Hiking Through The Peak District

The Devil’s Arse (aka The Peak Cavern).

Around a month ago I decided to start hiking. We hiked up the Ilkley Moors some time before and thoroughly enjoyed it The steep walks uphill are sometimes exhausting but it’s well worth it when you can take in all of the beautiful scenery surrounding you and the views on top are the best part. So, after some discussion with Will, I decided to change my training plan at the gym and start doing uphill workouts to strengthen my legs and build up my stamina.

A few weeks ago we decided on taking a road trip to The Peak District. It’s roughly an hour (or less, depending on location in the park) to Castleton, so we packed a lunch and set off excitedly. It was raining so we took a wander around The Devil’s Arse first then started our hike up the peak. It was so peaceful, we were the only ones at the time tackling the steepest part of the peak so we were alone with the sheep and stillness.

Once we managed to finally get to the top we had a rest, ate an apple and walked up a further incline to explore the other side of the peak. We saw a valley running between us and another peak opposite with a dog running wild off the lead. The rain was getting heavier so we started to descend back down to the bottom. There were a family in front of us at this point and I was certain I would fall on my backside, but I managed to keep my balance (with the help of Will) and have to contain my laughter when a family member in front kept falling over!

That hike was so great that I couldn’t wait to try another peak. There’s always next time though!

 

 

Butterley Reservoir – The Peak District

Yesterday we hiked along the Butterley reservoir. It was quite a long walk with beautiful hills either side of us. We took Victor our foster dog this time as it wasn’t too hot for him. We walked around 3 -4 miles in total but without Victor it would’ve been more. There was so much more to see but with a senior dog, we didn’t want to push it!

Scotland – July, 2016.

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Luss, Loch Lomond.

Friday 8th July

Today we made our way to North Ayrshire in Scotland. I planned a short getaway to a cosy secluded cottage there for Will’s birthday. It was the perfect setting. Once we arrived we unpacked and headed for the hot tub in the garden. From there we watched the sun set over the fields and listened silently to the animals preparing for rest.

Saturday 9th July

Today we set off for Glasgow which was a 30 minute drive from the cottage. We started off visiting The Burrell Collection. This was an interesting trip which lasted around an hour. Could’ve been longer but we had so much to fit in. So we headed for The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum after a bite to eat. This was by far, one of the best art galleries I’ve visited. There were so many different artists and exhibitions I could’ve stayed there for hours.

Whilst in the gallery I came across a famous Scottish artist/architect; Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His work was so appealing I decided to visit Hill House the next day to check out more of his work in an entire house. I also loved the Macdonald Sister’s work at the gallery  and later discovered that Mackintosh actually married Margaret Macdonald. There was plenty to see at Kelvingrove for all audiences, I would highly recommend if visiting Glasgow!

After visiting galleries, the next thing on my to see list was the Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. We walked around the tomb stones, reading the inscriptions and taking in all of the beauty and all things different. It’s not something you see everyday and although I’ve seen documentaries on death etc relating to graveyards similar to a Necropolis, I’ve never actually seen the real thing. The Cathedral was also very stunning inside and very gothic looking. Beautiful stained glass as expected!

Once we finished checking out the Cathedral we took a short walk down the road to a beer hall for a drink. I’m not really keen on these sort of places due to sensory overload and it just not really being my thing but I insisted on going for Will as he loves a good beer hall and loves his ales.

We finished the evening with dinner at The Ship Inn, the oldest pub in Irvine. I ordered the cottage pie and Will ordered the haggis pie which I also tried and loved! I’ve always wanted to try haggis and I’m so glad that I did because it’s delicious and peppery just how I love food. After our tea we took a stroll by the beach which we both embraced. We both love the sea and now we live up North, miles away from any beaches, we took it all in and enjoyed every moment.

Sunday 10th July

Today we planned for more of a relaxed day so we headed for Loch Lomond. Along the way we stopped at the Hill House in Helensburgh which showcases Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald’s work. The house was beautifully designed with gorgeous indigo and pinkish toned tiling throughout. There were also a lot of symbolic floral designs around the house seen on the wallpaper, lights, and frameworks which expressed his fondness of gardening and purity. After exploring the house we finished with a pot of tea in the tea rooms and prepared for our trip to Luss.

