5 December 2017

A walk around Loweswater

We enjoyed a lovely little break away this past weekend, booked into a little place near our woods for the evening. Saturday was spent in the woods, I was pottering, taking endless photos and just enjoying the solitude whilst Mark was chopping stuff with chainsaws and you know 'man' things.

But on Sunday, after a delicious and incredibly filling veggie full English breakfast at our B&B we popped to Loweswater, just ten minutes down the road.

29 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday... 64

This little list has got a little neglected over the past couple of weeks, firstly a flying visit to beautiful Oxford (for work sadly, boo!) then last week was graduation, I don't even sleep during graduation week let alone have time for blog posts, hehe.

Anywho... shall we... here is a little list of the wonderful things that have been keeping me smiling lately...

8 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 63

Well a wonderful Wednesday to all the people who happen upon this little hiding place for my rambles (Probably just my mum then! Hi mum! hehe).

This is a weekly post (of sorts) that happens to be posted on a Wednesday (mostly) to where I share some wonderful (ish) things... Shall we...

1 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 61

Bit of a dreary photo to start a positive post, but I kind of love it...

I've missed a few weeks because of this and that, but I'm back to it for this week at least... Here's some stuff that's been making me smile.

16 October 2017


Kara is our family dog. She is 13 years old and we have had her since she was a puppy. My parents only went to 'look' at the puppies one day on a nearby farm, but of course, came home with one...  I was away living in London and my sister was at uni, but when we got a little text from our parents to say they had just got a dog, we were home as quick as a flash to meet the new arrival!

12 October 2017

Autumn in the woods...

We spent a lovely Autumn day at the woods at the weekend. We arrived early and the morning light was stunning. It was a bright warm day and I couldn't help snapping some shots to capture those very first signs of Autumn.

4 October 2017

Wonderful Wednesday... 60

I do declare that October is my second favouritest month, after September of course! So I am very happy to be here in this very month. October means its getting colder, and of course Halloween! Frigging love Halloween, all the stuff popping into the shops is so exciting...

Here is my happy little list of wonderful things from the last week:

3 October 2017

Return to the STR...

Recently, on a rare sunny Saturday in September, Dad, Kara dog and I made a trip to the little town of Alston in Cumbria to a little tourist railway called the South Tynedale Railway.

This place is a very favourite of ours, we have been many times in the past, with and without Kara dog, and even once or twice on our bikes!

But this time was extra special as we were seeing all the new improvements, new station and new buildings for the very first time, so we were very excited.

27 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 59

Missed last week, somehow Wednesday flew in and flew out again before I could even notice, in fact the entire week did...

So here is a little list of lovely, happy wonderful things of late...

13 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 58

Hey ho, so this week I have mostly been setting my alarm clock for 5.30 am for the morning run, looking outside into the dark torrential rain, then leaping back into bed for another hour's sleep, ugh. I do enjoy a crisp cold run, but my its difficult to kick your butt out the door...

But also this week, all this other wonderful stuff...

8 September 2017

Wild bramble crumble

Mark and I popped to OUR woods at the weekend and we were greeted by the glorious sight of ripe black, shiny, brambles all the way down the road.

So naturally we picked as many as we could and what else do you do with brambles, but crumble of course...

6 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 57

Here's a little list of all the wonderful things happening of late, neatly compiled here for you this Wednesday...

30 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 56

Ah, well a bank holiday weekend always makes you feel fabulous! I in fact had a half day on Friday and then enjoyed a good 3 days off work, bliss. Loads of good things to smile about of late...

29 August 2017

Bank Holiday Camping in Borrowdale

This weekend we went camping, it was super! We decided a couple of weeks ago that we hadn't been camping in a good while and we should go. The weather of course has been pretty pants lately up here in Cumbria and you really are just tempting fate going on the August Bank Holiday weekend.   Sod the weather though, we said. If you wait for good weather up here you will never do anything or go anywhere. So we stuck to our plans, and I'm very glad we did.

25 August 2017

Succulents collection

I'm super proud of my little cute collection of succulents, so I thought I would show them off a little...

