Welcome to the debut season of the Woodland Trust podcast, 'Woodland Walks'. We'll be exploring some of the greatest woods, forests and sites in the Woodland Trust estate. Join our host, Adam Shaw, as we discover the stories and characters that make each of our woods so very special. We’ll explore awe-inspiring ancient woodland and get lost together in the rich habitats that support our native wildlife. We'll meet the site managers and the magnificent volunteers who protect woods and plant trees. For wildlife. For people.
Welcome to the debut season of the Woodland Trust podcast, 'Woodland Walks'. We'll be exploring some of the greatest woods, forests and sites in the Woodland Trust estate. Join our host, Adam Shaw, as we discover the stories and characters that make each of our woods so very special. We’ll explore awe-inspiring ancient woodland and get lost together in the rich habitats that support our native wildlife. We'll meet the site managers and the magnificent volunteers who protect woods and plant trees. For wildlife. For people.
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Ever wondered what happens when you fill a cello with bees? Or how robins have successfully colonised the outer-reaches of our universe? Or why the world is destined to be populated purely by female turtles? This podcast celebrates nature and the stories of those who care deeply for it. Join artist and actor David Oakes for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists (and even wildlife photographers crazy enough to snorkel with crocodiles!), as they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and how it inspires us as human beings.
Rank #1: The Art of Trees: Live from the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Woodland Trust.
Trees have captured the imagination of some of Britain’s most important landscape painters, with artists including John Constable and Paul Nash inspired by their diversity of form, character and symbolic significance. Here, in discussion with David in his role as an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust, art historian Christiana Payne and artist Angela Summerfield celebrate the majestic beauty of our woodland and the role of trees in inspiring some of our greatest artworks. “The Art Of Trees” was recorded live at The Times and The Sunday Times 70th Cheltenham Literature Festival in October 2019 and was supported by The Woodland Trust.
Rank #2: Dr Katherine Brent: Morris dancing, bees and badger cull protestors.
Dr Katherine Brent from Wotton-Under-Edge has danced the Morris since she was 18 years old for sides including Red Stags, Winterbourne Down, Rag Morris and Madcap Morris. She also teaches beekeeping for Rory’s Well, a charity dedicated to regenerating the local economy of an area in Sierra Leone. In this conversation, she describes the history and traditions behind morris dancing and the origin of the colourful rag coat. She explains why she is passionate about the introduction of Inga alley farming in Sierra Leone, which regenerates the soil removing the need for the traditional “slash and burn” cultivation, and argues the badger cull is neither “scientific nor successful” in reducing TB, which is why she remains opposed to it.
Nature documentaries to inspire your next outdoors adventure introduced by Harriet Noble.
Rank #1: The Flower Fields.
There's a gold rush in Cornwall; it's been going on for more than a century - producing the first flowers of spring, daffodils especially. Like mining, it's marked the landscape, and there are networks of tiny fields west of Mousehole and in the Isles of Scilly. Smaller than tennis courts, they nestle, safe from the wind between high hedges, warm on south facing terraced cliffs. From these old flower fields, called quillets, came something even more valuable than the 'Golden Harvest' of daffodils that bloomed earlier than anywhere else in Britain - delicate Cornish violets, carnations and anemones. From Victorian times to the 1960s fragrant bunches of these sped overnight by rail to reach the London markets in the morning.The writer Michael Bird, who lives in St Ives, listens while Bill Harvey works the plots his father tended. They are too small to admit machines and depend on the long-handled Cornish shovel. At Churchtown Farm on St Martins in the Scillies, Keith Low explains how the fields were created, by first building, then moving entire dry stone walls. With the internet and the post these old fields have become key to a modern business.Michael walks the cliff gardens with the archaeologist Graeme Kirkham, who interprets the landscape they pass through. He draws on the recorded memories of flower farmers and workers to recapture the life of the flower fields and the industry's mysterious skills and traditions - such as boiling the soil in huge cauldrons at the end of the season to sterilise it for next year's anemones. And he meets Bob Paterson at Covent Garden market who remembers selling the violets and anemones that came on the Penzance trains, and hopes he might again.Produced by Julian May.First broadcast on Friday 12 October, 2012.
