Attenborough Nature Reserve 2.7 miles walk

It’s the last day of the summer holidays. Yesterday was one of the few wet days we have had, with the sun pepping through today we have been up early exercising. 

Tom started the day with our local junor park run and he managed his best time yet! It was his 10th time and a fab 11.16 minutes. I attempted a small walk/jog around the local area too, nearly 3 miles.

After a spot of lunch and the sun coming out we headed over to Attenborough for a gentle walk.

We took the Skylark Nature Trail around the east side of the reserve.

Tom decided to bring his scooter and we headed north towards the train line. 

There were boats put on the lake  and lots of lovely blackcurrants everywhere along the route.

The path was ideal for scootering. We walked past a field with sheep, goats and lamas.

Love our selfies.

There was some beautiful  properties across the other side of the river Trent.

Walking back to the centre.

Pretty snapdragons.

We headed back to the centre to finish the 2.7 mile stroll. 

Our last naughtiness of the summer  a quick stop for tea and cake.

It’s the second visit we have taken to Attenborough and I really don’t understand the love affair people have with the area. It’s nice enough, and I love water, but it just doesn’t give me any buzz. Such a shame as it’s a lovely flat area for walking. Who knows we may go back again.

The weather was kind today at 21°C

Not as busy as I was expecting for a Sunday afternoon stroll,  but the cafe was full outside.

We arrived home and Phil cooked a nice Sunday dinner.

With the sun still shining, let’s not let the evening finish without putting on the chimenea. 

We have been truely blessed with such a sunny, fun filled Summer. Love my boys x

AA walk Old Sarum – 5 miles

We decided today was going to be a nice calm day to walk in Sailsbury,  however we didn’t plan for it to be a stuffy 25°C warm temperature.

We decided to start the walk from the Old Sarum in Sailsbury. We arrived early to enjoy looking around the Old Sarum first.

Lovely views back to Sailsbury  and although it’s hard to imagine the original town being here it was nice to have a nosey.

We headed down the road to pick up the path around the base of the Old Sarum. You need to ensure you pick up the footpath and not the cyleroute.

Along this path it was meadow like with many beautiful flowers.

With beautiful views across the countryside.

It was a nice rest down the lane from the sunshine.

We walked into the lovely village of Stratford sub Castle and admired the Church (with the one handed clock) and  Mawarden Court.

The old slight change to the directions would be to remove the telephone box comment as it is no longer there.

After leaving the village, we crossed the river Avon and walked along the footpath where there where amble of blackberries which we enjoyed. Shane we didn’t gave any boxes to take some home.

We stopped at a local recreation park and enjoyed our sandwiches overlooking the river Avon. The water is so clear you could see the many fishes.

We didnt walk the short path i to Sailsbury ad we had walked atoud the tiwn earlier in the week. The walk was peaceful and the walk up the lane back to Old Sarum was quiet.

We passed the site of the Parliament Tree.

We ve also spotted a few of these bright red plants over the past two weeks of our holiday.

Having googled the picture since we have arrived home the plant it called the Cuckoo Pint, which as we guessed with its bright red berries is poisonous. It is from the Arum family. It is also called Starchwort and was used in Elizabeth an times to starch cuffs and ruffs.

Love the views back to Old Sarum.

Thanks for a fab walk.

Walk Sats 

Weather: 25°C warm with a mix of cloud and sunshine. Two weeks of warm weather has left the ground dry and walk ok with just trainers on.

Time: 2hours 15 mins including a stop for lunch.

Miles 5 miles?(Need to check againSt maverick).

Wildlife: lots of bright butterflies today.

Cycling Rempstone Ride – 20 miles : Summer 2016

Why do I have two sporty boys who love to be on the go?

Today it was all about cycling from Corfe Castle to Studland Beach.
Before the holiday I found a fab ride here, and I downloaded the route and route discription. Although we extended the route, the information they gave was very good and we didn’t get lost once.

We started the route from the pretty Corfe Castle village. Following the busy main road carefully we pick up the route at Norden.

Well signposted with a mixture of road, grass, stone, shingle and sand paths it was a nice gentle mixture of different surfaces.

The countryside was lovely, the 20°C sunshine helped but so did the wildlife, beautiful wild flowers and local animals.

The only downside was there was no benches to stop and have a breather, we found a grassy field to enjoy a spot of lunch.

The main road down to Studland was with fast moving traffic, but the South Beach was well worth the visit with beautiful views over to Old Harry rocks and coastline.

We followed the route and the way back was slightly different and included more roads which made the way back slightly easier. It also gave the boys a chance at showing me how they can cycle with no hands!!

Close to the end we encountered some friendly cows blocking the route. After plucking up the courage we walked slowly through them.

A tiring and exhilarating reward getting back to our campsite. We should all sleep tonight.

Our 11 year old would highly recommend this cycleride to anyone ready for an enjoyable day out!

