Our glamping trip in photos ~ Part two


We had enjoyed our first bike ride so much we decided that we would do another one. This time in Cornwall going from Wadebridge to Padstow along the Camel Trail  

 We really enjoyed Padstow and once we had parked the bikes up we enjoyed a coffee overlooking the bay, a lovely walk up the hill towards the beach and the husband enjoyed an original Cornish Pasty before cycling back to Wadebridge to drop the bikes back.  

 Enjoying an Al fresco wine watching the sunset after a busy day cycling. 

We decided that we really wanted to visit Lands End, it was a two hour drive from where we were staying but I’m really pleased we decided to make the trip. The views from down there were just breathtaking. It also helped as it was quite quiet despite being a Sunday so we didn’t find it too touristy.  

   Lunch with the most amazing view! 

After a walk around the costal path we headed to St Ives. We decided to do the park and ride (which is actually a train) as I had read that the parking in St Ives was quite difficult. Add to that it was fast turning into a gorgeous afternoon I think the train from Lelant was the best choice. The train comes in along the coast so you get some amazing views over the different bays on the way in. 

I must admit, we loved St Ives, from the different bays and beaches, the seafront walks, the harbour and the coastal path we could have spent much longer there.  


For our last day in Cornwall we decided to take it easy and just go for a nice beach walk. We headed along the coast to Watergate Bay which has a gorgeous beach and is dog friendly.  

We all loved Cornwall so much and will be returning that’s for sure! 

To break up our return journey we planned to stop off for a few days in North Wales, though the thought of taking the tent down then putting it back up again was far too much so we heading back to the wood pods for one night visiting Ludlow on the way.  

We then made our way to North Wales for a few nights before heading home. 

We were really lucky with the weather and enjoyed watching the sunset with a glass of wine back at the campsite.  


Our last day was another lovely walk around the Welsh coastline.       

Before heading back to pack our home from home up.     

We had a great trip and didn’t stop the full 11 nights we were away, which was proven when my Fitbit stats arrived!  

This trip showed me that I can camp in complete comfort for longer than 3 nights and now the quest is on to find somewhere just as good for next year! 

Anyone been to any amazing dog friendly Cornwall campsites? 

Claire xx 

It’s the small things ~ September edition

I’ll try and not make this months post too top heavy with photos but trying to only pick a few of our recent road trip is so hard! All of them make me smile. 

September seen us set off a road trip to Shropshire, Cornwall & North Wales.

There were bridges.  Beach huts  Castles explored.    

   So many beaches!  
 Clear blue skies.  

 Al fresco wines. 

 Time to think.  

 So much time with my two favourite men.  

   Coffee’s with amazing views.  
 Then time to come home (though the traffic jam did not make us smile!)  

 Blackberry picking.  

 First signs of Autumn appearing. 

 Great dog walking shadows.  

 Beautiful evening walks along the canal.  

 First signs of Christmas approaching!  

 Bikes dusted off.  

 Schnauzers getting cuddles.  

 Lots of Schnauzers meeting up.  

 Amazing sunsets.  

   Reflections enjoyed.  
 Slimming world certificates achieved and I’m in awe of this bringing me up to 3stone 8.5lbs loss in total! 

Bring on October.

Claire x 


Our glamping trip in photos ~ Part 1

We are back from our glamping trip and we all had a ball. I am so pleased that we made the long trip down to Cornwall/Devon, so much so we are looking to go down again next year for longer. 

As I said, we decided to stop on the way down to break the trip up. I struggled to find somewhere dog friendly that we could just pitch up to and unload bedding but eventually found Greenway Touring Park who had a dog friendly pod that we booked. After a 7 hour drive (damn m6!) we finally arrived.  

 We were most looking forward to the chimnea and we made the most of it, sitting outside with a few wee glasses of wine and relaxing.  

   The next morning we were up early to head on to Cornwall and we finally arrived in Bude in North Cornwall five hours later. That was one thing we noticed was that we need to add at least 1.5hrs to the sat nav for long trips due to stopping for food and the dog.  

 Watching the sun set over the bay from the front of our tent pitch.  

 Admiring the view from the campsite dog walking area.

  Nothing like an Al fresco brew in the morning. 

The next day we headed to just outside of Barnstaple in North Devon and hired some bikes and a dog trailer to cycle the Tarka Trail from Fremington to Instow and Bideford.  

   We cycled 15 miles – not bad for people who hadn’t been on a bike in years! The cycle trail is lovely and flat though so that helped. 

The next day we headed off to Tintagel Castle on the north Cornwall coast. This was dog friendly throughout which is unusual. The climb up all the steps is an experience but the view from the top is gorgeous.  


Once we were finished exploring and having a cliff top picnic we made our way around the coast road to Boscastle. Most people might remember the name from the news reports back in 2004 when a flash flood devastated the village. They have spent a huge amount of money on flood defences since then and the village has been totally restored and is gorgeous for a walk around.


It was then on for a breezy walk along Summerleaze Beach in Bude before heading back to the campsite.  


