Leisure

Leisure, pastimes, hobbies, free time.

*This post contains affiliate links* As a family we are pretty keen on easy bike rides together. There are enough other things in life where we disagree, but a bike ride is quite a leveller. We don’t like traffic or hills very much so when we had an autumn break in North Devon, we thought the Tarka Trail looked ideal. It’s a former railway line and is part of national cycle route 3. Barnstaple to Instow We didn’t do all of the Tarka Trail, but started in Barnstaple where we parked at the leisure centre. Heading south, we wound our…

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Camping at its best is all about the delights of fresh air, newly mown grass, prosecco from a plastic wine glass and sausages spitting on the barbecue. Naturally you don’t want piles of smelly rubbish attracting the wasps or a carrier bag of waste that keeps getting kicked over. No matter how much bunting you decorate your tent with, the fact remains that camping requires a lot of housework. “Tentwork” if you like! There are a few ways I get our tent tidy and I’m sharing the first of these today. You want your camping waste bin to – 1.…

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February half term is the ideal time to head indoors to visit a museum or gallery because the weather is likely to be poor on at least one day. I took my tween and teenage daughters to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mill. It sounds a bit grim and gloomy to visit an industrial museum but we found it interesting and the girls liked it a lot. We went there after a trip to the trampoline park which rounded off a great day out. Perched on the banks of the Aire just behind the leisure complex at Cardigan Fields, this museum…

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Sponsored post – we were given Chalkola Chalk Pens to review but all words and opinions are my own. We’ve had some great fun this week with Chalkola pens. My teenage and tween-age children have both enjoyed these fun chalk markers mainly because I’ve let them draw on the windows! Chalkola pens easily wipe off glass and are ideal pens to decorate windows and mirrors or even the fridge. Of course they’re good on chalkboards too and I tested them on the kitchen cupboards with good results. They’re a versatile alternative to a dry erase marker. I’m pleased these pens seem to get…

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If you’ve been following my blog you will know I’ve taking up running. I was using the NHS Couch to 5k running app. I find running less “ouch” than walking, because for the last 19 months I’ve had a dodgy left foot. My left big toe joint has been painful and inflammed. My first blog post explains I overcame my shyness and, quite frankly, my itchiness to get started on this running programme. My second blog post tells how I re-started the programme after a long break caused by a flare-up in my foot. I’ve decided in future not to…

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