Monday, 22 October 2012

Grizedale on a sunny Sunday

After all that exercise in the Forest of Dean, we figured it was time to get out & about in our local forest too. So with all the bikes loaded on the best Sunday afternoon in ages it was off to Grizedale for a ride with the family!!
It's only when you as out of touch with exercise as we are that you get to realise why they are called "push" bikes!!

Starting at Moor Top (ominously named) it didn't take long for us to realise that every run down hill had a price, that would be the uphill following it!
all the puffing & panting aside it was a fantastic place to spend an afternoon!

The trees are just at that point of turning where some of the them are still green & holding on to what summer we did have whilst others are golden & dropping all around you. The odd whiffle of wind would create a wonderful flurry of leaves falling more like snow or a strange gathering of butterflies dancing around you, amazing to experience!!

Along with all of that were the amazing scenes & the natural wonders of the forest, with water being an ever present feature in our lakeland vistas this year it was nice to see some that didn't have you running for cover!!

Of course one of the best bits of Grizedale is the visitors centre with it's hot drinks (for the adults) & ice cream's (for the kids!!) whilst not forgetting the playground which entertains the kids & gives the adults some peace & quiet!!

It was great to bump into old friends we haven't seen in years there too, never know who will have the same idea do you!

Yes, we did have a fantastic day!!! Shouldn't leave it so long before going again!! :)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Back again!

I know, I know it's been ages. Just felt a bit underwhelmed by everything for a while but hey it happens to the best of us....(doesn't it??!!)

We've just got back from a few days down in the lovely Forest of Dean staying in one of the Forest Lodges, courtesy of my Mum and Dad. There really is something magical and calming about woods even when it's wet and soggy under foot! The kids had the freedom of cycling around freely without too much worry about cars and we enjoyed far too much coffee and cake!

Two weeks ago we had decided to cut right down on the amount of wheat we ate and had both felt so much better for it, and whilst we thoroughly enjoyed pigging out on holiday, we feel yucky and bloated now so we'll be getting back to low or even no wheat diet this weekend. If anyone has any good recipes to use, the areas we struggle with are breakfasts, bread and something sweet for evenings.....!