I must have walked some miles

Between Friday and today, I must have walked some miles.
Friday, I walked back to an area where a flat I thought may be too far than I liked and also that I felt I would not like to walk via that way at night, to see if I quickly misjudged. I forgot my map, but thought I memorised it and so I continued my journey.  I found I went the wrong way and so I had to back-track until on the right route. I found that my views walking that way had changed, but I still did feel it was quite a walk to get to, so I was right not to enquire about it.

Today, I visited a park that I had not been to before and absolutely loved it. Vicar Water County Park is a hidden gem, in Clipstone. Many a times I have gone through this area and always said I would one day visit,so after yesterday being a total downpour, I was determined that today I was going. I set out early, so I could get the walk in,  as rain was predicted for the afternoon.


There are three trails around here and the trail I had in mind was the longest one, which was 3 miles. After over half way round, I found signage to be poor and the walk I had I’m mind, I ended up trailing off somewhere. The last signage I seen and I hoped would point me in the right direction was damaged, so I could not see where I was. I did not panic at this point, as I would have done years ago and trusted my own gut instinct. Eventually, after some walking, I came across a guest house and at this point, a little anxiety came in and I felt lost, but I pulled out my phone and Google it. I found I was in Forest Town, so I had gone out of my way. But I wasn’t far to walk back to my starting point, which was The Rumbles cafe. As I was going to walk in what I thought was the right direction, I asked someone who was walking their dog, to check I was going in the right direction. It was a good job I asked, because I was going the opposite way to where I needed to go. Once on the right course, it was lunch at The Rumbles Cafe and I was ready for a drink most of all,  when I arrived there. The meal and service there was excellent like at any Rumbles cafe I have been to. Had I started here first, I could have picked up a guide for the walk and just maybe, not have got lost.


Find out more about the park here: http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/vicarwater/


Blog post share: Solo Travel

I loved reading this post, when I discovered it today and this post had a lot of meaning and values too.

Turn The Page

If you can’t be by yourself and do things that truly make you happy. Then you shouldn’t enter any relationship with another person because they shouldn’t complete you they should just compliment you.

One way you can truly find what you want in life is by travelling and exploring a new place by yourself. When you explore a place or culture on your own you develop your own idea’s and opinions. Not having other peoples opinions that put a cloud over you forming your own ideas which can help you understand what you want from your life. When I travel by myself is when I can fully immerse myself in the new surroundings and experience what is happening around me. New surroundings means new experiences and I can learn and grow while understanding what I like and dislike. Solo travel allows you the opportunity to do what you want and…

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Snowdrops in the Cotswolds

Recently, I visited the Cotswolds over the weekend. I am sharing my holiday in this one post, rather than two posts that I usually do. So do stick around as there are photos. 🙂

Saturday 25th February 2017
I visited Bourton-on-the Water. First stop, after some walking around to get  feel of the place was at The Riverside Cafe. I had a scone with jam and clotted cream, with a cup of tea.

More walking around and taking photos while trying to find a particular cafe for later, that was included in my holiday. (I found it after a circular walk.)

Discovered Birdland. Here are some of the many photos I taken while there.

I then went to Mary’s Rest Tearoom and Cafe, for my free cream tea that was included in my holiday. What I did not realise was that this also included a scone with jam and clotted cream. So this was my second one of the day, not that I did not enjoy it. Yum.

My hotel room, (5th floor,) was at Jury Inn, in Swindon. I was really tired before even arriving to the hotel from being up since 5am, so I could not wait to get to bed later that night.

The hotel was lovely and I had no complaints.

Sunday 26th February 2017
I was up at 7am, ready for breakfast at 8am and we left our hotel at 8.45am to make our way to Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre. It was our day of leisure to explore through the drifts of snowdrops, daffodils and narcissi, as well as other plants, trees and shrubs, until 1pm, before starting our way back home.
Surprisingly I did not buy any plants, but I did buy a book on container gardening which I have already read, when travelling back on the coach and I bought a lavender infused chocolate bar. (I will share my book review of this book later.)
I bought for my mum a lovely decorated tin with biscuits inside, as a thank you for looking after my cat.