The next day we went on to explore some of North Devon, visiting Woolacombe (amazing beach!) Ilfracombe (lovely harbour) and Heddon Valley in the Exmoor national Park.  


Come back later in the week for part two of our trip.

Claire xx 

It’s the small things ~ August Edition 

It’s the small things that have made my month of August. 

  A rare trip to the football with the husband…good news was they won! 

  Exploring local parks. 
  And meeting giant Schnauzers. 

  Getting the chop! 
  Seeing very rare blue skies. 
  Finally having a day that you could class as ‘summer’ 
  Plenty of these. 
  And jumping in the changing rooms when I fitted comfortably into these. 

  After getting my 1st award from Slimming World group and overall loss of 3st at home.  
 Booking this amazing hotel for a weeks ultra all inclusive in November.  

 Seeing just how far I have come when I tried on my trousers from before I started losing weight for IVF.  

 Treating myself to a new Fitbit Charge HR.  

 Enjoying some bubbles, just because.  

 Having an impromptu Schnauzer day out.  

 Enjoying the sun setting.  

 Only going and blooming getting this in my Slimming World group.  

 Preparing for a road trip.  

 Doing the most joyful work based task.  

 Engaging my inner child with a bit of Willy Wonka.  

 Smiling as I head away on our glamping trip. 3st 5lbs lighter.  


Expect next months little things post be full of glamping, Cornish beaches and adventures! 

Claire xx 

Glamping we go….

For our main holidays this year we decided to stay within the UK, dust off our immense camping kit and head away Glamping.  We used to go camping quite a lot, starting with a smallish tent and working our way up to our mammoth tent that we have now that I still love!   An Outwell Montana. It’s a 6 birth but really we think it’s perfect for us two and the dog off course.

 We haven’t been as much over the last few years, only camping for one long weekend last year. I suppose that’s my doing, it can be quite a challenge preparing all the bits for heading away, picking somewhere to go and then there is the fitting it all in the car! But when we get there and the tent is up its like a home from home.

I will only camp because we ‘posh camp’ large tent, electric hookup for the heater, kettle, electric cool box, campbed & tent carpet! Yip I did say tent carpet.

  It’s lovely to have a big space to relax in and because our tent has a sewn in ground sheet it makes sure *nothing manages to rip it *the dog!

We are really looking forward to going away for 12 nights, the longest we will ever have camped and the furthest away we have driven to do so. We have both really wanted to go to Cornwall so we are all booked up to make the long drive down south.  To make things a little easier though we are going to stop on the way down, there is no way I could face pitching the tent after a 9 hour drive.

I found this lovely little place about 5hrs away, near Ludlow that offers dog friendly Glamping pods perfect for a nice relaxed stop off on the way down and the only thing that we will need to do is unpack the bedding. pod2bistro
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We are then heading to Bude in North Cornwall and are going to base ourselves there for a week.  I picked North Cornwall as I also wanted to go to North Devon and pay a visit to the English Riviera if we can.  There is so much to see and do though in this area that I am not sure we are going to fit it all in in a week!  I am really looking forward to staying here at Wooda Farm.The site itself looks lovely, with sea views, large dog walk, bar and restaurant and not far out of Bude, it’s within around 1hr to 1.5hrs from everywhere we want to visit and I have been busy looking up dog friendly things to do so we will be kept busy and hopefully have an exhausted dog!

On the way back up we decided to stop off in North Wales, another place that we have never visited.  We are again going to do one night in the Glamping pods after packing up and leaving Cornwall – the thought of taking the tent down, driving 4.5hrs then putting it up again was just too much.

We are basing ourselves just outside of Colwyn Bay colwyn
Image credit – Visit Wales.

From here I am hoping to go up to the summit for Great Orme, venture around Snowdonia National Park and make the trip across the bridge to The Isle of Anglesey again there is so much to do and some of it will be weather dependent but hopefully we will manage to squeeze in a good few sights that we have never seen before.

I am finally looking forward to getting away and enjoying a good old British Staycation. Please though let the weather gods be at least a little kind to us!

See you all soon.

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday ~ Monthly Update


It’s that time of the month again for my monthly Weight Loss Wednesday update. I didn’t quite achieve my goal I set from last month of losing 6lbs but I am happy to report a loss of;  

I’ve reflected a lot over this last month and I am more than happy to set myself a goal of losing 1lb a week. Losing 1lb a week from now until Christmas will get me to my target weight and a bmi under the elusive figure that I want. I don’t overall feel that bmi is a good indicator of health but seeing as my main motivation for weight loss is IVF, bmi plays a factor in all clinics and therefore bmi is where I need to be focusing on in my run up to target. 

I have noticed some major changes in how I look recently, I know I only lost 4.5lbs this month but for some reason my body seems to be changing shape and I like it.  

 I tried on a size 14 slim fitting trousers when my current work ones were beginning to get too big and I couldn’t believe that they actually fitted! Now they may be a generous 14 but I don’t care, I’m owning that they are a blooming 14!! 

Overall I have lost just over 3 stone. Amazing!! 

