Where to see lavender fields in and around Hampshire

Lavender fields in Hampshire are quite hard to come by. Here are three places where you can see stunning purple lavender fields in and around Hants.

Lavender is an evergreen plant that grows all year round.

However, it’s not until its bright purple flowers blossom in the summer that we notice it.

We’re lucky enough to have a few patches of lavender in our garden.… Read more

Long distance walking training – 10 things I’ve learnt so far

It’s been five weeks since I decided to walk the length of the River Itchen. Now it’s only two weeks until the big day on Thursday 23 June.

Fortunately, my preparations are going well. I’ve managed to do several long distance training walks to build up my stamina including a couple of 18-mile walks and a 25 miler. Plus I’ve chosen a charity – the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – to raise some money for.… Read more

Walking the Solent Way from Gosport to Bursledon via Lee-on-the-Solent and Warsash

The things people don’t tell you about walking because it’s obvious and only an idiot wouldn’t know, number one: hiking on a beach is hard work.

I say this because I’m used to footpaths being, well, paths.

Not so the Solent Way between Gosport and Warsash in Hampshire, which I walked with Tilly a couple of weeks ago in preparation for walking the River Itchen in the summer.… Read more

Munching – and quaffing – watercress at the 12th annual Watercress Festival, Alresford

According to Bubba in the film Forrest Gump, “shrimp is the fruit of the sea”.

He then lists all the different ways you can eat shrimp – shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… you get the picture.

If shrimp is the fruit of the sea in Alabama, then watercress is the fruit of the river here in Hampshire.… Read more

I’m walking the length of the 30-mile River Itchen to raise money for the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project

I’m doing this walk to raise money for the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – a scheme that helps dogs whose owners are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. I’d love it if you’d sponsor me!

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A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on the springs of the River Itchen.

For thousands of years, this has been the start of the river, which runs from Cheriton near Alresford to Southampton Water.… Read more

What’s in my half marathon race bag?

On Sunday, I completed the Southampton Half Marathon for the second year on the trot. (And I beat last year’s time by three minutes – whoop!)

This meant that after several bowls of pasta and countless slices of white bread on Saturday it was time to pack my bag for the big race.

My half marathon packing list

As well as remembering the obvious things like my race number, there are also a few other things I like to take to make sure I’m comfortable on a race day.… Read more