Am I allowed to mention the “C” word when it is only 28th November?  For me, Christmas never really starts until a week before the event, but I know that some people are super organised and have already started shopping for their loved ones. If you have landed on this blog then I expect it…

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Julia’s Reading Challenge for 20190% Introduction A Better Me: The Official Autobiography by  Gary Barlow.  ‘This is the book I wished I’d had to turn to.’ Gary Barlow Gary Barlow is one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, but fifteen years ago, as he himself admits, he hit rock bottom…

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As some of you may know, I recently passed the Lowland Leaders Course, which is a nationally recognised qualification for the outdoor industry.  In all honesty, I very nearly didn’t pass this course, mainly due to my attitude towards maps and a compass. I needed to change my attitude! In my head, paper maps were…

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Item: Winter Gloves Cost: c£17.99 Used for: Hiking in the cold and wet weather Enjoyment Level: Warm, dry, toasty hands! TREAT OF THE WEEK – WINTER GLOVES On Monday I dropped my waterproof gloves in the car park after one of our AG Club walks, but luckily one of my members noticed and handed them…

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As some of you may know, in July this year I walked the South Downs Way and I was quite excited about converting my travel journal into a paperback book.  Business friends of mine had self published books before, and one networking friend had even set up a self publishing business so how hard can…

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Julia’s Reading Challenge for 20190% Introduction Blanket of Stars: Thru-Hiking the Camino de Santiago by  C.W. Lockhart   An unlikely pilgrim battles agoraphobia to reclaim life beyond the sofa. The 800-kilometer journey along the Camino Frances provides a scenic backdrop to ponder midlife crisis and chronic illness, an empty nest and marital woes, military service…

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