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Recovery Following a Physical Challenge

I know from experience that following any kind of physical exercise, if I am working hard, I will ache. I think we all do. My joints get stiff, my back and neck aches, and my leg and arm muscles let me know they have worked hard by screaming rather a lot. I am no endurance

Review: Microsoft Lumia 830

Billed as a good value smartphone with all the trimmings you’d expect from the more expensive models, the Lumia 830 looks like any other Nokia – sorry, Microsoft – phone on the market. Its five-inch display is set in a chunky metal case with colourful plastic back, with a now-familiar grid pattern that can be

Review: Adagio Teas, Body and Soul Set

There is a fashionable trend around at the moment which suggests we should be drinking tea for its health benefits rather than just its ability to quench our thirst. It’s no longer good enough to drink tea just because you like it; a plethora of varieties have hit our shelves, claiming to do us some

30 Days Wild

Monday marks the start of The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign. The organisation, who look after 47 separate Wildlife Trusts (each one a charity) and over 95,000 hectares of land in the UK and Isle of Man and Alderney, are encouraging us all to make room for nature by doing something wild every day

Bryt: Happy Socks (And an Extra Kickstarter Reward)

>> Find out how you can win a colourful Apple watch and get extra free socks for backing Bryt at the bottom of this post << Earlier on in the month I was encouraged to share with you one of my guilty pleasures, and I chose to talk about my love of county music. But there

Guest Post: Five of the Best Walking Trails in Europe

Today we are treated to a guest post by Rachel Campbell on one of my favourite topics – walking. Rachel considers five of the best walking trails in Europe. Be warned, this post make you want to travel!  We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by vast, open landscapes and astonishing scenery in the UK and just across the

A Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson

SUP – Standup Paddleboarding (or stand up paddleboarding or stand-up paddle boarding or however you are actually supposed to write it) – has been on my bucket list for a little while. I have always loved water sports and this is one of the few I haven’t had the opportunity to try. That was until

Inspiration Comes from Living

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin What inspires you? Perhaps it is seeing someone else – someone you love or just someone you’ve ‘met’ on twitter – accomplish something great. How about witnessing someone overcome adversity of some kind. Or maybe it’s the sheer beauty of

Charlotte Brown: Pole Vaulter

Pole vaulting is not a Paralympic sport. That hasn’t stopped Charlotte Brown, who made the podium at the Texas State High School Championships last week. Video from Associated Press YouTube channel. Charlotte is blind. She competes in the pole vault by counting the steps of her approach run, and listens for the sound of a

Photography Tips: How to Use Snapseed

Snapseed has been my favourite photo editing application since I first discovered it a few years ago. By ‘favourite’ I mean that I use it solely; I haven’t been tempted away by any other apps despite trying loads – none of them seem to offer the same features or ease of use as this Google

Review: Odlo Hiking Layers

Choosing the right clothing to wear when hiking (or doing any activities outdoors) is very important. It shouldn’t be difficult but the night before any long hike I stand there staring at my wardrobe trying to work out what will be the most suitable combination of layers to keep me cool, warm, comfortable, dry, and

Tips for your Day Hike Pack

There are two types of people when it comes to packing for any kind of trip. The most common type, I think, are those who pack too much. An extra pair of pants, extra socks, extra food, extra shoes. I definitely include myself in that – for anything more than one night I tend to bring something home un-used. The