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Thursday photo #333

This week I’ve had a brilliant time doing lots of things I should have said no to. It was already quite busy and I do tend to get overwhelmed when there’s loads going on. But I said yes to meeting friends for walking and swimming adventures. Partly because there’s a good chance I won’t be able to meet people in a few weeks time. Mainly because the colder the water gets, the more addicted I am to getting in it. Outdoor adventures I’ve been hearing about Carding Mill Valley for years from friends. Mainly due to its beautiful little reservoir…

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Carding Mill Valley dog friendly day out

Carding Mill Valley is a National Trust attraction just outside Church Stretton in Shropshire. With 10 miles of tracks and bridleways, it is the ideal place for serious hikers. Shorter walks with some accessible paths make it ideal for families as well. However, this description doesn’t do it justice at all. Breathtaking landscape, wild ponies wandering the hillside, a small reservoir that welcomes wild swimmers and a cafe serving light refreshments all add up to a wonderful day out. About Carding Mill Valley With nearly 5000 acres of hillside covered in heather, there is plenty to explore at Carding Mill…

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Thursday photo #332

Hasn’t it been a treat to see the sunshine again this week? Just when we thought autumn had arrived, the summer reappears for a few days. I’m pleased to say that we absolutely made the most of it with river swimming, paddle boarding and even a night away in the camper van. A bonus night away Isn’t it funny how just one night away stretches the weekend out to seem like a holiday? On Saturday once I’d fitted in a run and a bit of work, we packed up the van and drove to a campsite just 45 minutes away.…

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Eggnogg monsters and ghosts giant colour-in poster review and giveaway

With the leaves starting to turn and pumpkins ripening, we’ve started thinking about Halloween. I was never really into Halloween as a child. I didn’t go trick or treating or carve out pumpkins so it just came and went. That’s why it surprised me that the girls absolutely love it. In fact, Libby talks about trick or treating all year although we only ever allow her to go to people we know. We usually do a few Halloween days out, but this year, I suppose things will be rather different. So, we’re looking for other Halloween based activities and this…

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Thursday photo #331

Just like that, the children are back to school. It is becoming increasingly clear that this whole thing isn’t really diminishing. Lockdown measures are already beginning to tighten again but I live in hope that they won’t have to close all schools anytime soon. Children have suffered so much due to a virus that has such a minimal impact on them. For the time being though, we are continuing to carefully enjoy a bit of freedom. I’ve had some hot cups of tea and a couple of river swims. Lockdown has definitely made me reassess what’s important. The pantomime that…

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