Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part one: the prep

COVID-19 brought new urgency to the idea of getting healthier, for me. I’d been thinking about it, talking about it, and very nearly getting around to doing it since July 2019. Well, way before then actually – it went on the to-do list as I recovered from a major depressive episode that floored me in 2013. In those days I’d swim in the sea in … Continue reading Ridgeway Ramble Write Up – part one: the prep

Septuagenarian browsing

I helped my Auntie set up her new tablet today – she’s just turned 70 and is an avowed technophobe. A lot of it remains a mystery, but she can do things with ease that once was tricky for IT professionals. This, to me, is a true testament to the progress we’re making with technology. Accessibility. Inclusivity. Connection. . (Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash) Continue reading Septuagenarian browsing

Doing something amazing

I’m giving blood shortly. I last gave blood not long after lockdown started – it’s considered essential, and with good reason. The process is trickier with a pandemic going on, but it’s still happening because of the outstanding work of people (including volunteers) who find a way to make things happen. It’s a reminder that there are lots of ways to contribute. There’s no one-size-fits-all … Continue reading Doing something amazing


I finished The Ridgeway in 32 hours. It’s 87.5 miles long and so discounting the couple of extra miles for a navigation mishap, that’s an average of 2.73mph. This average tells you very little about my journey though. In general, although statistically attractive, we need to know a lot more to get a really meaningful story. Lowest point – with my feet in a bad … Continue reading 2.73mph