Dorset Summer Holiday 2016

We are staying in the local area and decided to spend a day at Lulworth Cove. My childhood memories are coming here on a school trip, and walking with my mum, dad and sister. I’m sure I have some old photos somewhere.

We walk the short distance from the car park to firstly admire the views of Stair Hole. Phil and Tom took a walk down into the cove, while Nigel and me admired the beauty from the top.

There are alot of visitors to the cove today so what we imagine is going to be peaceful isn’t quite but this doesn’t spoil the beauty of the place.

After a short walk to the cove the boys enjoy skimming stones before we enjoy our picnic lunch. The weather is cloudy but still a warm day at 20°C. Toms record was 10 skims, pretty good effort!!!!

With Durdle Door just over the next hill we decide to take the 1 mile stroll over the coastal path. It’s tough going but we take it slowly stopping to enjoy the views.

Stunning views from the top. The boys enjoy looking at the ships and use an app on Phils phone to identify them.

As we head over the brow we get a peak at the Durdle Door. It’s too much of a temptation, so Phil and I enjoy the short but another steep incline.

A quick photo, then we set off back. It took 1.5 hours to see some really stunning beauty and admire the old historical coast. 

The last stop of the day is to enjoy a well earned drink and cake in the pretty Lulworth Cove Inn.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Robin Hood Way Section 8: Theives Wood to Blidworth

It’s been a couple of weeks since we have been for a walk. The sun is shining unexpectedly today so we decide to take full advantage and set off to tackle section 8.

Thieves Wood Car Park

We start the walk at the car park and decide to enjoy our sarnies here at the picnic benches.


Before setting off we read the instructions so we had a good idea of where we were going. Today was well signposted and I think only refered to the instructions once.


The route through Theives wood was full of sunshine and good paths. We are certainly going to come back here on our bikes.


We headed across the road into Harlow Woods. Unfortunately we were passed by some locals speeding through the woods on their motorbikes. Not a pleasent experience as they were all going far to fast. Tom was quite upset and kept worrying that they would be back.

Doesn’t it help …. every very child surely loves walking through muddy puddles?


Loving the local history.


Always great to find a Geocache.


Looks like there has been quite a bit of work on the nearby well.


We are going to come back here in 6 months to see how the area has changed.


With the recent hot weathe, the daisy and dandilions are in full bloom.


As we walked near a local farm we were all suprised to see a fox on the path. It looked young, the horses didn’t appear to be bothered. We also saw little rabbits today too.


Walking up New Road we came across another couple of bikes which left Tom worrying again.


A nice walk back to Blidworth.


We finished the walk at the local Tesco where we waited for our lift and enjoyed a well earned ice cream.


Love our selfies. Warm enough for no coats today.


Walk Stats
Weather: 15°C sunshine and clouds.
Time: 1pm for 2 hours and 6 minutes
Geocaches: Two both found by Tom today.
Miles: the book reads 6.25miles, but my reader only showed 4.65 upto Tesco in Blidworth.


Wildlife: all the birds were enjoying the sunshine and singing lots. We saw plenty of Robins, Horses, Fox and Rabbits.
Instructions: were good today.
Distance on Route 42 miles, 61 still to go.

Granny Square Crochet Cushion

I’m new to crochetting, I started a year ago to make a blanket for when my nephew was born. Over the past year I have made 3 blankets and 1 cushion and I love them all. It’s such a delight to hold my finished project.

I thought I would share my latest … my granny square and stripe cushion. We bought an old caravan last autumn and I knew I could make a few accessories for it.


I’ve used three different brands of wool for my cushion:
Purple – New Fashion (John Lewis 02341)
Green – Patons  (1218)
Cream – my favourite Stylecraft DK Parchment  (1218)

I started making the granny squares first. With cream in the middle and alternative green and purple, I made 3 rounds of treble crochet granny clusters.

Small Granny Squares

I decided to try join as you go to join the squares. I’m a fan of attic24 and you can find good instructions on her website here.

Join as you go.

I would definitely try join as you go again, although I would try one continous join, rather than small squares.

The back.

Sewing in the threads can take its time.

Front completed.

I tried the front next to a 50×50 inner but because I crochet so tight it was a bit small. I tried a 40×40 and fit seemed good.

I decided the back would be slightly different, working two rows of triple crochet clusters to make a pretty granny stripe. It took me a while to get the right size to match the width of the front.

The back.

I made two rectangles for the back which overlap so I can put the cushion in.


I used a double crochet stitch all the way around.

To finish off I stitched on three buttons to keep the flat secure on the back.
And ta-dah!!

Completed Back

We love it.


I used a 3.5 crochet hook and less than one ball of wool of each of the colours.

Onto my next challenge.

Spring bike ride: Newstead Abbey

Loving the first signs of spring, and warm weather.

We started this morning with Tom taking part in his first 2k junior parkrun.


We met a friend up the park for a scooter around before lunch.


