A few weeks ago we jumped into the car and headed up North to the top of Cumbria.
We stayed in a little caravan park in Silloth - a little town on the shores of the Solway Firth.
I was up there to do a charity walk along Hadrian's Wall, spending a few days with the fam before and after the event. Unfortunately, I had to cut the walk short after an ITB injury, but every cloud has a silver lining and it meant I got a few more days with the fam before we headed home.
Although I had to hobble everywhere...
We did our usual stuff - exploring the hills, beach walks, sea side towns, fishing villages, wildlife spotting, stone skimming, trying to keep the kids entertained when it rained...
And of course, we ate lots of chips!
The last night there was beautiful. We sat by a campfire on the beach while we watched the sun go down and the stars come out. Perfect.
Going home is always the worst bit, so we turned it into a little bit of a road trip and visited Keswick in the Lake District, then on down to Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales.
As always, I took too many photos...
Gear used: Fuji X100F, Fuji XPro2, 35mm 1.4, 50-230, Samyang 12mm.
We've not taken the kids anywhere for a while, due to illnesses and other pesky things, so on Monday we jumped in the Adventure Mobile™ and headed over to the coast.
We spent the day between Flamborough Head, North Landing and Thornwick Bay.
It was a ridiculously foggy day - at some points on the way there, visibility was about 20 feet in front of the car! We made it in one piece though, and proceeded to spend the day the way we always do at the seaside - walking on the beach, throwing stones in the sea, eating too much food and moaning about car park prices. Well, that last bit might have been just me...
The fog did roll out at one point towards the end of the day and we got a good 20 minutes of blue skies before it came rolling back in again. Along with the start of the rain!
I also never knew there was a Castle at Flamborough. I must have driven past it a hundred times. It is a pretty small stack of stones in a field though - with no signs or info to show for it. Regardless, I went with all intentions of taking a few snaps - only to find it covered in scaffolding.
Anyway, we had a top day out and, as usual, I took far too many photos.
Here's the snaps.
Gear used - Fujifilm X70
After a nice, relaxing Christmas, we headed up to Scotland to spend the New Year.
We'd booked an awesome converted barn 30 miles south west of Dumfries on the coastline near Gatehouse of Fleet.
It was a bit cold for our usual walks, not to mention that a few of us were struggling with the usual winter lurgy, so we pretty much just chilled out with a few little explores in the car. A lovely hidden gem was an old abandoned Kirk pretty much at the bottom of our driveway. We visited this a few times while we were there. I spent an hour on New Year's Eve freezing to death shooting some star photos in the graveyard.
We visited Castles and Cairns. Had a few little walks along beaches in tiny bays and stood on the beach watching the sunset. Went and had a nosey at the awesome Coo Palace - a Palatial Dairy Farm that is currently being refurbished into holiday apartments. Me and my little ginger had fun exploring a shipwreck on the coastline near Kirkcudbright. We visited Dundrennan Abbey - the place where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland. Like most of the other tourist spots though - it was closed, so we had to settle for views through the gateway. We visited the lovely little Kirk at Kirkandrews and a few other local spots.
We ate too much, drank too much, and pretty much saw in the New Year as chilled out as can be.
Happy New Year folks. Here are a few snaps from our trip.
Gear used. Fujifilm X70, Fujifilm Xpro2, Fuji 35mm, Fuji 50-230mm, Samyang 12mm
I've been enjoying a bit of time off recently. A bit of time to catch up on personal work, a bit of family time and finally do all those pesky jobs round the house that I haven't done since... Well, since I was last supposed to do it!
It's also given me an excuse to get out on the Harley more too!
A few weeks ago we had a pretty awesome day at the coast where I took a few snaps.
The day started early and after a few meeting places along the way, 50+ Harleys rolled into the car park of the Marrowbone & Cleaver pub in Kirmington. A proper cool, down-to-Earth British pub owned by Motorcycle record holder, TV personality and all round daredevil speed demon Guy Martin and run by his sister, Sally.
The pub has a fair bit of history, dating back to 1871, and the decor inside is like a tribute to the past. Walls are dedicated to the local history, with a good mix of WW2 dedications to the 166 Bomber Squadron that was based in the area and memorabilia from Guy's exploits.
After wolfing down an awesome breakfast, we were back on the road.
