Author Archives: Selina

About Selina

I love the outdoors. Getting out with my best friend and partner Tim we have spent many holidays and almost all of our free time exploring the countryside in the UK. Together we are passionate about walking, photography, cycling. We feel lucky to live in a lovely part of the country - The Norfolk Broads. Famous for big skies, beaches and waterways. Our special holidays will always be in the truly beautiful Lake District. I would always recommend simply getting outside as much as possible. With the right clothing you can enjoy it all year round. Don't forget to take a picnic!

Comfortable kit : best buys

Another weekly prompt photo challenge from GC and Sue has made me think.  Best buys?  Well, how about our walking kit and gear.  It’s what we love spending our money on.  Here are three items with detail about how long I’ve had them and how many miles they’ve travelled.

A new and fairly recent (last Christmas) purchase was my Rab alpine jacket. This jacket was not cheap.  Infact it was three times more expensive than my previous puffer/padded winter jacket.   But, this one has a hood and more importantly it’s purple!  That’s what matters most doesn’t it – the colour?

Fingers crossed for many warm winter walks with this.  So far i think it’s travelled about 150 miles including trips into and around our fine city of Norwich.  Here’s me sporting the jacket in Norwich Cathedral cloisters.

Two years ago I bought my Tilley sun hat. This famous Canadian brand has a great reputation and lifetime guarantee.  An heirloom for one of my nieces? Who knows.  So far so good with this hat…..scrunch it up and put it in your back pack and out it comes as good as new.  It’s probably travelled about 500 (often sweaty) miles.

About 25 years ago I bought a pair of Leki walking poles and they are still going strong.  Used all over the Lake District, Peak District, South West Coast Path, Snowdonia, Scottish lowlands and of course our home country of Norfolk.  They also went on holiday to Switzerland, Madeira and Mallorca.  They must have covered many thousands of mile, helping me uphill, downhill and all sorts of terrain inbetween.  They are, however, due for retirement.

The thing is will a new pair last as long?  Will they see me through into my old age?  Can these new light weight, shiny models be as good?   Decisions, decisions….

Me with Leki Treking Poles, on Cat Bells (fell) in the Lake District National Park : about 20 years ago.

Me with Leki Treking Poles on Crinkle Crags (fell) in the  Lake District National Park : 3 years ago

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Orange – A glow in my heart

My favourite colour?  Maybe.  A colour that definitely belongs to the Dutch.

I was born in the UK but my mum was born in Holland.  This makes me half Dutch doesn’t it? Not officially of course but that orange colour certainly makes me glow.

So here goes with a few photos of orange things.

These can now be grown in the UK.  Global warming? or maybe you need a greenhouse?

Tim is now a fan or orange too and loves to wear his orange crocs.  I am, thankfully, just out of shot or maybe too far away – swimming in the North Sea.

Our trusty beach umbrella was bright orange a few years ago – now it’s a much paler shade.  Couldn’t resist this photo though – last summer on Southwold Beach.

Mid summer – beautiful flowers with bee.

On Southwold seafront parked outside one of the beach huts I spotted, well couldn’t miss, this bicycle.  Apparently imported from Holland.  Very tempted to steal it!

Finally, a shot of something that comes to mind when thinking of Holland.

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Ancient monument with fencing

Sunday 24th February.  Glorious weather for our local walk today.  No jackets were needed!

Ludham village to How Hill then onto St Benets Abbey – it’s about 8 miles across fields and along paths skirting marshes. This is in the heart of the Norfolk Broads and not too far for us to get to – about 20 minutes or so in the car.

After 5 miles of walking we reached this spot.  An ancient monument – popular with artists and photographers who have come along and enjoyed this ‘middle of no where’ spot for at least 200 years.

Set on the banks of the river, only the ruined remains of a gatehouse and a mill which was built much later (next to/inside the gatehouse) still stands. Though there are some outlines of what was thought to be a nave or alter at ground level further away.  The gatehouse remains are 14th century.

I have no idea why there is iron fencing around one side – the purpose is a bit of a mystery to me!  It makes for a nice shot though.

