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#UKexplore in January 2018

February 2, 2018

How is it February already? It honestly feels like we blinked and January had gone. The Doves have been especially busy recently but we do love the great outdoors. There really is nothing better than escaping to blow away a few cobwebs. POD is finally getting to grips with riding her bike without stabilisers which is very exciting. She’s still a little wobbly at times but relishing the independence. We’ve found we have a new challenge on our hands – finding cycle routes that aren’t too long as we’re literally running along behind her. Walking is so much more relaxing in comparison let me tell you!

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#UKexplore in December 2017

January 3, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and you’re gradually starting to settle into some kind of routine. It’s been great to see so many of you blow away the cobwebs and enjoy the great outdoors. We were hoping to get snow in Surrey but it wasn’t to be. We had a few flakes but there wasn’t enough of the white stuff for POD to build a snowman. She was born on Christmas Day 2010, when it was a very white Christmas, so we’d love to have a day when we can throw open the curtains and she’s greeted with a magical wonderland.

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#UKexplore in November 2017

December 2, 2017

Can you believe it’s Christmas (and POD’s seventh birthday) in less than a month. Somehow it feels more festive now we’re in December and the temperature has dropped. We’ve had the big woollies out of the cupboard and the fire on at home with any time outdoors making us feel energised. It’s the best feeling isn’t it, blowing away the cobwebs then getting all warm and cosy.

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#UKexplore in October 2017

November 2, 2017

Don’t you just love this time of year, all those autumnal hues are just divine. We had a few local wanders in Surrey over the half-term period and everywhere is looking so pretty. Winkworth Arboretum was just wonderful although so was Hatchlands Park and Alice Holt too. POD even learnt how to ride her bike properly at last!

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#UKexplore in September 2017

October 2, 2017

It feels like September disappeared in the blink of an eye although settling back into the school routine after the summer break does that doesn’t it? I have to say I love this time of year when there’s still some sunshine but those glorious autumnal hues are beginning to appear. We’ve even spotted some conkers over the past couple of weeks too. We’ve really enjoyed seeing the photos you’ve shared on the #UKexplore hashtag in September.

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#UKexplore in August 2017

September 2, 2017

Wowsers! There were SO many photos shared on the #UKexplore hashtag in August. We’ve now exceeded the 20,000 mark which is quite incredible. We really love seeing all your photographs and it’s such a great community.

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#UKexplore in July 2017

August 2, 2017

How are we in August already? I don’t know about you but it feels like this year has just flown by. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with the #UKexplore community on Instagram. It’s been great to see what you’ve all been up to and I love seeing your photographs. Over 18,700 have been shared now which is just incredible.

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#UKexplore in June 2017

July 2, 2017

How much do we adore the #UKexplore hashtag on Instagram? If you’ve not come across it before, #UKexplore is a wonderful community focused on outdoor adventures. Set up by Karen from Mini Travellers (& Fuelled by Latte) and Rachel at The Ordinary Lovely, over 17,000 photographs have been shared over the past year. Rachel’s time looking after #UKexplore has come to an end though *sniff* so I’ll be co-hosting with Karen from now on. Rachel has done an superb job growing this community so do check out her blog The Ordinary Lovely if you haven’t already.

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