Girlguiding has four annual flagship events. There’s the Big Gig, a huge pop concert at Wembley Arena (in previous years they’ve taken it to Manchester or Birmingham and so on but last few years, it’s settled at Wembley). There’s Wellies & Wristbands, a huge music festival/national camp in August at three venues simultaneously, Magic &… More A volunteer’s perspective on a large-scale Adventure weekend
This is a travel & outdoors adventures blog… but I don’t seem to do a lot of outdoors adventures recently. However, in January I spent a day volunteering with the National Trust, specifically with the volunteer rangers on Brownsea Island. Now, Brownsea Island is a bit special. It’s local but it’s also where Scouting and… More Juliet Tries… extreme gardening with the National Trust
I used to walk a lot. Well, a bit. But it’s been a while since I’ve been out, or at least, out of my own volition. I go on Girlguiding region walking weekends when I can because it means I have to but other than that, I can always find more appealing things to do… More New Year, New Unicorn
I’ve climbed a few mountains in my time. Small ones, easy ones, sometimes only halfway up and always slowly. Sir Edmund Hillary I am not. Climbing Laki was entirely unlike any mountain I’ve ever climbed before. Laki is a volcano. That’s not what makes it unusual. Actually, it’s not “a volcano” in the traditional sense.… More The day I climbed Iceland’s deadliest volcano
A little under a year and a half ago, I became a qualified archery instructor. It’s still the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me and the qualification I’m most proud of. I did it through Girlguiding, who ran an adults-only camp at Foxlease, their Training and Activity Centre in the New… More I’m a qualified archery instructor!
This is the last of the Year Abroad stories – I’ve more or less reached the end of what I can remember well enough to write about. But I saved this one for the winter because it’s seasonally appropriate and it’s one of my favourite memories of my year learning French in western Switzerland. I… More Shrieking on the slopes at Chaumont
It’s winter, it’s time to be heading off to the ice and snow to meet Santa, look for the Northern Lights and go dogsledding etc. So it’s time to tell you how to get about in your winter wonderland. (This post features affiliate links – click them and buy from Amazon in the next 24… More Useful Travel Items: walking crampons
Last weekend I went on a Level 3 walking weekend in South Wales with my Girlguiding region. Level 3, in our terms, is a bit above Mountain Training’s Hill & Moorland Leader but a little below full Mountain Leader. I am not a Level 3 walker. When I walk – which hasn’t been recently –… More Bog-squelching in Wales
A couple of years ago when I was in Iceland, I was driving around Snæfellsnes when I spied an eminently climbable volcano beside the road. I can’t remember why I didn’t stop and climb it there and then but I filed it away under my mental list of things to do next time. This year… More Another Tiny Volcano Adventure: Saxhöll
Last month I was in Iceland. Mostly it was cold and wet and windy but on the Thursday it cheered up a bit. I spent the day circuiting Snæfellsnes (which, truth be told, is just a bit too much for one day) and rather than drive out to Hverinn where I’d spent the previous night,… More I accidentally saw the Northern Lights!