We sat on the river bank just behind my photographing spot and enjoyed watching sail boats and cruisers, listening to geese and other water loving birds and just thought, wow this is amazing…..

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Don’t forget to look upwards

Even though we spend lots of time travelling on foot we stop every now and then and take in the view.  Sometimes the view is mixed in with just having a rest or a coffee or, more importantly, having an ice cream.

Last week, on my birthday walk, we arrived in the small sleepy coastal village of Walberswick. We stopped.  Well we had just walked 14 miles!  And I’m another year older.  Then, glancing upwards, “hey look at that”.

A newly thatched roof had these characters in place. There are some wonderful craftsmen/women out there still keeping these old trades alive with impressive skills.

And a slightly closer view..

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Superhero in red

This time last year Tim and I were about to start a weeks holiday in The Lake District.  The forecast was for snow and very cold weather but we were prepared.  We had our Microspikes!

Here I am on day one of our holiday, on the western slope of Skiddaw (Lake District mountain), sporting my new Kahtoola Microspikes.

The great online reviews that we had read were all true and we felt like everything was possible in our non slip, extra traction foot wear.

The weather turned out to be truly amazing all week, snowing at night and sunny during the day, and I wore those spikes every day.

I added lots of photos to a post about this trip which can be seen here :-

https://itslovelyout.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/wordpress-challenge-out-of-this-world/

Something I didn’t mention in that post is that on our way down from Skiddaw summit we passed several walkers struggling downhill and uphill.  One lady, on her way up, stopped us and asked how we made it look so easy.  We explained it was our new spikes.  Then she said she actually had a pair with her but didn’t know how or whether to put them on, having borrowed them from her daughter.  Tim immediately insisted on helping her out.  Here he is doing just that….

After this she plodded upwards for a few steps then stopped, turned and gave us a thumbs up, big smile and thank you.

My hero, in red, in his red microspikes. Doesn’t need a cape or superhuman strength – he just always strives to help whoever, whenever and wherever he can.

Keep safe in the snow and ice and buy a pair of Microspikes

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Under big skies : Norfolk

Our home country of Norfolk is known for big skies. The land is generally flat so I suppose it gives you more sky to look at.  Nothing or not much to block the clouds or blue view!

This posting includes photographs taken only in Norfolk with, what I hope, are some nice looking skies.

This first one is a misty view of dunes and sky with the village if Winterton on Sea as a distant backdrop.  The church is the only thing visible as a silhouette.  It was taken on one of our regular ‘home’ walks back in January 2017.

Just last weekend we saw the sun setting at the end of a long walk near Waxham.  Once again taken from a dune which I had frantically scrambled up (through brambles!) from a lower footpath.  Not hugely dramatic but i was pleased with it after my efforts.

Sometimes it’s what’s moving through the sky that grabs your attention!  A lunch stop on the beach near Horsey. Had to be quick with the camera.

If we’re just out for a picnic we take our trusty Sportbrella and pitch it wherever we like.  That orange glow looks best under moody skies!  This is Weybourne in North Norfolk.

More often than not its that typical Norfolk scene that we love, it’s how Norfolk is recognised.  This is Horsey Mill recently renovated to its former glory.

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New Year : A year of walking (approx 700 miles)

A quick look back over the last twelve months and that has meant checking through lots and lots of photos of us – almost all of them with our walking boots on, striding out and ticking off the miles.  Phew we’ve really have done quite a lot.  With the weather having been so grey over the last few weeks it’s been a treat to see so many ‘sunny’ photos.

Inspired by a photographic challenge with the word ‘Walking’ here’s a quick review of our year with a single photo for each season.  Thanks Sue and GC, this was an easy one for me to take part in!

Winter (in the Lake District, Cumbria)

Spring (Devon)

Summer (Norfolk, oh my goodness it was so warm)

Autumn (Norfolk – see it’s not all flat ground in our home county!)

Happy New Year everyone.  Sorry I’m so late.  Hope it’s a happy and healthy one.

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