Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Get Spoilt in Countryside

We’re spoilt in the United Kingdom. Within a relatively small group of islands we can experience a whole world of different landscapes, from the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands to the secluded covers of Cornwall. With so much variety, so many distinct regions, it beggars belief that all too often we take it for granted. Think what we have on our doorstep: the untamed expanse of the Yorkshire moors; the remote fells of the Lake District; the scarcely known peaks of Northern Ireland; the timeless beauty of the Cotswolds; the secret beaches of the Welsh coast; the winding waterways of Norfolk; the neat orchards of Kent. It seems a crime that so many of us fail to explore these four countries of ours and instead look beyond our shores for adventure and romance.

  Scottish Highlands



                                                 North York Moors

                                              South Wales Coast

Eight per cent of the population of the UK now live in urban areas, so it’s vital that we keep in touch with our countryside. It isn’t simply that a walk in the country can keep you fit physically: connecting with open spaces can be as good for your mind and spirit. It can relax you one minute, then stimulate and challenge you the next. Some scientists claim that humans were never meant to live in a city environment, that we were hardwired to be surrounded by nature. A spell in the countryside therefore restores the balance, cuts down stress, and even improves our levels of concentration.

So , what are we waiting for ? Why aren’t we spilling out of our cities of sharp lines, escaping the noise and bustle and running for the hills and valleys? Well, actually, we are. Government figures suggest that seven million of us walk in the countryside every single weekend, and that figure is growing year on year. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Walks in UK

There’s nothing to be scared about when walking in the countryside, but there’s no need to take risks either. After all, even the most challenging walk should be an enjoyable and fun venture that leaves you in one piece.  Let’s run through some of the safety basics before walking:

Be Safe

First up, get planning. If you’re a beginner don’t dive straight into a difficult or overly long route. There’s no one to impress and nothing to prove. If you decide to tackle a longer walk, make sure you’ve worked out various points along the way where you can escape if you need to cut things short. Also, wherever possible, let someone know where you’re going and don’t rely on your mobile phone: network coverage isn’t always great, especially in hill country. Ensure that before you set out, you have a map and a compass and know how to use them.

Make sure you know what weather you can expect and take heed of any warning from the Met Office. We’re lucky here in the UK; we talk endlessly about the weather, but we don’t experience much in the way of extremes. What we all know is that it can change within minutes, especially if you’re heading into hills or remote areas, make sure you have the following with you :
  • A waterproof Jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Good walking boots or shoes with support for your ankles and good solid treads.
  • Good-quality thick socks (some walkers swear by wearing more than one pair of socks, but be warned, this can lead to more friction around your feet and therefore , more blisters!)
  • A spare fleece or jumper : always go for several layers if you have to keep warm.
  • A waterproof rucksack , containing a litre water bottle and enough food for your walk.

You may have noticed an emphasis on waterproof there, but this is Britain we’re talking about! Keep an eye on the sky for rain, mist or fog, but remember that strong winds can be a hazard too , especially on hillsides. Obviously, if conditions are anything less than clement, make sure you have gloves and hat in your kit (40 per cent of body heat is lost through your head).

It has to be said, especially when walking on the lowlands in good weather, that you don’t need a lot of expensive walking gear. Good boots are always a sound investment and it’s always better not to wear jeans because wet denim takes a long time to dry out, which can lead to chafing, generally avoid wearing cotton items as these can soon absorb sweat, making you clammy and uncomfortable. Opt for thin synthetic layers that wick moisture (to you and me that means taking it away from the skin and drying quickly).

Be Responsible

Walkers are usually a responsible lot. A happy knock-on effect of rambling is that the more you walk through the beautiful countryside , the more you care about it and the people who work , rest and play there.
The general rule of thumb is to leave the countryside as you found it. Here are few guidelines to being a responsible walker. Once again, they may seem obvious, but you’ll be amazed how many people forget the basics:
  • Don’t go clambering over fences and walls that often can be easily damaged. Find the nearest stile or gate instead.
  • If you do pass through a gate, make sure you shut it behind you. Of course, there are some instances when they’re supposed to be open , for example, to allow farm animals access to water, but in most cases country gates are meant to be closed.
  • If you’re walking with your dog, keep them under control, which largely means having them on the lead or at the very least near to you.
  • Respect the wildlife around you. It’s illegal to p ick wild flowers, unless you have the landowner’s permission. Besides , it’s always better to leave beautiful blooms for your fellow walkers to enjoy, rather than to snaffle them for yourself.
  • There is one thing you should definitely take home with you – your rubbish. Don’t drop it and certainly don’t bury it. Pop it in your bag and take it with you. For a little extra good karma, why not pick up litter that people have so casually carelessly discarded.
  • Safeguard any water supplies you may come across, making sure you never pollute streams, rivers, ponds or lakes.
  • Guard against any risk of fire, be it a stray cigarette or camp fire. If you really need to boil a cup of coffee on the move, consider buying a portable stove, but again, take care.
  • If you’re crossing a farmer’s crop , walk in a single line or around the edge of a field to minimise the chance of damaging precious harvest.
  •  Respect the privacy of people living in the countryside; you wouldn’t life it if someone traipsed through your garden, pausing to peer through your windows. Remember this is where people live and work, not a museum or theme park.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fox in Abbey Road

       This fox is becoming our pet , he comes and visits us everday. I live on abbey road and so do the foxxxx.  He's not afraid of us at all now , foxes are becoming part of our life now.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pizza with Houmous & Peppers

I learned this receipe from my relatives living in Sussex.

What do You need to make Pizza with Houmous and Peppers?

  • Olive Oil.
  • One pot of Houmous.
  • Handful of Rocket.
  • One jar of Roasted Peppers.
  • One Chilli , Chopped and seeded.
  • One Garlic Clove, crushed and skinned.
  • One flat bread.

    How Many People does it Serves?

          It Serves 1-2.

    How Can we make Pizza with Houmous and Peppers?

    In four steps  Pizza with Houmous and Pepper will be ready.

    • Warm up the bread in the oven at 360F /180C mark 5 for aboout ten minutes.
    • In the meantime, heat a splash of oil in a pan with chilli and garlic.
    • Add the drained peppers and cook briefly to warm through.
    • Spread the flatbread with lots of houmous, spoon the peppers on top. Scatter with a few salad or rocket leaves and drizzle with the garlicky oil from the pan.

    What do you think of  Pizza with Houmous and Peppers ?

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Roasted Vegetable & Houmous Wrap

    Was really hungry today trying to learn php the whole day didnt eat anything since morning , four o clock opened my fridge and didnt find anything , went to tesco for shopping, they didnt have anything except courgettes, had to buy them.

    What did I do with Courgettes ?

    I made a wrap of courgettes , here is the receipe :

    • Baked onion and pepper on baking sheet and drizzzzzled with oil, seasoned it with some salt and pepper.
    • Roasted it for 15-20 mins with 200C/400F temperature.
    • Added the courgettes and cooked for 5 minutes more.
    • Had a wrap and houmous from yesturday , had to spread the wrap with houmous, with the vegetables on top, scattered some spinach leaves as well and roll roll roll.

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    Seaside in North Devon

    Seaside in North-Devon it's much better than what I have on this video, I used my BB to take pics and videos. There are more nice views of seaside , Streets are very clean here.

    North Devon - Appledore

    Last year trip to North Devon.

    Lovely North devon, Friendly people , Different world , quite , relaxing.