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Quantock Hills – November 2015

Sunday 22nd November 2015

This weekend has not been the best for walking weather, although I did manage to brave the elements with a friend for a short walk yesterday. By contrast, last weekend was one of the driest we’ve had here for several weeks. But for the biting winter wind, it would’ve been perfect for a late-autumn/early winter’s walk.

Wrapping up warm, I decided to head down to the Quantocks – a few weeks earlier than intended – and this is what I had to find.

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Making a Window Mirror (Part 2)

For this window-mirror, I wanted to use rectangular glazing that would complement the functional window that this construction is likely to be situated across the room from. Looking around at various packs of glass tiles and they only appeared to come in square sizes. For a while, I was tempted to buy a pack of mirrored-acrylic tiles from a seller on eBay, knowing they can be cut with woodworking equipment.

Looking around some more and I found Ikea’s Lots mirror tiles and, for the quantity I required, they were set to work out at around half the cost of the acrylic, even before postage. So, after collecting three packs from Ikea in Bristol, I was left with the challenge of having to cut the glass myself – all of which is detailed below.

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Making a Window Mirror (Part 1)

This is an idea I’ve been entertaining for a number of months, although not something I had cooked up entirely within my own skull.

My flat is lacking in light, being on the ground floor and with only window window fitted in each room. Instead of adding lamps and racking up the electricity bill, I came up with the idea to use mirrors. This is an alternative take on simply buying a ‘rectangular frame’. I like the thought of being able to add the impression of an extra window in my living room.

This is how I made it, away from a workshop.

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Up on the Mendips – November 2015

Sunday 15th November 2015

This weekend, I’m planning a walk down on the Quantocks and so, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to write about my previous walk only a ten-minute drive from home!

I’ve been to this part of the Mendip Hills so many times in the last three-years that I feel it would be futile to attempt another extensive walkthrough on this page. Instead, I’m going to select a succession of my favourite photos, picking out the highlights and favourable sights from along the way.

…Some may say this is what I do in a walking blog post anyway! ;-P

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Frank / The Guest

Frank is a film I first saw inside the Cinedrome tent at the Green Man Festival in August 2014. I’d seen trailers for it earlier in the year that hadn’t done anything to sway me in to buying a ticket sooner. My friend was keen to go and, being open-minded, I joined her, stealing two of the final ‘floor seats’ inside the tent that evening.


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Landlust Magazine

I owe many thanks to the team from The Organic Agency, who e-mailed me a few weeks ago to alert me, as a blogger, of the imminent arrival of a brand-new magazine to the UK market:



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Brean to Burnham

Saturday 3rd October 2015

It’s been a while since we completed this walk – our most recent addition to our route following the (unofficial) Somerset Coast Path – and I forget the exact date, having visited the same stretch of beach twice within as many weekends.

I believe it was a Saturday, although our visit a week later was definitely on a Sunday… I know for a fact that we began the walk in Brean and would only walk as far as Burnham-on-Sea, completing our shortest single stint of the coast path walk to date.

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Great Ormes Head

Monday 19th October 2015

By now, we’d consumed our final breakfast in Rhosgoch cottage, had packed up and removed all of our belongings and rationed off the outstanding and uneaten food (a lot of which, ended up with me).

Ahead of the very long drive home, we aimed to at least make something of our final morning in North Wales. Our original plan was to visit Bryn Cader Faner, a few miles to the south… But as it was out of range of the OS map we had and a three-mile walk was required to get there, we weren’t entirely confident, knowing that we would also like to be back home before nightfall and not wandering aimlessly around rural Welsh countryside.

In a rather spontaneous move, we continued north up the coast, passing through a tunnel that travelled under the seat and out to Great Ormes Head, a peninsula close to Llandudno.

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