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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.
I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps. See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

One down, six to go

Nicola, Pete, Lola and Nell want to travel the world with a difference. We hope to get a taste of many countries without adding to climate change (with needless emissions from aeroplanes) or having to waste hours of holiday time in airport terminals. We hope our adventures inspire you to take a Grand Tour of your neighbourhood whatever the weather. This post is from Nicola

There's a horsy saying that you are only a rider if you've fallen off seven times. (The other saying is less positively that pride comes before a fall). And today Lola came one fall closer to the jockey target after Silver shied when a bird flew up as we cantered across a stubble field. Thankfully Lola was unhurt and got straight back on, carried on with the canter and then insisted on doing some jumps. So here's a lovely pic of her all on her own grinning as she rides.

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