Thursday, 16 April 2009

Dunstable Downs

We decided today to take a ride to Dunstable Downs which are part of the Chiltern Hills and the highest points in Bedfordshire. The weather was the complete opposite to yesterday but that didn't put us off ... off we set with packed lunch, 7 children, 3 adults and one dog.

On a clear day the view is outstanding but it was somewhat muted today because of the grey skies, mist and drizzle.

We were lucky enough to see 2 gliders take off from the gliding club below

We walked along the top path which is on the flat, mainly because we forgot to put the buggy in for Charlie, my grandson aged 2. He was a little star though and walked for just over an hour with only a couple of wobblies along the way.

Molly loved it too

The staff in the Visitor's Centre cafeteria very kindly let us sit inside to eat our packed lunch as the weather had taken a turn for the worse and the rain had started to come down.

In the shop I found these books ... this one has some lovely old fashioned hints and tips and the meanings behind old sayings like 'You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs' - loosely translated it means a warning that you cannot get something for nothing and that sacrifices, though they may mean effort, can have tangible rewards.

We have been considering getting some chooks for years and hope that this year will be the one


  1. Hi Debbie,
    What a lovely post! The views are outstanding! And you are brave to take all those children with you out for the day - oh, yes, and Molly, too!
    Thank you for your nice comments on my blog.
    I look forward to seeing more about your hen book, and learning more about your life as you raise some!

  2. Hi looks like you had a lovely day.

    I keep hens, and that book is brilliant :0)


  3. Ooooh Dunstable Downs! I was born in Luton and used to be taken there as a child....

  4. Wow it looks like you had a fab day out,shame the weather turned though i like the look of your books.Enjoy the rest of your weekend best wishes Pat

  5. Get hens, go on, get some. We have them and the grandchilren love picking the eggs out of the nestbox. x Lovely walk and lovely views. x