Why didn’t I know this before? My mother-in-law is a bookaholic!  She introduced me to Goodreads.com many years ago and from here you can set an annual reading challenge.  Unlike my mother-in-law who read 126 books last year, I scraped through with just 24.  As we were chatting over the Christmas turkey I casually mentioned…

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Julia’s Reading Challenge for 20200% Introduction Help Me: One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life by Marianne Power   A hilarious and heartwarming rampage through the world of self-care Marianne Power was a self-help junkie. For years she lined her bookshelves with dog-eared copies of definitive guide after definitive…

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Item: Umbrella Clip Cost: £1.00 Used for: Attaching your umbrella to a rucksack Enjoyment Level: Brilliant! TREAT OF THE WEEK – UMBRELLA CLIP I have walked with an umbrella now for many years.  A trekking umbrella is brilliant in the rain and is also fantastic in the hot sun.  The Euroschirm umbrella that I have…

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Item: Walking Wellies Cost: approx £115 Used for: Hiking in wet and muddy terrain Enjoyment Level: Warm, dry, toasty feet! Grade: 4/5 Feature: A warm fleece lining to keep your feet toasty in temperatures as low as -40C. GEAR REVIEW – Muck Boot – Women’s Arctic Sport 11 Tall Boots BY MICHELLE BANISTER (aka Fat…

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Julia’s Reading Challenge for 20190% Introduction Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by  James Clear   Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that…

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Topic: Hiking Goals for 2020 Time out: Approx 5 weeks in total Time of year, July, Sept & Nov 2020 HIKING GOALS FOR 2020 In this week’s video, I talk about my hiking goals for 2020 which includes three big walks that I have planned.  One walk is with the Adventure Geek Walking Club (Hadrian’s…

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