31 (ish) days of sky

In January I decided to do another photo challenge, with one difference to previous ones I’ve done. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it, mainly so I wouldn’t have to post every day or leave updates. This could have backfired on me and made me give up without encouragement, but actually I did see…

The sea at Weymouth

Why I’m missing the sea

I’ve written about the sea before, probably more than once (you can read my musings about the sea here and here). But that’s because I love the sea. And I miss it when I don’t see it. I don’t live by the sea, I live about 70-80 miles from the nearest beach or harbour, all…

The Thames near Dorney

Thames Path challenge training – progress

We’ve been making good progress in our training for the Thames Path Challenge. As a team we’re regularly doing 6 mile walks and not suffering painful legs etc afterwards! We did a lovely walk near Henley-on-Thames a couple of weeks ago, through fields of poppies and bright colour everywhere, followed by a wander along the…

Flowers at Cliveden

30 Day Challenge – week 3

So this week I started writing up my e-book, just 20 minutes a day. At the moment I plan it to be a guide to the ‘hidden gems’ of Maidenhead, but I’m going to finish writing it before I decide exactly what form it will take. By starting the writing I’ve identified some places I’ve…

Oaken Grove Park Maidenhead

30 Day Challenge – week 2

I haven’t done as much this week on the 30 Day Challenge, as I was away for work in Barcelona for 2 days, arriving back very tired on the Wednesday morning. I managed to fit in an hour of exploring one day while there, and found a lovely view of the Sagrada Familia from Parc…

Peony

30 Day Challenge – week 1

So in my previous post I explained that I was going to be doing the 30 Day Challenge again, and that started on Sunday 1st June. Here are a few highlights of the first week. My first “exploring” thing was to sit in a local park that I’d not been to before. It’s a town…

Another 30 day challenge

If you’ve read the ‘about me’ section of this blog, you’ll have seen me refer to the Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge as being the catalyst that started this blog and the many projects that have followed. There have been a couple of 30DCs since then, but I haven’t taken part as I’ve…

Worm's Head

Thames Path training – walk 2

As it was a bank holiday weekend, we didn’t have a group training walk planned in the diary. Fortunately we happened to be in South Wales for the weekend, conveniently located for a bit of walking, so we did a couple of walks without the rest of the Full Farmyard team. We visited Rhossili Bay,…

Swedish countryside

40 countries. Country 2: Sweden

Sweden was the second country I visited and is the country I have been to the most times. I first went there when I was 4 years old, and most of my childhood holidays were based around Sweden, occasionally combined with Norway, Denmark or Finland. But mainly Sweden. So the majority of the images and…

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

40 countries. Country 1: Denmark

It’s November, and I’m sad that I didn’t sign up to do the 30 Day Challenge this time. I just didn’t feel I had time to devote to being involved in the challenge and the community around it. I have too many other things going on. But inspired by a few people I know who…

Cliveden Water Garden

Inspiring National Trust spots

I think the National Trust is a brilliant organisation. It owns properties and gardens all over the UK and opens them for visitors to enjoy. For people who appreciate historic houses with stories and memories, it has lots to investigate. And for those of us who enjoy the fresh air, natural landscapes and colourful flowers, there are plenty…

Sun over the trainline

I love the sea

I grew up about 80 miles from the nearest seaside, so not surprisingly I didn’t get to see the sea that often as a child.  I visited the Suffolk coast a couple of times a year, and sometimes got a glimpse on our annual family holiday in Scandinavia. But I think the sea became particularly fascinating to…

Dinton Pastures

Lots of lovely lakes

I like lakes. Almost as much as I like the sea. There’s something very peaceful about a huge expanse of water surrounded by trees and picturesquely-located benches. (Unless of course there are ducks and geese around!) Fortunately I live in an area where there are a number of country parks and similar landscapes within easy…

Trees and sky

Trees, trees and more trees

Last weekend I was browsing the internet and came across a fabulous exhibition of tree photos, by a photographer called David Anthony Hall. I looked at the prices of the photos, smiled wryly to myself and bookmarked the page to come back to and gaze at longingly. You can see his beautiful photos here (I recommend…