Three month roundup

It has been just over 3 months since I posted anything on my blog and this is the first time that I felt like I have had the time.  I thought it was probably time to get back in the saddle so to speak and let family, friends and followers  know what I have been up to.  I can’t say that there has been much walking involved, but I did a small amount while on holiday and some canoeing on the River Wye, but the main activity has been work on our new house.

June

We completed on the purchase of our new house at the beginning of the month.  The house is located  near to the top of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) . The house stands in open countryside and is half a mile outside the nearest village with some fine walks around the wolds tops and hidden valleys from right outside our property.

Much of June (and July and August) has been spent doing the place up including work on an outbuilding and the garden.   One major task has been removing six 1 tonne bags of ivy off an outbuilding roof !

The survey of the house came back good prior to buying the property but an incident has occured recently  which has rather taken us aback and will change our plans going forward – more about that later!

House is accessed via a small woodland drive

House is accessed via a small woodland drive

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Plenty of decorating to do!

Plenty of decorating to do!

A few photos showing the walk starting outside our house.

House is behind the small wood

House is behind the small wood

Extensive views of the surrounding countryside

Extensive views of the surrounding countryside

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Our dogs always enjoy the walk

Our dogs always enjoy the walk

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July

Mary and I took a bit of time off from the house and spent  a week  away visiting the Wye Valley for some canoeing and then stayed at a wonderful  camp site near Cardigan Bay. The weather was very hot each day, generally around 30C and in the evening we would walked to the beach at the bottom of the campsite, watch the sun go down over the sea and watch the dolphins jumping in and out of the water. Turned out to be one of the best places in Britain to watch dolphins – a truly magical place.

Taking a break on the Wye

View from our campsite

View from our campsite

Wonderful sunsets every night

Wonderful sunsets every night

Looking towards Cardigan Island

Looking towards Cardigan Island

walk along the coastal path

walk along the coastal path

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Just before we left on our trip, William our youngest son went off on a World Challenge trip with fellow sixth- former’s to Rwanda and Uganda. His team did remarkably well.  Ten of them raised around £5,500 between them and this was used to help rebuild a house for Rwandian genocide victims and kit out school children with new clothes. The funds were in addition to the money that William raised himself for flights, equipment and food.   After two weeks of work they had time to go on safari, treking and white water rafting on the Nile.

William helping the locals dig ditches

William helping the locals dig clay prior to making them into bricks

making clay bricks for the house

making clay bricks for the house

bricks drying in the sun

bricks drying in the sun

The community comes out to greet the Challengers!

The community comes out to greet the Challengers!

clothes were bought for the children

clothes were bought for the children

rafting on the Nile

rafting on the Nile

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August

More decorating, everything was going well on the house until we noticed cracking starting to appear on the inside and outside of the walls. I am pretty certain we have subsidence due to the very dry weather and the trees surround the property and this has now been confirmed by a structural engineer. Unfortunately it could be the best part of a year, before we can get the kitchen done, finish the decorating and build the extension we want – not good 😦 It looks however that this will be covered by insurance, but with a hefty excess being paid.

On the walking front, I intend to go out fairly soon, I still have a reasonable amount of holiday to take and  it will be good to test my new Rab Neo-shell Myriad jacket.  I purchased this for 20% off list price at Go-Outdoors. Not much rain to test it so far, but a comfortable and well designed jacket which I hope lives up to all the good comments I have been hearing and reading about.

Well, a quick roundup on what we have been up to the past few months.  I am turning my attention now to other blogs to catch up on my reading!  Posting some more soon.

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13 Responses to Three month roundup

  1. Wondered what you’d been up to, Mark!

  2. backpackingbongos says:

    The new house and its location ‘just’ about look acceptable to me!

  3. backpackingbongos says:

    And we keep on meaning to get the crack that appeared after the earthquake a few years back looked at. Runs from the downstairs kitchen right to the upstairs bedroom 😦
    We were lucky a neighbour lost their chimney and half their roof.

    • I remember that earthquake. A guy I know who has lived in a Yurt for last 7 years in the village was actually sitting on the epicentre – I kid you not! The weird thing was the field that he bought where he has his Yurt was on a list some forty years ago as a potential nuclear waste site. The reason was the ground was very stable – turned out not to be the case !

  4. Louise Wolfe says:

    That’s a amazing update have missed your blogs, good side of having to hold back on your plans is that you can take advantage and start enjoying walks in your new neiborhood to be. Lovely photos thank you. Keep walking and posting

    Lots of love Lou x

  5. surfnslide says:

    Welcome back!
    Your new house looks fantastic but I guess you’ll hold that thought until you’ve got all the work done 🙂
    Whereabouts did you go/stay on the Wye – it’s my neighborhood is the Wye Valley. Mwnt beach is a great spot although I’ve never seen a dolphin there yet.
    Best of luck with all the work and repairs

    • Thanks Andy. Sorry for the late reply. We stayed near Hereford when we canoed on the Wye. We saw the dolphins about a mile south of Mwnt beach at the campsite we stayed at.

      The house will be good but the subsidence is going set us back a year. We can’t really do anything other than a small amount of decoration until probably July 2014. We can’t do the kitchen, the extension, the boys bedrooms, or even put in new internal doors 😦

  6. -maria- says:

    Canoing (and/or kayaking) is certainly something I’d like to start with.

    A new house must mean a lot of work (I have always lived in a flat so I can’t even imagine)! But it looks really idyllic.

    I have started at a new job + have had a nasty virus so there hasn’t been a lot of walking here, either. But I think things have started to settle down so I hope there will more walking – and some overnighters, too – in the near future!

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