Walking in Blyth.

27.5.13

I often dream about living in Blyth, a village in Worksop, and have done ever since we drove through it to get somewhere else and I spotted the delightful cottages and cosy pubs. We decided to make Blyth the location of our next walk so off we went on Saturday, parking up on the high street to start our trail.

I can often be found on Rightmove trawling through the house listings so we did have a cheeky peek at a house that's for sale, that we fell in love with a while ago, while we were passing. Yep, still love it!

Anyway, the walk we found online was roughly about 3.5 miles and was a "moderate" level but I'd say it was fairly easy. No steep hills, just the odd stile to climb over. It was nowhere near as strenuous as our walk at Rother Valley last weekend, but that might be something to do with stopping every few minutes to take photos...)


It was so quiet and peaceful with stunning scenery all around us. Apart from a couple of dog walkers and a lady out walking on her own we didn't see any other people.

Our walk took us towards Hodsock Priory (somewhere I really wanted to visit to see the snowdrops and bluebells but we missed the season!), past fields of horses, down a path lined with beautiful trees and through fields of bright rapeseed crops.

I do love to explore new places. It was a great use of a Saturday morning! Where to next?! :)


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Walking at Rother Valley.

24.5.13

Last Sunday we put on our trainers and went for a walk at Rother Valley Country Park. It was really busy with people walking, jogging, running, cycling, water skiing even, but it was a lovely sunny day and a great atmosphere for our walk.

Jonathan insisted on an ice cream before we started so while he ate his Mr Whippy I cooed over the baby ducks on the lake. The cuteness levels rose the longer we were at Rother Valley, as we spotted a French Bulldog puppy, a teeny tiny Chihuahua, a Pug and a sausage dog puppy.

We went round the main lake then took the sculpture trail which involved a rather steep and tiresome climb (it was quite hot at this point!) but it was worth it for the view at the top (and the less strenuous walk down hill).


I think we did over 3 miles altogether and boy did I feel it the next day or three! I'm fairly fit and exercise most days but the steep hill really took it out of me and left my bum and lower back feeling rather sore.

I have caught the walking bug so we're heading out again tomorrow (weather permitting) to do another few miles somewhere else. 

I'd love to do the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge one day so I figured we've all got to start somewhere and starting small and local is just what I shall do.


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An old favourite and some new shoes.

16.5.13

During a recent wardrobe clear out I discovered a whole host of things I had long forgotten, lurking in the deep dark corners of our wardrobe with all of my old clothes that are oh-so-pretty but 3 dress sizes too big for me.

When I was a bit younger I went shopping like there was no tomorrow so it was fun to uncover the old clothes and accessories (and my once much-loved Missoni scarf collection!)

I found my Alexander McQueen scarf which I spent a pretty penny on about 6 years ago. It's looking a bit more dishevelled these days but I'm glad to have found it and given it an outing last weekend.


The slight break in the rain at the weekend gave me chance to wear my Steve Madden Kimmmie pumps (c/o Sarenza) for the first time. They're a jazzy number with a studded toe cap and even though they're quite a mish-mash of colours I thought they would be a nice addition to my shoe collection. You know me, I love wearing flats!

These photos were taken before Jonathan, Lily, Lola and I drove to Leeds to visit my mum and dad to indulge in a 3 course meal (well, 4 courses if you count the cheese and biscuits afterwards). It was nice to see them, tell them about my new job, talk about the holidays we're going on this year and the holiday we're hopefully all going on next year to Florida.

Unfortunately the rain has come back with an absolute vengeance (anyone else get caught in it today and resemble a drowned rat?) so I think this weekend I'll more than likely be putting my pumps back in the cupboard and digging out my wellies!

Steve Madden pumps (c/o Sarenza)

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Pooch pack.

14.5.13

Before the team behind Pooch Pack got in touch with me it wasn't a concept I was familiar with, however I know monthly beauty boxes and food boxes are popular, so why not get the pets involved! They kindly offered to send a box for Lily and Lola to try out and they've been busy eating the treats (it's a hard life!) and testing out the other bits.

I didn't really know what to expect in terms of brands, or whether it would contain toys or food, or a mixture of everything, but I was pleasantly surprised by the items that were included.

From £16.95 with free delivery it's not a cheap way to spoil your pets but after being introduced to some new brands and seeing the quality of the items included in my Pooch Pack, it is definitely something I would sign up to every now and then (but not as an every month ongoing thing).

