Hiking and swimming adventures [ad]

Learning to swim is a slow process. Perfecting techniques, ploughing across a pool. Progressing to swimming competitively. Monotony, up and down. Up and down. Then, a discovery. Swimming as an adventure. Getting from A to B. Combine it with walking or running and a whole new world opens up. Swimming to a destination I’ve been open water swimming regularly for nearly two years now but there came a point last summer when something changed. We realised that there was a lovely farm shop just under a mile down river from where we swam. We could probably get in there and…

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Thursday photo #297

It’s amazing how quickly the school holidays become a distant memory. The girls only went back last Tuesday but we’re already firmly entrenched in our routine. This week has been a real treat for me with plenty of outdoor swimming. With the river still flooded, I’ve been getting in for a swim when and where I could. So on Saturday when my husband took the girls to visit his aunt in Bristol, I took the opportunity for a swim. Clevedon Marine Lake I first noticed Clevedon Marine Lake over the summer. We’d gone out for lunch in Clevedon and I…

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Malvern Theatres: Review

Two men on an exploratory voyage to the frozen North spot a figure running through the fog. Afraid of him at first, they debate whether to help him. They soon realise that he is nothing to fear and take him onboard. Then, the story unfolds. We are introduced to author Mary Shelley, and to the character found running on the ice, Dr Victor Frankenstein. The story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as adapted by Rona Munro Rona Munro’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells the story from the point of view of an author immersed in writing her novel. As the…

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Making full use of a garden [AD]

We’re slowly doing our house up bit by bit and when the spring comes, I want to do the garden as well. The problem with our garden at the moment is that we don’t make best use of the space. The area at the back of the house used to be on a steep hill, so my dad and husband decked it about five years ago. Now, it’s a nice large, smooth area where the children can play, ride their bikes and have the trampoline. Since then though, we haven’t done much more. Fencing the front garden when I bought…

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Westonbirt Arboretum dog friendly family day out

After brilliant days out on Forestry England sites at both Cannock Chase and the Forest of Dean, we were keen to explore another one of their locations. Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is a beautiful, dog friendly day out that has something to offer for the whole family. Young children with bikes under 70cm tall can cycle around the site while adults enjoy a relaxing walk. And of course, there’s plenty of fun for dogs too. The majority of the site is dog friendly although there are a few areas where dogs can’t go and others where they need to be…

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