Exploring the littoral: On Sarah’s Birthday

“Although I am always happy to recognise that I have lived another year of my life (and there were times in the last decade when that was not always to be taken for granted), birthdays have now become a reminder of the ‘missing years’ as I now think of those years of treatment. And, I …

To get to here: Knoydart and the Hebrides

“But really, I thought, to even want to do this? To get to here….” A guest post with reflections, by Sarah, on her wilderness walking last week. “‘Walking’ is an understatement I feel. To get to places like this” * As I sat on the shore of Loch Coruisk on the Isle of Skye, some 450 …

Seals and swell

Sarah returns to Anglesey for some serious sea kayaking,  including dealing with some very big swells and only mildly interested seals! * I’m back in Anglesey – at last – for a few days, for my next immersion in sea kayaking. First up, two days on an improvers course, with Steve Miles, running this for …

Challenging is the new normal, at last

For the second part of her sea kayaking holiday Sarah heads south, from Mull to Anglesey, and finds she is now comfortable in challenging waters that would have terrified her even a few weeks ago. Well  done Sarah. * Having been back from Mull for a day, I’m off again to Anglesey. I arrive at Pobty …

Kayaking off Mull: Silver seas and golden skies

Sarah and her kayak head for the Hebrides this time. To the island that sits in my own memory as ‘the most beautiful place on earth.’ Other than Liverpool, obviously. Let’s see how she gets on? * So my last ‘four days on the water’ were not to be and tinged with sadness, and now …

Sarah goes sea kayaking: Four days that weren’t

The latest of Sarah’s sea kayaking posts. This one a gentle meditation on life and death. “A reminder that life doesn’t always go as planned, especially when we are living with nature, tides, and the natural cycles of life and death. This I know,” says Sarah, whose younger sister has just died. * For several weeks now …