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Review: Happy Footner feet!

You know how Madonna’s hands give her age away? Well, I’ve got Madonna hands, for sure. All my life I’ve been taken for younger than I am – I was still getting asked for ID in my 30s – until… Continue Reading →

Review: Rhandirmwyn, Camping & Caravanning Club

We’re heading to the only place in Wales that the teens don’t mind being without wifi. It’s Easter, which is synonymous with Rhandirmwyn, our favourite hideaway campsite deep in Carmarthenshire; so deep, it’s nearly in Ceredigion. I’ve actually heard of… Continue Reading →

Finding my Kinder spirits

Main photo: Tony Evans   I’m on a hill, hands map-free, blissfully unsure of where we’re going. I have a map with me, of course, deep inside a rucksack pocket. It’s cheerfully vintage, having belonged to my lovely late father-in-law,… Continue Reading →

Hope springs

The evenings lengthen and we all breathe out, the fog of winter wrapping itself away until the clocks next fall back. The light-finding books remain comfortingly close to my bed, a second copy of The Light in the Dark dispatched… Continue Reading →

Review: Gwern Gof Isaf campsite, Snowdonia

Unless you’re one of those hardy wild campers who’s just spent a harsh February perched on Striding Edge in a bivvy, drumroll… the camping season is about to begin! I regularly research bivvies and think about being a hardy wild… Continue Reading →

In between the two trapezes

Valentine’s Day gently passes and I’m in the gap between the two trapezes; not quite in a relationship, not quite single. My feed fills with smiling couples drinking champagne and on mountains – often at the same time – and… Continue Reading →

From teeny to teens

I’m the mother of two teenagers. Ah, I know I don’t look old enough – thank you – and, indeed, just 10 minutes ago I was on the playroom floor with toddlers, engineering intricate wooden railway networks to which even… Continue Reading →

Five walks for winter wellness

Anything the National Trust can do, I can do, um, not nearly as well, but I’m nothing if not a trier. The Trust recently published its Winter walks in Wales and I found myself ticking off seven fingers out of… Continue Reading →

Six books to see you through to spring

I close the year as I start it, blogging about books. It seems fitting to come full circle (bookending the year, if you will) because I haven’t really got anywhere in 2018. I mean, I’ve gone lots of places, seeking… Continue Reading →

Self-care tips to warm your winter

I’m struggling through a harshness of winter that won’t relent. The long haul arrives, as is its custom, when the clocks fall back, and I hold my breath for the last week of November when, as is my custom, I… Continue Reading →

A walk in the park

My news feed dances with assurances that my eyebrows are fine. The good hillwalkers of Instagram respond to my last blog post with customary cheer, animation and much encouragement. Apparently, the countryside is filled with decent guys who are too… Continue Reading →

Stars in their eyes

After nearly three years of sunrise and sunset walks with no one to share my hot chocolate with, it seems time again to foray into the world of dating. The last time I forayed, it ended in a marriage briefer… Continue Reading →

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