At first, my creativity was quelled. Being in the same place for a number of weeks, with the same old views, from the same old positions can stifle the desire to explore. It can also lead to a more intimate awareness of the nuances of light. For the last fifteen or more years I have stared … Continue reading
A blustery weekend in April. A weekend for making memories. Pondering the meaning of the landscape. Who has walked this landscape before? Clouds scud across a darkening sky Stones – sentinels to our ancestors. A time for reflection As memories take birth
One of my photographic projects has been creating a book of the flowers in a friend’s mother’s garden. It is the first time I have really taken notice of the simple beauty of the magnolia. I’ve had some printed on canvas for the Arts Trail.
Paper presented at the EOE Conference, Stockholm, June 2013 How do people come to define themselves as outdoor people? How can I support colleagues so that they can become outdoor people? Is it important for the future that we nurture outdoor people? My starting supposition is that when people identity themselves as ‘outdoor’, they will … Continue reading
The weather forecast suggested a brief respite from the storms. It was wrong, but the scenes and colours were sharp. It was worth getting wet.
Paper presented at the EOE Conference at Derwent Water, Cumbria October, 2012 “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ ” (Lao Tzu) The role of the outdoor educator is multifaceted. As a freelance consultant and researcher, with experience in play and youth work as well as community development, … Continue reading
Outdoor Education for Women: Journeying Gently Through Australia: Making Connections with Nature. In 2001, I travelled to Australia on a Churchill Fellowship. My Fellowship was an inspiration. Colleagues and friends told me that I walked around with a smile on my face for weeks. It confirmed that I am not alone in recognizing that some people … Continue reading
When I travel, I usually have at least one camera is in my bag. I have found that the camera can help to break down barriers. The digital has the advantage of having an immediate record of the shot that can be shared with the subject. When staying at Finlay’s Guest House in … Continue reading
Paper presented at the EOE Conference in Metsakartano, Finland, October, 2011 I imagine I share with everyone here an enthusiasm for being outdoors in nature. The opportunity for an adrenaline rush or the unexpected peak or frontier experience seals my passion. As I reflect on my many experiences in the outdoors, I am aware of … Continue reading