The New Year saw us taking my mum to Hawes - she's 79 and loves waterfalls but god didn't put many of them next to nice easy viewpoints - however in Hawes you can get fab views and a lovely cuppa too.
January was also a month of storms, high tides, beach cleaning at Walney Island and stunning sunsets on the way home.
|Extra high tide at Levens|
|Beach clean at Walney|
|An hours work...|
|Nice treat for all our hard work.|
February saw the last of the storms. We got off a lot more lightly than Devon, but for Grange-over-Sands this was pretty impressive!
Next up was our first jolly out in Delores for the season - a week in Derbyshire. We cycled, we walked, we explored many, many caves and we ate a LOT of Bakewell puddings. :-)
|Heights of Abraham|
The first thing we did in March was go to Glasgow so I could audition for a role in the Commonwealth Games. We'd never been to the city before and had a fabulous time exploring. Who knew then where it would all lead..?
|Howgills looking lovely from the train.|
|The amazing Waterside Museum|
|Clyde by night|
And then there was one of the most spectacular inversions. Just me, him and a couple of skylarks above the clouds in the sunshine on Red Screes for the whole day. Bliss!
Then after a quick pause to enjoy a Windermere Cruise (half price for local residents, very nice!) I did my bit for Cancer Research. While the rest of the world was taking #barefacedselfies I decided to don full make-up and a tiara and climb Hampsfell. Looked bonkers but raised over £100.
|My usual look...|
|Hampsfell in Heels|
Started off fairly sanely in the Langdales with a friend, and ended with us in Kielder. climbing stuff and cycling lots.
|Ever get the feeling you're being watched..?|
|Next stop, the Eiger|
|Art around Kielder|
|Knightshayes - the best NT property we've been to yet.|
First there was Ingleborough, then there was Malham and the amazing Goredale Scar and then there was the tree top trek at Brockhole with the nephews.
|Just love the views from Ingleborough|
|First time to Malham. Won't be the last.|
|Goredale Scar took my breath away completely.|
|Yeah, I wasn't scared at all...|
|Julia is the very good looking one on the left...|
|One of my favourite walks to date.|
|Gannets. Lots and lots of Gannets...|
June started with an interview on the BBC Breakfast sofa all about volunteering. Not sure what was scariest - the TV cameras or having to wear make up.
June is my birthday month and this year I'd set my heart on seeing the puffins and the terns on the Farne Islands - I wasn't disappointed!
|The puffins were MUCH better behaved - and even bought lunch!|
|Then I stormed Bamburgh Castle - then we got locked in - honest!|
On the way home we stopped to explore Corbridge Roman town - utterly stunning!
And then spent a wonderful weekend at Greystoke with me learning to paint while Steve made a longbow.
|Da di da di da da daaaa, da di da di daaa da (Archers - geddit? :-) )|
Not bad for six months eh? If you want to see some truly SUPERB pics of our adventures then check out Steve's blog here - and he said he'd given me all his good shots...
I'll do part 2 next week - still loads of adventures and a few surprises to go!