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Dr’s Orders: “Flat, Wide, Soft Soled Shoes”

I’ve been having some trouble with my foot recently. I have a significant pain across my toes, down the outside of my foot and in my ankle. After a month of it getting more and more painful, and more and more stiff making it hard to walk on it, I gave in and went to

Review: Currizza (Indian Flatbread Pizza)

Ever struggle to decide between curry and pizza for your Saturday night takeaway? Thanks to Curry Dave you no longer have to make that difficult decision. Their new Indian flatbread pizzas offer the flavours of popular currys.  Each pizza has a naan bread base with curry sauce and other toppings along with grated mozzerella. There are currently four flavours – Chicken Madras, Chicken Tikka

“In Beauty May I Walk” Sculpture at Doddington Hall

If you’re local to Lincoln (or even if you’re not) then the sculpture exhibition at Doddington Hall and Gardens is well worth a visit. Called “In Beauty May I Walk”, it’s open until 7th September and there’s a fabulous cafe to get a slice of cake afterwards. (And if someone wants to buy me either the

Giveaway: Walking Goodies from #MySwissKit

Knowing that I enjoy a good walk, Inntravel sent me a little Switzerland-themed present this week. Inntravel specialise in slow holidays, that is to say, holidays which reveal the lesser-taken path and which offer a truly individual holiday experience. I love the idea of a walking holiday. A couple of years ago I stayed in a

Year in Photos – Weeks 30 & 31

Wednesday 30 July – It is finished! Thursday 31 July – How cute are these little baby booties? I made them! Thanks to Rock+Paper+Scissors for their baby accessories class this evening. Friday 1 August – Brayford Pool, Lincoln. Saturday 2 August – Flapjack for breakfast. The (almost) healthy option. Well it is home made! Sunday

Review: The North Face Women’s GTD Jacket

Designed with long distance trail runners in mind, the new GTD Jacket from The North Face is ultra-lightweight, breathable and water repellent, and comes in a few happy bright colours. I might not be a distance runner, but as with so many things like this, they are not confined to one sport or one use.

The Hottest Place on Earth – Wild West Part Three

In the same way that nothing can really prepare you for skiing in -29 degrees Celsius (which we did in Ruka, Finland), nothing can prepare you for riding a motorbike in +48 degrees Celsius. It is not simply a case of being a bit hotter than a normal summer in the UK. Think double the

Mountain Biking at Sherwood Pines

Having promised myself I would take my mountain bike on some proper trails rather than just using it to get to and from work when I bought it a few years ago, and feeling empowered to just get on and do things rather than putting them off forever following my hike up Kinder Scout, I

Year in Photos – Week 29

Wednesday 23 July – Lincoln Cathedral from Brayford Pool. Thursday 24 July – Crisps in a cup. This stops me eating all the crisps a colleague brought in to share! Friday 25 July – A hike up Kinder Scout to remember how hiking always made me feel alive. Read the post here. Saturday 26 July – Rhino sculpture

LEJOG in my Spare Room – Finally Finished

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I simply cannot choose. Every challenge, every hobby, every activity seems like a good idea to me. I end up setting myself challenges and targets upon challenges and targets and I simply cannot do everything. The inability to decide one thing over another is tiring!  Earlier in the year, inspired

Review: Grill Chef by Landmann Gas Barbecue from Asda

My new barbecue arrived last week. The website did say that assembly would be required, but when I opened the box containing our new gas barbecue the other day I was not quite prepared for what I saw. Lots (and lots) of little bits – gas burners, hoses, igniters, grill trays, legs, wheels, uprights, a regulator,

Defining Your Younger Years in Trainers: Nike Air Max

What shoes define your younger years? I don’t mean what stunning designs were you wearing when you turned 18 and were allowed to wear whatever you wanted. I mean, which shoes did you lust after when you were too young to buy your own? The shoe, or rather the trainer, that defined my young teenage

What Makes You Feel Alive? Hiking Kinder Scout

The lovely Challenge Sophie recently asked me a very simple question. “What makes you feel alive?” Very simple because we all intuitively know the answer to that question. It’s an easy one. It’s those things we do that make us excited, make us smile, make us satisfied, make us feel good. It may or may not be something we do

Fat Boys and Softails – Wild West Part Two

We never talked about doing this trip in a car; the plan was always to ride. It’s the old clichés – riding a motorbike provides a sense of freedom, the wind in the face, a feeling of being at one with the road. There is a huge difference in the things you can experience when

Up for the Big Blog Exchange 2014

Life is all about the journey. The challenge is to make the most of each day, to spend time learning, experiencing and trying. It’s for this reason that I have entered the Big Blog Exchange again this year, to hopefully open the door to one amazing adventure in November. Hostelling International are once again giving 16 passionate bloggers the