Tree Rats

Scrolling though my twitter feed is generally a nature delight: beautiful landscape and creature photography; updates on research and discoveries; quotes from great naturalists and thinkers. I’ve curated my bubble carefully. Of course, the less edifying aspects of humans’ impact on our planet does intrude from time to time. The degradation of our shared commons, … More Tree Rats

February Fill-Dyke

One of the pleasures of island living is the dialectic vocabulary. Despite having lived here for a decade, I’m an overner and will always be one. . Approaching my fifth decade, I rarely get called a nipper anymore. We’ll sit down for nammit around midday. Our log man, a peoper Islander, delivered us a load … More February Fill-Dyke

Other Animals

December spun round, with log fires, crafting and cooking gifts, with visits to family and friends. The long dark hours of the early winter always allow for plenty of reading time as well though, especially during those precious, quiet days between the revelries of Christmas and the New Year. I mixed fiction and fact with … More Other Animals

Running from the door

After soaking up the coastal magic of Pembrokeshire, we packed up the car and headed back east. The simplest of drives, constantly following the A40 across the roundabouts and past the green fields until it draped across the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our destination was a up in one of the … More Running from the door

Cwm Hill & Llys y Fran

Bryony and I took Rolo for for first *proper* holiday this summer, heading to undiscovered parts of the familiar landscapes of Pembrokeshire. Cwm Hill was our adventure base, close to the coast and the hills with the promise of top quality stargazing. A couple of hills over lay a reservoir and country park which had immediately suggested … More Cwm Hill & Llys y Fran

up & out

It’s been  a year of nature books so far. I’m currently reading some fine non-fiction, ‘Dip‘ by Andrew Fusek Peters. His short tales of wild swimming, exploring local landscapes and the consolations of nature are balm to a busy soul, a way to infuse the working week with the great outdoors. It’s even proven to … More up & out

easter out west

With the in-laws scattered across the globe, Bryony & I were lucky enough to have their West Wight home as ours for the Easter weekend. Fortuitously as it happens, as this week we welcomed a new member to our household, Rolo the rescue dog. The large garden and footpaths abounding from the doorstep made the perfect location for … More easter out west

Staying Local

Thanks to a Strava challenge, I ran a half marathon on Saturday. I ensured easy navigation by hugging the coast path from Ventnor round to Seaview (I’d initially planned to go all the way round to East Cowes, but this was the triumph of ignorance over my actual physical capability!) It was a lovely run, … More Staying Local

Visiting the Reds

With the weather warming, the bike has been emerging from its winter hibernation on a more regular basis. Saturday last, I headed straight down the cycle path to one of my favourite Island spots, Alverstone Mead. I only discovered these beautiful acres a while ago, but have been a regular visitor since. It feels like a … More Visiting the Reds