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Review: TOG24 Beamsley Waterproof Jacket

TOG24 Beamsley Women’s Waterproof Jacket, £100   My mission to wear less blue isn’t going so well. I’ve promised myself I’ll foray into warmer colours and here I am, with three new coats all in inescapable shades of sea. But… Continue Reading →

Review: Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex Jacket

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket, £450   I’m hiking 12 miles around Waterfall Country in a yellow weather warning. In addition to the rain (persistent), the spray from the seven falls forming the route is fierce. There’s no… Continue Reading →

Review: Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket

Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket, £60    Lionel and I are having a stand-off. He likes to think he has the smartest coat in the village but, in my new waterproof jacket, I’m giving him a serious run in the… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango F10 Hut 45L rucksack

This new rucksack has a lot to live up to, I think as I pack for a night in the hills. I’m rather partial to the 35L daypack I’ve been wearing thin for the last five years, to the point… Continue Reading →

Genes back on for life’s next challenge

The all-clear is within touching distance. Just a formality with a genetics professor; a box to tick, and we can assign the last two and a half years to that accepted medical condition, ‘one of those things’. Two and a… Continue Reading →

Review: Hydro Flask vacuum insulated bottle

Summer slips into September; it seems only a few short weeks since I watched a shimmering solstice from a quiet beacon, yet somehow the equinox is almost here. Sunrises sharpen, leaves gently crispen and I wistfully pack away the light… 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 →

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 →

Review: Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 liquid soap

I’m elbow-deep in bubbles on a campsite in the Ogwen Valley, filling the washing up shed with the gorgeous scent of citrus orange. When I’ve finished here I’m going to pop over to the shower block and wash myself and… Continue Reading →

Review: SueMe Beech Shorties

Well it’s not often I discuss my smalls on social media – it’s not that kind of blog – but bear with me on this one as these briefs are made from… beech! Yep, if you like your undies on… Continue Reading →

July and everything after: part II

The still-immaculate OS map I bought just a couple of hours ago in the Elan Valley visitor centre is perched on a dam wall 120ft up. I’m tracing Esgair Perfedd with my finger and wondering whether I can squeeze a… Continue Reading →

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