Rank #2: Costing the Earth - Cycle City.
The bulldozers have already begun work on London's 'cycle superhighways' or 'Crossrail for bikes'. Cycling enthusiasts have declared these segregated lanes to be the infrastructure which London needs to make cycling much more appealing for all. Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner says if Transport for London can get the engineering right then cycling in the capital will become safer and far more people might make the switch from cars, buses and trains to carbon free pedal power. The potential carbon and congestion savings are huge, up to 25% of transport emissions if we can reach the levels of cycling now seen in Copenhagen, and those who cycle are also healthier. However, to replicate Dutch or Danish bike culture cycling's appeal must move beyond the lycra-clad males to become the first choice for women, children and older people too.Tom Heap finds out if these cycle superhighways can really deliver for the capital and if the huge amounts of money being spent here and elsewhere across the country can ensure a cycling revolution for all of Britain's would-be bikers.Produced by Helen Lennard.First broadcast on 14 April, 2015.
Banter about green living, wellbeing, walking, rewilding and climate action with Go Jauntly co-founder, Hana Sutch and a series of inspirational people who are working towards a safer, better more sustainable future.
Rank #1: Will Norman.
Will Norman is London’s first walking and cycling commissioner. Hana Sutch, co-founder of Go Jauntly talks to him about what it’s like to get around London by bike, what would happen if we all walked more, why autonomous vehicles are probably not the future and of course, his favourite transport apps. Plus we also have a new walk of the week from Go Jauntly’s Shane Henderson too. Don’t forget to leave us a 5 star rating and a review if you like what you hear and... Follow us on all the socials @gojauntly. Follow Hana Sutch over at @sutchfun on Twitter. Email us with suggestions: email@example.com. To find the links from the episode please go to www.gojauntly.com/naturebantz. This podcast was brought to you with the help of Liz Earle Beauty Co. Find out more over at www.lizearle.com.
Rank #2: Tessa Clarke.
Tessa Clarke is co-founder and CEO of Olio, the food-sharing app. She joins Hana Sutch of Go Jauntly to raise awareness of food sharing, discuss Earth Overshoot Day and share her favourite tips on how to reduce food waste in the home. Shane Henderson from Go Jauntly also shares his fave walk of the week. Don’t forget to leave us a 5 star rating and a review if you like what you hear. Follow us on all the socials @gojauntly Follow Hana Sutch over at @sutchfun on Twitter Email us with suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org To find the links from the episode please go to www.gojauntly.com/naturebantz This podcast was brought to you with the help of Liz Earle Beauty Co. Find out more over at www.lizearle.com
Farmer and nature lover Chris Skinner shares wildlife recordings and answers questions.
Rank #1: Bugloss and caterpillar hunting!.
Paul Hayes sits in alongside Chris, and visits the farm.
Rank #2: Searching for moths.
Chris takes Matthew out to look for moths on High Ash Farm.
Experience the wonder and excitement of watching wild birds!Suzy shares her observations, interviews and bird walks with guests, and stories from listeners around the world. Featured birds are primarily from the UK, Europe and North America. Subscribe to the show!Join us in the Facebook Group at bit.ly/CasualBirderFB on Twitter @CasualBirderPod or on Instagram @CasualBirderPodcast
Rank #1: #3 Birds of Prey 1.
A podcast for people interested in wild birds. In this episode, Suzy interviews non-birdwatcher Shaun Helman about birds he has noticed. The featured birds are the Red Kite, Common Buzzard and Red-Tailed Hawk, and the mystery sound is revealed. Be sure to subscribe to the show!
Rank #2: #26 Dawn Chorus with Tom Hibbert, Wildlife Trusts.
A weekly podcast for people interested in wild birds. This week, we focus on the Dawn Chorus and I talk with Tom Hibbert from The Wildlife Trusts about connecting people to the nature on their doorstep I also feature some dawn chorus recordings from listeners. Subscribe, and follow the show on: Twitter: @CasualBirderPod Instagram: @CasualBirderPodcast Join the discussion and see this week’s photos in the Facebook group at bit.ly/CasualBirderFB
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. With Andrew O'Brien.
Rank #1: S01 Episode 09: Who is gardening for? With Sara Venn.
