It’s been a really busy few weeks and all my posts are in the wrong order because I haven’t had time to write them! But now things are quieter (Ranger finances tidied up, book published, home for a few weeks etc), I have time to blog again. Today I’m going to have a think about… More The best campsites in Iceland
You may know I’m a Guide & Ranger leader. You may not know I’m a member of the Trefoil Guild. That’s “Guiding for Adults”, although I usually describe it as “Brownies for grown-ups”. The Trefoil have meetings, do what they like and have no unit leader responsibilities. All the fun, none of the hassle. However,… More I finished my Bronze Voyage Award!
Growing up with reasonably good access to Poole Harbour (the second biggest natural harbour in the world, you know, albeit with an average depth of just 48cm), it took until I was at university to realise what a waste it was never to have used it, and then the best part of another decade to… More Sailing in a storm
In a week’s time I’ll be halfway through my 2017 trip to Edinburgh and Tom wants to go up Arthur’s Seat so let’s go back to my 2015 climb. Right in the heart of Edinburgh is a volcano. It’s an extinct volcano and it manifests itself in two places – Castle Rock and Arthur’s Seat. Castle Rock… More The Volcano Adventures: Arthur’s Seat
There we are in the blistering heat, a marquee up behind us. It’s taken us three or four attempts to figure out what shape the frame should be but it’s up. There’s me, most experienced camper of the lot and severely emetophobic First Aider. There’s Pixie, inexperienced camper doing her assessed camp for her camp… More Alice in Wonderland camp
“How many ti… I mean, have you… have you ever… crashed?” The idea of spending my twenty-first birthday soaring through the blue skies had been an amazing one but now I was sitting in a gondola with a stranger, both of us wearing heavy lumpy backpacks and the moment when we jumped off a mountain… More I love flying!
You pick up a lot of skills as a Guide leader. Team work, leadership skills, First Aid, various outdoors abilities, admin, improvisation, children skills, public singing – and event planning. I was involved in my biggest event yet last weekend. I’ve planned multiple district events for 50-100 people, some of them all on my own… More Behind the scenes at a national Brownie event
I will start this post by pointing out that sea kayaking today involves a lot of things that frighten me and as I wrote this, I felt more and more like one of these people who’s scared of too many things to ever leave the house. Things I was scared of today, in no particular… More The problem with sea kayaking is the sea
Something very exciting happened two weeks ago. My Bronze DofE badge and certificate arrived in the post! For anyone who hasn’t encountered DofE, it’s the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, done in three levels (Bronze, Silver & Gold) and stereotypically involves two to five days of walking in the rain over inhospitable territory like Dartmoor. The… More DofE – as an adult!
Last weekend was a busy one. I spent Friday at Teddy Rocks, a music festival that started life in 2011 as a one-off gig in a pub to raise money for children’s cancer and is now a three day event in a field, headlined by Twin Atlantic, Modestep and Scouting for Girls and this year… More Robin Hood camp