Category Archives: Hobbies

not-so-serious stuff

Blown Away by Soda Bread!


I’m just blown away by soda bread! I’ve been making it for several months now, and it’s hard to find a reason to go back to yeast-leavened bread other than for a bit of variety. Variety is great, but so … Continue reading

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Charcoal Camping Stove: Field Test


I went for a couple of nights wild camping last week and took my charcoal stove, after making a few more adjustments. I swapped back to the original stove can with a big opening, so that it could be used … Continue reading

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Charcoal Camp Stove: Update


I made a few alterations to my “pocket charcoal chimney”, and also tried it with natural charcoal instead of briquettes. I haven’t really described the making of the stove, not that it’s very different from a million others. I guess … Continue reading

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Backpacker’s Water Filter


I’m getting into the upcycling lark. Here’s how I made myself a camping water filter from a Brita (TM) filter cartridge and a pop bottle. Now, it’s not as high-tech as the backpacking filters where you pump the water through … Continue reading

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My Pocket Charcoal Chimney


Yeehar! I think I’ve finally cracked it! The weeks of thinking and design and testing and buying and taking back to the shop and nearly setting the house on fire are finally over! Not only that, I think I may … Continue reading

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Not Looking at Nothing: The Motorcycle Lifesaver


I read a funny comment on a forum the other day. I was googling to find out if and when I should do hand signals on my module 2 (the on-road part of the motorcycle test), and somebody said the … Continue reading

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Cycle-camping trip: Sneck Yate Bank, North Yorkshire Moors


I suppose I really ought to begin this with an apology to the owner of this lovely piece of ground, not that you’re likely to read my blog – you’re probably far too busy trying to eke out a living … Continue reading

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Update on CBR125R … bicycles, panniers and wild camping


I can’t believe it’s so long since I last wrote here. I knew it was a fair while, but not best part of four months! I never said how the Honda CBR 125 turned out for me, or even whether … Continue reading

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Riding in Strong Winds


I can’t believe how stressful the last month has been, or that it’s nearly a month since I passed my CBT. It’s taken quite a long time to choose a bike model and find a suitable example. I put the … Continue reading

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My New Bike: CBR125R


I chose my new bike today at Castle Motorcycles, Castleford. Here she is: Now, I’m not going to bang on about this particular bike and how it’s the best bike in the world and all that…yet. First, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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