S01 Episode 09: Who is gardening for? With Sara Venn A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. These notes may contain affiliate links. Garden soundtrack April in the garden Bees on the goat willow. Micro book review Letters to a Beekeeper by Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow, published by Unbound 2017 https://amzn.to/2Ud183o Extract read by Rose White How accessible is gardening to everyone? Or…Who is gardening for? Interview with Sara Venn 07:45 Why should people care about gardening? 11:37 Gardening helping people to reclaim agency 16:30 Access to gardening – can the industry and the media get in the way? 20:46 Entry points to gardening – the problem with garden centres... 22:35 The Independent Plant Nursery Guide http://independentplantnurseriesguide.uk/The Hardy Plant Society http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/The Herb Society https://herbsociety.org.uk/The Alpine Garden Society https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/ 26:41 How is gardening doing as regards representation? 29:30 How about gardening jargon as a barrier? 34:08 Who is gardening for?36:50 Three reasons to get involved with gardening A huge thank you to Sara for joining me on this episode. You can find Sara here: instagram: instagram.com/saralimback twitter: twitter.com/saralimback blog: thecommunitygarden.co.uk website: ediblebristol.org.uk Thank you to Rose White and Richard Chivers for contributing their warm and wonderful tones to this episodes with the readings. Rose is an intuitive eating coach, and you can find her on instagram at instagram.com/liveawelllife, or on her website at liveawelllife.co.uk. Richard is the man behind the highly acclaimed Grow Your Own blog at sharpenyourspades.com, also hanging out in the tiny squares at instagram.com/sharpenyourspades. website: gardensweedsandwords.com email: email@example.com Instagram: instagram.com/AndrewTimothyOB Twitter: twitter.com/AndrewTimothyOB
Rank #2: S01 Episode 13: Joined-up gardens. With Jo Thompson.
S01 Episode 13: Joined-up gardens. With Jo Thompson A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. These notes may contain affiliate links. Garden soundtrack The fox who ate my socks. Joined-up gardens Micro book review The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury, published by Bloomsbury 2018 https://amzn.to/2xqWSEw Full review https://gardensweedsandwords.com/gwwblog/the-bumblebee-flies-anyway Extract read by Rachel Coldbreath Interview with Jo Thompson 07:46 08:27 The BBC Springwatch garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower show 17:05 Talking to the neighbours 17:44 Does a wildlife garden have to look messy? 21:45 Letting nature find its balance 22:46 A conversation with nature – a cooperative way to garden 26:12 An ongoing relationship between a designer and her gardens 30:42 The concept of “rewinding” in garden design 34:08 Jo’s planting style 38:21 Jo’s love for roses: what’s the attraction of roses? Arne Maynard’s head gardener Steve Lannin on roses http://arnemaynard.com/journal/garden-diary/a-good-year-for-the-roses/#.XRt2zJNKjJw An article by Sarah Raven in the Telegraph on growing roses at Sissinghurst https://www.gardensillustrated.com/plants/15-roses-from-sissinghurst-castle/ Light touch gardening – a winning situation for all A huge thank you to Jo for joining me on this episode. You can find her here: instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jothompsongarden/ website: http://jothompson-garden-design.co.uk/ Thanks also to Rachel Coldbreath for reading the extract from The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. You can find Rachel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chiller. And I’m indebted as ever to Richard Chivers, for giving voice to the Garden Jargon Buster. You can find Richard’s blog here http://sharpenyourspades.co.uk/, or seek him out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharpenyourspades/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/spadesharp. website: gardensweedsandwords.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: instagram.com/AndrewTimothyOB Twitter: twitter.com/AndrewTimothyOB
Explore the British countryside and delve into the big rural issues with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine. Follow us on walks into beautiful places and meet fascinating people. Please subscribe! To find out more about the British countryside, visit www.countryfile.comSubscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-countryfile-magazine-subscription
Rank #1: TV naturalist Mike Dilger on his new book Nightingales In November.
Naturalist and One Show regular Mike Dilger talks about his new book – and all things wild and beautiful – with Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: Enjoy a glorious dawn chorus in the Brecon Beacons.
