For the fourth of my Malibu #BestSummerEver posts Pete and I hit the road in a campervan named Alice for a weekend of surfing, bacon sandwiches and making friends with small ponies.
Are you a ‘headphones on, world off’ kind of exercise fan? If so, you’re not just staving off boredom – new research shows that dropping your favourite beats can also increase your endurance. Rock on!
Oh I do like making lists. So when Malibu got in touch and asked me to create a bucket list of all the adventures that would make up my dream summer, I gave them a big squishy hug and got right on it. And here it is! Now I have actually do all this stuff, on the quest for the perfect summer! Check back over the next few weeks for canoe fun, VW vans and an escape to New York City…
Want to give a little outdoors loving back? Sarah Howcroft’s genius initiative, Gift Your Gear, takes your donated old kit and uses it to help kids develop a love of the great outdoors. And as a little reward for being so good, if you have a clear out before the end of September you’ll get 15% off at Rohan, too.
Well done, EOFT! You are returning for a whirlwind tour of Europe and will be passing through Britain showing a truly stunning collection of adventure films. I just have one question – why are there no ladies in your videos?
A speedy chat with the rather epic Sean Conway, who this summer will attempt to become the first person to swim round the British coast from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.
No biggie – he’s already cycled the world, climbed Kili dressed as a penguin and grown a ginger beard of fearsome proportions.
I’ve written a guide to country walks in the beautiful March issue of my favourite magazine, The Simple Things. There’s an explanation of the Right to Roam, walking songs to sing, how to deal with bitchy cows and all the loveliest outdoor gear you need to keep warm in the chilly March winds. You know you want to read it. If my superior journo skills aren’t enough to sway you, this issue also has such myriad joys as the best afternoon tea recipes, how to grow sweet peas, crafty makes and tasty recipes. It’s basically cosiness in print form.
May I humbly suggest that you get hold of a copy of the January edition of lovely magazine The Simple Things, because I am in it! I’ve written a piece on wrapping up warm and go and play on freezing snow days as well as an essay on the simple pleasure of feeding birds for issue 5 of TST, which in case you haven’t heard, is my new obsession. The latest copy features some of my favourite things ever: how to make fresh pasta, an ode to urban vegetable patches, the joy of keeping chickens, and the best winter woolly socks. Happy January!
I don’t know when I was last this excited about going to the movies. Nine of the coolest European extreme sports films are on tour across the continent. Get tickets now.
Wahooo the December issue of Company is finally out and I am in it! If you fancy spending your hard-earned £2 on a magazine this month, may I suggest it be this one, and that you closely peruse pages 56 and 174, which I wrote (and which Company then heavily edited). The first feature is ‘Taking off and landing’ and features one girl (my lovely friend Olivia) jetting off to work in Geneva for a year and another (my lovely friend Donna) coming back from her awesome adventures in Mexico. The second is a page of travel bits and pieces: a round up of my favourite winter destinations, namely Lapland, Rome and Nova Scotia, and reviews of cool websites WWOOF and Spotted by Locals.
Someone else has been on adventures in the Arctic recently, but in a more dramatic way than me. In March I interviewed the fantastic Steve Young, a soldier who trekked to the North Pole after breaking his back in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, despite being told he would never walk again.