The Adders are returning

As we move through spring and the days, get both longer and warmer, a fantastic group of animals start to make an appearance. Legend has followed them through the centuries imbibing them with mystery and magical powers form witchcraft and magic through to religious symbolism. Of course, I’m talking about our amazing reptiles and amphibians.… Read more The Adders are returning

Beetling about the hills

In the countryside, at this time of year, it is easy to be entranced by the flowers, trees and the landscape in general. Easily seen are the bright green fresh Beech leaves and the foaming white hedgerows of Blackthorn. However, for me, looking a little closer, and thinking a lot smaller, opens up a whole… Read more Beetling about the hills

Thinking on the levels

For the last few weeks, I unable to ride my bike, not even on the road let alone the mountain bike due to recovering from a small operation. Quite frankly, it has been really getting to me. I’m no longer a racer, more of a bimbler, but riding a bike is what I do and always have… Read more Thinking on the levels

Burning Some Bridges

Yesterday I had a chat over coffee ‘with a very good friend’ about where life was going, future plans, personal abilities, challenges and generally what to do next. We both came to the conclusion that something holding most people back (including us), is the fear of burning bridges. How could you possibly  take that new job,… Read more Burning Some Bridges

A trip into the hill

Yesterday was a busy old day. As well as running a DofE training day in the afternoon / evening that had been postponed due to last week’s snow, I was asked to run a caving trip for 5 teenagers and their staff from a special school near Bristol. When running this sort of activity I… Read more A trip into the hill