Recently I seem to be in the habit of choosing the wettest of wet days to go hiking. And camping. I mean, this year alone I’ve done Kinder, Lancashire, and the Yorkshire Three Peaks in absolutely terrible rain. A lot of people say “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad kit” or


Back in November the lovely people at Blacks (I say lovely and mean it, they’re always so helpful in there, not in a pushy “I must make a sale” kind of way, but rather in a knowledgeable “love to get outside” kind of way), sent me a new waterproof jacket with one simple request –

No Excuses for Getting Outdoors – Win a Trespass Waterproof!

Let’s face it, if you want to get outdoors in the UK, the one piece of absolutely vital gear you need is a waterproof coat. Even on the brightest and warmest of days in the British summer, you are wise to stuff a waterproof jacket into your pack, you know, just in case. But you

Review: The North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket

I’ve been testing out some brand new technology from The North Face over the last couple of weeks. This is the Thermoball Hoodie Jacket – a light weight insulated jacket designed to keep you toasty warm whatever you are up to. I won’t lie. When this jacket arrived and I took it out of the

Review: The North Face Durango Hoodie

The North Face Durango Hoodie is a this-season soft shell outerwear jacket that offers some warmth and protection from rain, ideal for those in-between days when it’s not cold enough to need a hugely insulated coat but when you do still want to get moving. I received this particular one from Snow+Rock to try out.

Review: The North Face Vanadium Jacket

If you saw my recent post on the Spires and Steeples challenge and the fact that I failed (go read it here), then you’ll already have had a preview of the latest product I’ve been testing for The North Face. This is the shot of me with Mark at the start of the walk donning

Review: The North Face Women’s Honee Snugs Delux Parka

LincsGeek and I are fairly new to the skiing game. We went on our first ski holiday just three years ago after some ski lessons at snozone. Before that first holiday we kitted ourselves up as cheaply as we could – we wanted good quality at low cost, and so bought coat, pants, gloves, socks

Barratts Christmas Blog Competition

It’s the season for blog competitions, and I can’t hide my love of shoooooooes so I had to do this one really. This time it’s the lovely Kel Loves hosting a competition from Barratts. To enter I have to create an outfit post for a festive occasion including a pair of Barratts footwear. So naturally I

How Many Dressing Gowns?

Sometimes chatting online or via text or even on the phone isn’t enough. Sometimes friends just have to get together. So the other weekend I went to Southampton for tea. Yes that’s a 500 miles round trip, and yes that makes me just a little bit mad. Actually I only (only!) drove as far as Grays

Snap Happy: 3rd August

What is HE wearing? Paddington is wearing is floppy hat, duffel coat and wellington boots of course! Use the tag SnapHappyBritMums here on Splodz Blogz to find all the photos from this challenge.

Land's End Snow Squall Parka

There is nothing like getting out and about in the fresh air in the winter time… a brisk walk on a frosty morning is the perfect way to get the blood pumping and an after-dinner walk is a great way to offset some of that over indulgence! But if you are gonna go out at

Year in Photos (21 Nov 11) – Yellow Coat

Saw this on sale in New Look at lunch time – yellow fleecy coat reduced to £19.99 – bargain! (I didn’t give in to temptation though.) 21/11/11: Colonel Mustard in the library