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…

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…

Profundity or Profanity? Thoughts on Summer Cycling by Indigo Kelly- Forest

Profundity was always my aim. To roll endlessly, allowing my true intellectual capacity to flow freely into the universe. Enlightening my inner adventurer to absorb the immeasurable. This is considerably easier on my trusty two-wheeled tourer, meandering through the cornucopia of cultures which is Europe. I, am European. The unitiatiated observer may well consider my…

Short Story Competition Winner

Through volunteering at Clumber Park, a National Trust property in the Midlands, I became interested in organising a short story competition with the title, “The Bridge”. I piloted the competition with young learners at Endeavour, based in Burngreave, Sheffield. This is the winning entry written by Lorena who has been a student at Endeavour since…

The Elusive Tulips

I don’t know if anyone else remembers the cold, dark summer we had a few years ago? It was a grim start to the year when NOTHING grew. I had the romantic notion that I would take my two little ones to the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands for our Easter holiday and we would…

How Do You Talk To Strangers?

As a bookshop volunteer at The National Trust, I’m very fond of striking up conversations with strangers over books, cake and coffee.  That’s one of the great things about working for a charity: that you are allowed to listen and interact.  It is those kinds of conversations which brighten up your day and it is…

Salsa in Sheffield

There is a thriving salsa scene. This blog just gets more random every day!