Women and Walking

Women excel at building relationships, at looking after others and at talking, among many other things of course. We know that looking after ourselves is important but somehow making the time for pampering, for exercise, for doing what lights us up and nourishes us just doesn’t happen. There is always so much to be done… More Women and Walking

Move to Live

We live in a time where our lifestyle has become very sedentary, a term often associated with older people and couch potatoes. However, even those of us who are considered fit and active, hardly move at all and I mean in all the ways a human body is capable. Furniture and technology keeps us still… More Move to Live

Simple, Super-Healthy, Salads

Have you ever picked up a bag of expensive but tired-looking salad leaves in the supermarket and wondered when they were picked, or who picked them? Wonder no more! Growing a few organic, chemical-free salad leaves is one of the simplest but also one of the most positive contributions you can make not just towards the health of your… More Simple, Super-Healthy, Salads

A Walking Adventure

Going on an adventure doesn’t have to begin when you step in to a jungle or climb up a mountain. An adventure can start at home, from the moment you step outside your front door. As Bilbo Baggins once said, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and… More A Walking Adventure

How a Free Weekend Changed My Life

In 2014 I had a weekend to myself. Instead of going to a spa, I went to a hiking shop, bought a pair of boots, some waterproof clothes and a map, then headed off for the North Yorkshire coast. Even though there were amber warnings for gale force winds and rain, I decided to walk… More How a Free Weekend Changed My Life

General safety advice

  Preparation and things to take when you go out While dressing to leave the house: Cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeved tops and trousers. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin – repellents that contain 50% DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective. Avoid using products with strong perfumes, such as soaps, shampoos and deodorants –… More General safety advice

Parsnip plant

What does it look like?  Why is it dangerous? Handling the parsnip plant, which grows wild and is cultivated in gardens and allotments, may make your skin very sensitive to light, leading to burning, blisters and a painful rash. The plant’s sap  contains chemicals called furoumarins. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin and can… More Parsnip plant

Poisonous plants

What do they look like? Below, we list some of Britain’s deadliest plants.  Foxgloves This beautiful flower, known as foxglove or digitalis purpurea, grows wild and in many a British garden. The commonest colour, usually seen in the wild, is purple. It is in the top ten list of the commonest causes of accidental poisoning… More Poisonous plants

Thorns

What do they look like? A wide variety of plants found in the British countryside have thorns that can scratch or tear the skin and cause bleeding. They include: wild roses or briars, raspberries which grow in upright “canes” blackberry bushes, also known as brambles, which form vast messy clumps, often entwined among other plants… More Thorns

Giant hogweed

What does it look like? Giant hogweed is a big, untidy looking plant that can grow up to five metres tall, often along footpaths and riverbanks. If you see a plant which looks like giant hogweed but is smaller, it may be hemlock; it will not burn you like giant hogweed, but it is highly… More Giant hogweed