Earlier this year my blog was nominated for the Leibster Award, an Award aimed at relatively new bloggers, or those with fewer than 200 followers https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/. This isn’t the first time I’ve been asked but initially I didn’t feel ready to accept a nomination as I’d only recently restarted blogging (my original blog has been inactive for some years). Continue reading “The Leibster Award”
Part One – Ambleside to a bivvy spot
For weeks I had been debating whether to enter the Lakeland Five Passes, a 33 mile event with around 10,000′ ascent organised by https://www.ascendevents.co.uk/events/. Continue reading “Lakeland Five Passes reconnoitre: lark-song and cuckoos”
Into every life a little rain must fall, and even in the south of France it can be cold and wet in April. A couple of rainy days gave time for rest and reading, and a short damp walk before the warmth and sun returned.
After a long, dark, cold winter it was time to search out spring sunshine. The Alpes-Maritimes are a lovely place to walk in April, although Easter was so early this year and the winter so harsh that Spring had hardly begun and the land was still clothed in its winter colours. We were based close to St-Jeannet, one of the many tiny hilltop villages that dot the flanks of the river Var in the densely populated region north of Nice.
Windermere. A lake in Cumbria. Thought to have originated from the Norse personal name Winand, or Vinandr, and the Old English ‘mere’, meaning lake. It’s also the name of a town on the slopes above the lake. Continue reading “A Walk around Windermere”
It’s been quite the winter for snow. My New Year came in on the wings of a Lakeland snow storm, and in the usually benign landscape of Hampshire, meteorological Spring was heralded with the deep drifts and wild winds of the ‘Beast from the East’.
The slopes of Mont Ventoux are etched with deeply incised Combes: narrow dry valleys that ripple outwards from the white limestone summit. The Combe de Malaval is one of the most impressive. Continue reading “Combes and chasms of Ventoux: Vaucluse Walk Two”
The jagged limestone ridges of Les Dentelles de Montmirail rise from the vineyards like serried ranks of sharp teeth. It is a region well worth exploring. Continue reading “Peaks of Teeth and Lace: Vaucluse Walk One”
Autumn sunshine is always welcome, particularly after this year’s mostly wet and grey summer. Unseasonably warm October weather in the Vaucluse region of Provence was an unexpected treat, giving perfect walking conditions. Continue reading “Vaucluse sunshine, wine and olives”
I’ve been threatening to start a blog for a couple of years or so – and it’s about time I made good with my promises. So here it is. Continue reading “Hello – anyone out there?”