Hello everyone,

I would say I hope you are enjoying the Summer but frankly we seem to have slipped into mid-October so maybe I will skip that for now.

You may have read my very first post ‘2016’ but if not I will quickly paraphrase. Last year was a tough one for me, probably the toughest I’ve had to date, mainly because I was in a lot of pain, a lot of the time. Due to that I (and by extension my husband) missed out on a lot – it’s all in the first post but we cancelled a holiday to America, tickets to Coldplay, in general anything fun!

Skip forward to now I am feeling much better and much happier but it does take a lot of work and self control (hello massive croissant which I would really like to eat but now can’t!) As last year was a bit of a damp squib adventure-wise I was really intent to make 2017 much, much better through doing more, seeing more and exploring more. I am lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country where there is no shortage of new places to be discovered.

I started a list at the start of 2017 with activities I wanted to do this year – nothing major, things like visiting the most Easterly point in the UK, seeing the bluebells carpet the ground and visiting local places of interest. Half way through the year and we are doing pretty well and have some lovely times – lamb cuddling in the Spring and wild swimming in the Lakes are particular highlights.

So I may have got a little carried away with the breaks. So far we have been to the Lakes (and 24 hours in South Wales, but I don’t think it counts if you are there to watch football – but we did see Stacey’s house!) also have a week in North Yorkshire and Nice booked and weekends/long weekends in Norfolk (camping), the Cotswolds, Hayling Island and Bath. I will be be documenting our stays on here and my Instagram. As the Lakes has already happened I will pop a post up tomorrow, it was the place of the OUTSIDE BATH and attracted a lot of attention at the time so I hope you will enjoy it.

If you have any recommendations for breaks, or if you own a holiday cottage/rental please get in touch.

Below are a couple of pictures from our year so far, hope you enjoy them and maybe I’ve inspired you to write yourself a 2018 list, the trick is small achievable activities, plus who doesn’t like crossing things off a list?

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