Moving more rurally has suited us. We thought the move would be the biggest thing that happened to us this year. Little did we know. We still adore our old Bristol walks. However, our new family adventures have taken us here, there and everywhere so far this year.
I’ve written recently about Greyfield woods, and East Harptree and Smitham, both gorgeous. This picture was taken at Litton Lakes, more about that in a few weeks. But there’s something so liberating, even when heavily pregnant, about pulling on your boots, slinging on your rucksack full of snacks and wipes and spare things, and taking an OS Map or a few directions, and just going for it!
I must admit, at 31 weeks pregnant, walking is getting to be an adventure in itself, but I need to keep moving, so we’re doing lots of shady routes, and places with sitting spots. We also tend to divide and conquer, meaning, one takes the dog, one takes the daughter, and do a park with a playground. Our golden favourite will always be Victoria Park for this, either in Bristol or Bath!
Finding new fun
Our new firm favourite activity is county shows. This year we’ve been to the North Somerset, The Royal Bath and West, and the Mid Somerset. They just have something for all of us. We each get a special treat. David will shoot some clays, and sample as much cider as possible. I’ll buy some unnecessary product or candle, Tibbs will get at least one ice cream, and Mack will get a new lead, or perhaps a dog chew.
We’ll sit and watch sheep shows, tractor pulling, show jumping, pony club games. We’ll go to talks about gun dogs. We’ll wonder, foolishly, if we need new waxed jackets and huge garden furniture or maybe a shepherd’s hut for the garden.
The right clothes for the weather
We exchanged wellies, romantically, on Christmas Day, and both of us have the sort of jacket that we stay toasty and dry in, whatever the weather. Tibbs was recently sent some great new outdoor clothing by Muddy Puddles. Have you seen their stuff? It’s unmissable – colourful, sturdy, great attention to detail.
Tibbs has these wonderfully bright blue Puddlestomper wellies with lightening flashes, similar to these. I’m a particularly big fan because they have small heels, which, if you’re learning to ride as we are, is essential. It’s been great for her general balance in mud and on uneven ground, too.
I’ve got a set of Puddlestomper Wellies, and one of these Puddle Pac-a-Macs to giveaway today. They are a perfect back to school combination. The Pac-a-Mac folds up so small, and the wellies are mega durable. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me your favourite walk locally. Let’s share the love, we all need new places to try!
The competition closes on Friday September 2nd.