Ingleborough caves 12/04/19

We went over to join our friends who were camping, and the days activity was visiting the Ingleborough Caves and nature trail.

I wasn’t really expecting a lot, but they were really amazing and I would suggest to anyone to visit.

Walking up we passed this old building – don’t know what it was but it had a great doorway! Leo struggles to get down to Evie’s height!

It was then time for a picnic- which in Evie’s case happened wandering around as she won’t sit still ever!

But then she wasn’t the only one to eat on the go!

After lunch there was plenty of time for throwing stones in the river.

After first being told I couldn’t use the carrier, the guide then said I could but that I would need to carry it through the low sections of the cave. So with that sorted, it was time to don the helmets!

The caves roof went from interesting to amazing.

Many a stalagtite hanging down from the ceiling.

And lots of other amazing formations within the cave.

Lucy, Dylan & Louis adventuring.

The biggest of the stalactites to hang out under.

Look closely and you see an amazing reflection in the pool of water. In the guides words, look for the fairytale castle.

Caving over – Evie is reluctant to give up her helmet!

The gang hang out after the caving. Sam, Lil, Gudrun, Lucy, Leo, Louis, Dylan , Luke and of course Evie Bean.

Evie finishes off Leo’s ice cream. One happy girl….

But it did keep her busy whilst the others went exploring in places Evie couldn’t go to, and stopped her trying to follow them under the bridge! On the way back down the trail we came across a massive money tree with a fabulous canopy and great for climbing (or going under).

After all that adventuring and a quick visit to the campsite for a cuppa and more playing, it was time for a good sleep in the car on the way home.

Lovely day had by all.

Evie Bean turns 1!!

So the big day. Where did that year go?? Apart from adventuring of course. Our little bean turned one and so to celebrate we had a family day.

We woke to snow and this is something Evie hasn’t seen up close. So we have a pre breakfast play in the snow.

And did some snow biking!

Then deserving of a hearty birthday breakfast….

Before some card opening….

….. and present opening…..

After all that hard work, we thought some special birthday lunch was also in order, so went to Lingholm in Portinscale so some top nosh.

Making sure of a chat with Peter Rabbit in their gardens.

Then for a post lunch stroll, along the base of Cat Bells.

Things taking quite a while at Evie pace, we helped her along to get down to Derwent Water shores.

Here she was free to go rock climbing and potter around.

Then a couple of days later Evie gets ready for her party, making sure the balloons are out!!

Daddy helps her blow out the candles on her 1st birthday cakes with all her little friends to help eat it.

All in all – exhausting!!!

We are all very excited about this next year and watching our little Bean as she grows .

Castlerigg stone circle

After an aborted walk with Beth & Evie up Skiddaw due to very cold winds, I took them to see Castlerigg Stone Circle on the way home, as it was a stunner of a day (just very cold!).

Maybe the cold had put the majority of the other tourists off, as it was amazingly quiet.

Evie has a good chat into Beth’s ear filling her in on the history of the place, before leaving for home.

Aira Force – perfect for a very wet day!

When you have a run of very wet days, eventually you just need to get outside no matter what. Around here, in the shelter of the trees, with the dramatic Aira Force, this makes for a perfect outing.

The bubas are ready to go!

After a good walk around we finished at the base of Aira Force, which we agreed was the most dramatic that either of us have ever seen it.

Back at the car and the fresh air was obviously exhausting for Evie and Oliver!

A cousins day out – 10/11/18

A treat from Grandma for the cousins, we headed out on a damp November day to Derwent Water and onto a ferry.

The ferry was pretty full so we all jumped onto a small seat and cuddled up!

Grandma gets her cuddles to….

After a nice ferry journey seeing Derwent Water from a different perspective, it was time to move on to the 2nd part of the day.

Alpaca feeding!

This is a must for kids and adults alike and I think we all loved it, especially Sam once he got used to the alpacas coming close!

Evie just wondered what an Earth was happening all around her!!

