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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog begun in 2012 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.

Around 2018 I tried a new way of writing my family's and my own UK travel adventures. Britain is a brilliant place for a staycation, mini-break and day trips. It's also a fantastic place to explore so I've begun to write up reports of places that are easy to reach by public transport. And when they are not that easy to reach I'll offer some tips on how to get there.

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, 27 March 2008

Trouble with horses

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

Lola and I had planned how to eat at the riding school cafe - I'd take my portable tea thermos for a nice hot cuppa - and she'd ask for no plate. But then Lola got distracted by the sight of pretty, grey Taboo cantering around the arena and her friends piles of cheese and tomato toasties.

As a result she got a toastie with plastic plate and napkin which we then had to take home puzzling what to do with it. It was a shame as Lola was not just trying, she was also generous enough to order a cookie (with no wrapping) instead of her preferred Mars Bar (with wrapping).

The other children, Freya and Izzy, clearly think Lola is impressive to be trying to live life without the need to even recycle.

Verdict: when it comes to waste watching sometimes there's just too much to explain.

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