For the past three years I have been a podcast devotee. These nuggets of entertainment, knowledge and current affairs bring me information, comfort and - sometimes - company, particularly when paired with activities such as walking to work, chores, getting ready to go out... I could go on.
Remarkably, a year has passed since the 2017 Loch Ness Etape and last month it was time to do it all again. A 66-mile cycling sportive along the banks of Loch Ness and back to our home town via the infamous Fort Augustus monster hill.
After a couple of months hiatus from the blog, I've taken things international. For a milestone birthday (not mine), we headed off to the gorgeous Sorrento for some much needed R&R. And what better way to relax than to head up to what is claimed to be one of the best hiking trails in the world - yes, the irony is not lost on me either but 'when in Rome' and all that.
The words 'I've had an idea' come out of my mouth on an all-too-regular basis. Some ideas turn out well; others not so much. 'Character building' is what my Dad would say, and it's the phrase that I've now adopted in all situations of the latter.
Edinburgh is always a hive of activity but, in December, the city turns in to a winter wonderland and it gets a bit busy.... so, so busy.
On the banks of Loch Ness, 2km from the small village of Drumnadrochit, lies the remains of Urquhart Castle. A medieval landmark with dramatic scenes that photographers dream about (you might just need to wait a while for the visitors to clear out of the way!).
A walk along a quiet beach can do wonders for the mind and body. Something about the sea air, sounds of the tide and the birds in the distance make you really switch off. Last weekend we headed out to Rosemarkie Beach and Chanonry Point.