Monthly Archives: October 2015

The big expedition gear review: navigation and miscellaneous kit

Behold, the third and final part of my massive gear review, following this summer’s Green Ribbon. Parts one and two concerned sleeping and eating and clothing, and now I’m finishing with navigation, plus all those extra little oddments which didn’t … Continue reading

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Zell am See, 1927

One of my most popular posts last year was a ‘guest blog’ from my grandfather’s short collection of travel memoirs. The book was called Continental Kindnesses, and contained anecdotes of unprompted generosity during his travels round Europe between 1925 and … Continue reading

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Maternal matrimonials

It was a rather special wedding on Saturday. We all headed over to the pretty old Norman church down the road, where Christian and I proceeded to walk our mother down the aisle. Later in the service, as Christian went … Continue reading

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How to make a penknife pouch belt

Last week, while I was flicking through HÃ¥kan Ludwigson’s photography book Balls and Bulldust, trying to decide on a favourite picture for my coffee table books blog, I noticed that a lot of the stockmen in his pictures wore belts … Continue reading

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Contributor to The Great Outdoors

Could anything be more pleasing than getting paid to go on strolls and write about them? Or to work for magazines that you read anyway? The Great Outdoors very kindly agreed to let me write a few North York Moors … Continue reading

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I have a feeling last week’s Indian summer might be over. This morning I found darkness had encroached on my regular breakfast time, and my stroll into town was a murky one. The mist-blanketed beach was strewn with wrack, and … Continue reading

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The big expedition gear review: clothing

A couple of weeks ago, I started an extended review of the gear I took on my Green Ribbon this summer. The first instalment was on sleeping, carrying and cooking, and today I’m continuing with clothing. Next-up will be a … Continue reading

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