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Summer holiday fun

So our week off has been great, ok the weather hasnt aleays been kind to us and one day we were inside watching a movie with hot chocolates and hoodies on, in August, but we made the most of it and just have really enjoyed spending the time together!

Monday we caught up with some friends and all played mini golf together then stopped for coffee and a cake after. It was so nice to do something different and we all really enjoyed ourselves.

The weather turned a bit damp and miserable during the afternoon so I left Scott and T indoors with a mini science experiment and I took Poppy for a 3 mile walk round the lake.

When I got back they had made a mini diver that went up and down inside a bottle of water! Dvd and hot chocolate time followed because of the pouring rain! T didn’t complain at this when I brought this in as her hot drink!

Tuesday we went swimming and for a cheeky Mcds lunch after, well if we didn’t burn that off with an hour and a half swimming including 3 sessions of battling the wave machine at 10 minutes a time, I don’t know what we were doing wrong 😉

Yesterday it was raining, again so instead of a picnic at the park with our friends we went to theirs for lunch. We took another science experiment with us and ended up making a foaming dragon which the kids all thought was pretty cool! We were treated to some homemade scones and chocolate cake too which was delicious! 

Today for the first day it was sunny!! So we finally got to spend a bit of time outside which was great. I had made T a nature trail ticksheet as I wanted to take her on a fairly long walk and knew she would only manage it with something else to focus on. So as we went round she ticked off things like a farm gate, cows, a fisherman, a bridge etc. She really enjoyed doing it and it meant she visited a woods she had never been to before and we all got a 4 mile walk in! 

Also today we took my cousins to a trampoline park for their birthdays which are both coming up. They had never been before and we all had such a giggle, even though they were all exhausted by the time the hour was up! With it being pretty expensive it’s not something we would do all the time but it was a good thing to do for a special occasion and worth the trip.

Finally so far this week we have painted our shed! It may not seem that exciting but having had the paint bought for about 2 months it was so good to actually have some time together to be able to get on and do it, and with us all picking up a paintbrush at one stage or another it’s been a real team effort and we are so pleased with the finished article!

Here is a before and after so you can see what we were up against with needing a fair bit of time to get it done!

Tomorrow we have a friend of Tiana’s coming to sleep over and we plan to make pine cone bird feeders and paper mini beasts aswell as walking the dog, watch a movie, play games and whatever else T has planned! I think by Saturday I will be deserving of some Mummy time! 

I hope you’ve all had a good week and I’d love to see what you have been upto! 

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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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

cockerpoo · dogs · goals · Uncategorized · walking · walking for fitness · walking for fun · walking holidays

New month new walking goal!

So another month has gone and it’s fair to say I lost my motivation with a weeks holiday in the middle so although I have done some walking my goal of 60 miles was far off! With the holiday excitement/blues I’m just pleased I managed 42 miles! 

Me and Poppy have had some nice walks the last week or so and it’s felt good to clock up some 3 or 4 mile walks so I’m looking forward to starting a new month and finding my motivation again! This should be easy as with a trip to the Peak District approaching for our Wedding anniversary we should rack up plenty of miles! 

Yesterday we took a trip to Stanwick Lakes with my sister in law and neice and just strolling round with the kids we clocked up nearly 4 miles over a few hours. It’s a lovely place to visit with all sorts of wooden activity areas for the kids and lakes to explore. 


This has to be my favourite picture of the day though 😁


This was a walk me and Poppy took Saturday to our local rowing lake, it was a hot one and we both flaked out when we got back after 4.5 miles! 


Lastly this was our walk on Friday, I couldn’t make my walking group so we went out on our own for an hour instead.


I’d love to see pictures or hear or any walks you guys like to take! 

Lou x

cockerpoo · exercise · fitness · Peak District · Sunshine · Uncategorized · walking

17.23 miles in a week of beautiful walks

I would never have believed you if you had told me I could walk over 17 miles in a week and actually enjoy it! It sounds so far but it was helped by the bank holiday meaning we could walk 3.6 miles stopping for a drink on the way and the mornings without T meaning I could do 1 mile before work with Poppy. The lovely sunny evenings have also contributed massively as there is no way we would have walked 2 miles Wednesday evening before going out to our friends house if it was raining! As the sun continued Thursday it meant we could try a new route with Poppy, well i’ll be honest I was attempting a route we took at walking group a few weeks ago but I ended up going slightly wrong and we discovered Bluebell woods!

It really was a beautiful little walk and at 3.5 miles it is definitely somewhere we will go again, although hopefully next time Poppy wont end up so dirty!

