Why I Love Blogging

I started blogging with a just-for-fun WordPress site and wrote about adventures that I had been on with my touring bike. Getting the first ten posts completed was really easy as the ideas for them were already in my head! A friend of mine has a daughter who had written a blog as a final…

Curious About Calke – A Day Out at Calke Abbey near Derby

Originally posted on Slow-Cycle:
I have been wanting to visit Calke Abbey since 1985 when it was featured as a new acquisition by The National Trust on Blue Peter.  I remember images of dustsheets, decay, toys and taxidermy.  It was distinctly exhilarating to imagine a maze of rooms stuffed with curios. A considerable amount of…

Day trip to Chernobyl – Guest post by Jonathan Hall

I remember exactly what I was doing on the day of the Chernobyl explosion on Saturday April 26th 1986.  The tensions of the cold war were still apparent, and the sight of smoke billowing out of a nuclear power station as the result of a nuclear explosion on the TV screens brought the fear of…

A Year On – Reflections on the Wheel of Life this September

Thanks to Rebecca Norton for the Wheel of Life exercise at our August WISEtribe meeting.  I love summer and I’ve just got back from a holiday so my happiness stocks are running high… In the last year I have exchanged one job for a series of brilliant learning opportunities, some which have even earned a…

LEJOG – Brothers made from Girders. Guest blog by Ed Stonecliffe

We did this ride without a support car and self-funded our accommodation and all costs. If you would like to donate we are raising money. Ed has chosen Big Issue North Trust and Richard has chosen has chosen The Foxton Centre in Preston who work with homeless and vulnerable people in his home town.

From the Velo Odyssey with Love

This year I got to have an two-week adventure in France with my daughter and it was every bit as fabulous as I had hoped. We started in Bordeaux on one of the hottest days of July. Getting out of the city is often the most tricky part so we rolled the bikes on the…

My Kit List (for cycle-camping geeks only)

Further to my post slow-cycle-what-to-pack-for-cycle-touring. Da da da! After days, weeks and months of agonising I’m ready for the next adventure… This year’s top picks: massive green tent aka the marquee cargo net self-inflating air roll mat (grey) summer sleeping bag (blue) cooking kit* (minus stove this time so I WILL go to the local…

Free-wheeling in France

Why I needed to cycle slowly through the sunflowers… After years of multi-tasking took their toll on my health; my husband’s on-line affair with a Mexican beauty triggered divorce and liberation.  I was free to follow my heart to glide through fields of gold on a bicycle! Taking it Slowly My journey started with the…

Why There’s Nuffin like a Puffin

Puffins flap like crazy. They’re amazing little fluffkins with a torpedo-shaped body and orange legs. Seeing them last weekend at the RSPB Bempton brought a tear to my eye. Mostly because my dearly loved aunt Stella who passed away in April had wanted to see them before she died. Sadly whilst she never got the…

Grand Day Out with Endeavour

From the land-locked industrial backstreets of Sheffield, it is just an easy-going train ride east to Bridlington on a glorious sunny day. Of course, you can’t always plan the weather, you can only cross your fingers and wish for the best. And so it was…a typically grey, misty and cold morning that we gathered on…