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Fly Boarding at Tattershall Lakes

I have often commented how I would have loved to be a Blue Peter presenter. Too old for that now, I reckon Channel 5’s The Gadget Show would be equally as good – with opportunities to try out the latest tech in all its guises. It was on The Gadget Show that I first saw

On the Footplate of a Steam Train

A few of the things on my bucket list are childhood dreams, and probably quite common ones at that. One of those is to drive a steam train – and I came remarkably close the other weekend when I spent some time riding on the footplate of the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. Shortly after Christmas I

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

What is Adventure?

I love to read about people’s adventures. Learning about the exciting things that other people are getting up to makes me smile – it helps me to understand even more than life is all about the journey and that life can be fun and exciting. I read lots of adventure-focussed blogs, follow adventurers on twitter,

On Failing to Break a World Record

One of those slightly more unusual things that has been sat on my bucket list for several years is to hold a Guiness World Record. I’ve never had any clue what record it might be, but in my head I have images of Roy Castle and a television studio and an audience cheering and this song… Sorry for

A Sensible Bucket List Item: Grow Your Own

Bucket list items don’t have to be adrenaline fuelled. Sometimes they can be totally sensible.   One such thing on my list is “grow and eat my own vegetables”. You know, plant something, grow it, harvest it, eat it.  I’ve always thought growing your own veg to be a skill that should be known by everyone. If there was

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

Photographs from a Lover of Mini-Adventures

I can’t get enough mini-adventures. I absolutely love having the opportunity to try something new, achieve something, do something a bit different. Don’t get me wrong; I adore big adventures too – but generally speaking my adventures tend to be quite small in nature, at least in duration. They are one-off experiences that give me a chance to try something new, achieve something,

Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

How do you prepare for the trip of a lifetime? I may well have mentioned previously that I am very nearly (seven weeks seven weeks seven weeks) about to embark on my trip of a lifetime. Something I have been dreaming about for years and years. I am incredibly excited about it. It’s been booked for well over a

Ice Climbing in Covent Garden

I’ve tried climbing a few times before – always on one of those walls with all those different shaped pegs attached. I remember having to do as many climbs as possible in a few minutes for a corporate challenge day which totally wore me out, and playing about on a wall at Bovey Sands when

What’s Your Living Room Talent?

According to an article I read recently, one of the top things people regret never doing is mastering an awesome party trick. You know the sort of silly thing I’m talking about – an impression, a magic trick, being able to contort your body into some weird shape, spinning a plate on your finger…  …then Maltesers emailed me to tell

Calling all Lincolnshire Musicians – Performance and World Record Attempt!

Ever fancied playing a piece of music with 1,500 people? SoundLincs, who are celebrating their 15th birthday this year, are arranging the opportunity to do just that – the B15 project are looking for enthusiastic musicians and singers of all ages, traditions, interests and abilities to take part in a unique record breaking event. B15 is

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014

Now that 2014 is well under way I thought it was about time that I gave some real thought to what my goals for the year should be. The reason I am doing this now is because I have been incredibly inspired by a few people I follow on twitter. Inspired to consider what my

Tips for Holidaying in Ruka, Finland

Having been to Ruka twice (read my travel posts here, here and here), and knowing that we will be going back sometime, I thought I’d share a handful of tips for having a great winter holiday in the resort. Be prepared with lots of layers. This year we doubled up on thermal base layers and

Ruka for the Second Time

Have you ever enjoyed a holiday so much that you decide to do it all over again? That’s what we decided to do for our ski holiday this season – same country, same resort, same hotel, same week just one year later. Ruka in Finland had such an effect on us that we had no