Friday I walked with my walking group and with a record 23 of us this week they decided to just do a loop and walk back to our starting point instead of stopping half way for a rest. It was again a walk I hadn’t done before and I ended up chatting to quite a few people I hadn’t spoken to before also which was really nice. Another over 3 miles down.

Today I had my girl back so after a Mother/Daughter shopping trip to spend her hard earned pocket money on some new clothes for summer and stopping for a Costa as a treat we decided to take Poppy out for a little walk. T took her bike which meant I was able to get her much further than if she had walked, we explored our local woods much further than she has ever been before going down steps, up hills and along a river and finally coming out at the next village along Alwalton. We completed our loop home and brought in a 2.8 mile walk!

All this coupled with some little walks with Poppy has taken me over the 17 mile mark, I know this is in a whole week but from walking 2 maybe 3 miles a week with Poppy this is a huge jump and something I feel pretty proud of! Next week school and work return in full so there is no way I will be able to keep this mileage up but I intend to get miles in where I can and carry on upping my fitness ready for our summer trip to the Peak District.

Have a great week everyone! 

cockerpoo · Devon · UK breaks · Uncategorized · walking holidays · weekend breaks

Time Out in Devon

So last weekend we took a trip to Devon for the first time in 2 years. We stayed in a lodge we have stayed in twice previously and it didn’t fail to disappoint. It was just as magical as we remembered and we loved how almost everything was still exactly the same! We were so lucky with the weather and although we had to dodge some showers and some of our time was spent watching a film inside away from the rain we still managed lots of chill time in the tub! Being in a cosy lodge isn’t all bad when it rains anyway, we just lit up the log burner and snuggled down! ☺

Poppy certainly liked the heat too!

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On Saturday we started off with breakfast at The Bakehouse in Cullompton. We had booked a table as for a quirky little cafe it gets very busy. The breakfast was hearty! Just what we needed for our day ahead.

We then took a trip into Dartmoor National Park and visited Haytor Rocks. We were surprised how many people were there climbing the rocks but it was a beautiful day and although the wind was howling and it was quite a trek up the views and beautiful rainbow made it 100% worth it.

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If it wasn’t for the howling wind I and light showers at the top I would have attempted to climb the rocks to the top too but instead I wimped out and took pictures of Scott while holding onto Poppy!

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As we were exploring the rocks we came across some Dartmoor ponies just grazing, as they are free roaming I always love it when we see some as there is never a guarantee where they will be or if we will even see any.

On the way back we stopped in a little town called Bovey Tracey and had a cream tea at Home Farm cafe. We have visited this twice previously and once again the cream tea did not disappoint either! The cafe has a dog friendly room but as the sun was shining we chose to sit outside and have a cream tea each! The portions really are huge and we ended up taking a scone home each but it really was delicious!

After this we took a drive into Dartmoor and spotted a lone pony so stopped to take some pictures of the scenery and yet another rainbow. Although you could say the roads are a little hairy at times when you are driving up on cliffs it really is just a stunning view and every single time I go there I just wish I could up and move there!  We pulled in at a little stream and stone bridge to take some photos, by this time Poppy was fast asleep in the back so we didn’t stay long before heading back to rest our aching legs!

On Sunday we headed into Exeter for some shopping and found a great place to eat that does Cider and Pies! Not that we are great cider lovers but they had so many varieties it was hard not to find one you didn’t like! The food was again amazing and the service great and I’m definitely pleased we spent a little extra time looking for somewhere different to eat, even if it did mean I got a little grumpy hungry!

When it came to Monday we were sad to be leaving our romantic nights under the stars at our peaceful, beautiful little lodge and have no doubt that one day we will be back but just maybe in a few years. Now I think we are ready to explore somewhere new and find somewhere else to make happy memories like we have in Devon.

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Sunny Saturday 

So today I walked Poppy for over an hour round where we live. I walked a route round a beautiful area with pretty thatched cottages and huge set back homes with long driveways and expensive cars. It’s a beautiful area to walk round and in the sunshine especially. The way home I took a route I haven’t walked in 16 years, my old walk home from the school bus! It was so nice to walk round it again and have the chance to be a bit nostalgic about it all. Many memories were made walking this route from sharing a walkman earphone with friends as we walked along to laughing and joking about what had just happened on the school bus. I think about my school friends often and am always sad I am no longer in touch with any of them. (I moved away with my family at 16 and then moved back again later on.) This is why my best friend means so much to me I think. We have been friends since I was 20, wow I feel so old, and like any friends we have had our ups and downs but we always come out stronger. This weekend I’m looking forward to having her and her partner round for Sunday dinner so have been busy cleaning out the fire so we can make the most of our new fire place while the evenings are cold. 

I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday in the sunshine too!