Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Wanderer Returns...!

I've been back from our walking holiday in the Shopshire/Wales borders for a few days. As always it's taken a bit of time to catch back on all the jobs and make some time for blogging.  We had a really lovely time.  It was incredibly quiet.  We just ate, walked for miles and slept for hours.  Absolutely perfect!

The weather was variable.  This photo was taken on one of the really windy days and so I'm holding onto my sun hat like crazy...!  It was our wedding anniversary and we were celebrating by walking a stretch of the Shropshire Way.  Over the two weeks we managed to walk sections of most of the long distance paths that cross the area - The Offa's Dyke Path and The Jack Mytton Way (as well as The Shropshire Way).  A lot of this was high level walking and the views were superb...

We stayed in a beautiful cottage on hills above the tiny town of Clun.  The cottage was probably the best that we've ever stayed in. As an added bonus, it was also by far the cheapest because this area isn't at all 'touristy'.  (I guess that it cost us less than half the price that you would have to pay for something similar in Devon or Cornwall).
There were two large open-plan spaces - the living room downstairs and an enormous bedroom on the first floor....
In a previous life our cottage had been a double garage and a design studio.  Apparently our bedroom was the space where the National Lottery logo was designed! 
Ofcourse we had to take 'BJ' the Discovery on holiday with us...
Mark went back to work yesterday.  It was a horrible shock to be woken up by an alarm at 5.45.  I decided to crack on with a pile of paperwork for school yesterday.  After spending some more time on it this morning I think I'm now fairly prepared for next Monday.  Now I can spend time in the 'blogosphere' without feeling guilty!


  1. Belated Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful area to walk and relax in together - and the holiday cottage looks marvellous. Who is the young girl in the first photo? ;)

  2. Hope you had a lovely anniversary. Your accommodation looks lovely. I wish I could have said the same about our Pembrokeshire Cottage!

  3. Belated anniversary greetings.
    Love the hat [very Gone with the Wind pose!!]
    hope all the school prep goes smoothly - best wishes for new term

  4. Welcome home. It sounds like an idyllic holiday, total relaxation. Your cottage looks wonderful, but shhhh, they'll put the prices up.

  5. Your holiday sounded wonderful and how lovely to do so much walking. We've often talked about doing the same but somehow it's never happened! Belated Anniversary wishes.
    Patricia x

  6. Dear Jan, So glad to have you back. Last spring I read "The Morville Hours". It is actually about the area you visited. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. Welcome home and wishes for a belated Happy Anniversary. Bonnie

  7. Your holiday sounds very relaxing and your cottage looks wonderful! It is such a beautiful area - we were fairly close to there last week:)

  8. Eeeeee!!! What a lovely Holiday! I absolutely love your pictures. The cottage looks like something out of a dream or Howard's End!