Well, sixteen days to be exact.
The first photo was taken on April 23rd while on a dog walk along a local disused canal. The weather was very warm for the time of year and beautifully sunny; other than the sound of birdsong and the occasional bleat of a sheep in the nearby fields it was very quiet and peaceful along the canal and all around me there were signs of spring developing, though most of the trees still had quite some way to go before they came into full leaf.
During the following ten days the weather gods threw down every bit of bad weather they could think of and it only started to come nice again last Friday; the weekend has been gloriously warm and sunny so I've been back out on long walks around the local area with the dogs. Today I walked along the same canal and the second photo, taken from almost the same spot as the first, shows what a change there's been in only sixteen days - the trees were bursting with new life and all around me everything was completely green.
According to the weather forecast - if it's right - the rest of the week is going to be good so I'll be out every day with the dogs and the camera looking for other local photo opportunities, though I'll be saving the shots to keep the blog ticking over during the winter. And as for the housework at the moment - well, I can do that when it's raining, the current sunshine is far too good to miss.
- Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it