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Recent Posts

A Moon Walk What I’m mostly looking for these days are clues. Clues and cues, reminders that out there — out beyond the double glazing and the smartphone notifications — is the clockwork majesty of the universe. This helps to recalibrate me after […] Read »
Rowing the Atlantic Ocean: 7 Years On A place’s mystery deepens when you arrive after dark, guided through the silhouettes of trees and rocks by only a narrow dart of torchlight and a grid reference. Friday night boy-racers revelled and revved their mopeds in the town below […] Read »
My February Tree Climb February is a tricky month for tree climbers. The cold, driech, drabness of the weather makes heading out to the woods a little bit more of a duty than a delight. The climb is harder than it was in January (although […] Read »
Shifting Baseline Syndrome When I learned the phrase ‘œShifting Baseline Syndrome’ it profoundly altered the way I look at the natural world. The phrase describes the way each generation perceives their own experience of the environment to be normal and is willing to […] Read »
Sketch the View My big ambition for the year is to have the smallest adventures of my life. Or, more precisely, to begin the year by deliberately going back to the very basics of spending time in the outdoors, reminding myself of so […] Read »
Climb a Tree Grown-ups are too busy to climb trees, right? You spend two months driving the street in front of your house. You sleep for thirty years without opening your eyes. For five months straight you flip through magazines while sitting on […] Read »

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