From Helensburgh we headed for Luss, a pretty little village by the lake. From Luss you can see breathtaking scenery and feel at peace with absolutely everything. We walked by the shoreline watching dogs playing in the water, birds swooping from bush to pier for crumbs, tourists taking photos, boats floating silently in the distance and feeling a sense of appreciation for the present moment. We grabbed a hot chocolate and coffee and headed back to the car for our next stretch of the drive to the Falls of Falloch waterfall.

Driving from Luss to the Falls of Falloch was one of the best drives I’ve been on. Surrounded by steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls high above and beautiful shrines carved into huge stone blocks. There was nothing quite like it. Once we arrived at the car park we had to take a short walk in the pouring rain to the waterfalls. We had to then walk cross a metal pier specially designed for tourists to photographs. With wobbly legs I took a few photos then hurried away back to the car as I can’t stand the feeling of being wet and damp. A short drive away from the falls there is a pub called The Drovers Inn, well known for its ghostly sightings and taxidermy display. We decided to settle there for an hour to dry off and enjoy a hot beverage. The pub was dark and gloomy yet cosy and relaxing.

That evening we drove back to Glasgow for dinner at the Mother India restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant if you’re visiting Glasgow, it’s reasonably priced and the food is beautiful. To finish our evening we walked around the Kelvingrove park then went back to the cottage to retire to the hot tub and watch the sun set, yet again.

Monday 11th July

To complete our stay in Scotland we decided to take the scenic drive along the Galloway Tourist Route. We stopped off at Dumfries for lunch then headed for Caerlaverock castle. There were so many great photo opportunities on the way but I couldn’t stop and didn’t feel my crappy iPhone would do them much justice. The first thing I will buy when I get a job is a decent camera to start getting serious with my photography..

I really enjoyed our time at Caerlaverock castle, there was plenty to see and well worth the money we paid to get in. Whilst looking around I spotted some nestlings huddled in their nest hidden away in the crook of a doorway. This was probably the highlight of my time at the castle! After viewing the castle and the original castle’s ruins we called it a day and headed back home.


Since I’ve left Scotland I’ve had a serious case of holiday blues. Will and I both feel that we would love to retire here in the future or even sooner if the time fits. I feel so lucky to have had the privilege of seeing such beauty. I’m also glad that I was able to try haggis and got to see a few men in kilts; something I’ve always wanted to see in reality! I know there’s plenty more to try and see but there’s plenty of time to fit that all in 😉 I have also attached a gallery of images that I have taken from our time in Scotland, I hope you enjoy 🙂

M, x

 

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Valentine’s Weekend – Isle of Wight

I always knew the kind of guy I would have loved to be in a relationship. He would be caring, thoughtful, imaginative, funny and different. I never thought I’d ever meet a guy like that until I met Blue. He is all of those characteristics and more!

I have never really celebrated Valentine’s Day and didn’t want any special treatment or gifts, no, all I wanted was time spent with Blue. Sounds very cheesy but that is quite literally all I wanted and Blue made sure the weekend was memorable.

On the Friday I arrived at his with a handmade card and lovers cupcakes 🙂 To also receive some beautiful hyacinths. We then sat down with his family to a delicious meal prepared by his mother. Our Valentine’s plans were made for the Saturday so we got an early-ish night to leave for the Isle of Wight in the morning.

After an anxious trip on the ferry, we arrived at Cowes an hour later. We started the day off having a tour of the Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer/holiday home. It was an absolutely beautiful place with a breath taking view looking over the sea. Whilst inside the house you can see great art work, sculptures and artsy mosaic tiles. Not only was it a great piece of art altogether it holds so much history that you can’t help but feel like you are living in the 1800’s.

By the time the tour had ended it was raining heavily so we decided to drive around the island and the beaches. A few pot holes and muddy puddles later we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our booked meal at 8PM.

Once we were ready we booked a cab to the Folly Inn, a country pub located next to the River Medina. It had a warm inviting atmosphere with a live music. I really enjoyed spending time here with my love and spending quality time together. Blue ordered red snapper and I ordered sausages and cheesy mash 😀 (going through a sausage and mash phase)

After spending a few hours there we left for Newport to have a few drinks. I think I had one too many glasses of rose (as always). So we ended up walking back to the hotel and calling it a night.

Waking up to a bright day we headed out to the coast before getting the ferry home. The beach was stunning (have posted photos above) I didn’t want to leave 😦 The ferry home wasn’t too bad this time yet I was still relieved to be off it 😀 I’m now home safe and sound feeling very grateful to have Blue in my life…

Mogwai – Royal Festival Hall 25/01/14

My weekends are always fun with Blue….

