their music was like nothing else I had ever enjoyed listening to before, Their lyrics were so powerful and the delivery by Chester Bennington was mesmerizing. They made me want to play the CD over and over again.
Throughout the years I bought every album they ever released and their lyrics reached out to me during difficult times. One particular song Braking the habit I listened to when a friend was going through addiction and I was trying to help. It was then I learnt how powerful the hold of addiction was and how you can only help someone if they want to help themselves. You can’t mind them 24  hours a day and their demons will creep in at some stage. Even if you are begging them not to listen and give in, if deep down they don’t want to it’s a fruitless task.

Chester Bennington had struggled with depression and drug and alcohol problems throughout his life and in the end even his wife and 6 children were eventually not enough to stop him from taking his own life on the birthday of Chris Cornell, his dear friend who had taken his own life only months earlier.

Mental health is real, it needs to be talked about and the stigma taken away so people feel they can be open about their problems and not have to deal with them behind closed doors. Chester was in the middle of a huge tour, the band had a new album out and everything was going great. He had everything to live for but sadly that wasn’t enough and who knows maybe if he had felt he could have just taken a step back and allowed himself time to deal with the grief of losing a friend in such a way and got the help he needed he may still be here today.

Chester Bennington was a talent, a star who will always be remembered and my thoughts go out to his family and friends left behind to pick up the pieces and rebuild after the hole im sure he has left in their lives.

“I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it doesn’t even matter.”  Linkin Park – In The End

RIP Chester 

Adult braces · Changes · Dentist · goals · Orthodontist · Uncategorized

Adult Braces- 8 months in

So today I had my 6 week tightening and at first it all seemed like it was going fairly straightforward but then my lovely orthodontist started taking an awfully long time to look at my top teeth. She was swivelling her chair from behind me to the front and back, moving my lips up and down, getting me to bite and open again and again. 

She eventually decided to add a chain link across my gap on the right side to pull my tooth across into the space. She told me I might see a small gap appear from where the tooth moves from but not to worry as she will sort it.

She was pleased with how much my bottom teeth had moved forward but still can’t include my last bottom one that isn’t in the wire,  fingers crossed for next time!

Also next time she is going to take off a couple of brackets and move them to a slightly different position as she wants to pull the teeth straighter. I’m a little nervous about this as I’ve not had a bracket off yet, I’m hoping they will just use the same light they used when they put them on and they will pop right off! The only thing is if she has to move a bracket she will have to put a soft wire in for a month as new brackets won’t be strong enough to hold a stiff one. This basically means my treatment is on hold for a month until the brackets are ready to start getting pulled all over the place again. It’s a bit of a frustration but if that’s what it takes to get my teeth as straight as possible I know my ortho will know what is best.

So after a slightly longer appointment than normal there should be some more movement by the next time and more chain links to come over my other gaps so they will start to disappear too. It’s a slow process but the small differences I see each time is what keeps me motivated.

Anniversary · Blogger · challenge · Mam Tor · Peak District · romantic weekends · UK breaks · Uncategorized · walking

Trip to the Peak District 

So last weekend we spent the weekend in a beautiful part of England when we travelled to the Peak District National Park for our Wedding anniversary. We have visited other National Parks before so were looking forward to lots of beautiful scenery, quaint villages and long walks and the trip did not disappoint!

We stayed at Spring View bed and breakfast in Bradwell, a small village nestled in rolling hills dotted with sheep. The B&B was a perfect base for us to explore and with 3 local pubs all within a 5 minute walking distance as well as a chip shop and local shop it really couldn’t get any better. We picked this as our base due to it being dog friendly so we were able to take Poppy, she was just as welcome as us from the minute we arrived which was great. Everything about this B&B was perfect, from the well cooked breakfast to the communal living area stocked with board games and walking guides and finally the beautiful garden which we were also able to use I really couldn’t recommend it enough.


Our first evening there we decided to try out a local pub, The White Hart. Just a short walk through winding streets and we came upon it, with the building dating back to 1600 it was the essence of a village pub with low beams and small rooms and just a small outside seating area  by the front door. We were greeted by friendly staff who were again happy to have Poppy under our table whilst we ate our freshly cooked meal of lamb shank, delicious!