Find it hard to get up to listen to the dawn chorus? Then follow editor Fergus Collins on a three-hour walk listening to birdsong on the Blorenge Mountain in Monmouthshire. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Inspiration to help you garden the organic way, with advice, tips and interviews from the UK's leading organic gardening organisation, Garden Organic. Hosted by Sarah Brown and Chris Collins.
Rank #1: 1: January - we celebrate Veganuary, by going vegan in your garden. Plus planning for the year ahead, and enjoyable cold weather tasks..
How to go vegan in your garden with writer Matthew Appleby. Chris and Sarah also share ideas for the new growing season ahead, and get you inspired for those cold weather jobs.
Rank #2: 14: December - the world of houseplants plus a greener Christmas.
Jane Perrone joins us to discuss the huge popularity of houseplants, with tips and advice. Can you have a greener Christmas? Plus top gardening books of 2019.
Love nature? You'll love Nature's Voice. Each month we'll bring you features, interviews and news of birds and wildlife, from back gardens to the Sumatran rainforest.If you can't get enough, try dipping into our back catalogue. We'll take you soaring with birds of prey, look back over 30 years of Big Garden Birdwatch, offer wildlife gardening advice and hear from celebrity wildlife lovers like Bill Oddie and Kate Humble.To make sure you get each new edition as soon as it’s published, why not become a subscriber? It's free and simple!
Rank #1: Where have all the sparrows gone?.
House sparrows have made their homes close to human habitation for centuries but since the 1970s their numbers have plummeted by 60 per cent and the decline is particularly noticeable in our towns and cities. Why is this happening? On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets Dr Will Peach, head of research delivery at the RSPB to look at the latest theories and talks to RSPB wildlife gardener Adrian Thomas to find out how to look after sparrows in our gardens.
Rank #2: A dawn chorus in spring.
It happens every morning at this time of year - in thecountryside and in towns - but how many of us have ever reallylistened to the dawn chorus? Why do the birds start singing beforethe sun even rises and does the early bird really catch the worm?RSPB wildlife adviser Ben Andrew talks to Jane Markham about thebirds as they start to sing in an Oxfordshire garden, identifyingthe early risers and what you should listen out for.
A peek behind the scenes at The Garden magazine with exclusive interviews, gardening advice and more.Come behind the scenes with editor Chris Young as we meet the people behind the stories and articles featured in the UK's biggest gardening magazine, The Garden.Each month we'll be delving a little deeper into a range of horticultural topics, meeting garden designers, wildlife experts, nurserymen and women and other luminaries of the gardening world. For more information see www.rhs.org.uk/thegardenpodcast
Rank #1: December 2018 - Roy Lancaster on conifers, glitter on cacti and how to make your amaryllis flower again.
December 2018 - Roy Lancaster on conifers, glitter on cacti and how to make your amaryllis flower againThis month, The Garden throws off the shackles of horticultural haute couture and takes a look at some of the least fashionable plants out there. Are dyed, glitter-encrusted and spray-painted plants abominations or a good way to get seasonal colour and encourage new gardeners? Plus plant hunter and author Roy Lancaster VMH shares his life-long love of conifers and Karen Robbirt from the RHS Plant Trials team offers insight onto what it takes to get your Christmas amaryllis (properly known as Hippeastrum) to re-flower next year. For more info and useful links see www.rhs.org.uk/thegardenpodcast
Rank #2: January 2019 - Wintergreen ferns with Matt Pottage, fabulous foliage at Rosemoor and CSI Wisley.
January 2019 - Wintergreen ferns with Matt Pottage, fabulous foliage at Rosemoor and CSI WisleyThis month we unfurl the best wintergreen ferns with Wisley Curator Matt Pottage. From flamboyant and exotic woodwardias to the delightful, diminuitive native polypody, there's a fern to add greenery to any garden throughout the darkest months. Plus, Jon Webster shares the delights of the Foliage Garden at Rosemoor; and if you thought pathology was confined to glossy TV dramas, think again, as Plant Pathologist Jassy Drakulic shares insight into her role at the forefront of keeping our beloved specimens safe from all manner of garden baddies. For more info and useful links see www.rhs.org.uk/thegardenpodcast
An ongoing series of long-form conversations with pioneers of exploration and discovery, filmmaker Matt Pycroft speaks to the most knowledgeable, accomplished and respected voices in the field. From mountaineers to Arctic scientists, tree climbers and polar explorers, Terra Incognita is a unique podcast that allows you to get up close with those who live extraordinary lives.Subscribe on Patreon for extra episodes, updates and the full experience.
