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It’s been a while. Too long. You knew where I was going and when I got back this blog sat, tickling the edges of my guilt.

“Write something,” it said.

“I will,” I said, “later.”

It’s later.


I went here

Sydney Harbour BridgeAnd there

Kanangra WallsDid this

Am Writing...sshhhhAnd that

The Bathing FacilitiesThen moved house so I could see this from the bottom of the garden

Sunset at the new placewhich is all well and good but it didn’t put any words on this blog or this one either.

Maybe I burnt out slightly after managing around 35,000 words during the trip for The Novel but bills needed paying so I did more of this instead of writing.

This is about to be rectified, maybe.

Make mine Merrell

One thing is for sure, my boots took a battering – I needed new footwear. Something that would be okay for popping to the shops or schleping along the estuary. They didn’t have to be waterproof (I’ve others for that) but they did need to be comfy. After a bit of a search I settled on Merrell’s Avian Light Sport Gore-tex.

Merrell Avian Light Sport Gore-texAnd they’re everything I expected.


Merrell Avian Light Sport Gore-texlight, cool enough with the breeze coming through the mesh to make sure my feet don’t stink (too much), sturdy enough to cope with a battering, great for gardening, walking, popping to the shops, rebuilding, decorating and fighting off battalions of dragons with a two-year old.

I’ll find out soon enough how they stand up to a weekend of bivvying in a rain-soaked wood. (More of that another time).

The sole has great traction, as perfect for clambering over a rocky beach or up a mountain as they are on pavements. They “provide women’s specific stride-sequenced cushioning” whatever the doozy that means. All I know right now after two weeks of general life-bashing (with my own prescribed orthotic innersoles rather than the supplied Ortholite® anatomical footbed) I’ve not had a single blister, no achy legs or complaint about pongy toes.

AND (as a good friend just pointed out on the phone) they’re Merrell’sso they’ll last for ages and you can’t put a price on a good pair of shoes“.

Well you can, but he’s right – you can’t go too wrong with Merrell.


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ScissorsWhile it’s true that I like to leave the lawn long, there are times when the edges need to be tended or the whole garden will look a bit unkempt. I’m all for that, but when the grass gets to 3ft high, something needs to be done. The question then remains, to strim, or not to strim? (more…)

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Mouse FrogI don’t care what anyone says, Twitter is great. Today @endangeredfrogs started following me and it reminded me of how slow I was shifting a friend’s compost heap. Bizarre leap to make I know…but bear with me. (more…)

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Grass - The long and the short of itSpring sunshine in the UK is pretty short lived. We had a burst in March and April but May has given way to the usual cloudy, chilly days associated with being battered by winds roaring in from the Atlantic.

Personally, I love it. The change is always welcome, and the rain makes the grass grow so quickly! (more…)

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Pink FlowersThis is a concept I came into contact with a few years ago and it really fired me up. There are dedicated Guerrilla Gardening teams all over the world now doing a variety of activities to bring colour and nature back into all of our lives.

It could be as simple as carrying seeds in your pocket and scattering them on waste ground to going out in the dead of the night and planting a whole scheme on bare earth road verges. (more…)

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