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A Tribute to Nature, Diversity and Tolkien Sometimes nature arouses the same feeling in me as the beauty of Tolkien's writing:. Sing all ye joyful, now sing all together! The wind's in the tree-top, the wind's in the heather; The stars are in blossom, the moon is in flower, And bright are the windows of night in her tower.

70 years of the VW campervan In 1947, a Dutch car dealer called Ben Pon famously sketched out a simple, box-shaped delivery vehicle that was based on the Beetle's chassis. He persuaded the VW factory in Wolfsburg to put the van into production and the first VW Transporter was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in November 1949.

The Ancient City I wasn't sure whether to include this in my blog or not because strictly speaking it is a museum rather than a walk or cycle ride. However I have done so on the basis that the route around the museum is 10km and I performed it all by bicycle.

TGO Challenge Food Supplies: Some shocking nerdiness I did something very nerdy yesterday. Whilst I was sorting the food I plan to take on the forthcoming TGO Challenge I checked on the calorific content of a typical day's supplies. I have never done this before and was quite shocked by what I found.

Mulching Around with Seaweed Oh I do like to take my bucket to the seaside! Oh I do like to take my bucket to the sea! Oh I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom, With my seaweed bucket giving off a lovely pong, pong, p…

MRT 9 - April 20 - Pine It was another chilly night and we all started the day in our down jackets. We were excited for town and the prospect of getting in for lunch. That certainly put some extra pep in our steps. We started out on dirt forest roads and crossed a two-lane state highway.

Collected Posts on Rewilding, Conservation & the Environment Here, in no particular order, is a collection of links to my posts on rewilding, conservation and the environment.

Favourite Outdoor Gear - Meet My Kathmandu Cup I know it is wrong to have favourites, but we all have a piece of favourite outdoor gear. For me this is my trusty Kathmandu…

MRT 8 - April 19 - West Clear Creek Today was a really exhausting day. A great day, but also some really tough hiking. It got really cold last night and we all woke up chilly. Mace even had frost on his tent fly this morning. We all started walking with our down jackets and gloves on because we were so cold.

Rewilding & Climate Change: tying it all together - and a petition to sign With climate change in the news this week due to Extinction Rebellion, David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg all successfully raising the profile of this crucial issue I've been thinking about how this relates to rewilding and nature. Climate change is ultimately a natural phenonmenon.

Short Walks - Bewick Hill Because the distance of the walk is not important - it's what you do with the walk. This one was necessarily fairly short - about 4 miles, in fact, and took roughly the same number of hours. A substantial amount of this time was spent lazing in the sun having lunch and chatting.

MRT 7 - April 18 - Wet Beaver Creek It was another comfortable night of sleeping. Even though it got a bit colder just before dawn, it was still comfortable for sleeping. It was nice to wake up to blue skies…not a cloud in the sky. This morning started off with a big descent into the canyon with Wet Beaver Creek.

An elongated sound? Can a sound be elongated? The forest pigeons sound like a regiment of soldiers when there are more than three. The blackbird is phenomenal in causing noise when searching for food. But I recognise the grass snake by a sound that goes on and on. Depending on its size We also had the great pleasure of meeting the very cosy 'Salamander Team'.

The path to nowhere Many proper names in Dickens' novels give the impression that they were thought up in five seconds and never re-considered; as a result they are grotesque, multi-syllabled and implausible Sometimes your posts give the impression you are walking through a Dickens landscape, as with Docker's Nook and Skeggles Water, both mentioned without comment.

Hunters' Stone The Hunters' Stone sits on the road up to the Avon Dam and is fairly easily overlooked I suppose. Blonde Two and I have walked past it several times without noticing it! I is worth a little look though. It has on it carved the names of several of the Masters of Dartmoor Foxhounds.

MRT 6 - April 17 - Rocky Walking When we woke up this morning, the rain had stopped, although the sky was still grey. It had been a warm night of sleeping which was really comfortable. We had all managed a good night of sleep, except MountainMan, who never seems to sleep good. Seeing as how we were in bed for about twelve hours, we at least were comfortable in our spots.

Durham - a Beautiful Old City Day Out The day of my UFO Concert in Newcastle, we had a few hours to fill. I'd never been to Durham but it was only 15 minutes from Newcastle by train so Richard and I decided to go there. He'd been before so could act as my guide. All photos Richard's digi camera as I didn't take mine.

One Word Wednesday One word but then, being Blonde, we always have a bit more to say… . Sunday 23rd June - Beginner navigation. Saturday 31st August - Improver navigation. 27th-28th July - Wild camping workshop. 29th-30th August - Wild camping workshop.

A New Lens for Backpacking: Sony E 18-135 f3.5-f5.6 For several years my photography setup for backpacking and hillwalking has been Sony a6000 and NEX 7 bodies with Sony E 10-18mm and 16-50mm zoom lenses. This system went on the GR5 through the Alps walk last autumn and the Yosemite Valley to Death Valley walk two years before that.

MRT 5 - April 16 - Oak Creek After MountainMan and Ace made it to Sedona yesterday evening, we made it back to the trailhead just as it was getting dark. We walked in about a quarter mile on the trail and then headed off the trail a few hundred feet in order to find some tolerable tenting and hanging spots.

Long Walks - Yorkshire Three Peaks This walk was yet another of Li Yang's ideas. All of this is highly irrelevant, obviously and, to quote said comedy politicians when avoiding a difficult question - "…. what is important…" is that as well as the usual Diane and David, we also had Marie and Michael, but no LTD cos I thought this was too far for him.

Tuesday's Ten - Reasons to Listen to Local Radio As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of Radio Devon, it makes me laugh in the morning, keeps me company as I cook the tea and delivers all kinds of useful information. There is something about local radio that makes it approachable and infinitely more entertaining than more national radio stations.

MRT 4 - April 15 - Sedona Last night was definitely warmer than the previous two nights. Being at a lower elevation certainly made a difference. When we were packing up this morning, we heard a noise which almost sounded like a camp stove, which didn't make any sense since none of us cook on the trail.

Rambling about the Lake District, with a couple of wild camps thrown in Slater's Bridge, Little Langdale: A Delight The Pre-Walk Daunder took place this week. For those not in the know this is the…

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