Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wild Swimming in The Cairngorms- Loch an Eilein

There are some spots that I have visited around the UK which are beautiful and then there are places which are just outright special. You know deep inside that you want to come back again and again. So what makes something tip from the label of amazing to special? Is it how the place makes you feel? Perhaps you are happy or so content and connected when you are there that you forget everything else and you want to stay in that moment forever. Or is it how you discover the spot which is important to you? Do you prefer to stumble upon it by yourself and relish in the solitude or would you rather for someone to take you to this magical place and share it with you, which makes it feel so special?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Zero Waste Microadventure- bivvying in Snowdonia

If you are a faffer like me, it may just happen that your weekend adventures can sometimes start late in the evenings in what would others consider halfway through the weekend. Because when you wake up on Saturday morning, well, you have breakfast first, then coffee, then check the weather forecast, go to the shop, finish packing, do the dishes etc etc and by the time you are ready to set off at 12, you suddenly become very aware that it is still 4 hour drive to North Wales. But you know what? Weekend adventures don't always have to start at 4 am. You haven't missed the boat if you are not on your way by 8 am. It doesn't matter that it is 4:30 pm when you start walking towards the hills. There are adventures to be had in even the shortest time possible.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Help reduce plastic trash in the Peak District with #mypeakcup + giveaway!

The anti plastic revolution is definitely real and palpable around Sheffield. It is great to see that not only people are becoming more aware of the issue but there is a real movement to protect our environments and reduce plastic trash. I am really pleased that The Peak District National Park Authority have made the pledge and started leading the positive change towards reducing waste in our beautiful National Park. And the first step? They have introduced their new Ecoffee cup as part of the #mypeakcup campaign. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wild Swimming in Snowdonia- The Watkin path waterfalls

I think the best wild swims are those that you have to earn. You know, those that require some uphill walking, or a fight with brambles/fern. The harder the struggle, the sweeter the reward. And if you can find dipping or swimming spots which are of superb standard with water so clear that you can drink it, you know that you are in for the winner. And there is a spot just like that nowhere else than en route to the top of the mighty Snowdon. By taking a less trodden path to the top through the Watkin Path, you will be rewarded by a series of crystal clear plunge pools and waterfalls. On the way there to wake you up and on the way back to give your body a much needed ice bath! 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Zero Waste Micro adventure- summer bivvy (also known as sleeping under the stars)

If you love camping and falling asleep outside with the sounds of nature aiding your slow fall into unconsciousness, you absolutely have to try bivvying. It is like camping but on steroids. If you think that wild camping gives you a sense of freedom, when you sleep in your bivvy bag for the first time, you will have a different appreciation of that word. There is no time wasted putting the tent up or faffing with lots of kit, all you need to do is roll out your sleeping bag and you can fall asleep, counting all the stars as far as your eyes can see. And if you position your ''bed for the night'' just right, you may just wake up with the sun shining its first rays and bathing everything around you in a warm and optimistic glow. Or if you are like me, you wake up for a millisecond, roll over and go back to sleep!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My trash update - May

May must be one of my favourite months. The sun is out, long warm evenings give everyone this boost of fresh energy and there is a general happiness in the air. Perhaps it is the sun or the fact that everything has suddenly turned green with bursts of multi coloured flowers popping up everywhere. I took advantage of all of those refreshing things and spend most of the evenings out in the Peak District being spoiled by too many beautiful sunsets overlooking the place that I call home. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My favourite dress and why I chose one instead of many

Maybe I am old fashioned and maybe it is because I am a minimalist, but I love the idea of having one thing which I love rather than millions of other things which don't quite fit the bill.  Take a dress for example. You can buy so many for very cheap in charity shops or second hand, or you can buy expensive ones brand new, as well as everything in between.  If you are in your twenties or thirties, chances are that your friends are getting married every few weeks. What do you do? Do you get a new dress for each occasion or do you reuse what you have?