Rank #1: Episode 023: Born an Explorer.
Our first episode of Series Two is with explorer, publisher and philosopher Erling Kagge. We spoke to him earlier this year about his book 'Walking' and the importance of the strides we take in life, "A good example that some of the greatest things in life are free". Erling's feet have taken him from the ends of the Earth, to the sewers of Manhattan and across the world's oceans. Sit tight for a conversation that we hope might inspire you to put down your phone and lace up your walking boots.
Rank #2: Episode 003: Quest Into The Unknown.
A series of chance encounters, and a whaling ship, led Tony Howard from the rocky outcrops of Yorkshire to a first ascent of Troll Wall, the tallest vertical rock face in Europe. Howard then turned his sights east, to the sandstone towers of Jordan.
In this four part documentary series we explore how geology and landscapes have influenced the communities and cultures of the British isles. We’ll discover what connects ice-age floods, and the dialects we speak, and how pre-historic geological events, can form the bedrock of community, or become the driving force behind neighbourhood feuds.People’s Landscapes is hosted and presented by radio journalist, broadcaster and strictly contestant, John Sergeant, Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary, historian and broadcaster Eleanor Barraclough and Welsh broadcaster and actress Caryl Parry Jones.
Rank #1: People's Landscapes Trailer.
In this four part documentary series, we explore how geology and landscapes have influenced the communities and cultures of the British Isles. We’ll discover what connects ice-age floods and the dialects we speak. And how pre-historic geological events can form the bedrock of community, or become the driving force behind neighbourhood feuds. People’s Landscapes is hosted and presented by radio journalist, broadcaster and star of Strictly Come Dancing, John Sergeant; Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary; historian and broadcaster Eleanor Barraclough and Welsh broadcaster and actress Caryl Parry Jones.
Rank #2: 1: A Clash of Cultures.
In the year 991 AD an advancing Viking army made its way up the Black Water estuary and moored on the banks of Northey Island. According to an Anglo-Saxon poem, the raiders used this small and marshy island as a base from which to attack the town of Maldon in Essex. But their passage to the mainland was blocked by an Anglo-Saxon army determined to defend their land. The poem goes on to vividly describe the epic and bloody battle that ensued. In this episode of the People’s Landscapes podcast, Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough follows in the footsteps of these Vikings, and sheds some light on just what happened on Northey Island more than 1,000 years ago. You can find more podcasts from the National Trust at nationaltrust.org.uk/podcasts
The Adventure Podcast is a weekly show about exploration, travel, gear, mountaineering, and all things related to the outdoors.
Rank #1: Episode 12: Adventure Badass Sir Edmund Hillary.
This week we chronicle the life and times of Sir Edmund Hillary, who did so much more than just climb Everest. Ths kicks off a regular new segment on the biggest badasses in adventure history. In the news we talk cycling, a bold venture to drive across the Behring Sea, and an update on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And as always, we wrap things up with our latest gear picks!
Rank #2: The Adventure Podcast Episode 55: Adventure Badass Mike Horn.
On this week's shw we induct another member into our Adventure Badass Hall of Fame, this time introducing listerns to explorer Mike Horn. But first, we get updates on the K2 winter expeditions, the Iditarod in Alaska, and more in adventure news, including a climber who wants to take on all 14 8000-meter peaks in a single year. In our gear segement we discuss a new ebike from Yamaha and a belt that comes with some handy tools built in. Thanks for listening!
Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives.Over the course of a month-long cycling journey, Alastair interviewed artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wanted to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.
Rank #1: Learning to Slow Down and Choose Priorities - Living Adventurously #1.
