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!

A loss of interest?

1st September 2019

Recent weather probably should have had me out and about but other things have been weighing on my mind instead. Current political uncertainty is among these as is the impact that my summertime trip to Canada made to my finances. Sorting them out is as much a priority as sorting out how my work arrangements might look in 2020. Thoughts of taking a longer stretch of time away from client work to develop the details are appealing ones.

Aside from a reluctant to embark on trips away from home, the effect on my relish for reading also is being felt. Currently, I am working my way through Christopher Somerville’s The January Man. This should be exactly the type of gentle reading that allows a break from the troubles of the world but it appears to reveal a lack of enthusiasm for exploring the British landscape so is it because I might be after new pastures? That is a thought to hold as I explore what world events might mean for me.

It probably also is opportune to survey the breadth of what I have been reading this year. Some have made for difficult reading and this set includes an anthology of writing about Nepal that includes content from La.Lit magazine together with Dan Jones’ The Templars. There has been uplifting reading too with Alastair McIntosh’s Soil and Soul being among them while contemplating a business proposal that could have deflected me from my own intentions.

All the while, there are trip reports that awaiting writing and photo galleries to be created or updated. As the hours of daylight shorten, there may be time for those diversions from news watching. There even may be scope for daylight wandering if I could lessen the weight that is dampening my spirit before a change of year provides even more of a release.

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