Beginners Bike Maintenance Course

My name is Liana and I am a new found cycling enthusiast. Until recently I hadn't even sat on a bike in over 25yrs, and then I was given a mountain bike and I haven't looked back since!


Crepes and Doughnuts in Nottingham

I've heard nothing but amazing things about Aubreys Creperie in Nottingham city centre. It's tucked up in West End Arcade (off Long Row) in Nottingham and whilst I've visited a few times, it's always been super busy with no seats available so it's taken me a while to sample their food.

But I'm so glad I finally managed to get a table for 2 one Sunday afternoon, we were off to see The Greatest Showman at Cineworld and we needed a light meal to stave off the pick n mix cravings throughout the film...


Extreme Running!

Running at night is hard enough as it is, we have to light up like a Christmas Tree to be seen on the road and most trail routes are off limits after dark. I absolutely LOVE running trails so this has been hard for me over the Winter months as most of my running is done after work.


Geocaching for beginners!

This past weekend was glorious in the UK - the sun was out and for the first time in months and months, we didn't require hats and gloves to have an outdoor adventure!

I've heard lots of people mention 'Geocaching' before but I didn't really understand what it was or how to get involved. I downloaded the app and got the gist but then I forgot about it and it laid undiscovered on my phone, until someone recently revived my interest...


Top Recipes and Links

It's certainly been a while since my last blog post, life has suddenly become sooooo much busier - and my blog has paid the price!

I'm still very active on other social media platforms so for anyone stumbling across my blog today I thought it'd be useful to post a few links that seem to be popular alongside other ways you can interact with me...


3 things you're gonna love!

 Ahhhhh, Summer. My favourite time of the year, not only because of the lovely weather but also because we get to turn off the early alarm and avoid the dreaded school run...

There are lots of things I'm loving at the moment and this edition is packed full of cake, clothes and food so basically my top 3 favourite things ever.

I'd love to have a bit more time off over the Summer, and we're eagerly counting down to a week in Cornwall, but in the meantime it's work, work work for me and sheesh - have I had a busy few months! Many of you will know I work full time but I still make cakes from my home business and this is just a little taster of what has come out of my kitchen recently... (I think the Kinder egg is one of my faves!)


Falling in love with Ashbourne

A few weeks ago, I ran my first 5k... Donnnn't worry, this isn't another post about running but instead about the place I discovered on my travels.

I've never really explored much of Derbyshire, and this was the first time I've visited Ashbourne in particular. Ashbourne is a lovely little hilly town filled with retro looking storefronts and, on this occasion, also DRENCHED in swags of festive bunting.

I visited on the day of the annual Ashbourne Festival. The weather was kind to us so after our run, we ventured a little way into town and stumbled across a little cafe called the Artisan Cafe and Bottle Shop.


Running with the family

A few months ago, I started the Couch to 5K challenge in a bid to get myself off the couch and into a more healthier lifestyle. Starting to run seemed like an mammoth task, but I got there in the end and a few weeks ago I participated in my first 5K run! The feeling of pride as I crossed that finish line was absolutely amazing and I've really been bitten by the running bug now.

I'd like to be able to run more, but being a single Mum and having 2 kids to look after for most of the week, makes it a bit tricky for me. I've found a place where I can run laps and leave the boys to play (always within my sight) but taking them out on their bikes isn't very practical as we're often stopping every 2 mins to tie a shoelace, or look at a dog... so it's a non starter really. I'm starting to hear groans when I mention joining me for a run so I've started looking at a new way to involve the boys.