With the weather dry and a nice 13oC we decided to set off after lunch for a bike ride to Newstead Abbey.


We cycle via Linby and what is known locally as the yellow brick road, along the cycle route 6. We take the road into Newstead Abbey and enjoy cycling into the Abbey grounds.


We enjoy stopping for ice cream, tea (and cakes!).

Newstead full of daffodils.
Selfie Time.
Tom enjoying the waterfall.
Newstead Lake

We head back along the road and this time continue Newstead Village, and homeward bound along the Hucknall Bypass.

Today’s Stats
Distance: 10 miles approx.
Time: 1.30-4.00pm with a couple of stops.
Weather: 13oC
No unusual animals today, but loving the birds in spring voice calling to their loved ones. Peacocks in the Abbey.

Ending the ride with a tired cuppa tea.

Happy Easter 2016 – 27th March

What a lovely way to enjoy the Easter Break by getting away for a few days over the bank holiday.

Easter Eggs

We have come away in our caravan to Kingsbury Waterpark. So peaceful here with the sounds of water and all the local wildlife. Friday we walked into the park, and followed the red Woodland 1.5 mile walk.

Walk in the woods.
Exercise time
Phil looking into the mirror.

It was quite busy due to the lovely sunny weather, and nice to go for an afternoon walk with just jumpers on at 15oC

Saturday was a bit wet, so we head into Birmingham for shopping. The centres were full of people but we picked up some birthday goodies for me and new school shoes for Tom.

Yummy Lindt giveaways.


We finished the day off by stopping at Krispy Kreme, and bought back some goodies for pudding.

Very Yummy.

Happy Easter. Tom is awake early even with the clock change today.


Phil makes us tea and breakfast in bed. We are still getting used to the small caravan space, and have yet to buy an awing. It means lots of patience which can be challenging at times.

We head off for on the purple Broomey 1.5 mile walk around Canal Pool, and we enjoy feeding the ducks.



Off to the cinema later at Toms request. For the time being Toms at the park let’s enjoy the Easter sunshine!


Happy Easter x

Robin Hood Way Section 5 : Hucknall to Papplewick – 6.2 Miles

Yesterday was the start of Spring and the next section of the Robinhood Way for us.

Leap Frog


We start at the edge of Hucknall where we walk over the railway to Bestwood and walk round Mill Lake.


Today the birds are in full song and the sun is peeping through. We love this place, just an area of peace and tranquillity. With living local we have been here a few times to feed the ducks or even paddle in the stream.


We head off towards Bestwood along side the horse stables. It’s Saturday and there are alot of children around having lessons.

We take a slight detour into Bestwood Park.


Some friends of Phil ‘ s volunteer at the winding house cafe.  A lovely cuppa and cake is always a good excuse to stop.



We walk past the hut and walk along the colliers path. We find a sneeky geo hidden, and nearly get caught by some nosey dogs who hear us wrattling the box.

Wild snowdrops.

We walk through the woods and walk up the lane towards the caravan park. Tom finds an interesting geo.


Alot of wildlife and farms on today’s walk.

Views to Papplewick Pumping Station


We stop today’s walk early, as we decide to make a loop and walk back to the car. We walk back up the old Hucknall pit railway and rejoin Mill Lakes.

Love to hold hands

Walk Stats
Weather – mostly cloudy sneeky bits of sunshine. A mild 12°C.
Time –  4 hours – (9.30m – 1.30pm)
Geocaches – 2 (Phil x 1,  Tom x 1, Tracey x 0)
Miles – 4.5 miles with an extra 1.5 to get back to the car.
Wildlife – Loads of birds singing, Squirrels, Ducks, Horses, Chickens.
Route Instructions – Guess who forgot today’s instructions, luckily we had checked out the route before setting out.
Distance on Route – 26 miles walked – 78 miles remaining.

Robin Hood Way Section 2 : Bulwell to Hucknall – 4.2 Miles

As we live locally we decide to finish the last stretch which we missed last time due to poor light.

We set off from Hucknall and head towards Bulwell.

Farleys Lane Bridleway

A few people around, and we can see the start of spring.

Tree Blossom


The views across to Rolls Royce are ever changing at the moment with the housing works taking place.


Tom thinks it’s funny to be taking photos of buds, when he is my buddy!!

My bud!

We walk upto Bulwell Golf Centre where we start today’s Robin Hood Way walk.

Jumping along the rocks.

We walk through the wood.

Beautiful Owl
Wild Garlic Growing

At the bottom of the stream we met the Hucknall Road where we end today’s Robin Hood Way before walking home.

Enjoying sunshine.

Walk Stats
Miles – 4.2
Robin Hood Way Distance
Weather – 4oC
Quiet with the humming sound of traffic on the Hucknall Bypass.
Wildlife – A couple of dog walkers and horse enjoying the dry weather.
Time 1pm-2.40pm