I'm obsessed with succulents and cacti, I've been collecting them since I was a kid. They are really the only kind of plants I want in my house, plus the only ones I can keep alive! I always go straight to the cute little succulents whenever I visit a garden centre or plant shop, I have no self control when it comes to buying these little guys.

23 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 55

Well hello there Wednesday gang! Welcome to another wonderful week.  I won't lie the last week hasn't been super wonderful for me. This time of year is pretty full for universities and I was away from home working hard at other campuses this week. I worked 7 full loooong days in fact.  But I still manged to squeeze some happy bits in... shall we....

18 August 2017

A family illustration commission for my sister

My little sister got married recently and as soon as she announced her engagement I knew what I was getting her for a wedding present. I had always wanted to commission a family illustration after seeing them all over Etsy and obviously Instagram and Pinterest etc etc. 

16 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 54

Oh dear, failed last week. I totally had my little list and had an image sorted and everything but just didn't get round to it for whatever reason. I think I do recall it being one of 'those' days, you know the kind, where a large family bar of chocolate is picked up from the shop on the way home. Moan and groan, they seem to be quite frequent recently (although not all resulting in quite so much chocolate I will add!)

I'm trying to be organised this week and on top of myself, so I am typing this on Tuesday lunchtime, as I am off to Lancaster and then Ambleside for a few days for work from tomorrow and I think if I don't get it done now I will very likely just forget again...

But always in amongst the busyness there are always the wonderful things... these are from the last couple of weeks...

2 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 53

Here's my little list of stuff that's keeping the smile on my face this week:

26 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 52

A Wonderful Wednesday to you! Here's this week's stuff that's making me smile...

13 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 51

It's that mid week time again so that must mean it is time for another Wonderful Wednesday...

Here's a little list of happy things that make me smile...

10 July 2017

Daydreaming and dog walks in Caldbeck

Sunday was a pleasant enough sort of day, Dad and I decided we wanted to take Kara dog somewhere for a little walk.

Kara can't really walk far now, she's getting on a bit you see. Plus also getting over pretty major surgery to remove lumps above her eye and on her head. These days she has to be lifted in and out of the car and is a little unsteady on her feet. But she still has boundless optimism and enthusiasm for everything. I think she'd attempt to take on Scafell Pike given the chance! hehe.

5 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 50

Those right there are allotment strawberries. Yup I grew them! Well I didn't actually, they grew themselves quite happily just growing away in their little corner with no help or interference from me. This allotmenting malarkey is fluke and good luck if you ask me. But look at them, they are strawberry coloured and strawberry shaped and they tasted pretty darn strawberry like too. Well isn't that just enough to put the biggest smile on your face?

But in case it wasn't enough here's some more of the good stuff keeping me sane of late:

26 June 2017

Allotment update ...2

I've had some annual leave over the past couple of weeks so lots of time to spend in my allotment, yeah! Turns out things happen super quickly in the allotment at this time of year and you have to keep on top of things. Lots of exciting developments, so I thought I would do a little update...

7 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday... 49

Oh dear, I feel like this little hiding place is being somewhat neglected of late, probably just when I need it the most. Things are just 'busy' and 'stressy' you know, lots of thing going on yet nothing in particular and I'm just loooonging for some time to just well do nothing at all.

But in amongst the busyness I have gathered together a happy little list. It is important when stuff is a struggle to focus on the small things you are grateful for that make the hard things all seem worth it...

24 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday.. 48

I walked to work a little slower on Tuesday morning, with a heavy heart, still trying to process the morning's news. Oh Manchester, my Manchester, just ugh. My last WW post, just 2 weeks ago 'Manchester' was on my little happy list.

I don't feel happy or 'wonderful' today, lots happening in the world, lots happening closer to home, lots of things whirring and whirring around in my head. But I guess then, it makes these little lists ALL the more important. I will admit that I have had to try quite a bit harder than usual with this:

Here's a little list of happy things of late:

12 May 2017

Camping in the woods...