Next stop was Grimsby, for a Custom Bike show hosted by the Warlocks MC. Plenty of cool bikes, trikes and a few hot rods were on display.
After a few hours of laughing, looking and chatting away, we were off again.
Next stop, Cleethorpes - where fish & chips in the sunshine finished the day in style.
Of course, the ride home is always part of the fun too!
Here are a few snaps.
On Easter Sunday we did what we usually do - wake up, have a cuppa in bed and hand out all the prezzies before sending the kids on a little Easter egg hunt around the house. We all happily filled our faces all morning and started the day feeling very chilled out. And half in a chocolate coma!
That all changed about 1 o' clock when the littlest monkey decided to jump down the bottom few stairs. This is a pretty normal thing for him to do (as with most kids), this time though, instead of chuckling away feeling proud of himself, there were tears...
On Tuesday we loaded up the car with enough luggage for 3 weeks rather than 4 days and headed for Wales. Half an hour later, after going back home the third time for things we'd forgot, we set off again. 6 and half hours and 4 toilet stops later, we arrived.
The land of Myths and Dragons.
And hard to read road signs.
We had booked a little garden apartment in the little seaside village of Tresaith in Cardigan Bay on the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline. Legend says (well, wikipedia) that a King of Ireland set his 7 troublesome daughters adrift in a boat and the currents of the Irish sea led them to beach on the coastline where they all fell in love and settled down with the locals. The name Tresaith means the Town of Seven.
I don't know if any of that is true, but I know we had fun. Even with our little toe rag in a sling!
Wales is beautiful.
We spent our days travelling around the area. We looked at castles, stone circles, burial chambers, lighthouses, abandoned buildings, wildlife and the gorgeous mountains of Snowdonia. We ate chips looking at the sea and walked down piers. We ate pizza at the coolest, most hipster outdoor restaurant ever. We skimmed stones in lakes and tromped across beaches.
And every evening we went down to our local beach where a waterfall fell over the cliffs onto the sand and we stayed there until the sun went down. On our last night we had clear skies, so we got to watch the stars appear too.
It was perfect.
Some snaps from our trip.
We booked our apartment through Airbnb. For some money off your first trip, click HERE.
We decided to make the most of the sunshine on Valentine's Day and made a roadtrip to the coast.
We jumped in the Adventure Mobile™ and headed up to Saltburn-By-The-Sea to walk on the beach and eat chips on the pier. After a few hours it was time to jump back in the car and head further down the coast to Robin Hood's Bay where we walked down the steepest hill known to man, through the little windy streets and quaint little shops to the little slipway at the bottom where we stood and watched the waves crashing in. And slowly froze half to death! It was a good job we'd all brought flasks full of hot chocolate to warm us back up again!
It was an awesome day spent with the family. The fresh air and a bit of sunshine almost made us forget it was still wintertime for a minute or two!
As usual, I took far too many photos - here are some of em.
We had a little time off a few weeks ago, so decided to head up to Ayrshire in Scotland for a few days. We stayed in a lovely little apartment in Troon and spent some time travelling around the area. Our little road trip took us from Largs down to Stranraer.
We enjoyed some proper chill out time. We walked on the beaches, played on the rocks, jumped over rockpools, skimmed some stones, found a few geocaches, visited a few castles, ate lots of takeaway food and watched glorious sunsets over the sea.
It was cold and fresh, and certainly recharged the batteries!
We found our apartment through airbnb. If you've never used it and want a little money off a booking, click HERE.
Here's some snaps from our trip. All photos taken with the Fujifilm X70, mostly with the WCL converter.
We went to the seaside! In typical British fashion, we sat on the beach with our coats pulled tight and our hoods pulled up. We ate fish n chips, played slots in the arcade and lost more money in the never-ever-win teddy grabber machine. We had fun! After a couple of hours in Scarborough's South Bay we drove down to Flamborough to have a little walk along the head. The wind had picked up a bit by this point, so we bundled ourselves into the Headland Cafe for tea and cake. We also got a chance to watch the Coastguard doing a bit of helicopter training in the strong winds which was very cool to see. Seriously impressive flying! A leisurely drive home with a few little scenic stop-offs finished our day - one of which was to the lovely 14th Century church in Harpham. Here's some snaps.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.