Category Archives: Monmouthshire

A walk to the pub

“What time do you call this?”  Predictable response, given that I had arranged with friends to meet up for a pub lunch at 12.00 and arrived at 13.45. The thing is, I had decided to walk.  My ‘local’ is thirty … Continue reading

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A Welsh Spring and clichés of violence

Back in Wales and spring has at last arrived.  Before I left Arctic blasts whipped across the tops of the mountain ridges dumping snow and lowering temperatures so that buds stayed tight shut long past their usual seasonal opening time. … Continue reading

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Greece: on the edge

Apologies. The last week or so I have been rushing around like the proverbial, if biologically unidentified, blue arsed fly.  Constantly under time pressure.  The main reason for being in Grey Britain these days is to be with family and … Continue reading

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Welsh Winter Walking: Forward planning and contingencies

Sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned.  Wednesday I had a day free of commitments so planned to take a bus up to the watershed between two of the South Wales valleys and walk back home via a couple … Continue reading

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A New Year, portents, traditions and looking forward

I’ve never been impressed by the hype of the ‘New Year’, never regarded it as a portent or a time to make ephemeral resolutions to change bad habits, never felt the urge to stand around with arms crossed, holding hands … Continue reading

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Rambling through 2012, a year in pictures: Part 1, Wales

At the end of a busy year it seems appropriate to look back and remember the places I went and the things I did during 2012.  Far too much to cram into a blogable number of words so I decided … Continue reading

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Back from the shops: Jinxed journey and verglas

When I was a kid we used to have to write essays in school on less than thrilling subjects such as ‘My Summer Holidays’, ‘An afternoon in the Park’ or ‘My Favourite Pet’.   So boring did I find this that … Continue reading

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