Joint Adventures

Since we’ve met, Adam and I have always enjoyed adventures together whether they are short walks near our house, canoeing and camping in England, or trips abroad.

In June this year (2018) we vowed to make our lives as adventurous as possible and make our own path rather than following the one laid out in front of us. Its bloody exciting!

Celebrating my 30th Birthday in Scotland

Fruit leathers

I’ve made a few fruit leathers in the last month and they are sooo easy – my kind of cooking!! They are pretty much free to make, take no skill whatsoever (I can do this so trust me!) and are quick as anything.

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The Great British Beach Clean Up

Today I took a trip to the Norfolk coastline and spent a couple of hours litter picking at Heacham and Snettisham beaches.

There wasn’t as much litter as I thought there might be but I still managed to collect a bag full of pieces of plastic, fishing line and rope.

When I first started collecting I felt a bit self conscious because I was by myself and just walking along with a bin bag!! Lots of people were walking their dogs so I soon had to get used to it, and I did. A couple of people even stopped to tell me what they had picked up over recent weeks.

It was a really windy day but warm and I enjoyed being by the sea. I’ve always loved the coast and water generally, be that rivers, lakes or oceans. I think it comes from boating holidays as a child.

I was thinking that just because we don’t have the bluest seas here in the UK, it doesn’t mean they can’t be clean.

It’s only right that we all do our bit to clean up and look after our environment.

I read something the other which really made me think:

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our grandchildren.’

I don’t know about you but that really motivates me.

Anyway, I’m only just beginning to take steps to help make a difference and it’s nothing to shout about yet but we all have to start somewhere.

After a day at the beach, walking back to the car I found a huge blackberry bush and collected as many as I could carry. So not only have I come home with a bin bag full of harmful rubbish, I also have blackberries – a thank you from nature I like to think! 🙂

Crumble anyone?!

The Athabasca Glacier

When Adam and I travelled to Canada we visited the Columbian Icefield Centre along the Icefield Parkway. We were travelling from Banff to Jasper and identified this as a good place to stop for a rest and a cool experience. Our trip to Canada is the only time I’ve needed to pack both my bikini and my hat, scarf and gloves!

The Columbian Icefield is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies and spans 25km across the continental divide. The average elevation of the columbian icefields is 3,000 metres and the highest point is Mt Columbia. We visited the Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible areas, and it was epic.

I booked our Iconic Glacier Adventure tickets in advance online to benefit from a 20% discount (must be booked at least 48 hours in advance). We booked a combination deal which included the Glacier Skywalk (I’ll write about this in another blog soon) and proved cheaper than booking both experiences separately.

Unfortunately, on the morning we were due to visit the centre it was snowing hard and visibility was extremely poor. Looking up at the glacier it wasn’t clear where the snow met the sky and it was a proper white out!

We were a bit disappointed and worried that we were going to have a below average experience. However, after speaking to staff we found out we could change the date of our trip without any additional cost – yey! It turns out you can just turn up on the day and get tickets but then you wouldn’t benefit from the discount.

A couple of days later we returned to the centre amongst glorious sunshine and clear(ish) blue skies. After a short wait we boarded one of the ice explorer buses, one of only 20ish in the world costing millions of dollars each. These buses had huge great big tyres on them and windows on either side providing epic views all around.

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We enjoyed a slow and steep ascent along the moraine with some funny narration by our driver and eventually arrived on top of the Athabasca Glacier. We were also told some cool facts such as;

  • once, the Athabasca glacier flowed as far north as the town of Jasper
  • the Columbian icefields feed three oceans in the northern hemisphere; the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic which makes it unique
  • the glacier is as thick as the Eiffel tower is high…. whaaat????

When we reached the top of the glacier it was vast and the snow was shimmering in the sunlight, we didn’t see much ice due to the heavy snowfall days before.

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Adam spotted climbers at the top of a peak – it didn’t matter how hard I looked I just couldn’t see them!

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Thank goodness for camera zoom!

We had some time wandering on the glacier (in the safely marked zones of course) and then the guides dug a hole through the snow and ice so we could collect some glacial water to drink – ice cold!

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A walk on the Athabasca Glacier is a tourist trip for sure and its not cheap but I think its worth it 🙂

Foraging in our garden

We are lucky to have various fruit trees/bushes/plants in our garden, including two plum varieties, damson, pear, apple, hawthorn, raspberry, red currant, elderberry, rose hip, strawberry, blackberry, rhubarb and gooseberry.

I’ve been busy over the last few months making rhubarb crumble, rhubarb cordial, rhubarb and ginger jam and rhubarb gin.

Adam’s bottomless stomach has also been filled with plum crumble (which I like to call plumble) and red currant crumble

Damsons are bountiful so, as well as giving many away to friends and family I’ve got gin and damson vodka on the go ready for xmas 🙂

For trips away I’ve made us plum leather and also apple & damson leather.

Finally, we had some pears so I tried pear and ginger coins

Now I have to admit that this last one was a little odd but tasted good. Still it’s better than that time I tried Hog Weed and it was still hairy 😆