We’d been waiting for an opportunity to climb Ben A’an, a ‘small hill’ in the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine, but we were cursed with low cloud and damp, uninspiring weather. It takes weather that is unsafe – rather than merely unpleasant – to put me off climbing a hill, but it seems silly to make the children toil up a hill when there’s no prospect of a view from the top.
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We’re frequent visitors to the mountain areas of North Wales, and also to Pembrokeshire, but there are many areas of Wales we want to spend more time exploring, one of which is the Brecon Beacons. We took a quick pit stop here in the camper van for one night so that we could take Dora up Pen Y Fan. The night was uneventful and we awoke to lovely views of the surrounding hills.
A few of the places we really like to visit are open only during ‘Snowdrop Season’. One of these is Welford Park, near Newbury. News that the cold weather had produced perfect conditions for the snowdrops there was enough to make us hotfoot it over to see them.
I took up running last year so that I have the energy and speed to keep up with my growing minxes! I reluctantly need to incorporate some hills in my training, so wanted to recce some short-ish hills with a bit of a track on them that weren’t paved super-highways. A quick check of the OS map brought up a place I’ve wanted to explore with the girls for a while, now: the Caterthuns.
This blog post is about six months overdue and I blame my phone for that! Do you sometimes take photos that disappear down a black hole, or end on a card somewhere, or are left behind in some digital storage?
Following an early exit from our Scottish trip due to an injured dog we returned home for a couple of days to let him rest and recover and when he started running around again quite happily we got in the camper van and headed for North Wales, desperate to be in the hills even if not the planned Scottish ones!
James and I have a long-distance walk coming up soon and, to be ready for it, we have been ‘getting some miles in’. The other day, I was pondering what we might do, and thought of walking to Avebury.
Moments come and go. One of my aims in life is to create lots of moments for the boys to remember as they grow up. Today was one of those days where things just came together.
To be honest, getting the kids out for a dog walk can be brutally tough at times. We know that once they're out they have the best time, enjoying the freedom of the open countryside, the excitement of playing in the woods, and simply getting as muddy as possible. They, however, don't seem to remember that and can put up an almighty battle.
Another place we really like to visit during ‘Snowdrop Season’ is Colesbourne Park in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. It opens for just ten days each year to allow people to admire the snowdrops. We didn’t manage to go last year, and so we were determined to make up for it this year.
We've been out looking for Spring today.Officially, Spring starts in about two weeks time, but we are impatient for sunnier, warmer days. Days where we don't need thermals and gloves and hats and woolly socks. Days where it takes us ten minutes to leave the house, not forty-five.....
Hurrah! Our Bog Boots arrived, and super smart they are too (or should I say were, for reasons which will become clear). The 7yo chose the black ones and was happy to have Darth Vader boots again (his previous wellies were black too).