I’ve quit my day job. Well I quit it 3 weeks ago… I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a writer full time for a while now, and the coronavirus lockdowns have given me that push to do so. For the last 10 years, I’ve taken calls and sounded off the classic IT Crowd soundbite; “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” … Continue reading #1 I’ve Quit My Job | The Freelancing Diaries
Growing up in the countryside had so many advantages, but it was mundane. As children, we’d find adventure in anything we could until we were older and could escape the boredom in nearby Tunbridge Wells or Brighton. My walk to school was a short obstacle course dubbed ‘the muddy path’. Even on the brightest days, the path had a perpetual muddy middle for us to … Continue reading Crowborough – Homage to my Home Town
This piece was written as a submission for the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year competition. I didn’t place anywhere in the competition but I’m very proud of this work. This is a true account of my climb of Mount Kenya in July 2017. The competition theme was: I’d Like To Go Back and since we didn’t manage to summit fully, I know I’d … Continue reading One Day Soon – Climbing Mount Kenya
Winding through beautiful roads, whale watching in Shaky Bay, getting stuck in the snow and swimming in hail storms. Just a few things we got up to our once in a lifetime trip to Iceland. During September 2020, I travelled to this incredible country with my partner and spent three weeks exploring The Land of Fire and Ice. Twelve of those days, we spent in … Continue reading Iceland Ring Road Trip
The ice was falling hard and fast around us, we had to make a choice; stay here indefinitely, or bolt to the van, half naked. On our second day of driving through the dramatic Icelandic countryside, we’d decided to take ourselves to the Westfjords. The landscape surrounding us was harsh and icy from the intermittent snow showers. We’d done our research and found the infamous … Continue reading A Natural Bath in a Hail Storm | Fosslaug, Iceland
I stepped on the brakes and the car carried on down the hill. At that moment, I knew I’d made a huge mistake.. It had been a sleepless few nights on the road. We’d hired a van to travel around the Icelandic ring road a few days previously. We’d been enjoying our time, but an icy front from the north had swept in and made … Continue reading Snow Problem!
I’ve been thinking about this for a few years, so here we go! I love a good pun, and I love Christmas. In fact, my Christmas jumper collection is almost to one per day of December! Every year I scour the shelves for some decent puns for the front of a cosy jumper but the best I’ve seen (and which I own!) is ‘Soy to … Continue reading Christmas Jumpers
North Iceland’s’ advantageous weather and sea conditions make it an ideal setting to seek out the largest mammals on the planet. The number and variety of species in the Icelandic waters makes spotting them an almost guarantee. When making plans to travel to Iceland, whale watching was high on our list of things to do. We didn’t want to book a spot on a tour … Continue reading Whale Watching in Northern Iceland