• Sewing a flannel shirt

    Getting Crafty: Plaid Shirt

    Mar 4, 2015

    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.

  • Countryside soundtrack

    Countryside Soundtrack

    Jan 31, 2015

    One of my top five favourite things: heading outdoors, 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.

  • Muddy legs from trail running

    #thisgirlcan – and so can you.

    Jan 15, 2015

    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.

  • Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye

    The Misty Isle (of Skye)

    Sep 25, 2014

    Hunkered a short way off the West Coast of Scotland, Skye is one of those places that instantly makes you feel like you’re in some sort of fantasy novel. The name somes from the Norse word Skuy, which translates as ‘Misty Isle’, and I am told that the reason for this is usually pretty obvious. Certainly when I arrived on the island, the sun that I had basked in on the mainland suddenly disappeared – replaced by a sheet of thunderous grey that rolled overhead.

  • Sloe Berries

    Foraging for Sloes

    Sep 15, 2014

    Its getting towards that time of year when everything begins to feel autumnal. My thoughts are already turning towards knitwear, cosy nests made of blankets, and curling up in a windowseat with a cup of tea and a good book. It’s also nice to imagine cold, crisp mornings walking along paths scattered with crunchy russet-coloured leaves, seeing your breath spiralling into the air. It also happens to be the best season for a bit of foraging.