In January 2019, I became a member of the inaugural cohort for the Durham City Incubator. 6 months of intense business advice and tuition, 121 support and access to finance has been invaluable. Being included with 6 inspirational entrepreneurial businesses has been a pleasure and privilege, the support and encouragement has been invaluable.
To find out how we all got on visit the Business Durham website
2019 Show programme pop along to see us at the following shows:
Northumberland County Show
Bywell, Near Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7AB
Monday 27 May : 9am-6pm
Summer Homes and Garden Fair at Ripley Castle
The Showfield, Ripley Castle, Ripley, nr Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG3 3EA
Thursday 13 June: 9.30-5.00
Friday 14 June: 9.30-5.00
Saturday 15 June: 9.30-5.30
Sunday 16 June: 9.30-4.30
Great Yorkshire Show
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
Tuesday 9 July: 7.30-7.30
Wednesday 10 July: 7.30-7.30
Thursday 11 July: 7.30-6.30
Glendale Agricultural Show at Wooler,
The Showfield, North Middleton, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6QX
Monday 26: 9am-5pm
Delighted to announce the Pocket Perch has been included in the Spring Issue of Country Walking magazine!
It's a great fit with the product, as I use mine when out and about taking part in the Country Walking magazine's, Walk 1000 Mile Challenge.
I still have a long way to go with my mileage, completed 67 miles so far, I just have to work out how to sew and walk at the same time.
Wow, from the lovely mild days of January, February is continuing in the same vein! After a slight blip of cold windy weather, we are back to balmy.
What better way of encouraging you to get outside than to let you know about the fantastic walks here in the UK.
There nothing better on sunny day than to be out and about exploring the countryside, either wrapped up warm in winter or loaded with sun cream in the summer. The sun on your face and the wind in your hair never feel’s better. Add in family and/ or a friend or two or more and you can be set for a fun filled trip. If you’re new to an area it’s a great way to meet new friends and get to know about the area you’re in and exploring. It’s surprising what you’ll learn as you meander along and the miles just melt away. It doesn’t usually matter how fast or slow you walk, a good group will always wait for the slower ones to catch up and a fork in the path or a gate will always slow down the fast ones.
This month I’m starting a series of my favourite walks. Walks, taken in the sun, rain and the occasional snow shower. Walks that uplift spirts and bring a sense of calm to life, where you can take time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, share with friends and family, or on your own, these are walks that I return to time and time again.
Distance: 12 miles, 19 km
Start/Finish: Swalwell to Consett
The joy of this walk is that it follows the route of an old railway track and is mostly path the whole way. It’s on a gradient with a few hilly bits near the Swalwell end, then fairly gentle from there on.
Reasons to try it:
The route runs from Swalwell to Consett though uphill from there you don’t notice it too much and if you really don’t like hills there’s a great map on the Durham County Council site that gives you the route in sections giving information on the terrain so you can avoid the hilly bits, result!
There is a wealth of wildlife along the route, if you’re lucky you will see the Red Kites riding the thermal winds along by the Gibside Estate, always a joy to see. If you’re very lucky you may catch a glimpse of a Red Squirrel, these shy creatures live along the route. There is also a plethora of other birds: blackbirds, herons, pigeons, finches, woodpigeons, blue tits, wagtails and magpies to name a few. In spring and summer butterflies and dragon flies join you as they dance along the hedgerows, looking for food.
As you near the Consett end of the walk there are fields of horses, sheep and cows and farm yards of chickens and cockerels. You get a sense of peace and calm as you make your way along the path. There are plenty of benches along the way so you can take a break, take in the beautiful scenery and listen to the sounds of nature going about its business.
The Swalwell end is very popular with families and has a circular route if you don’t want to walk too far. One of the best parts of a walk is being able to have a guilt free spot of indulgence(tea and cake) and The Land of Oak and Iron café is a great place to stop, perfect for a leisurely stroll on a sunny afternoon.
The Derwent Walk is 12 miles of interesting places to see and visit, convenient cafes and pubs to refuel at, as well as stunning scenery and wildlife. Whatever you like from a country walk this route has it all.
More favourite walks coming soon.
Happy walking and don’t forget to pack a perch!
January can be a funny old month. A bit flat from the excitement of December and too early for spring, January is usually time for a bit of hibernation. However, with the weather being so mild this year, it’s been great walking weather!
This year inspired by my friend and walking buddy Christine, I have signed up to the Walk 1000 Miles challenge with Country Walking magazine. You can sign up too! Walking is a great way of getting fit without too much exertion, or having to join a gym. I walk to enjoy nature, get some fresh air, shake off the cobwebs and get away from the office. If you visit the Walk 1000 miles website you can learn more about the benefits of walking and sign up for your challenge, track your progress and add yourself to the map of participants.
I’ve got no excuses now I have to get out there and walk, I’ll keep you updated on progress.
One of the joys of living in the North East is the ease of access to the countryside, your never far away from green fields or the sea. Whether you’re in the wilds of Northumberland with its breath taking big scenery, or in Durham with its beautiful riverside, you can always find somewhere to walk.
This weekend the weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed a lovely walk around Herrington Park, close to the Penshaw Monument. It has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, ponds full of all sorts of ducks, geese and swans, activities for children and monuments to local miners. It’s a great place to enjoy on a beautiful winters day.
Let me know if you sign up to the 1000 mile challenge I'd love to hear your progress. Wherever you live and walk, take the time to unwind and enjoy a walk outside, don’t forget to pack your Pocket Perch!
Welcome to my inaugural blog!
I’m passionate about the countryside and believe there’s nothing better for your well being than to pop on a pair of walking shoes and get outside. Here in the North East, I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by the beautiful Durham Dales and Northumberland countryside. There’s always somewhere to stroll and something to see, whatever the weather.
Walking is best done with friends there’s nothing like a good walk and a natter, the time flies by and it surprising how far you can go and not realise. Whenever I can, I walk with a friends or with groups. Strolls with Poles is the Nordic Walking group, which I attribute to starting this whole venture off. We were out walking on an early spring day and stopped for lunch. The only place to sit was a damp fallen tree, one thing was guaranteed, a damp bum! I really wished I had something to sit on to protect me from the damp, was lightweight, easy to carry and attractive.
Fast forward several months, prototypes, endless questioning friends and family and the Pocket Perch was launched! Followed quickly by the rest of the Perch range. The sizing of the Pocket Perch is based on the size of an average sofa cushion, therefore large enough to perch your bum on.
From this first design the rest of the range evolved with the Pixy Perch designed for children, the Poly Perch for two people or one person and their lunch, or bag, dog, child, laptop, you get the drift. Then the Picnic Perch is for those alfresco lunches, large enough to lay out a delicious spread and have lots of people to enjoy it.
Why not mix and match to suit your needs.
Use the handy Carabiner clip to attach your chosen Perch to a bag, rucksack, trouser belt loop, or whatever you like, for ease of carrying.
I hope you enjoy the range and have a great time outdoors where ever you may be.
Thank you for reading!
Happy walking, don’t forget to pack a Perch!