Forget the new normal, stay with the new for now

Over the past couple weeks talk has turned to what the ‘new’ normal may look like. Things won’t be the same again, we are told. It’ll be very different. The same people can’t tell us what our hinterland beyond will look like, it just won’t be what we were used to before. You become caught […]

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Things I love right now

Rain showers I do love hot weather, really I do. I’m very happy that the dry spell is helping farmers after a shocking winter. But I’m blonde and fair skinned. I’ve only got to step outside the house sans factor 50 and I wonder if I might melt like a Mr Whippy. Along comes a […]

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You don’t need to race to run

I’ve realised I’m changing. Usually I am here, there, everywhere. Racing around, running myself ragged.  And now… now, I am not. I’ve slowed down. I’ve spent more time looking, observing and enjoying what is around me.  These last few weeks have provided me with a deeper appreciation of what running means to me and the […]

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The ugliness of social shaming 

Seriously, we are in 2020 and people still act as if running is an elite club. While on a running forum this week, I observed a discussion where people lamented the amount of other people they’d seen out running.  What’s with all these new runners, they raged. Who the hell are they! I’ve never seen […]

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Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not afraid

So here you are and today you do not feel great.  You woke up feeling slightly terrified. Panic rises and falls in your chest. You switch on the news and switch it off again. It all sounds so bleak and you don’t think your fragile state can handle it right now.  Thing is, you don’t […]

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Remembering the human touch

In my last blog post I used the term ‘physical distancing’. Someone (well meaning, no doubt) suggested I was confused. Did I not mean social distancing?  No, I replied. You see, I use this phrase in much the same way as I try avoiding the word ‘lockdown’.  The first time I heard ‘social distancing’ as […]

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Remembering the light in the dark

These are, as everyone is saying, strange times. 24 hours can seem like an eternity. Once you get used to the new norm, the cards are tossed up and land in new and unfamiliar positions. Things are… weird. I guess you may be feeling it too. You’re not quite sure what you feel; sometimes a […]

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Why compassion is an antidote to pain

The announcement about the awful suicide of Caroline Flack stopped me in my tracks last night. In death, there never seem to be words that feel right. Sadly, it feels all too late. I know what it’s like to want to die. While I am acutely aware my situation is very, very different, if you […]

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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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