Saturday we took a trip to Treak cliff cavern in Castleton. There were about 4 different caves in or around Castleton but we chose this one as it was again dog friendly. Being the first tour of the day it was only us two and Poppy which was great. Our guide took us through several different caverns explaining how they were formed and giving us detailed history on the owners and miners of the cavern as well as the Blue John Stone that is found there. It was a really interesting tour and I only managed to almost slip over once and avoided banging my head in the 4ft entrance tunnel!

From there we went on to Mam Tor.
We had planned to visit this area and in particular Mam Tor as we had seen the views and thought the route looked manageable. We started our route after walking from Treak cliff cavern along the broken road and up onto the Tor. The whole route was fairly busy with school trips and groups of people but there was plenty of room on the wide paths. We walked right along to Losehill, be warned some of this is very steep and requires a good amount of fitness to get up and down, I walked 19 miles the previous week but this gradient at times was tough! Once you make it to the summit the views are beautiful even in summer drizzle! The route down and back to the car was along a public footpath which at times took us through ferns almost as tall as me but the signs are all very visible and we were able to complete a good loop of this beautiful area.

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I surprised Scott at the top with a mini bottle of Prosecco and two glasses to celebrate our anniversary, he was very chuffed and it gave us a minute to take a breather and drink in the views, along with the bubbles of course!

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After dropping Poppy back off for a rest at the b and b we went for a trip into Castleton itself. It’s a beautiful little village with the main street full of tea rooms and souvenir shops, quite tourist orientated but in a tasteful way. We stopped for a gift for T and then sampled a Derbyshire cream tea at a lovely little tea room at the back of a shop.

We spent that evening eating a fish and chip supper then drinking Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary while watching the sun go down in the beautiful garden.


It was such a great trip and we only wish we had longer to explore this beautiful area.

Peak District we loved you!

Anniversary · happy · Husband · Looking back · Love · thoughtful · Uncategorized

Reasons I love being married- 1 year today.

Exactly 1 year ago today I became a wife. I remember the day like it was yesterday, the nerves, the excitement, the pride at walking down the aisle with my Dad by my side then into the hands of my future husband and then elation at walking down the aisle knowing we had done it, we were husband and wife! 
So over the last year I have come to realise some of the reasons I love being married. I know I’m still a newbie to this but this is just  how I feel about it all;

1. I love my new name. My old name meant very little to me, infact it was a constant reminder of my birth father who I have no contact with and haven’t seen since I was 16. I thought it was me, it was who I was but since changing my name I’ve realised it was just a name, it wasn’t me, I’m still the same me just without the tie of a name I never liked. I feel more confident and sure announcing my name now than I have done in my whole life.

2. I love how it started off feeling alien,  to say I had a husband made me feel old, different and I wasn’t immediately comfortable saying it, over the phone, in conversation or to someone new. Now I love being able to say I have a husband. The security and pride I feel every time I can say the words “my husband” is something I hope never goes away.

3. I feel like I’m providing a secure, stable and happy home for T showing her how you can be happy before marriage, (we were together 3 years before our wedding day) and after being married. Our family has just got closer and closer since our wedding day and we talk about it all the time along with making references to being married, how Scott is my husband and I’m his wife and T is learning how being married means you are in a happy relationship full of love, fun and teamwork.

4. I feel like marriage brings us closer as a team. We look out for each other, the house is ran together, parenting is a joint responsibility, looking after our puppy is a team effort and any problems or issues that come up are faced together as a team. There is no longer a separation or independence but a togetherness that means we can face any challenges that come our way.

5. I married my soul mate. I’ve had ups and downs with friendships and even friendships end since I’ve been married but I know I will always have my husband by my side. Whether it’s to cuddle under a blanket and listen to my worries or  take me and the dog on a long walk round the lake one evening holding hands and watching the sunset I know he will always be there for me.

6. I love that we have so much more to come!  We are just at the beginning and even though we want to do it all now we have the rest of our lives to build more amazing memories and keep making each other happy.

Happy Anniversary darling, thank you for a wonderful first year xxx

Looking back · Love · Uncategorized · walking · wedding day · Wimbledon

Revisiting our wedding venue, one hot week and some Wimbledon!

It’s so hard to believe that Sunday next week I will have been married a year! All the planning and build up and then the most wonderful day and now our first anniversary is fast approaching! We have a trip planned to the Peak District next weekend then will be back on our anniversary to celebrate with T but this week on our day off we decided to go and have lunch at our wedding venue!

