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2 Wish Upon a Star – Cwm Taf Morgannwg

It was a privilege to meet 2 Wish Upon a Star founder Rhian Mannings MBE and share the story of how she has supported hundreds of families following the deaths of her husband, Paul, and baby son, George.

How to buy a home in a seller’s market-

If you’ve been house hunting this year, chances are you’ve been pipped to the post in securing your dream home at least once. But what can you do to improve your chances?

Living in harmony with those next door-

Forget keeping up with the Joneses, it’s enough to get on with them these days. Whereas neighbourly niggles might once have been confined to a Sunday afternoon, lockdown restrictions and working from home have magnified many a minor disagreement.

Wild camping- BBC Wales X-Ray

Filming in the Brecon Beacons for BBC Wales X-Ray, I chat to Steffan Powell about how to enjoy wild camping while taking care of our beautiful landscape.

Camping essentials for your summer staycation-

UK holidays are set to boom in 2021, in particular, there are predictions of a surge in camping. So, with that perfect ‘peg’ for an article, here’s what you need to know.

An interview with Patrick Jones- RCPsych Wales

I chat with poet and author Patrick Jones about the benefits of spending time outside for our mental health and wellbeing. Watch my video interview for the Reconnect podcast for The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales here.

Environmentally-friendly garden trends of 2021 –

If one thing has bloomed in the last year, it’s our gardens. So before you visit the garden centre, read my article for for the 2021 trends that can help.

Wheely Tots podcast – guest contributor

I chat to Rhiannon from charity Wheely Tots about my love of the outdoors and my role as an Ordnance Survey ambassador. Tune in to A Wheely Good Listen here!

A video clip for World Mental Health Day – Cwm Taf Morgannwg

Starting my day outside helps me solve problems and calms my mind. To find out why the outdoors sets me up for the day so well, watch this video clip I made for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to… Continue Reading →

The best of Britain’s Campervan road trips –

When taking to the open road in your campervan, it’s hard to beat Britain for a memorable trip. Whether you’re able to travel this autumn or you’re planning ahead for less locked-down times, read my favourite UK roadtrips to take… Continue Reading →

10 best routes for coffee and cake – Ordnance Survey

Walkers and cyclists alike are renowned for their love of hot drinks and sweet treats to fuel their journey, and what better excuse to get outside than to visit your favourite café and support a local business! Discover Ordnance Survey’s… Continue Reading →

A beginner’s guide to cycling –

If you took up cycling during lockdown, you’re far from alone. Whether you’re a bicycle newbie or getting back in the saddle for the first time since school, read my beginner’s guide to cycling for

Moving home after lockdown –

In all the highs and lows of housing market history, it will be hard to find a stranger year than 2020! Here’s my article for on what you need to know if you’re moving home after lockdown.

How to sell a car –

As we move into a ‘new normal’ after the Coronavirus lockdown, thousands of employees continue to work from home and many of us are tempted to go car-free! Read my top tips for selling your car for

Best UK cycling holidays –

There’s nothing like a British cycling break to see the glorious countryside, improve your fitness and boost your eco-credentials. Read my article for to find the best UK cycling spots.

Find the path less trodden with Ordnance Survey’s greenspace secrets

The world has taken us on a road less travelled in 2020, but we’re still able to enjoy the outdoors. Ordnance Survey’s Get Outside Champions can help you do this safely and away from crowds, with our favourite secluded greenspace… Continue Reading →

Earn an extra income during Coronavirus –

With the Covid pandemic having far-reaching implications for household finances, read my guide to topping up your income during lockdown, written for

Travel from your kitchen table –

With lockdown here for at least a few weeks longer, here’s how to see the world – from the comfort of your own home! My virtual travel ideas from your kitchen table for

A landlord’s guide to stamp duty –

Buying a second home to let can be exciting, but there’s a lot more to it than simply collecting the rent! Read my guide to landlord stamp duty for

Buy to let tax changes –

A look at the buy-to-let tax changes facing private landlords from April 2020, and the potential knock-on effect for tenants. Written for

Cambrian Escapes – Revealing Britain

Read my review of the gorgeous Reading Room at Cambrian Escapes. A blissful retreat deep in Carmarthenshire countryside… children are welcome, but you might not want to take them!

Glamping in the Afan Valley – Revealing Britain

My review of Willow Springs eco campsite for travel and lifestyle magazine Revealing Britain. If you love glamping and you love the Afan Valley, here’s where you need to go!

Meet the campervan converts –

Many of us dream about it, but few make it happen. I chat to three lovely campervanners who have converted their vans for work, pleasure and even a whole new life on the road!  

Hiking with kids –

Hiking with kids – if you’re met with gloomy faces and groans of ‘boring!’, you’re just not selling it right! One of a series of features commissioned by on hiking and camping in the UK. Spring 2019

Walks to soothe your soul – The Outdoor Guide

Soothing walks in south Wales: My go-to healing hikes, as chosen for Julia Bradbury’s TOG blog.

Best walks in the UK –

Best walks in the UK: Britain’s best spots from which to start a walk have been revealed and, unsurprisingly, the Peak District, the Lakes and Snowdonia all feature strongly! I chose my own top 10 for Admiral that should all… Continue Reading →

Hiking with dogs –

Happy hounds in the Great Outdoors – one of a series of features commissioned by on hiking and camping in the UK. Spring 2019

10 ways to boost your wellbeing –

10 ways to boost your wellbeing without a gym in sight. If you’re bored of the treadmill, don’t worry – here’s my Admiral guide to the smart health and wellness trends to try in 2019. Anyone for wild swimming…?  

Converting a campervan –

How to convert a van into a campervan: Achieving the ultimate motoring dream without breaking the bank! A guide to buying the right van, what you’ll need and how to make the most of life on the road.

Smallish magazine

My guide to Tenby – the ‘Welsh Riviera’ – for parenting magazine Smallish. From where to eat to the best places to play, here’s how to keep the kids happy in wonderful west Wales  

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