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Symi: back on the Hot Rock

Back on Symi.  Been here two weeks now. A bit trepidatious about the travel chaos expected at Manchester Airport so turned up 4 hours ahead of flight departure. No queue at all at check-in, shortest queue at security ever.  Waiting … Continue reading

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Eleven years. Still remembered. Seems like yesterday

Apologies for the poor quality of the photo. Horizontal heavy rain driving into the camera lens

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Greece, Symi: here’s hoping

I usually come back from Greece to the UK for August, partly because of the heat but mostly in order to sort out my garden, harvest fruit and veg and store it away for the winter months.   In the throes … Continue reading

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From Symi to my back garden

I’ve been experimenting with the technology to record some of the treks I’ve been doing on Symi, using a combination of apps to record routes and then create a 3D ‘fly-over’ incorporating photos taken along the way.  It’s not entirely … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: snow fabulous, snow fool like an old fool

I learnt years ago from white-water and sea kayaking that the most likely time to capsize, become a cropper, was on the flat bit of river after the difficult rapid or waterfall or in the shallows after getting through the … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: climate contrast

Completing my blog posts about the summer in the Greek islands I wrote about Kalymnos that it was: “only a short stay but a good way to round off the summer and pause for thought before heading for the Canadian … Continue reading

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From Wales to Greece: Greek Island Walks

Preparing to return to Greece has been taking precedence over escaping into the mountains recently.  A spell of dry weather meant most of my time has been in the garden clearing, cutting back, pruning, planting, sowing, but that was brought … Continue reading

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November Daily Blog 18: broad views and small details in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Sunday was indeed another good day.  Sunny days in Grey Britain are rare, opportunities not to be missed.  So, despite warnings to rest my knee, I walked up the ridge at the southern tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park … Continue reading

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Corfu: path finding, bird spotting and providence

Wednesday morning followed a similar pattern to Tuesday, early cloud clearing to leave a near cloudless sky by the time I finished breakfast.   Posting the blog and the usual WiFix at the taverna along the coast road took a little … Continue reading

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Greece 2011: Filoxenia is alive and well on Symi

I needed a good long, hard walk on Wednesday, so after the usual preliminaries I set out to walk to the Byzantine Wine Presses high on the ridge via the mountain-top monastery of Stavros Polemou (‘The Cross of War’ I … Continue reading

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