a life of cheerful simplicity

Tag Archives: Wonderful

Lost in snow

And you thought you knew about snow. More great pictures of snow, ice and archaeologically buried cars here.

16 February, 2010 · Leave a comment

A personal London

I think the London I live in is the London of my past. I live in my memory of a place, rather than the place itself. My London has wharves … Continue reading

8 January, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Grand Canyon

Yesterday, at liberty, I went to the Grand Canyon. With the Cadillac Escalade, the 4 hour drive there was reasonably easy and comfortable, with some decent stuff on the radio … Continue reading

7 November, 2009 · Leave a comment

BMW airhead — the HPN ‘Basis’

Actually, this is my ideal bike. The HPN-Basis is the wolf in sheeps clothing for the tour rider. The HPN main frame reinforcements, the damper insert in the front fork … Continue reading

16 December, 2008 · Leave a comment


I heard this tonight, on the radio, for the first time ever. It’s wonderful. Ithaca When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is long, … Continue reading

1 December, 2008 · Leave a comment

Italy: Fishing the River Nera

The last three Summers have seen us in Umbria, spending the last week of the holiday in Spoleto. The most under-rated of the central Italian towns (save perhaps Ascoli Piceno), … Continue reading

29 July, 2008 · Leave a comment

Advice to youngsters

First off: Reputation, Posterity and Cool are traps. They’ll drain the life from your life. Reputation, Posterity and Cool = Fear. Let me put that another way. Bob Hope once … Continue reading

28 July, 2008 · Leave a comment

Wilderness etiquette

“The etiquette of the wild world requires not only generousity but a good-humoured toughness that cheerfully tolerates discomfort, an appreciation of everyone’s fragility, and a certain modesty.” Gary Snyder, The … Continue reading

4 May, 2008 · Leave a comment


Light started to creep into the sky at about 5.30 this morning. Spring is here and you can feel Summer just around the corner. does the red dawn delight you … Continue reading

9 April, 2008 · Leave a comment

Taranaki merino tops

I’m going to be putting up a few things about our recent skiing trip to the Dolomites, but thought I’d mention here that my Taranaki long-sleeved crew-necked merino tops from … Continue reading

25 March, 2008 · Leave a comment