It’s been a bleurgh January, despite us visiting Alpacas at Lucky Tails Farm near Kingsbury (which is just lovely and yes the picture shows a llama and not an alpaca, but who cares if both are awesome) and despite dip-dyeing paper and despite baking and making hygge with cosy fires and tons of reading. January does not like me.
It’s February now and the holiday to Scotland is imminent. I am excited, especially since we decided to take the train from the Midlands to Inverness. That is definitely one of the bucket list.
But it’s still 7 weeks or so before we head off, so some interim adventures are needed. I love these little Pocket Mountain Walking Books so much, we had one for Perthshire, last year we had one for the Cairngorms and for Dumfries and we have bought the one for the Wester Ross.
And I may, have bought one for the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley, because these areas are accessible on day trips from where we live.
Today over lunch, I flipped through the pages and made a plan of which walk we want to do first and finally settled on Belas Knapp and Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds. Any walk that takes in both a neolithic burial site and a castle is pretty much a winner. I love that it gives you a rough map and a really good walk description (but I also always use my OS map app to plot the route, too).
There is also a lovely shorter walk (6.5 km) that starts in Broadway but quickly leaves it behind exploring smaller neighbouring villages as Broadway can become very, very busy indeed.
Years ago, I had a blog that I loved so much and then I suddenly did not love it that much anymore for a whole host of reasons. Over the years since, I have started and abandoned many blogs because nothing felt quite right. Either I set myself too tight a remit to blog about (e.g. only about photography, only about food etc.) or too wide a remit (anything which normally meant nothing).
For the past year, I have been making booktube videos, you are excused if you don’t know what that means. I had no idea this existed before I stumbled upon it in summer 2016. Essentially, it is a corner on youtube (not a literal corner, more an imaginary one) where people like myself talk about books. And after watching others talk about books for a few months, I decided that I wanted to be part of this and so – very awkwardly – I started to make videos.
In my normal life, I don’t really talk much about me making videos, mostly because I think most people I know would not or don’t get it. Some do get it though, e.g. my husband. And I credit the booktube community for making 2017, a really special year. I has been the longest time for me to have such wonderful conversations about books (in the comments you see). Love it.
I shall continue the booktube venture, but I wanted to occassional write about what I am reading, track my online bookclub adventure (Read Around the World Bookclub) and also my travels near and far, my walks, my vegan lifestyle etc.
You are welcome to come along.
Disclaimer: I am fond of quotes on pretty pictures. So don’t complain later. You were warned.