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Thursday Photo #169

After a brilliant week camping in Kielder Forest, we are on our way home. There has been no phone signal at all where we were staying and limited WiFi. Much as this was a little inconvenient, it forced me to have a real break from work and social media.


Libby learnt to ride her bike over a year ago when she was only three years old. Since then, it has been a bit of a battle to help her to do much more than ride in a straight line. Whilst she tried hard and had good balance, her bike was just too heavy.

For her birthday, we decided to invest in a much better bike. It’s light and designed to allow children to cycle properly. She quickly learnt to go around corners and up and down small hills. But using the brakes was a bit of a struggle as she was still nervous.

This week, despite rather unpleasant weather, the girls have spent a lot of time on their bikes. And Libby’s cycling has improved massively. She is confident going up and downhill, using her brakes and riding on proper mountain bike tracks.

When we were mountain biking, Lia had a trailer that attached to the back of my husband’s bike. We also brought her balance bike with us and she has got so confident on it that I think she’s ready for a pedal bike. I’m not going to make the mistake of using the heavy bike to teach her like I did with Libby, so our next purchase will be a tiny, light bike for Lia.

Hadrian’s Wall

A few years ago, my husband and I travelled up to the Isle of Mull in Scotland on a motorbike. The intention was that we’d spend some time walking Hadrian’s wall on the way home. True to form, the motorbike broke down and we ended up coming all the way home in various recovery vehicles.

Since then, I’ve been waiting for my chance to see Hadrian’s Wall. Luckily, this week was my chance. We visited the Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda Roman fort and had a walk along the wall itself.

The whole experience was fascinating for all of us, and it has made me realise the educational value of seeing things first hand. It has reinforced our decision to travel with the girls for a year, showing them the sights of Europe and allowing them to see first hand the places they will be learning about at school in years to come.

Our Thursday Photo #169

Two years ago this month, we were on holiday in the Isle of Wight. Since then, an awful lot has changed for us due to my husband’s accident and the difficult times that followed. While we were in Kielder, I saw a giant deckchair and took the opportunity to recreate a photo I took two years ago in the Isle of Wight. The first photo seems like a lifetime ago but these two happy little girls and their faithful dog are still the best of friends. Most of the time.



  1. August 3, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    I remember years ago going on a school holiday up to Newcastle. One of our day trips was to Hadrians wall. It made quite an impression on me then and I would love to visit it again.

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Me too, I already want to go back and see more of it!

  2. August 3, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    How exciting to see Hadrians Wall. It sounds like you had a lovely break. Love that you were able to recreate your photo – I can’t believe how much the girls have grown up and changed!

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you, I was actually surprised at how similar they still look, it’s odd how you see things differently when you’re with them all the time.

  3. August 3, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Gorgeous post Nat 🙂 We drove along Hadrian’s wall years ago with three German friends stuffed in the back of our car after a week in Scotland, none of us had the energy to stop and have a look around, so it’s definitely on my list of places we want to explore. Experiential learning is definitely the best, and we’re so lucky that places of interest are really engaging with kids in a way they perhaps didn’t in the past

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks Maz. We will definitely go back that way some time too.

  4. August 4, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Lots of interesting stuff to be seen on and round Hadrian’s Wall! We’ve stopped off there quite a lot over the years but the best times were when we caught special children’s activity days, involving dressing up as Roman soldiers 🙂

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Oh it’s a fabulous place, definitely somewhere we’ll go back to. Dressing as Roman soldiers sounds fun!

  5. August 6, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Ah I love the deck chair photos! Lovely to see the differences in them. Looks so beautiful where you stayed, I hope it was a relaxing break x

    • August 6, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you, we had a lovely break.

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