Adventures, Holidays, UK Travels

Guide Camp – exhausting!

This Bank Holiday I spent the weekend with eighteen 11-14 year old girls in a field in Ruislip at Guide Camp. We went from the Saturday through to Tues afternoon. Mostly the weather was lovely on Saturday and Sunday, with Monday being colder and overcast, however Tuesday was so so so wet! But hey that is the fun of camping in Britain, all seasons in one weekend!

It was a lovely, but very tiring weekend, and it has been so long since I camped I was a bit hazy on the details and couldn’t remember how to do everything but I muddled through. I did, however, manage to pitch a tent again! I was very impressed as it didn’t fall down all weekend!! The girls did a lot of activities on site as well as the usual Guide camp chores, and we went on walks and explored the local area; going along to Ruislip Lido where the cafe had very nice ice cream! So they got out and about and so did we, it felt nice to be so active, though the frequent tea top ups & cake were much appreciated. Though I’ll have to kick that dependency post-camp!!

It was lovely but I was very thankful to get home, have a hot shower, get clean and feel warm again! With the majority nice weather I also managed to get something of a tan – I’m still a close shade of alabaster on my legs but my arms aren’t doing too badly! so all in all a good weekend! By the time I got home though and relaxed (had to a food shop as C had been busy all weekend too) going to slimming world was not an option – so I bailed! I think I would have done OK, but I was too shattered!


Adventures, Holidays, UK Travels

Festive Adventures at Manchester Christmas Market

So I just got back from a long weekend away at the Manchester Christmas Markets. I went with C & his family from the Friday -Monday! It was lovely. A great weekend away and left me feeling very festive, it especially helped as it was so cold this weekend I had to walk around in a coat, hat and lots of layers.It can’t feel like Christmas when you are hot! Well I don’t think so? Has anyone ever had a hot Christmas?

After our visit I would really recommend going to the Manchester Markets, it’s a really decent size with lots of Christmas atmosphere and LOTS of treats to eat (see the pancakes and Nutella below!).  I perhaps over indulged a little this weekend, but hell it was a weekend off and it was worth it. There was so much there to tempt you from the food stalls to the really great restaurants. In terms of the market there were nine dotted around overall, with the main one in Albert Square presided over by the large Santa (see my rather rubbish selfie). You did, obviously have repeating stalls around each of them but it was all still nice with enough overall variety.

Manchester itself has some great architecture, industrial, classical and Gothic. It makes for a great combination to look at, even without the markets dotted around like little lit up villages and billowy clouds of hot chocolate smoke, it would be pretty. Outside of the market stalls the shopping itself is pretty damn good, you can certainly find everything you need from High Street to High End.

But what I really liked was how you could walk around everywhere, the intimacy of the city centre, which while it was large was accessible.I know we had the advantage of being in a city centre hotel, but still a city centre that can be walked is great.

Pics Below 🙂