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.
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!
A few photos showing the walk starting outside our house.
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.
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.
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.