As you can see Lily was thrilled and raring to go!

So, what did Lily and Lola get?

- A "Bottle Buddy Cow" (by Kyjen). This is a safe way for dogs to crunch on water bottles. The cow teddy has a velcro opening which means you can replace the water bottles once they become flat. Chewing water bottles isn't something Lily and Lola have ever expressed an interest in before but they were intrigued by their new toy and went mad for it initially for about half an hour. Interest has waned slightly as time has gone on but they do have a little play with it every now and then, which is very impressive to say they're normally not one for playing with toys or balls, etc.


- Apple & Cinnamon treats (by Natural Way) which are natural and hypoallergenic dog biscuits. These have been very well received and actually smell pretty good as far as dog biscuits go! I like the fact they contain all natural ingredients so it's not the dog equivalent of giving a child Smarties. I would definitely look into purchasing from this brand again and investigating other products/flavours.

- Fish Cubes (by Natural Way). They're cubes of 100% whitefish skin which are  high in Omega3, low in fat, gluten free and hypoallergenic. Lily and Lola weren't too sure at first. They sniffed their first cubes for quite a while before taking the plunge, probably as they don't normally have "fishy" treats but now they go mad for them. Big thumbs up for these!


- Anco Roots (by Anco). We got the small size Anco Root which is made of 100% untreated natural tree root. It won't splinter and acts as a natural toothbrush for dogs. Unfortunately Lily and Lola have both ignored this but I will keep trying to get them interested. They're very food orientated so don't bother with anything that isn't edible. So for now, this is the most disappointing product in the box. However, if your dog loves to chew and has build-up on their teeth this would be an ideal solution.

- a tub of Wickedly Raw Superfoods powder (by Din Dins) which is a vet approved supplement for a good digestion, bad breath and food intolerances. According to the Din Dins website, it's like giving your dog the equivalent of their 5 a day. This retails at £13.00 on the website and they do products for cats too! I haven't started using this yet but it's something I am really keen to try for Lola who has been having issues with her coat and skin recently. Also, their breath absolutely hums! I'll keep you posted on the effects of this one.


As I said earlier, I was really impressed with the quality of the products and the quality of the brands. I will definitely treat Lily and Lola to a Pooch Pack in the future (maybe for Christmas if they're good) and I would consider one as a gift for a fellow pet owner too.

Pooch Pack can be found on Twitter here and you can read their blog here.

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Perfect comfy outfit.

10.5.13

I love being comfortable whilst still feeling a little bit fancy, so the few bits I bought recently are perfect for that!

I ventured into Topshop (somewhere I never usually go) and came out with a flecked slouchy top with a slightly longer back, perfect for wearing over the black leggings I also got in Topshop. The leggings are a thicker material than your run-of-the-mill ones so I'm hoping I'll get plenty of wear out of them. No see through bum here folks!

Anniel ballerina pumps c/o Sarenza

The necklace was a blog sale purchase (along with the necklace you may have seen here) and I love it. I usually forget to wear jewellery so I've been making a conscious effort to wear my two new necklaces. I've even worn them to work to jazz up a plain dress/blazer combo.

If Topshop are still selling these tops I'm tempted to buy another one (or two...) as this one is so comfortable and soft, and great for wearing with leggings or jeans.

I have worn this combo a few times now. Once for an evening in with friends and again when we had a BBQ with friends last weekend and it wasn't quite warm enough to get the arms and legs out (it has to be extremely warm for my legs to see the light of day!)


What is your "go to" comfy outfit? (P.S. Does anyone else hate that expression as much as I do??


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Walking at Roche Abbey.

5.5.13


Yesterday the four of us went for a stroll around Roche Abbey which is only a short drive away from where we live. Who'd have thought somewhere so peaceful and historical could be nestled away in Rotherham ay?!

The sun made an appearance for a little while so it made a welcome change to be out strolling with the dogs in the warmth, as they love a bit of sunny weather. But when the sun went behind the clouds it did get a trifle chilly.

As we had dogs with us we couldn't get into the main section to have a closer look but having a walk round the outside was really enjoyable and took about 30 minutes or so (with 2 Pugs who want to sniff everything) which is just about as long as they can walk for anyway.

We will definitely go back this year with a picnic in tow, to sit and enjoy the surroundings (and the picnic food of course!)


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