The Wild Rambler

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Recipe: Foraged Blackberry Cake

Autumn has well and truly arrived, and the hedgerows around here are dripping with blackberries. If you’re anything like me you’ve probably collected enough to sink a small ship, but fortunately I’ve found an easy (and tasty) way to use them up.
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Review: ‘De la Vina’ boots by Teva

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If something’s worth reviewing, it’s worth reviewing properly – right? At least that’s my excuse for the fact that I’ve spent the last 6 months thoroughly abusing my De la Vina Low boots (£90) from Teva.

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Horseback Archery

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you want me to wake up pre-8am, the best tactic is to bribe me with ponies. If you then add another quirky sport into the mix I might even be enthusiastic about it – which explains why I was up at the ungodly hour of 5am a few weeks ago so that my lovely co-adventurer Siân and I could drive over to Hertfordshire for a day of Horseback Archery. (Yes it is a thing. Yes it is awesome.)

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Wild Swimming at Warleigh Weir

In celebration of Britain’s annual week of good weather (yep, that’s all we get), Emily and I decided to head up to Warleigh Weir near Bath for a refreshing wild swim. We also became a handy picnic for the local population of horseflies.

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Eight amazing adventures in Pembrokeshire

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If you’ve never been to Pembrokeshire, you are definitely missing out. Tucked away in south-west Wales, it has the same sort of beautiful coastline and picturesque little towns as Cornwall, but minus the bustling crowds and sky-high prices. It also happens to be a great spot for a bit of A&E – which in this context means adventure and exploration. Although you never know once I get involved…

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Beach Riding, Pembrokeshire

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According to Benjamin Disraeli, ‘a canter is a cure for all evils’. Fortunately I’m not plagued by that many evils at the moment, but I was still glad of a chance to blow away the cobwebs when I went beach riding in Pembrokeshire, courtesy of Nolton Stables (and especially Ace!)

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Plaid Shirt: Finished!

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I finally got my plaid shirt all finished, so I took it for a test-ramble. It kept me pretty warm on a distinctly grey and chilly day, although climbing up the massive hill to the woods probably helped too.

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Getting Crafty: Plaid Shirt

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Yes this is an outdoor blog, but it’s raining outside, and I don’t currently own any waterproof clothing. So I thought this would be a good chance to have a bit of fun indoors for once (yep, it’s possible!)

Going through my wardrobe recently I realised that the two plaid shirts I own were both pretty ratty, which is probably unsurprising when you consider that I’ve worn them for everything from Duke of Edinburgh expeditions to painting a stable roof. They’re also one of my go-to clothing options when I’m heading out for a leisurely ramble in the countryside. Unfortunately a trawl through the high street failed to turn up any acceptable replacements, so I’m turning to my trusty old friend the sewing machine to make myself a snuggly hiking shirt.

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Countryside Soundtrack

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One of my top five favourite things: heading outdoors with an mp3 player, finding a patch of long grass to lie in, and listening to some great music. This is a playlist for being awake early and outside just as the sun rises. For dancing in the woods, finding a shady spot under a tree, paddling in the brook, racing down the hills, and coming back home in the dusk.

These are just my personal favourites, but I’m always looking for new recommendations. What do you like to listen to when you’re out and about?

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#thisgirlcan – and so can you.

I’ve just been for a run and now I feel EPIC. Yes, even more epic than if I had saved money on my car insurance.

I should probably confess that I haven’t been running much over winter, but I was inspired to go today when I watched the video for Sport England’s new #thisgirlcan campaign. The basic aim of this is to encourage women – no matter what age, size, profession etc – to get out and get active. And it is awesome.

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