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It’s all about time.

It has been a summer of mixed emotions. Until the end of May it was shaping up to be one of the best in years, certainly for weather. Then the hammer came down. Two close family deaths in one month. Last week saw Luke’s, the second memorial, take ...

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Sutherland

The far north of Scotland feels like a staging point for crossing the Atlantic. As I stood watching rollers crashing on the white beach, having not rested since they left America, I felt a sense of wonder at this world that we occupy.  The gentlen...

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Scotland part three: Ever northwards.

Ullapool is an oasis. Having travelled through the highlands, or around the coast following the Wester Ross trail as I did, you arrive in this quaint little town snuggled down by Loch Broom. It has an untraditional grid-pattern of streets and a wo...

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Scotland: On the edge of winter.

First week in May: Some decisions are easy. I woke next morning to the wind howling around the tent. It was blowing directly from the direction in which I would be travelling. Given that my fitness was not where I wanted it to be, I made a snap de...

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Scotland 2018: beginnings.

It’s perhaps one of the hardest things to do in life, writing about an incredibly positive experience whilst sitting in the shadow of a tragedy. Just over a two weeks ago, we lost Morgan Taborn, Michele’s son, to as yet unknown causes. This has ha...

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What-if?

Our minds are delicately balanced at the best of times. We have a tendency to move through life in zones we know well, not really challenging ourselves that often. Routines rule most of our existence and we find a certain comfort in that. Life see...

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Preparations.

I haven’t blogged for two whole weeks. There hasn’t been anything sinister going on. I just accidentally left my laptop up in Barnstaple last time I was there. I have been amazed just how much more time I seem to have when I don’t have the choice ...

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Ready, steady……………..

It’s only six weeks now until I go to Scotland with Kermit. That isn’t a long time to get fit and sort out the things I need to do prior to leaving. I must say that this year, I feel more positive and healthier than I did last spring. This fluctua...

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Adventure time.

A slight pang of jealousy crossed my heart this morning. Watching somebody set out on something you have done yourself can have that effect. I put it down to knowing the route, the seemingly endless days of nothing to do but pedalling, the freedom...

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Snowmageddon!

There’s a crunch as you walk on the snow. Your feet break through the crust and the soft underbelly gives way with a small squeak. Treading new footprints in fresh snow isn’t something we get to do too often here in the south west but it’s a joy w...