Posted on August 6, 2015
Last weekend Yorkshire hosted the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House. The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales… in short, the CLA Game Fair is a country show for country folk!
Around 131,250 people attended the three-day event which returned to Yorkshire this year after 12 years! We visited Friday and Sunday and loved every minute… here’s just a tiny smorgasbord (who still says that?!) of our experience.
…and NGUNI Boots… if ever there was a (dare I say it) UGG rival, I’d like it to be this!
…or besides one of the two rings which showcased various aspects of country life throughout the three days.
Having attended a Press Day earlier in the year (see the fun I got up to here), I was aware that a keen emphasis for the organisers was for people to have-a-go and to try their hand at what may be a new sport for them. I took Miss P kayaking which she loved… it was only afterwards I realised it had been her first time – thanks to Channel Kayaks for making it so easy!
At the end of the day, we wanted a fun day out… and that’s exactly what we got – twice over!
The CLA Staff in my humble opinion, did an EXCELLENT job!
Posted on May 7, 2015
Have you ever been in the presence of complete silence?
But complete and absolute SILENCE.
It has its own sound and I’ve found it messes with you a bit.
Last week out walking with a friend, miles from anywhere, we became aware that our voices were the only sounds. In that moment we stopped and listened… Read More
Posted on March 3, 2015
We don’t choose to love the outdoors… do we? I know I didn’t, it just grew on me (see more in the post notes at the bottom if you’re interested) and now I actively pursue getting lost in the great outdoors. What is more, I find myself encouraging others to!
I find it exhilarating, life-giving and sheer soul food. It’s a love story. Yet this has only come about for me in recent years so it is entirely possible for people to grow to love the countryside and here are 21 reasons from recent days out. Some shot from behind a windscreen, all just very candid. They were my moments in time, mostly Yorkshire and in the last days of Winter hence it’s pretty barren everywhere. That said, our little corner of the world’s quite beautiful don’t you think?
A few years ago I began going outdoors regularly whilst going through a very hard time personally which lasted years. Having read a book around that time that was from the school of thought we should be exercising six times a week because every day we do we tell our bodies (a la caveman days), ‘we are not going to die today are going to survive’. This became a constant in my world and in all weathers… I mean ALL weathers, I would go walking and running for an hour at a time, often driving 13 miles, going for a run, then driving 13 miles home. Being outdoors five to six times a week around countryside, open air and landscape meant I grew to love the outdoors. Number one, it’s not difficult because it’s so beautiful where we live and secondly because I feel there’s a me I have only ever shared with the outdoors. I have been with it on my worst days so there’s an affinity – it knows the journey. This is possibly the most personal I’ve been on this blog so whilst ever I didn’t want to make the post all about this footnote, feel it lends a deeper element that perhaps others also feel…
Maybe this should be titled 22 reason for Outdoors 😉