Sunday, 19 April 2015

Going on a Walking Adventure Ends up a Hiking Adventure

Now the sun is out to play, Aaron and I are back in the great outdoors. I don't drive, so when Daddy is at work, it means A LOT of time on my feet. We walk for miles sometimes and have done since he was born - I don't know HOW my buggy lasted through all the many long adventures it went on. All the walking keeps him slim. He has bucket loads of energy and stamina. I'm really not sure where my *coughs* healthy figure comes from, given the miles I walk. Clearly I need to change my diet, but I know this...

I've had what I thought was gout for the past year, and I have now had it confirmed by about 4 different people that it is definitely plantar fasciitis. I got flip flops the other day, the German cork soled ones... you know the ones that begin with B. They are great and don't seem to aggravate my bad foot at all. BUT they have given me a blister on my bunion.

But when Aaron goes off the beaten path (i.e. hiking) as he did just yesterday in the picture you see above, Mummy can't really follow him in these (below)... and given we have an upcoming trip to Wales, it is time to look for the correct walking attire. Looks like I can stay "in the pink" AND these are affordable:
Hiking ladies boots for under 50 pounds
I don't want to miss out on great views just because my footwear isn't safe enough or practical enough to get to great heights. Views like this are worth hiking for. Another pic from yesterday:
Yesterday, he had as much fun climbing on the rocks as he did playing in the playground adjacent to it. Would have loved to follow him up here but I am not really steady on my feet, even more so in incorrect footwear so I watched. But watching him happy and free range is a complete joy!
The thing I love about hiking boots is the ankle support that they provide, which I am really lacking at the moment. Having plantar fasciitis and walking cautiously and tentatively for a year has made my ankles really really weak! The above Jack Wolfskin ones seem good and high too - just what I need, and they stop just before my fat calves start ha ha!

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If money was no object though, I would get these Salomon Women's Comet 3D Hiking Boots. Having worked in footwear for 6 years, I know firsthand how necessary it is to have Gore-tex when walking in the British climate! Breathable but guaranteed to keep you dry!

And of course you CAN go trekking in sandals - such as these Jack Wolfskins - as long as you have the right support - the sort of sandal that can be adjusted in three places: heel, ankle and toes. That means you can jog along, without any slippage. Great security for 360 degree movements.

Hopefully, with the right footwear I can keep up with Aaron and he won't be a dot in the distance like this:
Do you go on long walks trekking, hiking or trailing? What do you wear?

I am sure the road ahead contains lots of adventures for Aaron and I, given the pace at which he attacks life. I want to be right there by his side for all of it
And that means losing some weight and getting fit, just as much as wearing the right thing on my feet!

Bye for now, Liska xxx

Collaboration with Cotswold Outdoor.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Ten Reasons to Go To Weston Super Mare seafront!

I am going to list below 
you really MUST 
go to 
Weston Super Mare. 

After reading them you can even watch this short 10 minute 
edited soundtracked video 
Vlog of our day :-)

1. It may not be the most golden of sands, but it is not a pebbly beach. Hoorrahh! At low tide it can be muddy but that's only near the water. I adore the sand! Even when the sand is dark/wet it's all the better to make sandcastles with and yes it sticks to you, but as soon as dry, falls off just the same as the white/golden stuff. Ignore the reviews that speak of mud - near the road it's as lovely as this even at low tide so dive right in like my Aaron:
2. The Land Train along the sea front is wonderful. I made a video of our trip on it this Thursday. It goes at a decent speed and provides a quick pleasant way of seeing some views. It enabled Aaron to spot the playground which we'd never otherwise have found as we hadn't planned on walking down that way.
3. The Grand Pier is fab. This is my friend Jane's video of her 11 year old's birthday party there:
4. The Weston Wheel is fab. I will be uploading a You Tube vid in the coming days! Yes the capsules are open, but the railings are good and high. You get to really enjoy the weather and the views on a sunny day. Also love the music they play on it. If you hate that feeling where your stomach rises as a ride descends, you don't actually experience that on the Wheel, which is GREAT as I hate that too. Literally cannot bear it. The Wheel goes at a good pace without that happening - thanks be to God!
5. We've been twice now and Aaron just ADORES the donkeys namely Jake, Paddy and Sandy :-) A ride down the beach and back up is a very reasonable 2 pounds!
6. There is a Premier Inn right on the sea front (they're one of my favourite hotels). Love their consistently high standards throughout the chain. I haven't yet stayed at that one though but we saw it from the Wheel (as you will hear when I finally edit and upload the footage).

7. There is a fabulous adventure playground with a water park (splash pad) on the seafront. It's 1.50 pounds to get in but free till 1st May. It's well worth a visit
8. It's a beach that is largely unspoilt. You feel as if you are being transported back to the 1960s (in a good way). It doesn't have the franticness of Brighton and the prices are way more reasonable!
9. There is currently a fab sand sculpture on, which is very affordable to access.
10. The best bit of Weston Super Mare is it doesn't get insanely busy like other beaches. Yes I took these pics in April (including the one below) but there is truly a slower pace of life in Weston that will chill you out and lower your blood pressure in a way that Brighton cannot (maybe my personal opinion) but you can't beat a holiday in the West Country to chill you out. Look at the speed at which a local says Brighton compared to the speed at which a local says Somerset. Says it all really ;-)
A lot of regeneration has taken place at Weston Super Mare including rebuilding the Grand Pier which was sadly burned down in 2008, and reopened in 2010, so it is spotless. We love the carousel (think horses like Mary Poppins style, on a merry go round - just opposite the entrance to the Grand Pier), which we went to last Summer, but sadly it wasn't open on our recent visit of Thursday 16th April.

