Category: Reading and Learning

Wildernesse or Gaskan

A short canoe journey to Wildernesse to discover Tomkies

Today I had the pleasure of a 1:1 canoe journey on a slightly windy Loch Shiel with the intention of reaching Gaskan. Here lies an old crofters cottage, once owned by Mike Tomkies and renamed to 'Wildernesse' overlooking 'Heron Island'. The trip was a present for Andy for one of his 'significant birthdays'. It was also to help him achieve a long standing ambition to set foot on the shores…

Old mans beard lichen

Atlantic Coast: Learning to Love Lichens

Part of our professional development involves keeping our skills and knowledge up to date. This usually involves going canoeing, biking or walking. But sometimes the opportunity to expand our understanding of the environments we work in comes up. So we grab them. Especially when it is the amazing Atlantic Coast woodland that is almost on our doorstep. This time it was an opportunity to learn about lichens and mosses on the…

But one has seen…

Everyone has their favourite quotations for various reasons and purposes. I rediscovered one of mine in the search for something similar: “You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer,…

What is a #microadventure ?

While hashtags are quite a new social phenomena, British adventurer Alastair Humphreys' use of the #microadventure is one that has probably helped the use of them grow rapidly within adventure and outdoor circles. But what is a 'microadventure'? Quite simply, and to quote Alastair Humphreys, it is: "A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding." And this is…

Extreme Sleeps

After having to delay a hernia operation due to 'flu', I have now been 'sliced' open, stitched up again and am now recuperating with several appropriate books lined up to read (and a website to build). The first book, that I finished on my hospital bed, is Phoebe Smith's "Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a wild camper" which I hoped would give me some ideas for personal 'sleeps' as much as…