Next month we will be away for two weeks, so my monthly update will be a little later. I’m setting the goal of 5lbs to lose. 

Claire xx 

Three stones gone forever – Slimming World

This week saw me achieving three stone weight loss with Slimming world. I am over the moon to be able to post this and even more impressed with myself that despite it taking a while to get to this point I have not fallen off the wagon or gained weight apart from my IVF cycles.

I am I suppose well in the zone now with it. I am .5lb off losing 1stone since starting the Slimming World group 10 weeks ago and hopefully next week will bring my shiny new sticker and certificate in group.

I am a real visual person, so I like to see things in front of me to see how I am doing.

This was in the front of my daily diary and I love colouring it in when I return from group.

I have set myself an interim target which I am only 10.5lbs away from but last weekend I sat and thought about what I want my actual target to be.  I know that BMI is not the be all and end all, but for me to go on and have another round of IVF I really want to get my BMI not just into the healthy range but to drop down into it a little and get it under 24. So I have in my head set a target weight that will get my BMI to 23.6.

And conveniently it worked out at losing 1lb per week from now until Christmas. That should be achievable even with a couple of weeks holidays booked in between now and then.

And not the greatest pictures but I wanted to put in a three stone lost comparison picture. The one on the left was taken 2 years ago and the one on the right was yesterday.

The countdown to Target is on!

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ July Edition 

It’s all the small things that have made me smile in July.  

 Tiny cuddles with our tiny houseguest.  

 Hedgehog spotting. 

 Getting back into exercising and feeling good.  

 Two pooches finally lying side by side after two weeks together.  

 Seeing these results on my monthly measurements!  

 Fitting all our immense camping kit into my new car and heading off for the weekend. 

 Managing to get tent set up without too many cross words.  

 Sitting outside as the sun started to set.  

 Being teased by the campsites geese.  

 Refreshing my soul with good seaside views.  

  Taking seaside family selfies.  

 Drinking coffee and admiring the view.  

 Letting someone get comfortable.  

 Discovering Northumberlands national park.  

 Being a little underwhelmed by the waterfall we climbed miles to see.  

 Getting ready for the most special little man in my life turning two.  

 Laughing in the face of summer! Once I lowered the umbrella. 

Now let’s see what August brings. 

Claire xx 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Monthly Update

It’s weight loss Wednesday monthly update time again.  I’ve had ups and downs this month but I am beginning to feel that, that is just the way things will always be for me.  Some weeks I have stuck 100% to plan and not seen the results on the scales then there was the week I changed nothing and got a 3lb loss.  My body just seems to do what it wants to do!

One thing I have focused on is trying to increase my exercise and to drink more water.  I really struggle drinking water over the course of the day at work as because I work in the community it’s never far from your mind when you might need the toilet.  I have been trying though to drink more especially as I have increased my exercise levels.  On top of my normal walking on average of 20+ miles per week I have also added in some arm Dumbell workouts and I am trying to do 1-2 elliptical workouts per week.

I have been to group every week though to be honest I have been wondering if it is actually doing what I wanted it to do, it was mainly to increase my motivation which it has done but I’m still not overly convinced on the ‘image therapy’ part.  I am sticking with it though – probably because I bought a 12 week countdown and there are aspects of the group that I like so maybe it will continue to grow on me.  I suppose overall I didn’t really know what to expect when I went to group and it still feels a little ‘different’ from things I have done before.  I did get my 1/2 stone award in group though so I was happy with that.  It was one of my challenges for this month so it gets a big tick from me.  My other goal was to lose 6lbs and I am pleased to say that I managed to achieve this too.

Overall I am very happy with this!  I need to learn to not be too hard on myself if I don’t see the loss on the scales that I was hoping for, but to look over the weight loss of the month to give myself a better boost in motivation.  I also took measurements last month so i will be looking forward to seeing how I am getting on with those when I remeasure. This months weight loss has now brought my grand total to – 

This month I am setting myself the goal of getting my 1 stone sticker in group and I am hoping for a loss of another 6lbs.  Fingers crossed!

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ June edition

 Some of the small things that have made up the month of June. 

  Moving down a size in my work trousers. 

Making a new calendar for my desk where the pink marks disappear! No more regular weekend working for me.  

 Enjoying some well earned wine. 

Gala days in the rain. 

 Looking at a comparison pic ~ 30lbs down.  

 Beach walks.  

 With lots and lots of miniature Schanuzers.  

 And beautiful views.   

 Lots of amazing Slimming World friendly food.  

 Coffee at the Kelpies. 

Making the garden look pretty…..now all we need is Summer to arrive.  

 Canal side walking.  

 Pancake Saturday’s.  

 Coffees enjoyed.  

 New trainers delivered.  

 Orange is the New Black binged on. 

 Destressing with tea.  

 Vodkas and late evening sunshine enjoyed.  

 New toys purchased.  

 Herons spotted.  

 Loch side lunches enjoyed.  

 Suki tea found locally.  

 House guests arrived.  

 Tongues out Tuesday’s. 

What will July bring? 

Claire xx 


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