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My favourite 10

This is a post about getting to know me, nothing heavy, no emotional baggage to weigh you all down just some favourite things of mine! I would love to hear if you have any of the same!

My favourite


Book- The Hobbit

Film- Romeo and Juliet, The Baz Luhrmann edition- I can literally recite the whole film. The Hobbit series is a close 2nd though.

Animal- wolf- my family all know I love these beautiful creatures and always call me if one comes on the tv. I even had a debate with Scott about why we should have wolves in the highlands of Scotland again recently, Ok I didn’t win but I put up a good fight! I really want to visit a wolf sanctuary this year if we can afford it/find the time too.

Activity on a rainy day- curl up with a book or under a blanket watching a movie, me and T always like to make hamma beads on a rainy day too.

Holiday in the UK- one in the countryside with green spaces, country pubs, peace and quiet, no Wi-Fi signal and long walks, Devon and the Peak District are our favourites so far.

Holiday abroad- some where hot where the whole family can play in the pool, go to the beach, take in some culture and have a fun evening, we love Rhodes, Crete and Spain.

Hobby- when it comes to fun it has to be walking or choir but for commitment and results my exercise. I know that by committing to regular workouts I can feel happier with my shape and help T to feel happier with hers too, that said there is nothing like belting out ‘This is me’ from the Greatest Showman with a room full of other people!

Meal to cook for my family- anything they have given me 10/10 for! I’m a sucker for a bit of praise and if they loved it I’ll make it again, This was meatballs I made on Monday which went down a storm.

Dessert- millionaire cheesecake

Thanks for reading!

Lou x

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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!


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!

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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! 

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Our first wedding anniversary

So our first wedding anniversary is fast approaching which is so hard to believe because it doesn’t seem that long ago that I was getting nervously excited for our big day! I had wedding blues big time after the honeymoon because I was so sad it was all over! Once that passed though I soon learned to just enjoy having the memories to look back on and remember our amazing day.
So for our first anniversary we knew we wanted to do something special, we toyed with ideas of staying at a spa for the weekend, having a city break, staying somewhere closer to home and eating somewhere fancy but couldn’t quite decide until I started my walking club.
Since I started walking with the group once a week and am now planning our trip to the Lake District next year I knew I wanted to try and walk up some hills before then and once I started looking at the closest hills to us, where we live in Cambridgeshire is very flat, I knew we would have to travel.
So Scott suggested we combine a walking holiday with our wedding anniversary and the idea for our trip to the Peak District was born! We have decided to go for just two nights over our anniversary weekend and in this time will fit in some walking, exploring, hopefully a nice little anniversary dinner and fingers crossed some good weather!
We are staying at the Spring View b&b in Dove Holes, it has great reviews and looks the perfect place to make our base, plus they are very welcoming to dogs even offering to provide towels, treats and dog shampoo!
During our trip we plan to climb Mam Tor, this will be our 2nd Tor this year after Hay Tor in Devon in March. It’s a 2 hour walk to the summit and the views look spectacular! As far as I can see it’s a flat path so it should be a nice walk and good to get us used to being a bit higher!

We also want to explore the caves while we are there, there are several caves including Blue John Cavern and Peak Cavern all look very exciting and something completely different to what we have around here.

All in all I’m really excited for our weekend in July and can’t wait to start planning some more!