Here are some photos of many I taken while walking around the arboretum.

It’s an achievement for me

Today was when I travelled to a new area I had not been to before and as you know from a previous post, I can get anxiety when travelling somewhere new. (The link to that post at the end of this one, if you have not already read it.)
Armed with my eTrex 20 and a paper map as a back up, I caught the bus needed to get to Rosewood Centre at Church Circle, New Ollerton. For most of my journey my anxiety was not as bad as I thought it would be, but getting nearer to the end of my journey it did increase. Luckily, I soon realised I was coming to my destination and that anxiety, although still there, I was beaming, feeling proud with myself that I got there. 🙂

Now for anyone who travels, you may wonder why it is a big deal for me and why worry. But this is my anxiety. This is what happens to me because my confidence did not grow as a child, as something, or someone would knock it away. So over my adult years my confidence has grown, but slowly, because it can be a battle. That battle has got easier over the last 2 years and after today, I feel great and things I have observed on my travels today, I want to go back to and take a look.

My first impressions

My first impressions of New Ollerton was that I absolutely loved the look of the place and when I arrived at Church Circle, my first observation was how quiet it seemed, to say it’s a big village.

Rosewood Involvement Centre

Rosewood Involvement Centre is behind the health centre and the bus stop is just outside the health centre. (Although I got off a stop before, as it still was a very short walk to it.)

The place was very welcoming and I got to know the person who is the Manager there, more about Rosewood Involvement Centre, having a chat about myself, so the manager knew more about me and then I was shown around the place. The place is small, but for a newbie like myself, it still seemed a bit of a maze to me, so I was losing my bearings a little. (I know this will get better.) I then met some of the volunteers there and stayed there through till the afternoon, chatting with them, then joining in at their meeting they were having in the afternoon.

I have a volunteer application form to fill in and bring back with me when I start attending next Friday as a volunteer. I will be starting off at the centre for so long, so I receive appropriate training, learning more about the place and basically settling in, before going out of the centre to do a role that interests me.

From discussion with the manager, there are plenty of opportunities that will be good on my CV and I from what I learnt today, I know I will get even more experience then I expected, which could be put to good use.

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I just seemed to be fascinated with this tree

In recent posts, I have been sharing photos of my weekend holiday at Windsor and Kew Gardens.

This post, is several photos of the same tree which I just seemed to be fascinated and drawn to, while at Kew Gardens. So I played around with my camera, taking several shots, just to see how they would turn out.


The tree, as shown in the photograph below, is labelled with name, Eucalyptus dalrympleana. (Mountain Gum.) If you would like to know more about this tree, then click on this link which will tell you more at Royal Horticultural Society’s website.


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A special part of the day

As you know from my recent blog posts, I recently visited Windsor and Kew Gardens. For anyone that has seen Kew Gardens, you will know there is a lot of area to cover. I did not get to see all of Kew Gardens, so I would say that I will definitely have to have another trip there, or a holiday.

My special part of the day was at Kew Gardens, when I sat down for 10 minutes to just take in what I was seeing and enjoying being in this part of the garden, on my own. I enjoyed the quietness.


I had not long sat there, when I seen movement underneath my bench. It was a robin. The robin quickly flew from under the bench, but it wasn’t long before it was back and joined me. I felt so honoured by the robin’s visit and managing to take a photo of my new friend.     We were both watching each other intently, before the robin flew away. I certainly cherished this moment.


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Kew Gardens

I went on a weekend holiday recently to Windsor and Kew Gardens. It was the first time I had visited either of these places and I really enjoyed it.

Today’s post I will share some of the photos taken, while at Kew Gardens. For those that have seen Kew Gardens, you will know how massive the place is and that these photos don’t cover what they have there. I certainly recommend you visiting this place.

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