So the other weekend was our very first camp out in OUR woods! You can read all about the woods in this post here. Neither of us have stayed over before, because well it's been a bit cold for camping really... and erm bears! hehe.

11 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 47

Erm... just going to leave this little post here and hope nobody notices that it's not in fact Wednesday at all anymore... lol... shhhhh!

Wonderful Wednesday, for those who may be new here, is a little list of lovely things that have put a smile on my face so far this week.  It was the genius of Miss Sally Tangle, and there's a wee group of us who joined in.  Thinking about these, writing these, reading my blogging friend's lists really do help to keep that big smile on my face..

5 May 2017

A handmade walking stick

A little bit of a different sort of craft on the blog today. I thought I would share how Mark and I (well mostly Mark I won't lie) made a beautiful wooden walking stick out of a Hazel branch...

3 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 46

Hello there, it is time for yet another instalment of this little blog segment we like to call, ah Woooonderfuuuuuuul Wednesday...

And here for your reading pleasure is this week's happy little list of stuff and things....

21 April 2017

A crochet blanket for a baby girl

I completed yet another crochet baby blanket, you can look back on previous blankets right here, should you like that kind of thing.

19 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 45

A very merry Wonderful Wednesday to all. If it was not for the weekly ritual of this little post I frankly wouldn't know what day it was at all! I should be a day behind, as we started the working week on a Tuesday, but no for some reason I'm a day ahead, and I was convinced it was Thursday all morning...!

Aside from getting myself in a muddle, the four day weekend was rather lovely wasn't it! I think every weekend should be like that, or at least once per month, I won't be too greedy. Oh and the eating of large chocolate eggs is probably necessary every weekend too. I might start up a political party for the next general election (ohhh myyyyy yaaaaaawn!) with those two policies, who's WITH me?

So whatever day it is, here's what's been making me smile for the past few....

15 April 2017

A walk around Derwentwater

First camping trip of the season, DONE! Wuhu! Check out my camping face. It is quite the tradition for Mark and I to go to Keswick for our very first camping trip of the year, we have been doing it for the past few years.

13 April 2017

Visiting Windsor Castle

I recently treated myself to a visit to London, to catch up with some friends and have a bit of a reminisce about the days in which I used to live there.  It's been 8 years since I left the big smoke so thought it was time I went back.

During my short stay I was super keen to pop to Windsor on the train and visit a very very old friend, my favourite castle in the world (yep sorry Carlisle!) Windsor. This place will always have a special place in my heart because well, look at it, but also I spent 5 years of my life working here!

12 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 44

Well well, where have I BEEN?  I never apologise on my blog, well because frankly it's MY blog and I blog when I want, plus I am pretty certain nobody noticed I was missing (except my Mum, I know she reads weekly, hi Mum, Fanks!) hehe.

So it's an extra super dooper bumper edition this week and will cover some wonderfullness of late. I've got pictures and everything!!! I feel like I have SO much to tell and there are tons of blog posts in draft, busy, busy, busy... so let's get down to it then shall we...

9 April 2017

Allotment update...

You may remember WAY back at the end of summer last year we got an allotment. I wrote an excitable blog post here.  I have been desperate to do an update, but really there hasn't been that much to update.

The allotment isn't always very picturesque and we have simply been digging over beds all winter, nothing exciting.

But now is the exciting time of year, we have begun to plant and we are seeing signs of growth too, so I thought I would do an update post now I have something to show...

31 March 2017

Our very own woods...

So something hugely exciting happened recently... Mark bought a woods! Yep, purchased actual land with trees on. (and therefore I like to think of it as mine too! haha).  It's been an ambition for Mark since he was young so we are both super excited.

22 March 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 43

Well hello and a Wonderful Wednesday to you! I missed last week, I wasn't feeling it somehow. I felt a bit uninspired and couldn't come up with a little list without it seeming 'forced' so if that's the case sometimes I just won't post, instead of posting something that doesn't feel 'right' does that make sense?