It was one of those really impromptu decisions that on a sunny day the week before our anniversary just sounded perfect. The memories started flooding back as soon as we pulled into the village of our venue. Firstly how my wedding car pulled into the village and stopped outside the venue then when we got into the carpark how it felt walking outside as a married couple for the first time, sitting outside with our guests in the evening, standing down by the river for photos and the kids all playing nicely with the outdoor games. It was so nice to go back for the first time since the wedding just the two of us and remember it all. 

After sitting outside for lunch we walked down to the river and had a little hug, it really was the most wonderful day and we just took a moment to be thankful for it all. 

Here we are stood on that bridge in the background on our wedding day.

It has been a lovely hot week here and I’ve used the nice weather to get some miles in with Poppy, even today with it being a very hot day we made it to walking group and managed 4 miles! 

Now we are home it’s definitely time to catch up on some Wimbledon! It’s a real favourite of mine and I’ve grown up watching it every year so just took this love and interest and am now sharing it with T. From her being small we have watched it together and she now knows some of the main players just to look at! I think my enjoyment and passion when it’s a big game just rubs off on her and she ends up getting excited for it too. I thought I would mark my first day of watching it, if only work didn’t get in the way I would be watching every day, with some traditional Wimbledon favourites, Pimms and lemonade and strawberries and cream! 

Enjoy your weekend guys! 

Thanks for reading,

Lou x

fitness · food diary · goals · Uncategorized · walking

Back on it!

So after a slow June when it comes to walking it’s fair to say I am well and truly back on it! Having walked 17 miles since Friday this evening is officially rest day! We have been back on everything this week, back on the rainbow eating and we are all really feeling good about the amount of colours we are fitting in every day! This was Tiana’s tea last night, she loved her happy healthy plate! She was also super happy with her pudding of passion fruit, blackberry and raspberry rice pudding! Her two new foods this week have been passionfruit and dried apricots and she liked both of them but especially the passionfruit!

We are back on the walking, even aching yesterday we all took Poppy out on a birthday walk together for a couple of miles which was really nice.

I’m even back on running! Yes it’s been a while but I ran Monday night only 1.4 miles but without stopping and for the first time in months so I was pretty proud of myself. Yes I’ve been aching ever since but I still feel so good that I went out and did it and I’m planning to go again later in the week.

Here is my little route, it’s not very far but it’s a start! 

We are also back on the kettlebell workouts fitting in a quick one last night after our walk! So after all this being fit, healthy and looking after ourselves tonight is date night and I think a glass of wine is deserved all round! After all everyone deserves a treat now and then!

Enjoy your Wednesday guys! 

Lou x

Birthday · Cockapoo · dogs · Puppy · Uncategorized

Poppy is 1!

When we brought this tiny fluffy puppy home in September we knew we would love her enormously but we had no way of knowing the impact she would have on our lives. Poppy has filled a space in our family we didn’t even know was there. She has grown different bonds with each of us and her little personality continues to change as she gets older.

She has changed in appearance from this tiny little brown pup to this light coloured, ginger eared young lady who is still by all accounts a very small cockapoo!wp-image-1377512694

T has enjoyed having a puppy from the word go and feeds her every day, has no problem clearing up her mess and loves to go on a long walk with her. In-fact as a family we have gone on more walks than ever before because we now have a reason to! I have taken up walking as a hobby with Poppy and managed to walk 72 miles in May!

Poppy has completed a puppy training course over 5 weeks which meant a commitment from us as a family to go every Sunday and keep on training Poppy at home inbetween. This course meant I learnt more than I ever knew Poppy could do and gave me the confidence that I could train her and showed everyone,  not just me, that she was so willing to please at every turn and learnt very quickly.

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Poppy waiting for the treats on her paws!

During her first year Poppy has had doggie friends come to stay and been to stay at other doggie friends houses, She loves spending so much time with other dogs and plays and plays until we sometimes have to separate them!

Poppy celebrated her first Christmas and was not at all fazed by the Christmas tree appearing in the living room! Santa even came to Poppy too!20161224_114433.jpg

More recently Poppy went on holiday for a week to my best friends house while we went away and behaved beautifully! With many walks out and about by various different people she left us very proud to call her our dog and was completely bowled over when    wp-image-1283035252 we came back!

We love our Poppy so much and can’t believe she is 1! Happy birthday Poppy, enjoy your special day and keep being the adorable, family loving, clever, loyal and gorgeous girl you are!