The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better

We all know instinctively that nature does something good to our souls. After all – we’re animals: we are nature. But being the clever monkeys that we are, we realised at some point a few thousand years ago that building walls around ourselves kept us pleasantly distanced from things like sharp-toothed animals and weather. And…

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5 Tenuous connections between the keto diet and Hawaiian monk seals

The fun thing about having a blog that doesn’t make any money is that you can write about absolutely anything you want, which, as you can probably tell, is what is happening here. Up until about 15 minutes ago, I’d never even heard of the Hawaiian monk seal. This is probably because a) I’m not…

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Pandemic paradise: Waterfalls, crystal clear pools and hobbit huts in the Lake District

It’s mad. I’ve lived in England all my life. I’m a keen walker, I love nature, I studied Wordsworth at university, grew up enamoured by Peter Rabbit and all of his other fluffy little mates and yet, until Christmas 2020, I’d never been to the Lake District: THE most walkery, naturey, Wordsworthy, Peter Rabbity place…

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Today I stared into the eyes of a Blue Morpho butterfly for ages and it was basically a religious experience

Today, while walking barefoot in the surf of a Costa Rican beach in a happy, slightly disconnected daze, I caught a flicker of dazzling blue from the corner of my eye. My first thought was that it was a bit of plastic, because it seemed so unnaturally blue, but upon closer inspection I realised it…

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Save Japan’s whales, kill the politicians

Japan has just announced that it’s leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunting in July 2019.

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An unexpectedly sunny evening

I haven’t written here for a while, so I suppose I should. The sky cleared just as I finished work today – like the weather somehow knew it was Friday evening and for once felt like doing something nice for us.  I switched my laptop off and escaped my flat for a walk down to…

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I just wanted to say some nice things about guinea pigs

Guinea pigs are very sweet, very funny little animals that make excellent pets for twenty-seven-year-old quite anti-social women.  I know, it’s weird. I’m weird. At least I don’t dress them up. It was Panda who stole my heart while I was lunch-breaking in the pet shop back in 2015. He was so tiny, with these…

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One week, one half marathon, no sugar

I’ve made it a week without any sugar!   I literally had children waving bananas and fistfuls of Jelly Babies in my face on Sunday during the Eastbourne Half Marathon and still I remained true to my promise to shun all sugar for Lent. In all honesty I probably should have just had a Jelly Baby…

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Six weeks without sugar

So this is how it ends. This is goodbye. After all the good times we shared together – the romantic dinners, the wild nights when you got me drunk (you always looked irresistible in toxic blue), the cosy evenings in on the sofa with duvets and films, the times you cheered me up when I was…

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How to measure the world in blue whales

No one likes imperial measurements, some of us don’t even like metric. Word has it the new unit on the block is the blue whale. As you’ll know if you’ve read my two previous posts, I was made redundant this week so I’ve got a little extra time on my hands. This is why I’ve…

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