New years day walk: Devoke Water

Eventually we made it back safely, but it was definitely not the peaceful walk we were hoping for.

Like I said things don’t always go according the plan…

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Tarn Hows…

We stripped their snow suits off and enjoyed the journey back home in their underwear with blankets wrapped around them…

Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater…

Today, the carefully prepared woolies bag got left behind so the kids ended up with spare socks for gloves (not for the first time) but they did the job.

Bubbles and Birkrigg Common…

It was freezing! With wind chill it was about -1 but with everyone wrapped up it wasn’t a problem (long johns on the kids are a life saver).

A quick trip to Grizedale…

Now is the time to get out and do a bit of forest bathing and exploring while all the leaves off their finest colours, before they all fall off and Winter sets in…

A sunset not to be missed…

Sometimes you have to be a little opportunistic with your mini (or micro) adventures, and it might even mean changing plans slightly but that’s why I think they are so great, they usually fit in around you, taking half an hour or less.

Easy Baking: Chocolate cakes with whipped cream and chocolate fudge.

I always try to have something like this when we have visitors and as I was short of time and had nothing to hand I decided to whip up these cakes as I knew I could have them baked and finished in a little over an hour (and a chuink of that is waiting for them to cool)…

Anchors away! Well, sort of…

I love the fact that both kids have been working on this, and that the festival was already into it’s second and last week, yet neither child had thought to mention it…

Things to do in Cumbria this half term?

Wherever you are in the country, check out your local areas “What’s on” page for activities in your area.

If in doubt or organised fun isn’t your thing, put on your boots, grab your waterproof and get outside! Go for a walk, jump in puddles and kick some leaves!

Mini adventure up Birkrigg Common…

The path was a lot steeper than we thought, not that that stopped Tommy running up it (seriously, where does he get that energy from?!). We spotted (and maybe ate) loads of blackberries on the way up and had a brief encounter with a caterpillar.