Rodley to Apperley Bridge on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

It rained massively yesterday (as you can probably see from my pictures), but when I woke up this morning I could see glorious blue sky out of my window (I really need to hang my blinds back up again!). I decided that I couldn’t really waste such beautiful weather, so I went for a walk along the canal from Rodley to Apperley Bridge and back, just over 5 miles in about 2 hours. The blue sky was slightly deceptive since it was still...

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Waddington Airshow 2013

It’s taken a while for me to get these pictures processed and uploaded, but I’m finally done! I love going to Waddington and this year was Cameron’s first proper air show, after we introduced him to Sunderland last year. It was so much fun, although very warm! That was good though, because the sky was so clear that it was full displays all round. Perfect! And I even managed to avoid sunburn this time. Result! Next year...

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

After the Friday evening trip to the Harry Potter Studios, we decided to go to Whipsnade Zoo on the Saturday. We didn’t realise quite how hot it was going to be – 33 degrees! We were very warm and very tired after all the walking. Which there was lots of. It was more like a safari park that you can walk around than a traditional zoo because all the enclosures were so big. You could pay extra to take your car in so you can drive...

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Harry Potter Studio Tour – Leavesden Studios

Last Friday was my best friend Abi’s birthday, so we arranged a trip down to London for me, her and her sister Hannah. We decided to go to the Harry Potter Studio tour, and it was simply amazing! It’s at the actual studios where Harry Potter was filmed and has loads of original props, sets and costumes to look at. I was enthralled with how cool it all was, walking around the sets that they actually used for the films. I’ve just...

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The Deep and Bridlington

Today we decided to go to The Deep in Hull. I went when it was first opened, and Cameron hadn’t been for about 7 years, so we thought it would be quite interesting. There were lots of kids running around, but most of them were interested in looking in the tanks and not so bothered about reading all the information, which was better for us! I learnt lots of things, for example the Clown fish (i.e. Nemo) actually lives inside a poisonous...

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First look at Leeds First Direct Arena

While we were on holiday in Skipton, Cameron spotted a tweet from Leeds First Direct Arena advertising their open day – 2,500 tickets released for free to help them test some of their functions before the arena has its official opening very soon. We jumped straight on my laptop to order ourselves a couple, and today was the big day. Having decided that even with only 2,500 people going, Woodhouse Lane car park would be packed, we took the...

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Holiday Day 4 – All over the Yorkshire Dales

Well we had no idea what we wanted to do today, and since Cameron turned off the alarm and went back to sleep without waking me up, we didn’t leave the caravan until about 12. We decided to go for a drive around the dales, and pretty much spent all afternoon driving round, Grassington, Kettlewell, Leyburn, Kirkby Stephen, Hawes, everywhere. We drove past a lot of sheep, took way too many photos, and realised that sheep do not like the...

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Holiday Day 3 – Bolton Abbey and Aysgarth Falls

Bolton Abbey was our destination for today, only £7 to get in (per car, not each), and only 20 minutes from the caravan. When we set off, the weather was cloudy and a little bit cold, but after about 20 minutes of walking down to the priory ruins, the sun was back and shining brighter than ever – I think I may have got a little sunburned today. We walked just over 4km, with a picnic about halfway along, and then went for a little drive...

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Holiday Day 2 – Skipton Castle

Today we decided to invite my parents and my grandma up to Skipton to take them out for lunch, so that my grandma could enjoy the sunshine. Then Vicky decided to come home from Sheffield for a few days so she came along too and it was a nice family day out. As they didn’t arrive until lunch time, Cameron and I decided to go to Skipton Castle in the morning. Neither of us could remember going there before and it was actually quite...

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Holiday Day 1 – Trip to Hawes Creamery and the Yorkshire Dales

Today was the first proper day of our holiday to Cameron’s Aunt and Uncle’s caravan in Skipton. We decided that we’d take a drive out into the dales and visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. We were a bit disappointed that they weren’t actually making cheese that day so we couldn’t see the live demonstration, but we went round the rest of the museum and found out how they make it. We then took a trip around the...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! The snow is finally melting  and the sun is out, it feels pretty warm outside! I accidentally told Cameron that I’d be picking him up at half 9, even though the rest of my family aren’t coming round until later, so we went for a little walk around Golden Acre Park. It was pretty muddy with all the snow melting, and the lake was still frozen. Still, even though it was pretty sunny, I probably should have taken...

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Holiday to Edinburgh – February 2013

I’ve been a bit slack about blogging recently; between work, gym and sleep, I’ve hardly had any spare time. But I have lost a significant amount of weight this year, so the gym is obviously paying off, and I’d gladly give up blogging for that to continue. That said, here are (finally) the pictures from my trip to Edinburgh with Cameron from 14-17th February. It was an awesome time, we visited the Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood...

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Recent Pictures – Golden Acre, Fountains Abbey and others…

I need to get better at keeping up to this, so there’s a few posts rolled into one here. As part of my new year ‘get fit’ resolution, I’ve been going to the gym for about 90 minutes five times a week. On one of the other days, Cameron and I have been going out for walks at various places. It started off at Golden Acre Park, followed by Harewood House and Roundhay Park. We found out that it only costs £20 a year to join...

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Leeds German Market in Millennium Square

I’ve been having a tough couple of weeks at work, so when I had a day off yesterday (although not the original 2 and a half that I had planned), Cameron took me into Leeds for lunch and some Christmas shopping. I’ve never been to the German Market before, so that was our first stop. I’m not sure why I’ve never been as it sets up in Millennium Square every year, but I really loved it. I had to reign myself in to stop from...

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Vicky’s Graduation – Very Proud Big Sister!

It seems like a long time since my little sister Vicky graduated from Sheffield Hallam University (2:1 in Business), but today was finally her graduation.We all took way too many pictures (which Vicky wasn’t happy about), but I’ve picked a few of my favourites to upload for now. I can’t wait to see the official photos – it’s the only family portrait we’ve ever had done!  

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Golden Acre Park – A Very Autumnal Walk

I felt like I needed some fresh air this morning after being inside for most of the week, so I went up to one of my favourite places, Golden Acre Park in Leeds. I went a bit later than I normally go and it was quite busy with pushchairs and dogs, but not so busy that it wasn’t enjoyable. The paths were still very icy, but straying off the path was extremely muddy – glad I wore my big winter boots. Half way round we saw a lovely...

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Bakewell (Home of the Tart)

Not wanting to waste the lovely hot weather, Cameron and I went for a day trip to the Peak District yesterday, deciding on Bakewell. I’d been there a couple of years ago with Vicky and it was really nice, so worth a re-visit. All the way there, it looked quite miserable outside, cloudy and occasional rain. But the temperature on my car still said 22 degrees, so we had the air-con on quite cold. Getting out of the car in Bakewell was like...

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Proud as a Proud Thing in Proud Town

Yesterday was Cameron’s graduation; after four years of hard work, he finally became an alumnus of Huddersfield University. Even though it involved waking up at 6.15am to get ready, it was a great day. The weather stayed nice for the most part (although a bit windier than I would have liked when wearing a dress for the first time in over 10 years!). I was so proud watching him walk across the stage to shake hands with the Dean and looking...

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No, I’m not married!

For my birthday this weekend, I went on holiday with Cameron to Whitehaven. It’s a lovely place in the lake district right next to the sea. We stayed at a Premier Inn again which was pretty nice (even if the restaurant was a bit disappointing), but it was awesome to get away for a few days – and to be spoilt by Cameron all day on my birthday! On the Sunday, we decided to drive up to Scotland and we found a shopping village in Gretna...

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