This weekend in particular was just mind blowing. One of my birthday presents from Blue were tickets to see Mogwai live in London. After seeing Peace live I couldn’t wait to see these guys perform too. I was quite anxious about the trip to London as being in busy areas for a long amount of time really exhausts me but, to be honest it wasn’t too bad!

On the Saturday we set off for London and made it to our hotel in time for a wander around the Borough Market, a food market, which was quite interesting as I’ve never been to one. After going our seperate ways (Blue wanted to watch the football match) I went back to our room to get ready for the concert with a bottle of wine, to relax me a little for the expected crowded area.

Once we started taking a stroll down the River Thames towards the Royal Festival Hall it wasn’t long before we arrived at this great building. Luckily arrived after the crowds descended in to the venue, we had time to grab some more alcohol *covers face* and took the opportunity of taking tipsy-ish selfies on the balcony.

Around 20:30 we took our seats and waited for Mogwai to perform. Having never seen an instrumental band live I really didn’t know what to expect but as soon as they started to play I was awe of their talent. If it wasn’t for my trips to the ladies throughout (damn alcohol) I would of literally been glued to the seat. Their songs vibrated through every space in the giant hall and basically toyed with all of my emotions. The songs were played so beautifully and it felt quite overwhelming at times that I could cry. I didn’t even want them to finish playing!

After an epic evening they had to end at some point and when they did it just summed up my whole day as perfection. Spending quality time with my charmingly sweet boyfriend and doing something we both enjoy together. We ended up taking a drunken stumble arm in arm back to our room and discussed in detail our love for each other (always topic of conversation after a few drinks).

Some time later we arrived back to our home for the night. That was all I could remember. The next moment we realise it’s the morning and our head’s are pounding 😦 The dreaded journey home on a train full of people was the last thing I wanted to do but, it had to be done. Even though I could of easily spent the whole day in bed with my love, just having Blue’s company on the way back was enough to lift my spirits and made the depressing journey home worth enduring.

I can never express how much I care for Blue accurately, it never comes close. This weekend (and many others) has been so perfect and it’s all thanks to my blue eyed beauty for constantly making me happy. 😀

P.S sorry guys if this is poorly written…. I am very tired and have tried to post this as quickly as possible 😉

London Oct 13

Day Trip To London

Today I woke up after having only 4 hours sleep (if that) knowing that I had to drag myself out of bed and spend the day around hundreds of people. I was tempted to not spend the day with my mother and aunt but I knew I couldn’t leave them to roam around London with out me! I had fear screaming at me for 15 minutes making me go.

So after a  sharp wake up by loud voices and train brakes I thought I was ready to face the day. In a daze I slipped through people, eyes set on my destination.  I got us all to the right places on time and even relaxed a bit. By the time it got to lunch time mother and I arranged to meet my aunt in Harrods. I’ve attached some images to this post of some attractions that caught my eye throughout the day. The dude in gold really got me though. For ages I’ve wanted to see these people 🙂 I could hear gasps and questions of how he was doing it.. I think I sussed it, give me your guesses too 😉

After spending minutes staring at this guy we ended up heading in to Harrods. I’ve been to London plenty of times but Harrods never really crossed my mind. I actually loved the place. The building and it’s designs more so, but it really was amazing. I think it would be nice to go closer to Christmas too so may arrange that 🙂

After taking the tubes we managed to get back on to the train home at 4.15, I decided to sit alone to settle my mind. It was only when we arrived back in my comfort zone that mother pointed out I managed the day pretty well. I remained calm and in control the entire day, which is usually a struggle with London in particular. I’m sure it’s all the good changes that are settling me at the moment in life. I must say I’m feeling very proud of myself for not having a tantrum 🙂

Images – Isle Of Sheppey

 

 

Hope you are all having a productive week! I have been feeling a bit unsure of everything recently. I’m thinking it’s probably a meltdown on it’s way. But on the bright side I managed to drag myself out today to accompany a friend to the Isle of Sheppey. Well it really was a tiring day. 9 hours of travelling there and back. Standing on crammed trains and tubes. Ahh never again!! But the thing that stressed me out the most was the place itself. I’ve never been to such a depressing place in my life! (no offence!!!) So yes it wasn’t a lovely welcome, if anything I wanted to jump back on the train and go home! I took a few snaps whilst on the train and here they are! 🙂