Saturday, 8 September 2012


Sorry. I've been neglectful of the blog. There is no excuse. I'm back now, having been inspired by The Coffee Lady to think about my summer.

It was a new type of summer, one which didn't have water fights, or trips to theme parks or calls of 'I'm bored mum'. It had A-level and driving test angst, (she passed and failed in that order) it had solo runs along the canal, afternoons in the garden with wine and The Child Free Holiday. I can hear your enthusiasm now. But don't be rushing on ahead of time. It was nice, I'm not complaining, but it will take some getting used to. I sort of missed the madness of it all  and realised that we've moved on to the next stage. A couple more years and I'll have to get a dog or something.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Easter week turned out nice again so it was time to dust off the walking boots and head for the hills.

The weather was so nice infact that shorts were donned as opposed to walking trousers and we remembered to take the sunblock. No burned faces this time around!

We headed for Castleton and Mam Tor. Castleton is often packed on a sunny day but as it was midweek and we got there early it wasn't so bad. After a quick detour for the loo we headed off up the hill (the female anatomy is so inconveniently designed when it comes to outdoor pursuits).

We did Mam Tor and along the ridge, down into Hope then back across the fields to Castleton where the obligatory Magner's was downed. About 8 miles by my reckoning. And no blisters!

Yes -those are my legs!

Mam Tor from the road.

Is it a bird?

The ridge path

The path from Edale
Cold Hot Cross Buns - good walking food.

Monday, 7 March 2011

The KeepCalm Family hit New York!

As a means of combining a holiday and a meet up with the Prince* we decided to grace NewYork with our presence. Long flight, £££ lighter and lbs heavier we're back! A fantastic time was had by all. The photos speak for themselves.

*See previous post.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Prince and the PPP*

Number 2 son, affectionately known by his siblings as The Prince** is still languishing in his university digs in Canada. This is due to a sudden (but well forecast) snowfall and PPP. The planning or lack of is the reponsibility of BAA and Heathrow who frankly couldn't organise a bunfight in a cakeshop. Cue many frantic phonecalls and websearching, a rebooked flight, a further cancellation, another rebooked flight and [breathe] a long lonely (for no2 son) wait until Tuesday. Cross your fingers for him.

It's all the more frustrating when the airport he's flying from remains open despite far more snow and temperatures remaining below -5 all day everyday.

* - piss poor planning
** - this is possibly because I have a tendency to overcompensate in an attempt to avert middle child syndrome. They say I spoil him. That can't be true, can it?

Saturday, 13 November 2010

We went to the Gower Penninsula at half term; it was both gorgeous and grim in more ways than one.

The weather when we arrived was lovely, sunny and warm for October. However the next day when we had no choice but to walk in excess of 16 miles, there was wind and horizontal rain. More grimness followed as wet boots mean't I ended up with blisters the size of Wales itself, the showers at the YH were tepid, the drying room didn't live up to its name and there was no hot water in the kitchen.

The following morning with two packs of Compeed covering my blisters and dosed up on Ibuprofen we continued with the walk. This should have been all the way to Landland Bay but by the middle of the afternoon it was apparent that my feet would take no more and we had to bus the last couple of miles. The upside of the day was the fab weather and the most excellent B&B (Glenview at Mumbles - go tis great). The last straw though was me waking up in the middle of the night with a vomiting bug (probably due to the lack of hot water and hence less than hygenic conditions at the YH).

So I didn't get to eat my breakfast.

Whiteford Point

View back from Rhossili


We are going the right way then?

Sunny morning over Oxwich Bay

From the headland back towards Oxwich

Three Cliffs

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Blimey - where does the time go? I haven't put up my holiday photos. This isn't because I haven't had the time; it's because I'm lazy.

My middle son has gone to Canada. I'm feeling a bit bereft - he would have been due to go back to university anyway but Ottawa is a bit further and will be a bit colder come the winter!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Things I know.

I've been on holiday - photos later- and I've learned new things. They are...

1. That my bingo wings need more than two weeks at the gym and some fake tan to make them look good.

2. That I'm not good at judging heights.

3. And at 46 I'm too old to do a 'Lara Croft' over the sea wall to the beach. (see #2)