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Picnic and Pimms – A Trip to Lyme Park, Manchester

Some of you will know Lyme Park,¬†Manchester due it’s association with one very famous leading man of English Literature…Mr Darcy. For this is the back-drop of the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and the setting of the famous scene where Mr Darcy emerged from the Lake in his breeches (getting hot and flustered at the very thought!).

It is a stunning Edwardian estate with the most beautiful house, lakes and 1300 acres of grassland woods and walks. It’s the perfect place for families, singletons, couples and dog-walkers alike with space to enjoy the history of the property, fun and games, a quiet read and of course a picnic! We opted for the latter.

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A bit of Michael Buble at the 02 London

Well, of course I couldn’t not include a post at about the amazingly talented Michael Buble, who we saw at London’s 02 last week.

I’d seen him before a couple of years ago and he didn’t disappoint, so when I heard he was touring again, I sat on the internet at 9am and watched every date sell out before my very eyes! I’d missed out and was gutted. So when he added a couple of extra dates at London’s 02, I dived right in again and this time got tickets for myself and mummy.

8 months later, I was on the train down to London from Manchester (cheap upgrade to First Class so I could enjoy a couple of glasses of wine), in the Summer sunshine, absolutely chomping at the bit to see him perform live again. Mummy met me at Euston at we made our way down to the Embankment where we jumped on the Thames Clipper to Greenwich. What a great way to travel! With an on-board bar and views of the River Thames and London, it’s a 50-min journey to the 02 at Greenwich and costs ¬£5.85 with your Oyster Card.

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Dog walking in Delamere Forest

So with the hottest weekend of the year upon us and nothing to do, we decided to spend our Saturday on a lovely long dog walk with Bobbi in Delamere Forest.

Delamere is about 45 mins outside of Manchester towards Chester/Liverpool way. It’s a very quaint part of the world and thrives in the sunshine, with lots of lush green leaves and trees. We drove and there’s plenty of parking, very reasonably priced at ¬£1 per hour which put you at the beginning of many walking trails of varying lengths and distances. We chose to park in Whitefield Car Park which is just across the road from a lovely walking trail through the forest and around the lake.

Bobbi was in her element, frolicking and leaping through the bushes and woods. As it was so hot, Delamere is perfect as there’s lots of shade, so you can be outside for longer and it’s better for dogs. We passed lots of other couples, dog-walkers and families, but it wasn’t busy at all – it felt very peaceful and secluded.

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