Saturday, 28 July 2018

Walking in the Woods

For our first morning of our Northumberland adventure we thought we would go for a 2 mile ramble through the forest to the river Coquet and back again before the rain came down.  We almost made it too but least we made it back to the dense tree covering before it really threw it down. 

Of course Eeyore came too and we had a marvellous time.   It was our little girls first proper ramble where she was walking too.  She did extremely well but her wee legs did grow tired so carrying between mummy and daddy had to occur from time to time.

We saw lots of sheep, many of which had horns, some cows, a horse out with it's hooman and 2 friendly dogs also out with their hoomans.

Not bad for our first outing of the holiday.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

17 March 18 circular walk to Rocklands village

Today we went on our longest walk of the year so far that wasn't wandering around Norwich City; 6.17 miles round trip to Rocklands village.  Despite the chilled wind and snow flurries we kept a good 3mph pace the entire way. 

Our main purpose of the walk was to visit the White Hart pub for lunch an we didn't want the weather to disrupt this. They only reopened this time last year and has been on our 'to visit ' list for some time.   Thankfully, we found the owners very welcoming, the food was very tasty, of really good value and a great pit stop from the wintry weather conditions.  Looking forward to going back when it gets warmer.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

15 Feb 18 Shropham

Over the last few weeks busy lives and bad weather have prevented us getting out on a proper walk.  Today though the sun was shining in a bright blue sky and even with a cold wind blowing and slightly wet underfoot, we went out.  It wasn't a long walk, only 2.2 miles round trip to the butchers and back, yet it revitalised me.  All along the country lanes, hints of the coming spring were making themselves known; snow drops and crocuses bringing colour to the dreary winter.

Friday, 19 January 2018

19/1/18 Walk around Brighton

Today I have walked the longest route so far this year; 7.71 miles and 17351 steps! 

It's been a while since we came to Brighton and really not much had changed.  Strangely though, in all the years I have been with Bob, we had never been to the Sealife centre.  So after our customary walk up to the end of the pier and back we took the tunnel under the road to the entrance.

It's a pretty standard Sealife centre, made more enjoyable by the wonder on my daughter's face of seeing that the world has lots of different sizes and shapes of fish.

From there we went back down onto the sea front for some al fresco fish and chips.  Thankfully the seagulls didn't see any of the fish or chips that my daughter decided she didn't want to eat and had thrown on the floor, so our meal went unraided.

Before catching our train back to our resting place I wanted to get a few things from The Lanes.  These are often the times when I wish I had more money.  However, I did manage to find some bargains so we didn't leave too empty handed.

I'm pretty impressed with my mile coverage today, although my phone tells me that only 7K of my steps were classed as healthy 😮 So note to self, less dawdling more pace!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

11/1/18 - Walk around Shropham

So this walk looks a bit back and forth, which I guess it was.  Today we were out walking for two purposes.

1: To visit the local butcher DJ Barnard who not only sells good quality meat and eggs but is also super friendly.  The shop itself is hidden around the back of the houses and you'd easily miss it if you weren't looking properly.  Trust me, the first time my mum and I went in the car we pasted it 3 times and then gave up.   There is a sign set off from the narrow lane just behind the gate into the property, but you'd easily miss it. In foot though it's blatantly obvious.  I've been a few times now, but that first time I went and the back of his house I did wonder what I might find.

2: To deliver some parcels that had come to the wrong address.  I've never experienced anything like this sort of wrongly delivered post.  Because in fairness to the postie, there are 3 sets of houses that are numbered between 1 and 6 along our road, it's just that 2 sets of houses actually have house names as opposed to numbers.  Confused?? Yes we are too, but it occasionally gives me a nice excuse to go for a walk.

There was a third reason, which was to allow my wee girl to have her morning nap while we walked, but as she only fell asleep 10 minutes before I couldn't really count it.  Gone are the days of going out in the buggy to help her sleep; the world is just too exciting and in all honesty I'd have to agree.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

6/1/18 Walk around Norwich

So no specific route or even walk today just a general walk around Norwich to see some of the sights.  Total covering of 6.5 miles.

We got the train in to save on the stresses of trying to find a parking space that was also child friendly but also cut down on costs.   Four of us plus the baby was a total of £19 return from Attleborough.  Not bad really apart from the conductors machine breaking down on the train ride in and so had to queue up at the barrier to buy our tickets.

Our first port of call was Middleton bar and grill for lunch.  The service was great and the food was excellent. Our waiter even managed to get a smile from our daughter, so all you men with hair that previously Jasmine hasn't been keen on, there's hope for you yet! 

From there we walked up through the streets of Norwich to the Roman Catholic cathedral St John the Baptist.  The different gargoyles looking down from the rooftops were fascinating and even though I'm not a fan of the rain, I did want to see what they would look like if water was coming out of their mouths or in some cases vases.  There was some sort of lunch going on for children in a function room with lots of Christmas carols being sung. It was lovely to hear on the twelfth day, and therefore last day, of Christmas.

We then wandered down the hill towards the other large cathedral in Norwich, namely Norwich Cathedral.  Just like the previous cathedral the building was an imposing yet magnificent feet of architecture.  Inside, the stained glass windows were beautiful and there was still a feeling of Christmas that I simply loved.

Walking back to the train station we went down some old streets to the river walk.  By then the light was fading with the setting sun, yet the lights from the city made it an atmospheric walk.  Only slightly ruined by the football fans out for the big Norwich vs Chealsea game.

Our day of wandering ended with a quiet train ride home since our little girl finally fell asleep.

Friday, 5 January 2018

5/1/18 Walk around Ovington, Norfolk

A walk around the quiet village in the sunshine, mostly to get the wee lady to go to sleep, but still a nice walk all the same.