3 great things about snow

Is anyone else hoping for a white Christmas? Remembering last year's snow in Leicestershire has made me long for it. And why not? It’s magical, lots of fun and so peaceful... 1. Snow creates a magical winter wonderland There’s no doubt about it, snow transforms the landscape. Where fields were brown and bare, they become [...]

Are you overwhelmed? Find ‘a spacious place’ and reclaim peace.

November. The clocks have changed, it's colder, darker, generally grimmer, and it's hard to stay on top of things at this time of year. But you have to. Life carries on. Over the years I've come up with a few strategies that help. Journey with me to Iona and discover how you can find peace [...]

The mindful life – 3 great ways to rest in Creation

According to the dictionary rest means to cease work or movement in order to relax or recover strength/energy. However, I think rest is so much more than this and although it seems contradictory, rest does not always have to involve inactivity. It can simply mean doing things in a different way.   Mindfulness Recently I have committed [...]

Staffa: a land of fire and giants, caves and creativity

Still on the subject of Islands, I just had to share my trip to Staffa with you. Famous for its dramatic basalt columns, sea caves and bird life, Staffa is a small uninhabited island that has captivated 1000’s over the years. Hardly known until 1772, when botanist Joseph Banks highlighted the wild, natural beauty of [...]

Islomania: an adventure on the Isle of Iona

What is islomania? Islomania: “An obsessional enthusiasm or partiality for islands.” As a child it was such an adventure to cross the water to the Isle of Wight – like visiting a foreign country. And getting lost in an Anglesey forest, well, that was all the more exciting because we were cut off from ‘civilisation’ [...]

Does adventure have to be extreme?

What does 'extreme' mean? Today I started reading a book called 'Wild Nights' by Phoebe Smith, adventurer and outdoor writer. It's all about some extreme camping challenges she set for herself. And as Phoebe set out on her wild camping trips it made me wonder what exactly is adventure? And what does 'extreme' really mean? [...]