Golden Givendale

Dawdling has never felt so indulgent. The cries of the benign but boisterous mob of youngsters echoed from the steep valley sides, as they charged distantly down-dale. An unexpected bonus of helping out at the Givendale scout camp last week was the stunning golden rays of evening sunshine, the beautiful wolds landscape, the long shadows, the…

Focusing on unsung beauty

When your outside time and roaming-radius is limited maybe a closer look at mundane materials will surprise you.

A tale of two Tims and a tent.

Out of the blue I was contacted on Facebook by a guy I shared a tent with halfway up a mountain three decades ago. He is a Tim too, hence ‘two Tims and a tent’. The occasion in question was part of a ‘Scottish Highlands Expedition’ in 1991 when I was but a teenager. We…

Menfolk and Munros

A Munro is Scottish mountain over 3000 feet. This is an account of the once-a-year mountain-climbing indulgence afforded us by patient wives…

Conker Season

A pavement replete with glossy conkers prompts a reminiscence on the school ground game of my youth…

Staying Wild

How¬†did everyone get on with #30DaysWild last month? I must confess to being a bit erratic with it this year – erratic with posting stuff at least. I find the challenge was not so much finding the daily wild moments (and this in itself is a huge measure of the scheme’s success, is it not?)….

Breezy Knees Bingo

A visit to this reknowned local garden and plant nursery is real treat…and a spotting challenge helps to keep a seven year old gamefully occupied…