As I type it is May 7th and yesterday we experienced some very bizarre weather on our little hike from Lamport, Northamptonshire. We started our hike in glorious sunshine (shorts and t-shirt weather) but twice on the hike we endured a hailstorm. I’ve known snow and hail to happen as late as April in the…

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Picture of a crow

I met up with a friend last weekend to map a new walk near Daventry.  As we crossed a field we could hear a whole flock of crows in the distance.  I looked at Annette, are those rooks or crows?  She went on to explain the differences which I thought would make a great education…

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As I continue along my journey of learning something new about nature each week, I thought I would share with you my latest blog about endangered/protected flowers.  Please let me know if you are enjoying this series of “education slots”.  Spotting snowdrops and daffodils on my morning walk I started to wonder if these are…

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As I ventured out on my sunrise walk this morning, I felt a flutter of excitement as I spotted my very first snowdrops in the woods. They were rather droopy, but I didn’t care as I knew that we had turned a corner and spring was on its way. As I took off across the…

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ancient wood

Have you ever walked through an ancient wood? As part of my 2021 goals I wanted to learn more about the natural world. Join me on this journey as I select a topic each week. On my morning sunrise walk earlier in the week I was listening to a podcast and the hosts were discussing…

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The best backpacking coffee

When on a backpacking trip there is nothing better than brewing fresh coffee and watching the sun rise from the comfort of your tent. For me, there is a fine line between good tasting coffee and convenience. I have tried the Jetboil coffee press and other filters that are made for backpackers, but it is…

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Fascinating facts about trees.

One of my goals for 2021 was to learn something new about our natural world each week. I started posting my learnings on Facebook, but then realised that the posts were quite lengthy and made for a great blog post. So join me on my weekly journey of discovery. This week I have been learning…

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Hiking tripods

I am a geek at heart and love gadgets for hiking but also for technology. I’ve experimented with all sorts of ways to produce good videos for YouTube (still working on that one!), but I have finally found a tripod that works for me. I have used gadgets such as a StickPic (a mount that…

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How to dry wet socks

There is nothing worse than walking in cold, wet socks! I absolutely love my Waterproof socks (just purchased a new pair of Waterfly socks here) but even waterproof socks eventually wet out if you spend hours in the rain. If you are on a backpacking trail and camping, then it is extremely difficult to dry…

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