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Shopping small, supporting local this Christmas

Round about now I’d ordinarily be spending a day with my mum, mooching around the good shops of Cardiff or Swansea. I say ‘mooching’; to be honest, you’d find me collapsed in the doorway of the fourth shop reached, weakly… Continue Reading →

Review: AKU Trekker Pro GTX women’s boots

In the strangest of years, a 14-day spell of isolation ends, with precision, on the day that Wales locks down. While everyone I know stocks up to stay indoors, my backpack and boots are propped up, ready to go out…. Continue Reading →

Lockdown walks: Garth circular, Rhondda Cynon Taf & Cardiff

Heard the one about the Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain? You may have seen the Hugh Grant film, based on a story about the village of Taffs Well and Mynydd y Garth, which hulks… Continue Reading →

Review: Why good kit is Páramo-unt

We’re in that seasonal interlude of autumnal days unable to decide between frosty mornings, driving drizzle and surprisingly sunny spells. If, like me, you’re in gloves and coat one minute and reaching for the sunglasses the next, it’s time to… Continue Reading →

Room of one’s own in not so splendid isolation

We move beyond local lockdown into isolation, our little trio bunkering down to a halt as the world outside the window continues to turn. A teen loses all sense of taste and smell and I lose the sense of humour… Continue Reading →

(Half) marathon effort for lockdown: round II

We’re back in lockdown. After 72 days of relative freedom, I slowly, mechanically brace. Round two is like round one, but without the Dunkirk spirit and the Stronger Together hashtag. We’re not together; we’re segregated now by local lockdowns, some… Continue Reading →

Quiet walks: Caerau hillfort, Rhiwsaeson, Pontypridd

With lockdown restrictions lifted, we’re now able to get further afield to explore our wonderful countryside – hooray!   But unless you pack a smidge o’ imagination in your kitbag, you’ll find yourself crawling along the same motorway-like paths to… Continue Reading →

Eight essentials for your hiking backpack

The hills are alive with the sound of people enjoying themselves. After nearly four months of staying close to home in Wales, it’s joyful to be able to get into the mountains again and see solo hikers, couples and families… Continue Reading →

Review: Klean Kanteen insulated bottle & ChicoBag

For someone with little dress sense and a habit of packing odd flip-flops for a day at the beach, I’m rather more discerning when it comes to my outdoor accessories. When gifted a Klean Kanteen bottle and asked to choose… Continue Reading →

Keeping life simple as lockdown lifts

It’s National Simplicity Day, an invitation to slow down and reflect. That it comes after 111 days of slowness and reflection, just as the world is slinking its way out of lockdown, is just the kind of punchline 2020 keeps… Continue Reading →

The longest days

I’m strolling, at a suitable distance, with friends through woods dappling under bursts of sunlight. We’re approaching the longest day and this is one of a flurry of local walks snappily arranged as soon as Mark Drakeford says it’s ok…. Continue Reading →

Stronger together… but only for some

I reach Pontypridd, just where the A470 splices the town between Sainsbury’s and the university, before I’m aware of the tears. I’ve driven from Merthyr and the crying could have started at any point along a usually busy carriageway fallen… Continue Reading →

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