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An Evening with Ray Mears: The Outdoor Life

I have been looking for a suitable birthday present for Kevin and I happened to stumble across this gem of an event!  If anyone wants to join us there is a link at the bottom to buy tickets! “We are delighted to welcome Ray Mears back to the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on Wednesday 2nd October Read more

My Teacher

I have always been very hyperactive and sitting still for long periods of time is challenging for me.  I have never needed a lot of sleep and when I was young the doctors advised my mother to sleep when I slept, if she hoped to get some rest.  Even now my wife says if I lie Read more

Alwinton Round 2013

We had a great time this weekend doing the Alwinton Round.  My brother recently joined the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team (who host the event every year) and as Ollie had been drafted in to Marshall one of the check points, we all decided to participate in the walk.  It is the first time Read more

We Took To The Woods

In her early thirties, Louise Dickinson Rich took to the woods of Maine with her husband.  They found their livelihood and raised a family in the remote backcountry settlement of Middle Dam, in the Rangeley area.  Louise made time after morning chores to write about their lives.  First published in 1942, We Took to the Read more

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Alas, my faithful Soloman boots have died a death.  The heels are coming away and there are splits in the soul (and in the sides) that are letting water in.  I’m gutted. You have to understand these are the boots that helped me discover my passion for walking.  They provided the positive inspiration after my Read more

Walks on Hadrian’s Wall with a Roman Soldier

Well, we did our first walk along Hadrian’s Wall.  We’ve had loads of great feedback from everyone!  It was brilliant to see Gambax, The Centurion, all dressed up.  His costume adds extra colour and dimension to this experience.  Gambax has such vast knowledge and is so passionate about the subject matter, couple that with his Read more

The Call Of the Wild – Boundless Delight

This is one of my favourite extracts from, ‘The Call of The Wild’, a book every kid should read.  This passage describes everything I love about back-country living and bushcraft. “John Thornton asked little of man or nature.  He was unafraid of the wild.  With a handful of salt and a rifle he could plunge Read more