Thanks Grandma – what a treat of a day .

A Christmas walk around the base of Hallin Fell

On a damp December morning we set off for a Christmas walk with Evie’s new baby friends (Bella, Willow, Oliver and Evan) and their mummy’s (Helen, Paula, Claire and Lou).

Parking at St Peters Church in Martindale, with the normal faff factor of multiple mums and babies, we set off down towards Howtown with the wind and rain on our backs.

What used to be one of my favourite easy off road runs makes a nice easy walk with a baby in a pack and lovely views without going up, perfect for wet weather days.

The other nice thing about this walk is it’s circular. On nicer days there are a number of gorgeous picnic and swimming spots and even a cliff jump into Ullswater. Maybe save that for when this bunch are a bit older!

Of course a damp walk must be rewarded with a nice cafe for a warm up tea and food! Granny Dowbekins in Pooley Bridge fulfils this job very nicely, especially with a big table and multiple high chairs.

This is where the Christmas outfits could finally be shown off !

Moel Famau – stunning views on a stunning Autumnal day (20/10/18)

A great place in North Wales for an easy walk with stunning views, starting from the car park just up from Loggerheads.

The sun was out so a family walk on this beautiful day was a must, with the sun bringing out the best of the colours.

Evie was fast asleep and snoring in my ear for the first part of the walk, but then woke up to enjoy the top

Arriving at the busy top, where there is a great 360 degree view from the tower for miles around

Time for a much deserved snack for Evie (having made it to the top awake!)

Then back down through the trees that are all turning

And back to the car across the wibbly bridge! Nice playground for when Evie is older….

A glorious October day

We woke to a beautiful sunrise and a forecasted amazing day.

How to make the most of it (apart from drying 3 loads of washing?!).

I decided to get out the bike and Chariot and cycle us to Penrith to get the food shopping and, most importantly, take Evie to Rattle and Drum, a session she seems to love.

Even better, whilst I was enjoying the biking and the colours, she had two good morning sleeps!

Then (after more washing), I met up with Jess and her Osh, and we walked along Haweswater to the Forces.

We had a nice picnic and I believe the bubas enjoy each other’s company, Evie slightly frustrated that she can’t yet walk to chase Osh around. A great place to enjoy the autumn colours and listen to the deer rutting.

Then onwards, we said bye to Jess & Osh and Tim came and met us at Pooley Bridge for an amazing sunset.

He and Evie chilled

I swam (brrrrr – getting cold in there)

And then after a lot of excitement in one day, it was time for home, bath and tea!

Haweswater lakeside path

With just a couple of hours to get some fresh air and not the weather for going up, the path along Haweswater from Burnbanks often hits the spot. And at this time of year the colours are beautiful even when the weather isn’t!

All prepped in warmth and waterproof, we are now very much into using the rucksack

However, I’m finding I need to use different muscles (my glutes +++) to the sling so we are steadily building back up again with distance and inclines. This path is again perfect for that, as it gently undulates with beautiful views.

Today we only went to a bit beyond the forces

Enough to see the tops were in cloud anyway (always makes turning around easier!)

And home for tea as we now need to think about actual food for Evie….. life is moving on too rapidly!

Foraging the hedgerows

It’s all about timing!

I did well on timing the foraging outing on the bike with Evie’s sleep. I did badly (by at least two weeks) of timing the fruit picking. The rosehips are softening and I only found a handful of blackberries.

We started out and took every opportunity to pick fruit, meaning that Evie could help with the rosehips and elderberries!

Then with the eye rubbing, it was time to tuck her up and do some cycling to get her to sleep

Continuing along the way, the bushes were abundant in elderberries and crab apples

The Chariot was useful for carrying the jam pan to collect the fruit in, in the ‘boot’ with the nappy change bag!

Though the wind was strong, the views were gorgeous. Definitely feeling autumnal

Quite tired when I got home, well timed as Evie woke up!! Ready to make the hedgerow jelly jam when I get a spare moment!