My thoughts: taking care of our places

Do you remember when we all had high hopes this would all be over in a few weeks? I remember seeing a Facebook post from a friend. “what’s the first thing you will do when this is all over?” she asked. Replies varied from “giving everyone I know a big hug” to “go on holiday”. […]

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In praise of the Great British pub

In the spirit of finding things to be happy about – especially when the world feels topsy-turvy – I want to talk today about the joy of British pubs. It was this life pleasure which I was reminded of a few nights ago when I went into a pub for the first time since March. […]

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Explore: sea swimming in Devon

In the last few years swimming has become an exercise staple.  From spring through to autumn, I take to the seas and rivers and so when the warmer weather arrived it was time to get back into the brine. My usual swim spot is Torbay, South Devon.  Torbay has lots of advantages because its waters are […]

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Explore: running through history

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It seems when restrictions were partially lifted, people were afflicted by another contagion; one where ‘good old British common sense’ was replaced by a mania in which people perceived themselves invincible. They started throwing themselves off cliffs into swirling seas, marching up mountains in flip flops or queuing for three hours to buy a Big […]

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Life on the doorstep

It is June already – how did that happen? One minute I’m getting up at 5.30am in the pitch black to go and photograph a wintry sunrise, the next I’m wide awake at 4am because the dawn chorus convinces my half-asleep brain I’m in an aviary.  And now we are on the cusp of British […]

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Walk: a little slice of Shaldon, Devon

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” – Adventurer John Muir People tend to talk about walking as a way to ‘switch off’ but I see it as a way to switch on. I love walking for so many reasons. Health, nature, exploration, it’s an endless list. But I also […]

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Colourful autumn walks in Devon

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The changing season can fill us with lots of feelings – nostalgia for those hot summer days, grumpiness because it’s dark at 4pm and weariness from smashing the snooze button for the eighth time because, well, it’s pitch black outside and I am nice and warm here thanks. When we do drag ourselves outside, when […]

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Remembering why I run

After eight hours at work, I came home, changed into my running kit and headed out the door into the brisk cold. Freedom! Now, I’m drinking hot chocolate feeling fuzzy inside and writing this blog post to you. In an earlier post, I talked about my intention to complete RED January. Well, I’m entering the […]

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A very British walk on Dartmoor

Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.” Bob Marley   It’s December, It’s Britain. It’s raining. What else is there to do when it’s drizzling continuously, blowing a hooley and the sky is a shade of grey Farrow and Ball calls ‘elephant breath’? Well, there’s only one thing for it: stick on a […]

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