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Senses: Sounds

Senses: Sounds

As I write this, the usual soundtrack of keys tap-tap-tapping is not alone. It’s a mechanical intrusion on the nearby waterfall, the soft scurrying of a cheeky squirrel, the honking of geese and the evening chorus of birdsong settling down for the night. I can hear the breeze rustling the leaves on the trees. A moorhen chirps. There’s a whisper among the leaves – perhaps the hedgehog which came to visit the other night – and then splashing as some…

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Senses: Smell

Senses: Smell

On a recent family break to the Scottish coast, I overheard a lady taking a deep breath before smiling and saying to her teenage children, “I love that smell”. There was such feeling in those four words. It was a beautifully clear day. A gentle breeze wafting the aroma of the sea into her nostrils. No doubt evoking memories of childhood holidays, paddling in the sea, ice cream dripping down the sides of a cone, seagulls screaming overhead… of life…

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Finding time

Finding time

The last two weeks have been busy. Business trips, stag dos, work, life admin. The antitheses of spending times outdoors. These things hit you all at once. It’s always the way. Leave the house early. Return late. Any time you are at home is spent catching up. Seeing the family. Sleeping. It’s been difficult to do anything outside, let alone find time to write about it. The Easter weekend arrived just in time to change my attitude. A few days…

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Walk to Work Day

Walk to Work Day

This Friday (5th April) is Walk to Work Day. What better excuse to kick start a new habit and swap trains for trainers? The health benefits (both physical and mental) of regular exercise are well documented but most of us feel we don’t have the time to make it a regular part of our lives. By using a trigger like your commute to work, it doesn’t feel like exercise – you are simply doing it to get to work. Cycling,…

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Bad Habits and Quick Fixes

Bad Habits and Quick Fixes

We all have weeks where we aren’t getting outside as much as we’d like. Too much on at work. A few busy weekends on the trot. Evenings taken up with housework or just some good telly. Short term, we cope with it. But we aren’t designed to live like this and it’s amazing how quickly this lack of outdoors time starts to grind you down. Your brain feels a little foggier. Thoughts are less clear. Your limbs feel sluggish. You…

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Trail Magazine: Mountains for the Mind

Trail Magazine: Mountains for the Mind

My badge has arrived! Proud to show my support for Trail Magazine’s latest campaign: Mountains for the Mind. You can read all about it on their website. Some sobering statistics on there about the realities of mental health issues in 2019. Great to see Trail championing what we’ve known all along – the outdoors is one of the best remedies out there! Make sure you sign up to pledge your support too.

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

I’ve been thinking about silence recently. It all started when I saw this article on the BBC Website: The glories of being quiet. Silence is a magical thing. I can recall a handful of times when I’ve experienced it. The most vivid memory is from a walking holiday as a teenager. A small tarn in the Lake District. No breeze. We were in a slight dip and there were no people. The absence of sound made me stop in my…

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Life is Short: Do Stuff that Matters

Life is Short: Do Stuff that Matters

I received some sad news over the weekend: a friend of mine suffered a stroke and died shortly afterwards. A successful solicitor and barrister who had just become a parent. They were in their mid-30s. It doesn’t matter what you have going for you – life is fragile and you never know when it’s going to end. Such a tragic event has reminded me of the importance of making the most of all aspects of life – at work and…

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My Dirty Little Secret

My Dirty Little Secret

I’ve been talking to my professional friends about how they use the outdoors to achieve some much-needed balance in their working lives. My good friend Dave is a busy director of a successful company and has kindly shared his story. I hope it gives you some inspiration to do something similar! At the start of this New Year, can I let you into my dirty little secret? It is always invigorating… it is invariably stimulating… and quite often it involves getting…

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