Claire Fuller is training to be an occupational therapist. She loves wild swimming and getting out onto the North Yorkshire moors for overnight camps. Finding the balance between being a busy working woman and a carefree adventurous soul can be difficult.I spent a month cycling around Yorkshire, interviewing people along the way about their perspectives on trying to live more adventurously. I'd never interviewed anyone for a podcast before; Claire had never been interviewed.But she did bake me flapjack and take me on a walk to the birthplace of Captain Cook. So I deemed this opening foray into the world of podcasting to be a success!I was interested to talk to Claire about learning to commit, about adapting to a new career after many years roaming and dabbling, and the ups and downs of being a busy 27-year-old woman who loves the outdoors and adventure.Please Subscribe to the Living Adventurously Podcast(It's completely free, zero hassle to do, but really helpful for me trying to get a new podcast off the ground. If you're feeling extra kind, please leave a review on the app - that really helps.)Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn ("Alexa, play the Living Adventurously podcast") or on your favourite podcast platform such as Overcast, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker, Soundcloud, Castbox, Castro.www.alastairhumphreys.com/podcastThis podcast is brought to you by Komoot.Komoot is a route planning and navigation app that inspires and enables great outdoor experiences. Your very own outdoor experiences are waiting for you. Go explore more with komoot. Use the voucher code ADVENTUROUS to claim your free region bundle.The personalized planning and navigation tools ensure you plan the adventure that’s perfect for you. Komoot is Europe's number 1 outdoor app, with route planning and navigation functionality, and strong community-driven inspirational features in the form of recommended Highlights and inspirational route Collections. It is used by over 8.5 million adventurers worldwide. Komoot is becoming the app of choice for cyclists and hikers the world over, with rapid community growth in the UK, the US and other parts of Europe.Show Notes If you enjoy listening to this episode over a cup of coffee and think it might be worth the price, you can buy me a coffee here: www. ko-fi.com/al_humphreys Keep up to date with future episodes (and my other adventures, projects and books) with my free monthly newsletter: alastairhumphreys.com/more/subscribe Say hello on Twitter and Instagram: @al_humphreys Follow Claire on Instagram: soon to be occupational therapist making the most of the UK & Ireland’s natural wonders, wild dipping along the way... Learning to slow down and choose priorities Travelling the world made her realise that to be a true traveller she needed to know what was on her doorstep Hitch-hiking round Ireland as a student pushed her boundaries but showed her so many amazing places TranscriptBelow is the transcription of our conversation. It's done by AI so is perhaps a wee bit ropey here and there. If these transcripts prove sufficiently useful then I will make the effort to clean then up and make them better. Do let me know if you think it's worth my time to do that. (Or, better still, do it for me...!). If you'd like to listen as you read along you can do that here:https://otter.ai/s/aBVxKYX0RYqonZTQQMFkuwAlastair HumphreysHello. This is the first time I've ever recorded a podcast.Literally just take it out of the box and press go. And of course I want to start my podcast with a major hard hitting celebrity interview.So, would you like to introduce yourself?Claire FullerAnd yeah, my name is Claire. I live in Middlesbrough. And I thought that it would be great to meet Alastair to talk about living adventurously.Alastair HumphreysThe reason I wanted to meet you is because you're NOT a hard hitting celebrity, which is exactly what I wanted. I want to try and find normal people living interesting lives. And you live two minutes away from where Captain Cook was born. A Great Yorkshire adventurer. And that seemed like a good, good place to start. So what is your what's your day job?Claire FullerMy day job is I'm a student, I'm training to be an occupational therapist.Alastair HumphreysAnd you like it?Claire FullerI do. I love it. I love working with people and I love the flexibility and variety that we have for like peaceful therapists, the kind of people we work with.Alastair HumphreysOkay, but when when you first got in touch with me, one of the things she said was that you sometimes find it hard to be stuck indoors. So what have you done about being stuck indoors?Claire FullerYeah, so being a student means lots of time in the library or working in a hospital. And so basically every bit of free time I gotta try and get outdoors. Thanks to the concept of micro adventures I get I try and do the overnight camps when I can find a hill somewhere and company. I love wild swimming so I swim down in the river Tees just down the road whenever possible, not in the bit where there's loads of pollution and industry but some nice bits further down. And in the sea when I can.Alastair HumphreysAnd you were out last night.Claire FullerI was out last night. Yeah, yeah, I camped up by Roseberry Topping with beautiful views between there and Captain