Nothing at all wrong, I'm my usual positive, happy self... and this week I am all inspired again, hurrah! So let's get on with it...

20 March 2017

Experiences, not things!

What would you rather spend your money on, that pair of designer shoes, the latest must have eyeshadow palette or a day out somewhere lovely with friends or family?

I know which one I would choose every single time... experiences over things always!

8 March 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 42

Helloooo, and a very Wonderful Wednesday to you. I'm actually typing this with sun streaming into the office, actual sun! It almost, almost feels spring like out there.

My picture this week is from a few weeks back in the Lakes, not been anywhere nearly pretty enough lately for photos, boo.

Well if the sun isn't enough to put a smile on your face, here are some other little things that have been keeping me happy this week...

1 March 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 41

Another Wednesday already, how can that be? To be honest I am ALL over the place this week, no idea what day it is, what I am doing, where I am or who I am! I was struck down on Saturday with food poising (or could have been the plague!!), and I'm trying not to be too dramatic here but it really was the worst 'illness' I have ever experienced. I'm just not an ill person, like ever, the old cold yeah, but never 'ILL' ill... 

So I haven't exactly done a lot the last few days, just wondering when I will feel like eating ever again... not even pancakes could tempt me, PANCAKES (I MUST be ill, right!)

23 February 2017

A primary coloured crochet baby blanket

Made another crochet blanket for a baby... This beauty is for a brand new teeny tiny girl born just 3 weeks ago.  This blanket, for a change, was decided upon, designed and made entirely by me and do you know what I do declare it to be my favourite blanket yet. I just adore the colours.

22 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 40

Another week mid way through already, it's the end of February next week, HOW does this happen? I know it is such an obvious thing to say but my my we are wizzing through this year already aren't we!  I'm starting to feel the pressure now with all those new years goals and resolutions I set myself... yikes!

But this week has been fine, a normal week at work, plodding along same as usual mostly...

Let's get down to business then shall we? Here's what's been keeping that smile on my face this week:

21 February 2017

A visit to Skipton on a steam train

Last week Dad and I enjoyed a trip on the very first normal timetabled steam train service in 50 years! Yep, it was a pretty special day!  

16 February 2017

a weekend in Ennerdale...

We booked a few days off work last weekend and went away, Friday to Monday to a wee cosy cottage in Ennerdale.  Ennerdale is an area neither of us know very well and we were super excited to explore this new 'wild' place.

15 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 39

Well it's been a fantastic few days for me! I have been off work since Friday last week (back in today though boo, I'm typing this in my lunch hour). We enjoyed a delightful few days away in a beautiful cottage in the Lakes and it was really truly wonderful.  I won't go into too much detail because you know there WILL be a blog post (or two! hehe).

But here are the little details that put an extra smile on my face this week:

10 February 2017

A visit to Gibside

I recently enjoyed a lovely day out with my sister, Phil her husband to be (very soon!) and of course James. We picked somewhere where none of us had been before, but somewhere really close to where they live in Gateshead.

8 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 38

This week I have mostly been ill, not 'real' ill, just an annoying cold. And annoying it really is, I would quite like my tastebuds and sense of smell back now please, oh and being able to breath through my nose to sleep would be a bonus, hehe.

But anywho, I shall focus on the positives... I just went to Spinning class with said cold, and being able to breath is probably advisable for spinning, so was dreading it. But I kicked ass and hopefully sweated out my cold at the same time. I don't do sitting and wallowing when ill, got to fight the thing out....! hehe.

6 February 2017

I gave up chocolate for January!

Image: Cosmopolitan

Yep, you did read that headline correctly, for the entire month of January absolutely NO chocolate what so ever passed my lips! I think this must be the longest I have gone without chocolate in my entire life. I'm seriously not joking.  Chocolate is kind of my thing, haha! Certainly my biggest vice or bad habit and something I truly believe I am entirely addicted to.

1 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday ... 37

Hello hello! Well this feels nice doesn't it, a new WW post on the first of a brand new month, I do enjoy it when things line up like this.

Let's get straight to it shall we...