Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Going downhill like the clappers!

This weekend Mr Q and I travelled south to visit my sister. We've been a little lazy since returning from our holiday in Yorkshire, so we decided to dust off our walking boots and go for walk in the countryside. To test our resolve, my sister chose to lead us up one of Bedfordshire's most prominent hills - the fantastically named Sharpenhoe Clappers.

It was a fantastic walk with beautiful views over surrounding downland, an Iron Age hill fort, the sound of the wind in the beech wood, abundant fruits in the hedgerows and an enormous packed lunch (a tribute to my Dad's legendary packed lunches).

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Back from the back of beyond

Mr Q and I are back from our holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. We had 7 idyllic days of castles, walking, cheese, crafts, waterfalls and gardens in Wensleydale and Swaledale. We stayed in a 17th century cottage with a truly amazing view across the valley. It was extraordinarily peaceful - no mobile phone coverage, no sound except sheep baaing, and so dark at night that you couldn't tell if your eyes were open or shut.

Here are some of our highlights....