What I’ve learned during a spontaneous weekend of solo camping in Sussex

How did I end up pitching my old festival tent by myself in 35-mile-an-hour winds and lashing rain after work on a Friday evening? I’d like to say that it was just a fun, spontaneous idea I had because I’m just a fun, spontaneous sort of women… but actually, it was more of a necessity…

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Why David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Splash’ is my favourite painting

I have a favourite painting. A large copy of it hangs in a white frame above the boarded-up fireplace in my living room. Perhaps it’s pretentious to tell you that I have a favourite painting. The art world feels very pretentious sometimes, doesn’t it? You have to know certain names, have a lot of money,…

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Lying beneath a cherry blossom tree, I remembered that incredible experiences are everywhere

Last night I watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix, a documentary about a filmmaker who, on the verge of a mental breakdown, gives up work to free dive off the Western Cape of South Africa every day. Wetsuitless, he slips into the cold, turbid waters of the South Atlantic Ocean every day (without exception, whatever…

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Why are outdoor pursuits so white?

I had to scroll through seven pages of white people gazing over mountain vistas before I could find a stock hiking photo featuring someone of colour. And it’s not that my image search is powered by a neo-Nazi algorithm (I hope); it seems to be representative of what’s happening out there in the real world.…

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Happiness is only real when shared

Last week, over a few days (because I’m an easily distracted Millennial), I watched the film Into The Wild for the first time. If you haven’t seen it, pop it on your ‘to-watch’ list because it’s one of those films that’ll embed themselves into your being – in a really good way. It’s beautifully scripted…

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How New Zealand crushed Covid

If you read my last post about what paper airplanes can teach us about failure, you’ll know I recently lost a pitch to write scripts for a famous YouTuber. This is the second sample I wrote for them, which I’m posting here in case anyone finds it interesting! As with the other one, it’s not…

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How to look outdoorsy

I was inspired to write this post 5 years ago when I was shopping in Millets for things to take on holiday campervanning around California. Millets is a very inspiring place.

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Celebrating 100 Whalebeings (followers) with 10 photos of nature being too beautiful for its own good

It’s been six weeks since I created this blog Whalebeings.com, and as of the moment I’m writing this, an incredible 89 of you have already clicked the ‘follow this blog’ button to receive a notification when I post something new. To be honest I’m amazed and completely chuffed that you’re not only clicking on my…

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How do you know when fear is ruling your life?

I’m a natural scaredy-cat. As a child I lagged behind my big sister and cousins as they tore around the fields and scrambled up trees outside our grandparents’ house in France. I wanted to keep up; I wanted to be brave and fearless like them and not care about hurting myself – but even from…

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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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