Country Walks and Zatchels!!

I’m about to be exceedingly British and talk about the weather, but it has been truly glorious the last few days.

I’m always conscious of living in a temperamental climate and any minute Spring/Summer might disappear for another year and we’ll have snow in August (I really hope that is an exaggeration!) So as soon as Mr Sun makes an appearance we try and get out into the countryside if we can.

I love to visit Canal paths, they’re usually flush with wildlife and yet developed enough to be an easy track to plod along.We visited one near Cromford in Derbyshire yesterday and had a wonderful day. Mr Dog enjoyed nearly getting into the water (I think he’s secretly a bit scared of getting wet).

It was also an excuse to show off my latest purchase, a gorgeous Purple Satchel Bag by Zatchels. I’ve lusted after this beauty for quite sometime and finally ordered one last month. Due to their birthday sale it did take quite a few weeks to arrive (all Zatchels are made to order to your specification). It was well worth the wait 🙂 the quality is second to none and I’m thoroughly pleased. The only problem is that now I’m drooling over all their other designs. This is the 11.5″ version which I think makes it the perfect size for a handbag. You can’t fit a huge amount in but I still managed a phone, wallet, keys and a camera with a little tetris style organisation 🙂


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not sure about love but frost has certainly been in the air of late and if that isn’t a good enough reason to snuggle up to someone then I don’t know what is!

Out and about the other day we took quite a few frosty pics near a canal. It was so cold that there wasn’t much time for hanging about to compose the perfect shot, but I think they are pretty none the less. It’s also a great opportunity to remind yourself that cold weather may be inconvenient at times, but it can also be very beautiful.

As ever I am looking forward to spring and all the wonderful fairs and events on the calendar. On that note, there’s still a couple of days left to win tickets to the Country Living spring fair, so make sure you’ve left a comment on the competition post to enter. I shall pick the winners later on this week.

Wherever you are I hope the weather has turned a little milder for you now. Even if you are not in the mood or position for romance have a wonderful evening whatever your plans!

When the weather is fine, you know it’s the time…

For messing about on the river canal! Earlier in the week I told you about our day out in the countryside with Nature Valley. I posted some pictures of my son and I feeding the ducks. We also went for a little stroll along the canal. It was cold and there still isn’t much greenery, but overall the weather was fine and there were some beautiful scenes which I thought I’d share with you all. The picture above (my favourite) shows you a beech tree which has a little bridge to keep it’s roots from touching the water.

These reeds might not look much right now, but they made fantastic reflections on the water.

The ground was rather muddy underfoot, so it was definitely a day for wellies (still hankering after my own pair of brightly coloured Hunters).

Overall there was a hopeful feeling that Spring was on the way, buds were showing and what greenery there was looked very bright.

Looking across the canal we could see some very pretty countryside, the kind that makes you spontaneously break into a round of ‘Land Of Hope & Glory’. Thankfully I refrained, but we’re certainly very lucky to live close enough to visit nature spots like this. Do any of you have a favourite place you like to visit?