It’s been a funny week this week. I’m blaming the supermoon but I’ve had so many wobbles. If I wasn’t freaking out about having so much of my heart and soul on the internet for others to judge, I was overthinking whether I’m doing it right; how I show up in the world, the photos I take, the ebook I’m writing - you name it, I’ve been overthinking it. I took this yesterday for a dose of peace and calm.
Wobbles aside I’ve been out and about around the internet this week 👇🏻. I was honoured to have contributed to the new @planetpanicmag where I wrote about coping with eco-anxiety. I think you’ll love this website if like me you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint whilst also battling overwhelm and never feeling like it’s enough.
I also dove into a deep conversation on @lauren.osullivan_ ‘s beyond the stories podcast. I shared my going self-employed story and we talked about living in line with your values, simple living as well as tips for anyone else who’s thinking of carving out a business for themselves.
Sending love and hugs to anyone else who’s been wobbling about lately too. Get it all out of your head and down on paper, it helps. I promise x
Today I went to @beamish_museum. Beamish is an open air museum which transports you back in time to the 1820’s, 1900’s, 1940’s and, soon to be, 1950’s.
It does try it’s best to be disability friendly, and I think it does a great job. It really is one of my favourite places to visit. Obviously, due to its authenticity to its era, some areas are more accessibility friendly than others. There can be uneven floor surfaces (Pit Village has a gravel type flooring) which could make it a little more challenging for wheelchair users, but it’s definitely do-able.
Beamish does offer free wheel chair hire and this is on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you plan this in to your visit. They also allow you to use your own motorised scooters around the site, but don’t offer rental of these.
Beamish is a large open space, and they offer buses and trams to transport you from one area to another. There is an accessibility bus which has a tail lift and can accommodate up to four wheel chairs. Unfortunately, it cannot accommodate motorised scooters.
Carers go free, proof of this is required, and your ticket allows you to go in for a full year! How great is that?.
And no trip to Beamish would be complete without a trip to Davy’s Fried Fish Shop!
Have you been to Beamish before?
Die letzten Tage konnte ich viel Zeit im Freien verbringen und mich an der Schönheit des Lake Districts, im hohen Norden Englands erfreuen. Meine Eindrücke werde ich in den kommenden Tagen in einer kleinen Bilderserie wiedergeben und beginne mit einer typischen Ansicht.
Das von Wind und Regen geprägte Wetter ist rau & kraftvoll, was nicht gerade angenehm, aber ungemein vital und sinnlich ist. Eindrücke graben sich intensiver ins Gedächtnis und wenn der Sturm abklingt, weiß man Windstille und/oder einsetzende Sonnestrahlen umso mehr zu schätzen. Ich find's toll, solange ich nicht wirklich friere - Wolle hilft.
Sometimes we need to just take a moment to reflect, to free our mind from worries, fears, aches, and doubts. Even just for a while, we need to take time to forget life’s pressure. Because we think too much, sometimes we tend to forget. Take some time and go to places where you can free yourself from stress. The fact that you’re alive, breathing, you have your friends and your family, your job – that’s more than anything else. Life is the greatest blessing we have, live it to the fullest. And remember to enjoy every part of it.
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Taken somewhere mear the Beachy Head Lighthouse looking back along the route I walked
I do need to do this route backwards. I rarely look back as much as I should when wandering, and I don’t walk backwards either (owing to the time@I nearly walked backwards of a different set of cliffs 😳) Anyways, If you do walk the route, make sure to pause at the top of each cliff. I did, not because I needed to catch my breath.... ahem. But because each offers a spectacular view of the english countryside. It’s not just the cliffs that are rolling like the sea, but also the hills inland too. The light plays with them wonderfully, turning dark green fields into waves of emerald green. Dull yellow fields become as bright as daffodils. It is all so very beautiful 🙂
Good evening lovely people! Hope You’ve all had a good day! Thank you for comments and likes on my post this morning! I’ve been out in langdale today and it’s certainly been a 4 season type of day! 🌤🌧🌬💨! I retreated to the pub for shelter of course 😉
Today’s feature is from @jwmarrsphoto taken from wansfell pike looking down lake Windermere. I absolutely love this view as it’s home and John has captured it beautifully! Thanks for tagging us! Please check out johns page for more stunning Lakeland photography 👌🏼 .
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday folks and have a great week ahead!
Nic @she.finds.her.way 💕
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With the water being really heavy recently @verdantvisuals gave me a shout to go down to an old local Mill where flowing water was looking amazing, tried to capture this lone tree with some nice long exposure...
Hope everyone has had a great weekend😊...
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Reaching the gate on Dunmoor Hill looking over northumberland and over to cunyen crags
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We love this shot from photographer @pjjn.photo. St Paul's Cathedral may be one of the highlights of the London skyline but this view from the pew is proof that the interior is just as incredible. | 📸 @pjjn.photo
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~Once full, the beekeeper will prise the gold of the honeycomb out from its birth place and the bees will start over with their sweet supply of nectar, continuing on the endless cycle of honey-making. Golden with this knowledge, Grandfather’s eyes look into mine, and we see in the pupils of each other the immortal possibilities of the honeycomb.~
The closing few sentences to ‘The Beekeeper of Borrowdale’. It was the beginning of Spring about 3 years ago when I sat down to write this story inspired by one of my Grandfathers favourite valleys in the Lakes. Seeing these green shoots coming up on the forest floor during my walk yesterday took me back to that time. I remember labouring over the main body of this story for months but when it came to closing it, the words just came flowing out of me.
I really can't make up my mind about trekking poles. In Scotland, walking stretches of the Cape Wrath Trail, I swore by them. More than once, they saved my ass on a sharp descent or tricky river crossing. When the ground is steep and boggy, the additional stability they offer can mean the difference between an enjoyable day's hiking and a broken ankle.
Closer to home, I'm less convinced. Poles supposedly reduce the impact on knees by 25% but having walked stretches of the notoriously up-and-down South West Coast Path both with and without poles, my knees were still pretty sore regardless. I'm also unquestionably slower with poles than without. Perhaps this is just a reflection of my poor technique. However, there's no doubt poles also increase energy consumption. You'll burn up to 50% more calories walking with poles than without. Over long distances, that adds up to a lot more gas needed in the tank. .
Personally, unless the route is particularly challenging, I now prefer to walk unencumbered. Uncertain terrain requires core strength and balance. Poles will provide it, but they also stop the body improving its own skills and technique. As with any item of equipment, the more you use it the more dependent you become.