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On Having Fickle Skin. Review: Avène Cleanance

My skin sits at the top of the list of things about me I hate. It’s horrible. And so you’ll forgive me for a random beauty product post on my otherwise now-focussed-on-the-outdoors blog; but when it comes to sorting my complexion out I need all the help I can get. Like so many people, my

Some Goals and Challenges for 2015

I always find February an inspiring month. Lots of people I know are making real strides towards their goals for the year – some are marathon training, some have booked amazing trips, some are telling me about adventures they are embarking on, some have started new jobs, some are moving home, and some are doing all

Life is all about the journey. The poem.

My Dad likes likes to write poetry in his spare time, and this week he presented me with this one he’s been working on for a little while. I just had to share it. This is my poem – he has captured my mantra and what it means for my life just perfectly. I love it. Thanks Dad x Now

A Bucket List Re-Focus: My “To Try” List

There is something inspiring about a new year. We might be a couple of weeks in now, but the idea of setting goals and resolutions for the next 12 months is still at the forefront of my mind. I’m still considering carefully what that might mean for me; I want to set a series of

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Je Suis Charlie

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] The world is a hard place to live in sometimes.  I will never understand the ability of some human beings to be so absolutely abhorrent. A bloody massacre at the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, several more shootings in other places,

A Blogging Birthday Celebration and an Elevator Pitch

How do you celebrate a blogging birthday?! Well I was thinking a nice cake from M&S but they didn’t have anything I wanted. So I decided on the next best thing… Party Rings! They remind me of birthdays and celebrations gone by. Possibly my favourite biscuit. Maybe.  Apart from eating sweet treats, the other thing we are very

Ten Lists for the Post-Festive Blues

It is a well-known fact that when something that we’ve been looking forward to/preparing for over weeks and maybe months comes and goes, it can be difficult to move on to the next thing and the post-event blues set in. This can be the case at Christmas time. Once the presents are unwrapped, the food

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014 – An Update

Despite 2014 looking like an incredibly busy year, back in February I was inspired by a number of people to make a short list of goals and challenges I would like to achieve in 2014. As we are currently working our way through the very last day of the year, and because I just managed to make a

Snow Journey Home

We got home safely last night thanks to three very important things. LincsGeek’s calm and expert driving. Winter tyres on the car. Making the (eventual) decision to stick to minor roads. It was a snow journey. I’m sure you’ve heard lots about, or experienced, the snow storm that hit parts of the UK last night. Not

A Mini Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving, an old and traditional holiday and festival over in the USA, is one that has always fascinated me. The idea of openly being thankful for what you have by sharing a celebration meal with your family and friends really appeals. With Black Friday slowly becoming part of the English shopping calendar thanks to large retailers such as

My Million to One – A Dream for A Dream

Alana Hurd wants to build a home for abandoned disabled children in Southern Africa. She was asked to help whilst volunteering in the area and so approached a couple of local charities in the area and they agreed to help by adopting the children and providing them a home on the proviso that Alana found money every

Thank You Teachers

On Monday something really terrible happened in a School in Leeds. A teacher with 40 years of experience was stabbed to death; the first ever such incident inside a UK classroom. How absolutely terrible that someone felt the need to do that to somebody who was there to teach – how terrible that a teenager felt the need to do that