Kirk Cook's monument. And the stars. I saw shooting stars. And it was a gorgeous night.Alastair Humphreyspractising what you preach. So you also told me that you struggle a bit with trying to do too much in life, because life is so amazing. And you want to go here and there and do this and see this and do that. So how do you go about trying to find some sort of balance between work and play, earning money, being with your friends, balance,Claire FullerI find the balance really hard. It's something I'm really working on. But I'm a bit too excited and enthusiastic about life. Lots of my friends and family will tell you that. And yeah, I have a part time job to see me through my studies, I have money. I study a lot of my time. I volunteer. I've obviously got friends I want to see a lot. I've got a boyfriend and my family live far away. And I'm all about adventure. And so basically, there's not enough hours in the day to do what I want to do. And I have to prioritise, which is unfortunate as studying is my priority. But whenever I've got their free time I do try and get out as much as possible and make sure that I go for a swim once a week and that keeps me keeps my head straightAlastair HumphreysSo how do you get some sort of balance between living adventurously and not burning yourself out? How do you go about trying to get some sort of happy medium on that?Claire FullerGood question. I'm still very much working on it. And I'm trying to learn to relax more. And sometimes it is nice to just stay in one place for a little bit rather always be racing about and wearing myself down. But I know that for me been nature's day rejuvenating, and even if I am tired when evening, like last night, I've just finished work, I just finished a six day week. And I was just like the sun's out, and I was gonna make you feel amazing if I go out tonight and then come back in the morning. And I did I mean I'm pretty tired now. But it's just about thinking about a week ahead if I have got a pretty busy week or a stressful time ahead and just work out what my priorities are. And just try and try and slow it down. And I think it's always going to be in my nature to do lots because I like to make the most of time and make most of my life but I'm just working on slowing it down a bit and just just gonna stick your face.Alastair HumphreysI Think that notion of trying to choose your priorities is the important thing. you can do anything you want, you can't do everything. And what I've found is that trying to figure out the things that help keep me sane. So exercise, jumping rivers, sleeping on hills occasionally - to me doesn't feel like a luxury indulgence. It's something that is necessary. Not every day, but within certainly within the framework of say a month.Claire FullerYeah, I definitely my problem is that applies to every day.But now it is about working out what is actually feasible because I think I do not self reflection. And I realise I'm very much like a big picture. Big, idealistic type person say unlike is possible. If it's the most deeply it certainly isn't. There's another stretch myself a bit too hard. But yeah, it's just trying to find that balance and the space we're working onAlastair Humphreyswe talked earlier about some of your travels, you've travelled a lot spent a year in Mexico travel around the Philippines. All over the world you've been on, like a typical, enthusiastic, personal wanderlust. But you also told me that you've started to travel closer to home, can you tell me why you've started to travel close to home and what you've noticed from it?Claire FullerYeah, so just from time abroad, and been really far from family and things, I suppose I realised I've seen all these amazing places around the world, which left me you know, memories for a lifetime, but I'm not as the scene close to home. And I thought if I'm really a traveller, and it really adventure, Surely you've got to know your own home country as well. And what's what's on your doorstep. So I've kind of made it my mission over the last four years since I got back from Mexico, to actually just get outside and see what's there. So I spent a lot of time in Scotland and Ireland. And where I'm from originally, Devon West Country. And I moved up to the north eastern England here, Middlesbrough last year. So it just basically just try and get out and no matter the weather, just see what beautiful places around and see what's what's out there to explode. Because then there's so many faces, it's unbelievable what we've got here.Alastair HumphreysIt takes going all the way around the world to realise all the things near to where you are. And so tell me about your the trip you did around Ireland, what the impact that had on you.Claire FullerAnd yeah, it's been about a year working in Ireland as an outdoor instructor. And then I had a few months to kill basically, before I was going to start university to do my masters. And I thought, What can I do with this time, and I left it to the last minute. And then I decided I'm just going to go over to the west coast of Ireland and see where it takes me didn't really do any planning. I just took my 10 and I decided I'd go most of the way by hitchhiking wherever I could go basically, and I never hitchhiked a bit before but not much. And so that was pushing boundaries a little bit. And