Wanderlust: My Dream Destinations

I’ve always been a bit of an adventurer at heart, and one of my biggest dreams is to travel the world and experience different cultures. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a few places already, but there are still so many countries on my bucket list.


Germany is one of the countries I’m most eager to visit. I’ve always been fascinated by German history and culture, and I would love to see some of the country’s famous landmarks, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building. I’m also interested in trying some of the traditional German food, such as schnitzel and sauerkraut.

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Norway is another country that has always appealed to me. I’m drawn to the country’s stunning natural beauty, with its fjords, mountains, and glaciers. I would love to go hiking in the Norwegian countryside and experience the Northern Lights.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a country that I’ve always wanted to visit since I was a kid. I’m fascinated by the country’s unique culture and its beautiful scenery. I would love to visit the Lord of the Rings filming locations and go whale watching in the South Island.

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Of course, I would also love to visit America. There are so many different places to see in this vast country, from the bustling cities of New York and Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains. I’m also interested in learning more about American history and culture.

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Spider-Free Travel

I do have one exception to my travel plans: I don’t plan on visiting Australia. I’m not a big fan of spiders, and Australia is home to some of the world’s most venomous arachnids. I’m sure Australia is a beautiful country, but I’ll have to pass on it for now.

Making the Dream a Reality

I know that traveling to so many different countries can be expensive, but I’m determined to make my dream a reality. I’m already starting to save up money, and I’m also researching ways to travel more affordably. I’m also learning about the different cultures of the countries I want to visit so that I can make the most of my time there.

A picture paints a thousand words

I thought I would l try something new. A picture paints a thousand words and god knows how many emotions it involves as well. So I’ll pick a photo twice a week and write about it. Then see where the conversation takes us. Hopefully discovering more in the picture. It will make a change from moaning about things. I should really stop saying moaning because the whole point of this blog is to vent somewhere while I wait for professional help.

Oh my god, my typing is awful today. Constant deleting. I’m blaming the PRN meds again. But that’s another post for later.

So this picture. I have a routine with both of the dogs now which works pretty well with my work, home life and responsibility.

7am – 15-minute dog walk around the block
10am – Garden bathroom for dogs
2pm – 30-minute dog walk around the area (see photo)
5pm – Dinner time
6pm – 15-minute dog walk for bathroom
9.30pm – 15 minutes Last walk before bed

Dobby refuses to go to the bathroom in the garden, so I gave up waiting 20 minutes for him to do something I just take them both out on a walk and that does the trick. We used to get a few accidents when we first got him, so the schedule, although annoying sometimes, works well.

My point. The afternoon walk takes us to a local landmark which you can see in the background of the photo. A beautiful Tudor house which is open at certain times for people to come and see it. The photo was taken as I was walking past earlier this year. It makes me feel intrigued that something so old is still standing, that the history of that place is immense but saddens me because it lives in a council estate. Yes, I live on a council estate. I don’t mind the labels but they are true about the behaviour on them. So makes me a little sad to see the windows on the bottom right that is broken, the massive chains on the gates and the amount of dog shit that people never pick up. Never understood that last one. Are you supposed to stand there and pretend they didn’t do that? and just walk off? weird. Unless they didn’t have a bag, but still, I’d come back out again with one if I did. Sidetracked.

It makes me feel warm and happy because of the snow. The snow makes me feel cold which means the house will be warm, so when I get home I’ll have that lovely warm feeling of sitting down, after a good walk and drinking coffee. Preferably that would be rum or some red wine but alas we cannot have everything.

If you want to read up about the building you can see everything you need to know over —> here <—

During the mid-17th century, when it was owned by a family of wealthy yeomen and merchants, the hall was given a grand Jacobean-style stone extension.

In later years the building was split into several rented dwellings and, whilst living in one of these with his family, this is where Samuel Crompton famously invented the Spinning Mule.

This invention was the first multiple-spindle machine capable of consistent fine yarn production. It revolutionised the UK’s textile industry and literally shaped the fortunes of the town and the North generally.

Hall i’ th’ Wood was inhabited up until the late 19th century, after which it fell into disrepair.

Thanks to Lord Leverhulme, a local businessman and philanthropist, the building was saved from ruin and much-needed repairs were undertaken.

The house and grounds were presented to the people of Bolton in memory of Samuel Crompton and were opened to the public as a museum in 1902.

Today it is a place where you can enjoy displays of 17th and early 18th-century furniture, objects and artefacts, learn more about the fascinating life and work of Samuel Crompton and discover all about life in Stuart and Tudor times.

The rooms have been accurately refurbished to retain their homely atmosphere and the Lancashire kitchen, cosy Brownlow bedroom, fine oak panelling and ornate plasterwork all bring to life times gone by in this fascinating family house.

A wide variety of events and activities take place throughout the year, catering for people of all interests and ages, meaning there is always something to see and do on your visit.