The Jungle Book (2016)

Many an evening growing up was spent watching the 1967 Disney animation of the same name. There was magic in the creatures cavorting across the screen and the songs were unforgettable. It was with some trepidation then that I watched the 2016 reboot, however I could not have been more pleased. Plot-wise, there are similarities with […]

South Coast 100km Ultra Challenge

At the end of August I completed another Action Challenge Ultra Challenge: the South Coast Challenge between Eastbourne and Arundel. This was another 100km walk and my second this year. I was actually quite nervous going in as I really hadn’t done any training like I had for London2Cambridge or London2Brighton. In all honesty I […]

A visit to Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Today, exactly one year ago, my good friend Emma married her dashing husband Stuart at Eshott Hall, Northumberland. We had a wonderful time celebrating with the newlyweds and it seems like the last year has gone by in the blink of an eye. It’s a bittersweet memory as we returned home to find Marmalade missing, […]

Music and the Deaf: The 4ORTE Ensemble

We’ve just returned from a wonderful evening at King’s Place, London, where we saw Music and the Deaf’s 4ORTE Ensemble perform a moving selection of solo, accompanied and ensemble musical pieces. Music and the Deaf are a UK-based charity promoting musical opportunities for deaf children worldwide through workshops, talks and training sessions. The 4ORTE Ensemble […]

London2Brighton 100km Ultra Challenge

Unless you’ve been avoiding social media in the last week, it won’t have escaped your notice that i’ve been doing another challenge. I successfully completed the London2Brighton 100km Ultra Challenge last weekend, 28th – 29th May 2016, raising money in aid of Kith & Kids; a charity that supports and empowers people with a learning disability […]

A visit to Whipsnade Zoo [Picture Heavy]

When we visited Dell Farm Outdoor Education Centre back in March, we sadly missed out on a trip to the zoo owing to bad weather. Needless to say, when we returned to Dell Farm last weekend, I was more than a little excited to discover that ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was once again on the agenda. Unlike […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: A Misadventure

If we were having coffee i’d confess I didn’t expect to see you again so soon. Today’s post was going to be all about a country walk i’d taken today, prompted by some books my sister-in-law got me for my birthday. Unfortunately I got lost. I’d tell you the day started well with glorious sunshine, […]

Black Capped Squirrel Monkey

A visit to London Zoo [Picture Heavy]

My TimeHop app reminded me this week that we’d been to London Zoo this time two year’s ago to see the newborn tiger cubs – as it turned out we only got to see them via a video monitor – so what better opportunity to revisit with the added delight of taking our friend to see […]

Pygmy Goat

Dell Farm Outdoor Education Centre

Last weekend we took four of our Kith & Kids members to Dell Farm Outdoor Education Centre in Whipsnade. Kith & Kids run these respite weekends several times a year and this was my second visit. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the farm lodgings have all the facilities needed for a short break […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens [SPOILER HEAVY]

Unless you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away, you’ll no doubt be aware there’s a new Star Wars film out. We booked our tickets almost two months ago and have been carefully avoiding potential spoilers until our turn to see it came around. To say Lizzie has been a little bit excited would […]

Favourite Festive Films

We’re going to see the new Star Wars film on Tuesday with subtitles (please, no spoilers!), and, from the sounds of it, it’s doing really well. Lizzie is beside herself with excitement. People are calling it ‘epic’ and ‘nostalgic’ and having a musical score to remember: all the things you’d expect from a good Christmas film […]

Kith & Kids

Towards the end of last year I was between jobs and seeking a new challenge. I was eager for a complete change to get me out of the slump i’d found myself in and I looked at volunteering as a way to gain experience in a new sector. While at university I’d done a little […]