Olly Writes

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Billy-Proof Fence

This may come as news to a lot of readers, as I don’t think I’ve mentioned it previously, but my mum and sister decided to welcome a new puppy in to their lives, a few weeks before Christmas.

His name is Billy and he’s a ‘Morkie’ (Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier-cross). Mum was asking about a temporary fence to cordon off the shared driveway. Because they live in rented accommodation as well, this needed to be a freestanding option.

I took some measurements, browsed around online and eventually came up with the following.

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Time for a New Blog? – March 2017

This is a thought that I’ve been carrying with me for several months now.

Since packing my workshop in to storage nearly three-years ago [Yikes! That long already?!], my interest in walking and hiking has grown to the point where it dominates a significant portion of my life, interests and mind. I’m the kind of person who struggles to balance multiple interests at once and can often plough ahead with one obsessively…

First, it was football. Growing a bit older and with college, next came woodworking. My passion for walking was already on the rise before vacating my last workshop but it’s clearly a front runner right now.

So, there’s a lot of content (eight-years worth, if I’m not mistaken) already on this blog. I’m not looking to ‘end’ these pages and certainly, I’d never delete them. But I have been thinking about a new space to dedicate my walking to.

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A Day in Gloucester

Saturday 21st January 2017

My first ever visit to Gloucester was in January 2012 and my immediate reaction upon meeting this city was of shock; despite being in the heart of the Cotswolds, it was nothing at all like the many idyllic villages that inhabit the hills.

Several repeat visits were made that year before an avoidance spanning five-years… Until this year, when I made a long-awaited return in the company of two friends.

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What’s in my Backpack? (Winter Hiking – Osprey Manta AG 28)

How much and how many items do you carry in your backpack,

when preparing for a day of hiking?

I’ve seen other YouTubers release ‘What’s in my pack?’-style videos and have decided to create one of my own, centred around winter hill walks and hiking. I also thought this kind of upload might be good for my still-new-but-slowly-growing channel.

It’s also an opportunity to highlight a few features of the Osprey Manta AG 28 backpack that I purchased in June, without doing a run-of-the-mill review-style video.

Audio isn’t great and my camera is partly to blame (hoping to upgrade/replace that, later this year) and I perhaps made the mistake of trying to hide or disguise the camera noise with music… Some will like it; some won’t. In hindsight, I could’ve recorded the audio on my phone and worked through painfully synchronising it with the video footage. But for the weather outside, I could’ve also recorded it in a more appealing location than my own bedroom.

I hope that people find it interesting. Constructive feedback is always welcome. I also aim to release a similar video over the summer so that we (and I) can compare. I’ve also started to create my own thumbnail images to accompany my videos.

Disclaimer: I live in North Somerset and mostly walk ten-to-twelve miles at a time, during winter. Most conditions and landscapes, except for mountains. My arrangements may not suit everyone.

Link to my channel: Olly Outdoors

Thanks for watching and reading.

Wellow, Wellow

Sunday 15th January 2017

One day after an orienteering exercise at Ashton Court in Bristol, there was an off-the-book-but-on-Facebook walk organised that I was invited to join.

It would begin in the village of Wellow, a few miles south of Bath… You’re possibly already familiar with that name because I’d been pre-walking routes in the same area!

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Kingscote and Nailsworth Walk

Sunday 8th January 2017

One day after a mist and mud experience on the Somerset Levels, I drove north for a walk in the Cotswolds with an urbanised beginning.

This route is available in Walk West Again; created by Geoff Mullett and free to download from this site.

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#walk1000miles – February 2017

I know that February is always going to be the shortest month of a year but I had to do a double-take at my watch when I read the date.

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Already, March is here! Where did the first two months of the year go?

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Burrow Mump Walk

Saturday 7th January 2017

It’s interesting that I come to write about this walk in this moment, as I’m contemplating a return to the same area this coming weekend, with a few added miles.

Burrow Mump is best-known for its iconic church ruin atop the mound. South-east of Bridgwater but deep within the Somerset Levels.

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