Before I read Regions of the Heart, I’d never heard of Alison Hargreaves. To be honest I can’t even remember where I first saw the title of the book, or what prompted me to buy it. But I am so glad I now know about this remarkable, intense woman who pioneered women’s mountaineering quietly and… More Book review: Regions of the Heart
I’m incredibly fortunate. I met my other half doing what I love – on a university climbing trip in the Peak District. Okay, we actually met in a pub… and he stole my chips. But that weekend I was climbing, camping, enjoying beautiful (cold) weather, and mocking him for being hungover. Mutual passion for the… More Being a Climbing Partner
It’s been a long and endless struggle, trying to find an aerobic exercise that I can do, enjoy, and doesn’t injure me. I’ve always had a problem with stitches when running, and have tried every trick in the book until I finally acceded that it just wasn’t for me. Rowing was a wonderful, exhilarating 6… More Take to the Water
I know, I’m a little late – the first four books completed in 1984, the film (which I saw first… sorry!) is already 10 years old. But I have finally read, finished, and fallen in love with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams is by far one of the most quirky, unusual, and… More Book review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Migraines. A mystery to those who don’t suffer them. A nightmare to those who do. Upsetting, debilitating, and 8 million* people in the UK experience them. For me, they are unpredictable and incredibly distressing. I have three possible known triggers – Coke (more than 1 glass), Yorkie chocolate, and ‘giant’ Parma violets – but the… More The M Word
It’s coming up to a year since I graduated, and I’ve spent the past months – fortunately, and gratefully – working full-time. To walk into a salaried job straight out of university is surprising and overwhelming, particularly when you are not someone who enjoys change or meeting new people. The first ten months I was in the… More Seeking Something More
Let me start this by saying I am an incredibly practical person. My sensible head is always on, I kill myself through rationality, and never make spontaneous decisions. Even the suggestion of having people over for dinner needs to be run by me with at least 24hours notice. But six weeks ago, I quit my… More Why I Quit.