Different Perspectives

You get some cracking conversations before the start of a virtual session… Him: ‘Bet you can’t wait to do some ‘proper’ training again.’ Me: ‘Well, I’d like to think I’m still doing proper training.’ I knew what he meant. He was surprised that I’ve enjoyed running virtual training sessions for seven years, rather than doing… Continue reading Different Perspectives

Nature’s Gifts

Since leaving London 19 years ago, I have become more interested in the nature around me. I have learned to appreciate nature’s gifts of stillness, peace and quiet, as well as beaches, mountains, lochs and forests. The weather has more significance and I increasingly find myself checking where my food comes from. In the past… Continue reading Nature’s Gifts

It’s Already Coming Home

As I was enjoying England win earlier this week, I reflected on the fact that this was the first time in over 20 years that I’ve been able to watch a football tournament from start to finish at home. Every one has seen me check match times with trains, planes and traffic. It is about… Continue reading It’s Already Coming Home

World Refugee Day, 20th June

World Refugee Day is designated to raise awareness and build empathy towards those forced to flee their homes. In previous roles, I have heard first-hand accounts of the planning skills, resilience and bravery required to flee your home and start a new life in a new country. I have also heard the frustration of those… Continue reading World Refugee Day, 20th June

Four Seasons in One Day

A great song by Neil Finn and often a good description of the weather up here in the Highlands. Today saw a damp, cold, drizzly start, followed by sunshine, cloud, sunshine and a bit of snow up on the Cairngorm peaks. Like the weather, life seems like four seasons in one day, too. Each week… Continue reading Four Seasons in One Day

The Circle of Life

With all the changes of the past year, and the agility we’ve needed to keep things moving forward, it is good to have some familiarity in our lives. This weekend has seen familiarity in Eurovision (bravo, Italy!), the end of the football season and, as seen this morning, the week-old cygnets on the river. Every… Continue reading The Circle of Life

Peace at Lochan Uaine

We all like a bit of peace, don’t we? Peace comes in different ways to us; a long stay in bed, a spot of quiet reflection, immersing ourselves in music, being in a noisy crowd. It’s often a state of mind we can access anywhere, anytime we choose. Our peace today was a walk in… Continue reading Peace at Lochan Uaine

Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

This week brought inspiration, beyond the fine people I worked with. I read an essay by Paul Farley about the Tipping Buckets. Officially the Piazza Fountain, they were a regular stop on me and my Dad’s Sunday morning walks around Liverpool City Centre as a child. I was fascinated by the buckets: tipping, moving, emptying… Continue reading Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

Weathered Resilience

At the end of a busy, fulfilling week, it’s great to recharge the batteries in nature. Walking around Glen Feshie, we revisited the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, where each piece is intended to withstand the Highland climate without cosmetic alterations, until it breaks and dissolves into the soil where it stands. Like so many people… Continue reading Weathered Resilience