Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Winter has arrived…

1st November 2006

After a period of very mild weather, a spell of winter chill has arrived on cue for the first day of November (Irish primary schools used to teach that this was the first day of winter; I am not sure what happens these days). This is the type of weather that makes me look for my Karrimor Polartec gloves and think about making use of my excellent North Face Nuptse down jacket; the latter was purchased from Blacks earlier this year ahead of a business trip to Lund in Sweden. October had its share of wet weather but cheered up at its close with weather that wouldn’t disgrace a summer day. Now, we have a seasonal cold dry spell to return us to reality, but the walking continues: I was wondering what to do at the weekend. The days may be shorter, but walks can still be done even with the change from summer time to winter time last weekend, a sharp shock if ever there was one.

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