Thought of the day

The sun’s out, I’ve only got one more day at work before a week off! It’s been a pretty taxing week in the UK. Reminds me that we should all be a bit kinder to each other. We are all citizens of the same world.

Trump has been in Rome so here is a picture from the Vatican City a few years ago. Was pretty hot then too!!!

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A weekend in Amsterdam

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Back in 2013 we took a trip to Amsterdam to celebrate my birthday and I’ve been a bit obsessed with it ever since. It was the first city abroad that I could see myself living, full of canals, cheese, beer and history. What more could you want!?

You can also see from the quality of the pictures that we have made some serious improvements to the camera kit over the last couple of years!!!

We only had a couple of days so wanted to hit up some of the most well known sites, I haven’t included everything here mainly because at the time I was rubbish at taking notes but here are some of my must see’s!!

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Honister Via Ferrata, Galleny Force and the Stone Circle

Catch up on days 1, 2 & 3!

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Our last day in the lakes was to be spent doing something neither of us had done before. We had previously tried and failed whilst in Canada so knew it was time. I am of course talking about the Honister Mine Via Ferrata.

A via ferrata translates as iron road and originate from the alps. Simply put it is a steel cable which runs along a mountain route to allow climbers to clip on to reduce the danger of falling. There can be steel cables, pegs and ladders which can make it exciting yet easier for non-climbers to traverse peaks.

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The land of Beatrix Potter

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After a lovely first day our second real day in the lakes also happened to be Easter Sunday. As expected it was raining which did scupper our plans slightly as we would have loved to have attempted to climb Scafell Pike (highest mountain in England.) It just wasn’t meant to be this time round, still, it’s a great reason to head northwards again in the future.

After a leisurely breakfast we hopped in the car for the short drive to Hilltop Farm – home to the one and only Beatrix Potter. Along with writing children’s books, most famously Peter Rabbit, she was also a firm believer in the countryside and brought up a lot of the Lake District area. When she died this was handed over to the National Trust. 

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The Lake District – Coniston Water

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Our first day in the lakes began with a 7.5 hour drive from the south of England to the north. Top tip, it’s true what they say about traffic in the UK on a bank holiday, horrendous. Avoid at all costs.

Still, we made it to our destination of Coniston late afternoon so had time to grab some supplies from the local shop and check into the cottage. The cottage was lovely – decorated in a country style. One bedroom two floor space with a lounge/kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. It was located on a main road and the minute you step out of it you are on the road but it was manageable.

We could park opposite the cottage and walk into two via an abandoned railway line so a good location too! We booked this through Airbnb and I would recommend staying here!

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Though of the day

Can’t wait for our Lake District retreat. Cozy cottage, hills, lakes and down time. Its been a year since our last “digital detox” in Scotland and I’m looking forward to some fresh air and relaxation!

We have a few adventures coming up that I’m looking forward to writing about plus I’m planning on having a go at some iteninary posts too!! Watch this space.