Rivelin Valley

A couple of weeks ago we decided to look for a new, local-ish place to walk Henry. I love going to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and to Manvers Lake, but missed the adventure of walking around somewhere new.

After an internet search, making up a picnic and wrapping ourselves up warm we decided on Rivelin Valley in Sheffield (mainly for the free carpark!)

It was difficult to find and the carpark is really small so we had to park on the main road as it is such a popular spot and we could see why… Autumn was the perfect time to visit, with the golden leaves littering the pathways and that nice cool breeze in the air.  26 of the 100 year old (maybe older!) trees had been “saved” from being felled and had a ribbon and a sign saying so… it was a delight to see.

We were greeted by a lovely lake, lots of ducks and a path with the only way through (besides going back and along the main road) was over stepping stones in the river. Henry loved this… we had a very happy, wet springer spaniel.   Continue reading




For Dan’s birthday I decided to book at trip to London.  I booked a great last minute deal, including First Class tickets on the train.

We  stayed in the Ibis Styles in Kensington and although the room was compact, it was clean, it had everything we needed (even a kettle for a cuppa!) and was a 2 minute walk from Earl’s Court tube station.  Continue reading

Barcelona – Badelona

Barcelona. One of the many places to visit on my bucket list. When we booked our most recent adventure I couldn’t contain my excitement. I found myself looking at old pieces of artwork from high school where I first found my love for Gaudi’s architecture. The colours, the shapes and the unusual! I was so excited! Continue reading


My first overseas adventure as an adult was my honeymoon. I was whisked away to Dubrovnik in Croatia for a long weekend and I couldn’t have wished for better.

After a turbulent start to 2015, a wonderful wedding in May and a promotion just after by the time it got to October I was ready for a good break!

Croatia always seemed a bit scary for me, Dad went to Croatia and stopped off at Dubrovnik when he was in the Army as he served in Bosnia. Landing in the mountains on a desert terrain was pretty terrifying however walking off the plane and being greeting by the warmth and vivid colours quickly made me forget. For the most part it was warm and sunny with a few clouds however we did get rain on our last day (which didn’t spoil our fun!) and a scary thunderstorm on the way back to the airport on our return home.

We went straight into Dubrovnik old town as I couldn’t wait to have a peek at where Game of Thrones was filmed. It’s Breath-taking with it’s drawbridges and I was amazed by how the tall walls, winding streets and cobbled road shine a warm orange and were polished so well that everything looks slippy. Continue reading