Here, I will be recording my developing research writings. These are part retrospective and part looking to the future. After a life time in outdoor learning, I am eager to pass on some of my insights, and just as interested in developing my ideas and thoughts. I have been greatly influenced by colleagues here in … Continue reading
It is easy to rush around, grabbing photographs and missing the wonder of the changing dance of light on the surrounding slopes and watery surfaces. I am standing in a favourite spot. Most of the time I am alone. A curious young motorcyclist comes and asks for ‘photograph’. His brief presence adds to the mood … Continue reading
Many years ago I was flicking through a magazine and came upon an article about Andy Worhol’s swimming pool collection. I was mesmerised by the translucent turquoise; the patterns and ripples that transformed reality into an organic and abstract work of art. I have since been drawn to the liquid art of The Jubilee Pool … Continue reading
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