Friday, 17 February 2017

The View from the Shepherd's Hut...

Last weekend the Engineer and I took a few days off and went to stay in a shepherd's hut for a few days.

The Hut in the Sheep Wash

It was amazing - the hut was in a small field in the middle of nowhere. There was a river running at the bottom of the field and the whole setting was just so lovely and peaceful. When we arrived, the woodburner was already on and the owner had very kindly left us some homemade scones to enjoy (which we did, with a cup of tea, looking out over the river). There was no signal and no wifi and, in all honesty, it was bliss. No one could get in touch with us and given the way I've been feeling the last few weeks about social media/internet 'noise' I was happy.

Greeted by a crackling woodburner

Small but cosy

Finishing touches

We explored a little bit of the area and went on a few walks, but because we didn't have internet or a TV, I could sit down and write while the Engineer did his art. The scenery and the location was truly a source of inspiration for us both, and the fact that there were no distractions at all made it even better. We woke up each day to the sound of the river rushing by and birdsong, and one night, the sky was so clear, we sat outside in the cold to simply stargaze for a while. It was perfect.

Morning tea overlooking the river

Well, almost perfect. My anxiety decided to rear it's ugly head throughout the whole holiday, due to a combination of stress at work and finally getting some time to relax. My poor husband was worried, he confessed to me later, he thought I was going to divorce him or something! But the fact is, when my anxiety hits like that, yes I do become more introverted, yes it is harder to talk to me or for me to talk to others  - but that's only because there's such a storm going on inside my head, it takes all of my concentration not to cave in and become a nervous wreck.

Scenic views from the hut, overlooking the field

But apart from that, it was amazing. If you're planning on visiting the Lake District any time soon, I would highly recommend The Hut in the Sheep Wash. It's located in the south lakes and it's a perfect base to explore Coniston, Windermere and Kendal, as well as being only an hour away from the north lakes (where I live! Come and visit me and I'll supply you with tea and cake! And no, that's not bribery for you to be my friend at all *cough cough*...).

So if you're looking for a writing retreat, or even just a few days to get away from in all, The Hut in the Sheep Wash is the place to go!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

The hut as dusk falls

Have you ever stayed in a shepherd's hut? Would you ever want to? What are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Walking up fells...

Happy New Year, everyone!

It's still January, so I feel like I can still wish everyone a Happy new Year. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break - it feels like forever ago now.

This post is long overdue, but it's just going to be a short one today. I did say I would be taking a break from social media, but I never meant to include my blog in that too - it feels like lately my life has been sucked up by work, but now that the mornings are starting to get (slightly) lighter, I've decided to make more of an effort to pick up my life outside of work again. I've noticed for the past few years that January/February are the worst months for me - I crave the sunlight and lighter mornings/nights, and I can't seem to work up the motivation to do anything. But I decided to start small and write this blog post, and then hopefully do some writing later on in the week.

However, this post isn't just about metaphorical fells in my mind - it's about real fells too! (For those of you not from the north of England, a fell is essentially a small mountain :)).

I have some exciting news - the Engineer and I have decided to set up our own YouTube channel! We have our own art company ( and this is kind of a branch out from that. At the moment, we're documenting our weight loss, but we have some very exciting ideas about what to film next in the pipeline, so stay tuned!

You can watch the first episode on our YouTube channel below:

Don't forget to visit our channel page to like, comment and subscribe :)!

Have a lovely day, folks!

What did you think of our video? Do you have a YouTube channel? How's your writing been going lately?