When we stay at home, Aaron often makes me want to climb the walls, but at Weston, HE was climbing the walls. I'd say that ranked as one of his favourite parts of the day:
If you are within driving distance go on a day trip and if not, stay for a few days/a weekend. You won't regret it. I love the old fashioned cafe on the seafront where you can get a plate of chips for a pound. Told you it wasn't Brighton!!!!

Our trip to Weston made us very happy indeed
Liska xxx

Monday, 13 April 2015

My Wish List for Summer Knitwear

My shape has changed and so too has the weather, so I need a couple of jumpers for the evenings or cooler days. 

I will be publishing a video shortly, but basically I have a waist again - hooorrrah. We're now in that changeable weather where the days are hot but the late afteroons and evenings are cool/cold. Perfect for a skimpy jumper. Shapely, but with some warmth.

Thankfully I have been introduced via blogging to Woolovers which is just the ticket. You'll have read in recent blog posts, how COLD I get when I am in the park with Aaron for hours, particularly when it nears sunset. Yes, it's warm when we arrive, but NOT when we depart for home. 

A Spring/Summer lightweight jumper (or two) would be just the ticket and cashmere, cotton, silk and wool sound like divine ingredients!

I wanted to show you my personal favourite lightweight Summer jumpers if I were to buy a jumper right now. My wish list is here:
Do you like my choices, or do you see something you like more? If you forced me to pick ONE, or my budget, most likely dictated that I could afford one, it would have to be number 3. 

In case you can't read the text on my collage, here are the details and where to find them:

30% silk / 70% cotton
26 pounds or 2 for 45

90% cotton / 10% cashmere
29 or 2 for 52

30% cashmere / 70% merino
38 or 2 for 70

30% cashmere / 70% merino
49 or 2 for 90

I love that when you hover over colour options, the picture of the item just automatically changes colour.

Woolovers is a really lovely website with a great deal of choice. The colour selection alone is phenomenal. I love the materials, colours and the fact that they've been going 26 years with such a bespoke tailor made service, so targeted to their consumer's tastes. I better stop looking as now I have just spotted the Aran coat cardigan which would be perfect for a Summer's evening *drools* and how perfect, with my son being called Aaron ;-) and it's only 49 pounds, despite being pure British wool!

This post is a collaboration with Woolovers.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Plane Watching #MySundayPhoto

I had far too many photos to choose from for this #MySundayPhoto blog post. So I just dived in and picked this one, as there are SO many reasons I love this pic. Multi-layered to say the least.

He'd been saying "let's go" for hours yet when we were ready he was transfixed plane watching. Unmovable!

Enjoy your Sunday.

Linking up with One Dad 3 Girls. Click this badge to see the other beautiful photos linked up.


I'm sure the lack of an "S" on the end of My Sunday Photo means you should pick one pic, but I wanted to show you the two that got away. I wrangled with these two, before picking the one above:
All three of these pics were taken by me, on Saturday 11th April 2015. With a Sony Cybershot camera.

Liska xxx

Friday, 10 April 2015

The Country Kid is Back in Action

He may now be a toothless boy wonder but he's back on top form thank goodness. My lil hero. And in time for us to enjoy the school Easter holidays.
The quickest and easiest way to share our Easter weekend with you, is to get you to watch this video below :=) Shows our Park Life Easter Sunday (which was in the evening) and Monday (which was the whole day). Aaron had lots of fun and adventures. The sky could not have been bluer, and it seems like only yesterday when I recently said Spring has started in the UK, but now I can honestly say SUMMER HAS! So soon after the clocks going forward too! We've had a whole week of 20 degrees! Been very welcome!
Would love it if you could watch on You Tube and like, comment and subscribe. I'm a tad addicted to You Tube myself currently. Seems there are heaps of Parent Vloggers on there. Something for everyone. My favourites are the Saccone Jolys, as you feel like you get to know them with every video.

So back to #CountryKids... Aaron's accident hasn't dented his fearlessness ness ness! He is still just as adventurous as he ever was (thanks be to God), although I hear myself and Daddy saying things like "be careful"  or "take it slow" or "watch out" a lot more often, which is strange given it wasn't any carelessness on Aaron's part that caused the fall, but enough of that...
He's quite a chilled out country kid though :-)
Me, Mummy, I get to chill, like truly chill, when he's playing with Daddy, or as below, just spinning around cloud watching, not that there were many. They both love that roundabout thingy. It's got no bars so you just lie on it and relax after Mummy's pushed you. As you'll also see in the vid above, we got to relax Easter Sunday and Monday too. That's the fab thing about school holidays: LOTS of quality family time. The weather has been conducive to this Country Kid enjoying the great outdoors. Looks like 2015 is officially open for business, especially now that the Solar AND the less talked about Lunar Eclipses are both out of the way. Time to start living!
What's your Country Kid been up to? For outdoor inspiration, head over to Coombe Mill's blog (or  go there in real life like I hope to one day).

I'll be adding this post to the #CountryKids linky when it opens at midnight tonight.
 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

Liska xx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter Everyone

Cadbury's Creme Egg for me, M&M Egg for him. Keeping it simple and thinking about Christ. Thanks for my egg and my HUGE box of Thorntons' Chocolates Daddy. 

Christ taught us how to open our hearts (the Sacred Heart is on the wall in every home in Ireland) and how to forgive. That is what I am meditating on now, which is rather appropriate for Easter. Aaron's taught me that actually with a loving heart, there is nothing to forgive in the first place. He's my hero and my Teacher as usual. As with technology our children are the upgraded version. They're us, with evolution!

This video will explain.

Happy Easter. From our house to yours.

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