walks round and about

Asa Wright

After all the partying it was time to get back to natcha. Off to Asa Wright National Park for a spot of birdwatching, rainforest hiking and general lovely natural wordliness. A smorgasbord of hummingbirds¬† other vibrant feathered and non feathered creatures including Agoutis (a bit like a large rat), MatMat (lizard), beautiful rainforest trees and plants. I was in heaven… On our mini hike through the park with the excellent […]

Edith Falls & Maracas Bay, Trinidad

Sorted out a taxi for the day and headed up to Chaguaramas in the North of the island for our first little taste of Trinidad’s lovely natural environment. A couple of hours drive away with wonderful scenery en route. Short hike up to Edith Falls through amazing bamboo forest. Giant, creaking bamboos all over the shop. Passed a couple returning from the falls who when asked “how were the falls” […]

Another spring hol in Spain 1

Managed to get home from a lovely week’s break in Spain despite the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. My second stay at Casa Granadina was at least as fabulous as the first last October. Rosie, true to her word scoped out some great new walks. The weather was warm and sunny but mostly not too hot which was great. For the first walk we headed out to Alfarnate. Spectacular mountain views […]

At last an Ibex!

Just back from another fab week walking in Spain. Staying at Casa Granadina in Huerta de Ranea. Great weather, great walking, great company and great home cooked food courtesy of Rosie – definitely the hostess with the mostest. My favourite walk of the week had to be at El Torcal. Went there a few years back in the pouring rain and mis. This time though it was wall to wall […]

Lottsa Women Walking

Just back from another fabulous week walking in Aracena, Spain with the fab women Lottsa Women Walking and 6 lovely lassies from Leeds. Started off in Galaroza for 3 nights and did a couple of really gorgeous walks. The best was yet to come with 4 nights at the wonderfully idyllic Molino Rio Alajar. More fabulous walking and a riot of colour provided by the profusion of spring flowers. Did […]

Bad hair day at Aoraki / Mt Cook 3

Have been having an amazing couple of days. Left Wanaka yesterday for a trip to Aoraki (which is the Maori name for Mount Cook and means cloud piercer) and an overnight stay. A stunning drive pretty much all the way, and on entering Aoraki National Park the views were just breathtaking. Blue-glacier covered mountains, milky turquoise lakes… Aoraki: Lake Pukaki: Stopped off at Glentanner about 25Km from Mt Cook Village […]

Epping Forest

After all that indoor film action time for some fresh air. We’ve had a lot of nice weather for ducks recently so a nice afternoon’s stroll around Connaught Water in Epping Forest was a good opportunity to see them at their finest. There was loads of bird life about but I especially liked this pretty pair. Not to be outdone, this big bird decided to show us who the hell […]