Gift Ideas for Outdoor Lovers (2016)

With all the Christmas adverts on the telly box, the town Christmas lights sparkling away, and all this talk of sales and delivery deadlines, you can’t blame me for turning my attention to the gifts I might want to give (and maybe also receive…) this year. So I thought I’d join in with the festivities

One Hour Outside | Final Thoughts

Back at the end of September, when I was sat at Ordnance Survey HQ being introduced to the world of map making (read about my visit), I practically spat my tea out when I was told that research showed that a huge percentage of people will not walk if it will take them more than

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 49 #SplodzWPC

Wow, December… that sneaked up on me somewhat I have to say. With all the concentration on my #OneHourOutside campaign in November (which you can still do this month, of course), I had no idea the days were ticking by quite so fast! But here we are, in the month of Advent and twinkly lights and

One Hour Outside | Week 4 Update

The week just gone has been an excellent example of why I set this One Hour Outside challenge and have made so much of it here on Splodz Blogz and on my social media feeds. It’s been dark, cold, wet, and pretty miserable outside, which really does test the motivation to get out and get some fresh

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 48 #SplodzWPC

The weeks are flying by now, don’t you think? December will be here before we know it and then it’ll be Christmas and then New Year’s Eve and then, wow, 2017 is upon us. Eek! We must remember to live in the now and not wish our lives away too much, don’t you think? So

Climb Snowdon

The main activity when we headed over to Snowdonia for the Outdoor Bloggers weekend this year was to climb Snowdon. At 1,085 metres (3560 feet), Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa to use its local name) is one of the three highest mountains in the UK, and is very popular thanks to both the beauty of the surroundings

One Hour Outside | Week 3 Update

After what was a rather splendid week of getting outside, this third week of my One Hour Outside challenge has proved a whole lot more difficult. I mean, I’ve done it – just – but it has been a real effort and not particularly photogenic.  This week sums up why my One Hour Outside campaign is important.

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 47 #SplodzWPC

Is it me, or was autumn the shortest season on record here in the UK. It seems like just yesterday I was commenting on the beautiful colours of the leaves, then we had a bit of a storm and all the leaves were on the ground rotting away. Boo! But I’m hoping that you might either have

One Hour Outside | Week 2 Update

Two weeks into November already – the time is FLYING by! I’ve been very fortunate to have a week off work this week, which has given me the freedom to take my One Hour Outside challenge a little further afield. But we’ve also had some horrible weather here – it’s turned very cold and has been quite

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 46 #SplodzWPC

Autumn is in full swing, the clocks have changed, and the temperature is getting colder and colder. We have had a few heavy ground frosts this week, and if you’re in Lincolnshire like me that means you can expect fog in the mornings until the sun can burn off the moisture and clear up the

Review: Hi-Tec Equilibrio Bellini Low I Waterproof

Do you have a pair of “will do anything” shoes by your front door that you can slip on any day of the week and for pretty much any activity? Well that’s what these Hi-Tec Equilibrio walking shoes have become for me; that pair of shoes that acts as a “catch all” – jobs in the garden, walks on

Donna Nook 2016 – An Excuse to Share Cute Seal Pup Photos

Today I made my annual pilgrimage over to Donna Nook, a nature reserve on the east coast of Lincolnshire that boasts a grey seal colony. I wasn’t going to write a blog about it this year, but the fact is I can’t resist sharing a handful of the cute photos I took…  Grey seal pups at Donna Nook,