Autumnal Buttermere

Phew Buttermere is a long blooming drive away!! Worth it though. We spent a lovely Sunday meandering around the Lake, looking at sheep and eating ice cream…

^^ we had to have an ice cream because she fell in a stinking puddle of mud!


Reading challenge: September

Get in!! I did 3 books again September (although I’m still disappointed by the measly 2 in August!) and they were good ones!

  1. Rooftoppers by Katherin Rundell
    I LOVE a good kids book and this 8-12 age range really has some brilliant books! Rooftoppers was amazing AND the illustrations are beautiful. The story in this book is really heart wrenching and considering it’s a children’s book it doesn’t dress up grief or play down the use of language. I learnt a lot about Cello’s. It has such delightful imagery and it’s a really special story. Throughly recommend.
  2. Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah
    This book is a total mind blag, SO SO interesting if you like books that have a psychological twist. I liked the one you have a therapists point of view in it as well with, what I presumed, were real facts. I don’t think the blurb on the back does this book justice.
  3. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
    So many people have raved about this book on Twitter, it’s been a best seller in lots of magazines as well…but I did not rate it. For the first half I found the story quite hard to follow and a bit depressing. The way it’s written means there are lots of descriptions I found didn’t really make sense. I enjoyed the second half a lot more, maybe I had got into the swing of the narrative a bit more? But the main characters mother was just driving me insane!

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1 year of happiness

Can you believe it’s been a whole YEAR since me and Monkey man said ‘I do?’ I never shared any snippets of the wedding with you because it was all a bit rushed and I was poorly for a few weeks after the wedding.

On Sunday, which was our anniversary, we had a lovely day together climbing (it’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve climbed!!) and then we had dinner at my parents house.

Here’s a few snippets from the wedding last year.

Tromping delight

Ivy got her first pair of wellies!! This a momentous occasion for me because as you know I LOVE my wellies, and I love mud and water and fields and tromping. Turns out so does she (thank god!) here’s a few snaps from some tromping days we’ve had recently.

This ^^ is at Levens Deer Park, I love goats so I was so happy to get so close.

How beautiful is Loughrigg?!

The last of the summer: Italy

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve been having a little detox from the online world, Ivy is so fully on now that I barely get a second to draw breath never mind take any photos! Anyway here’s a few snaps from our recent trip to Italy!

We stayed very close to Pisa, we’ve stayed near to here before, but I would recommend perhaps going a little further out towards Lucca, it’s much prettier.

Reading challenge: August

I am GUTTED that I was unable to read 3 books in August! I only got through two, which I’m so disappointed about…I sort of feel like it’s ruined the entire challenge! Anyway here’s the two I read this month. Both good, both very different from one another.

  1. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
    This was amazing! Its not really a genera I usually read, its sort of fantasy but I also felt it was totally believable somehow. It’s very addictive reading, you’re desperate to find out what is going to happen next. I loved all the little imaginary twists and turns.
  2. The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
    I’m still undecided if I enjoyed this…I read it really quickly, it was a very easy read, but it was a little bit disturbing. It was also quite gory. I would recommend if you like murder mysteries, the part where you’re inside the mind of the killer is well written but again its a bit disturbing.

Climbing and cats

It seems like forever seen I did a post about climbing (and my cats for that matter!) but we just don’t get to climb as much together these days…and Ivy is a bit of a danger to herself at a crag as you can imagine!

Last week we managed to get some bouldering in after Monkey Man finished work, it was nice to be out all 3 of us together on a summer’s evening (although it wasn’t that warm!)

After a long evening climbing we came home to very sleepy cats indeed…

A brief bit of sun – August

Hasn’t August been such a rubbish month so far?! Some days I’ve honestly been cold! It’s not felt like summer at all, except for this one weekend just before we went to Chamonix.
It’s days like these that I appreciate living in the English Lake District so much!

After getting soaked ^^

Also this has nothing to do with sunshine or outdoors but I’ve just finished this book ^^ and oh my goodness it’s so good, like nothing I’ve read before!

A week in Chamonix

If you’re an avid follower of this blog you’ll know that Chamonix was the first place Monkey Man and I went as a couple. It was about this time 5 years ago!! So I was very happy we were able to take Ivy there last week.

Chamonix is a really family friendly place (although expensive!) but there’s lots to do if you like walking and biking and going up high!

Here’s a collection of pictures from the trip, they’re all a bit random because I didn’t take enough per day to do a post per place we visited, but there were lot’s of mountains, waterfalls, baguette and ice cream!

^^ Ice creams for the win!