Up until a few years ago I didn’t know what base layers were. I layered up in winter with vest tops and t-shirts and wondered why the layers weren’t keeping me warm. When I did finally discover that base layers existed, I became duly obsessed. I’ve been a bit of a merino convert recently, so when I was sent a free SubZero base layer to test out that wasn’t merino, I was intrigued. [Read more…] about Review | SubZero Factor 1+ Base Layer
Having to manage anxiety on a daily basis is like having an incredibly persistent child who is continually throwing a tantrum, dragging on your legs and telling you not to do something, please oh please, let’s not do it. The only way I’ve found to manage this, is to always Do It.
Yesterday I went for a bike ride. Alone. To a place I’d never been before.
Okay, so far, it doesn’t sound too hard right?
Well, on paper, it’s not hard. On paper it was; look at map, decide where to go, get helmet, get bike, get water bottle, go. Considering I used to cycle everywhere all the time, this isn’t exactly rocket science.
But yesterday it didn’t go like that. It went like this. [Read more…] about When Your Brain Lies to You and Says ‘Don’t Do It’
Mist peels its way up the valley and I’m glad. There’s something very comforting about being incased in cloud. In mist. In a trillion trillion suspended drops of water. Clear days can be so….clear. Sometimes you don’t want clarity, you don’t want the big picture, you just want a big misty hug from Mother Nature.
Like this day.
I didn’t want to see for miles at all. I didn’t even want to see around the next bend in the single track trail. I just wanted to deal with one piece of the world at a time and absolutely nothing at all outside this forest. Outside my immediate surroundings. I stopped for a drink and a bird squawked above me. That’s fine. I can handle that. [Read more…] about Earth, Mud and Mountain Bikes – A Trip to Afan Forest
I drove past Stonehenge the other day. I didn’t even stop. In fact, I drove past Cerne Abbas too. You know, the chalk man on the hill?
In Peru two years ago, I toyed with the idea of taking a flight above the Nazca Lines. the Nazca lines! I thought. A once in a lifetime opportunity. But I didn’t think about Cerne Abbas. That giant so close to home.
I didn’t think about the chalk horses gracing Britain’s south coast either. [Read more…] about Travelling in the UK: Seeing Our Country with Fresh Eyes
There is a huff off the back of the boat. This is always how it starts. A huff.
That is what has defined this adventure, this voyage of discovery. The ones who huff.
I’ve arrived in England almost exactly three years after leaving. Conceptually, it always seems stranger than it is in the moment. I always thought returning would be next to impossible. [Read more…] about A Homecoming of Sorts – Sailing Back to England
They call this the glass city.
I can see why. It’s filled with galerias, endless lace-like enclosed balconies covering the outsides of buildings.
They look down upon you as you walk the endless streets, their tapas bars spilling out, their patrons laughing with tiny dogs looping their ankles.
There is nowhere where you are not dwarfed by glass. On the marina promenade the galerias are so many, the sun finds itself in a hall of mirrors, bearing down on the fishing boats and the lounging teenagers. [Read more…] about The Glass City and the Sea – Visiting La Coruña in 2017