Sunday, 7 April 2019

It's been a while....

.....since we visited 'down south' and also updated the blog!

We have been busy moving, settling in, Christmas, New Year, visitors, lcoal 'stuff' and settling in, more visitors.....we will go back and fill in the last few months....so this post won't make much sense when we've caught up again...BUT....

...for now, we'll jump straight in where we are and say that earlier this week we visited friends & family.....it was nice to see so many people and our only photo of our 4 days away is this one....




When we arrived at Horsham Playpark, Little Woo went straight to the sand pit, always has been her favourite, so I couldn't resist a photo.

We are now back home....what a joy to return.

Funny how you can live somewhere all your life and yet feel so alien, you move somewhere where you've holidayed a few weeks whilst house-hunting and yet feel so at ease and relaxed like you have always belonged there.

I can't promise to fill in the gaps of the last few months....or to keep up with the blog in the next few either, but I'll do my best to share some beauty, recipes and fun as and when I can.

In the meantime, take care

Toodle-ooo!
The 3 Adventurers 😊

Saturday, 23 March 2019

High Force, Low Force

Today we decided to play the tourist with my lovely God-father and his wife.

We took a trip in to Teesdale and visited two popular attraction here in the North Pennines.  The first was High Force....




There it is in all its glory....the noise was phenomenal!





There is a super path all the way down from the road to the Force which means that it is wheelchair accessible (but be warned you'll need muscles for the last bit upwards on the return journey...and, of course, you can't get down to the 'beach'.)

From the path you get the wonderful view in the first photo, but also this.....





High Force stole my heart.

Whilst you might think, golly, it's so grey, brown and dull.  If you stop for a moment and take in the smallest details you will begin to see the most wonderful colours, like this wee plant in the rock.....




And for my memory bank, a great shot of my God-father and his wife.  We had a lovely few days with them and can't wait for them to come back.




Anyway, that wasn't the end of our day.  From here we drove to Bowlees visitor centre (we went there before for our Christmas Reindeer Hunt) and from there we walked through the woods........





To the beautiful Low Force......






I actually prefer Low Force.  It isn't as spectacular in drop, but the scale of it is still breathtaking.

And its situation in a little wooded area......




....with another set of falls which pass under the simple but impressive piece of engineering which is the Winch Bridge...... 
 



You can only pass over it one at a time, and despite auntie waiting to cross, you still have to stop and admire the raw beauty of the place!

And....there's ALWAYS time for a wet play.....




We left here to go to our 'local' in Holwick, The Strathmore Arms, for yet another delicious home-cooked meal from Anthony's kitchen.....such a lovely day.

See you soon for the next instalment...xx






Thursday, 21 March 2019

Doing the tourist thing...Long Meg & her Daughter and Little Salkeld Mill

Having got an order to collect from the mill AND wanting to see Long Meg......AND having visitors this week meant that the planets aligned and we were able to do ALL of these things...YAY!

So first up are some photos of Long Meg (she's the tall single stone) & her daughters (which are the 50 or so stones which make up the stone circle)....











And these are photos of  Little Salkeld watermill.  






The mill sells stoneground products and it also has a wonderful little tea room which offers light lunches and delicious homemade bread and cakes.  If I'm honest the website leaves much to be desired, BUT, I would urge you to put this on your bucket list for a visit, it's a great place to park and walk to Long Meg and you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch or tea and cake after your exertions!  Enough said 😉

See you again tomorrow!

The 3 Adventurers 😊



Monday, 1 October 2018

Pinch, punch first of the frost.....

Isn't it beautiful?






The first frost of the year on the first of the month.  I was amazed how my little point and press camera caught the scene with the sun so well.

This slope was our best sledging slope when we visited back in February and at Easter.

And here is the contrast between the hill that had been in the sun with the frosty grass in the shade.....







Thursday, 27 September 2018

Our furry friend....

Delight of delights....one of our furry friends needed a walk and wanting a walk ourselves, we were delighted to oblige!

It's another chance to discover some of the area and get some furry practice in for when our new arrival joins us.

We decided to walk through Nenthead mines as far towards the quarry as we could get in an hour....all climb!

These are some of the scenes along the way.....




 
















Didn't it turn out to be a lovely day?









Saturday, 15 September 2018

Proud Mummy & Daddy moment...

...yes, lump in the throat stuff....that moment when you realise that your little one understands the world a little better than you thought.

Today is the day Little Woo has her hair cut in order to donate it to The Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illness.

Here she is before.....





...and the moment when her beautiful locks were cut.....




...and there it is.....an amazing length of beautiful hair to be donated to a little one who has none.  And from the warm heart of a little girl who understands how lucky she is to have it, but how much better it is to share ....




So here she is with her new (slightly windswept) haircut......




And that is why we are the proudest parents.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Penrith

...that's where we went today!

What a lovely place.  It has a market square and lovely church in the centre and quite an impressive array of shops.

But I'm ahead of myself.

Penrith is south west of Alston.  We have to take the road to Hartside and down the mountain, this was the view.....


sorry about the blurry foreground but you can't stop here!


Really lovely despite the moody sky.  The sense of space is quite incredible.  But sadly with the murk, no view of the mountains around the Lake District today.

Penrith has a great shopping centre, this is the heart of Penrith although not the Market Square....





There is a lovely mix of old style, traditional shops and the usual high street offerings.  My photo of the old outfitters doesn't do it justice, but I'm sure you get the idea.....




This one is also very lovely.....




We walked around the outside of the churchyard and gardens, it was so peaceful, just a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of town.....



Then after shopping, the hours journey home.

This is not mist or fog, but cloud!  At over 1900 feet this mountain climb is quite often sitting with its head in the clouds.....





The black and white pole to the left is for guidance in the snow.....




So there's another little snapshot of life in the rugged beauty of Cumbrias North Pennines.

Back soon.

It's been a while....

.....since we visited 'down south' and also updated the blog! We have been busy moving, settling in, Christmas, New Year, visitors...