As we walked out

Walking in Europe with a spring in the step

May 7, 2019 Jack 0

“Em Abril, águas mil.” There’s a reason for these old proverbs. This is from Portugal, Spain has one almost identical. Incidentally, so has Chile. Even Disney alludes to a feature that April can be known for – “Drip, drip, drop little April shower… ” […]

Hiking

Scenic saunters across Europe

January 27, 2019 Jack 0

Something occurred to me the other day as we stood on a ridge overlooking a valley in Arrabida, Portugal. Whenever I hear the name of a specific area the image which pops into my head usually isn’t one of just bricks and mortar, it’s often a countryside scene […]

Bute

Proud to Hail From the Isle of Bute

February 15, 2016 Jack 0

Over the years I woke up to how privileged I’d been to grow up in such a special location as a tiny island with shortbread tin looks which straddled the lowlands and the Highlands. Now I look on Bute with a mix of pride and sadness. […]

Great Britain

The Magical Creatures of Blackmuir Wood in Strathpeffer

August 9, 2011 Jack 1

The lilac grasses in front of us rustled and swayed with just a bit more vigour than if the movement had been caused by a gentle summer’s breeze. It was enough to draw our eyes to a vision that stopped us dead in our tracks and stole the breath from our bodies. […]