I just found so many amazing places. I ended up going from Galway on the west coast, all the way around to Belfast. And so it's kinda like half the circumference of Ireland. And just just the people I met the place I saw it absolutely blew me away. And this was October November time. And despite like by the winter was coming, just the autumn colours are incredible. And it was almost more special because it was out of the tourist season and people were surprised to see me out travelling and really intrigued by why someone might be hits in on the west coast. It's time again.Alastair HumphreysI'm glad to hear that these travelling adventures and close to home in having a an impact on us. One of the reasons I'm doing this bike ride around Yorkshire now is to try and figure out the idea of home and what what home means and travelling close to home. So what What does the word home mean to you? What's it convey to you?Claire FullerGood question makes youhigh when you said I'm so rolling hills and the word Devon just popped into my head. And growing up, I was always all about escaping going as far as I could and growing up in your country. So it's a bit like that. You just want to go to the cool places and be able to go to the cinema without JimenaUnknown Speakerand a half.Claire FullerBut it was it was leaving that made me really appreciate what is close to home and you know, it's home, his family, friends, that place that you feel that you can be fully yourself but also the landscape that you love and you just that? Yeah, that just feels close to the house.Alastair HumphreysYeah, definitely. Seriously nice. long way from where you're having a new home. Good. Okay, time for a tougher big question. What's your favourite cheese?Claire FullerQuestion up to you.Unknown SpeakerD I've asked that question. Cheese lover.Claire FullerAnd Amy. Amy mozzarella.Alastair HumphreysOkay, another big question for you. What would be a two year old version of you advise you to do with your life?Claire FullerThat's a great question.Probably to slow it down and just go with the flow, enjoy life.Unknown SpeakerAnd the day that I'm working onClaire Fullerwhat's getting in the way too many exciting things to do at one time.Alastair HumphreysThat's a pretty nice, and the stresses of modernUnknown Speakerlife. Okay.Alastair HumphreysSo when I when I came up with this idea of doing this, what I thought I'd do is try and find some questions that I'm finding that I think are quite interesting. And stick them in a deck of cards andUnknown Speakerput them over to you to just take a card. Give me a wisdom to go pack or playing cards from the top.Claire FullerNo, I was gonna be thisAlastair Humphreysis around the border. But my thinking is thatUnknown Speakertoday's edition ofClaire Fullerit ask your child itself he thought you would be now with the measure up?And what three things with your younger self be proud of?Wow.I think I think charted me it was a little little Explorer. Him. He was very shy as a child. I think I wanted to. Yeah, I think I would measure up because, yeah, now I'm a lot more confident. And I've done a lot of the things I want to stay. Say I think a child itself would be quite crowds.And free things to do. Be proud ofsaying the people I've methave contributed so much to you, I am as a person. So in fact, I've actually gone out and put myself out and met such wonderful people made such good friendships and Connexions.Unknown SpeakerAndClaire Fullerthe place that some of the places have been quite proud of, and exploring, especially closer to home. And finding Yeah, finding, finding a path to live on working on it, but I'm getting there. So think about themAlastair Humphreyson the path. I think you're doing pretty well as your eight year old self. You seem to be heeding her advice, and there were younger selves quite pleased to see you go quite well. Okay, next card.Claire FullerDwhat is stopping you from living more adventurous thing?Probably just working a job and being a university and thinking about boring University things like dissertations.But But I try. I think it's like I said, it's all about balance. SoAlastair HumphreysI think you're doing pretty well on squeezing and squeezing in the law, I think.Unknown SpeakerNext,Claire FullerOh, I love these questions. What was your favourite failure in life? And why was important?Some people would say that me I'm jumping about between over the past 10 years, I've probably had seven different career paths six or seven. And people are like, Oh, is it doing money going to sit with, you know, what you're doing with your life. And I have gone in all these directions, and have stopped not not committed to things very young. But I've now found the place I want to be. So by making this wrong turns and going in funny directions on the side is actually taught me who I am and where I want to be. And if I hadn't tried those things, then then I wouldn't be I wouldn't be on the right path. I thinkAlastair HumphreysI think it's really hard to make choices of where you want to go in life because you have no idea. Firstly, where the end destination is, and you have no idea what you will be like in 10 years from now is it and I think quite often people get paralysed by thinking up. Well, I need to make a decision now that will be the right 110 20 3040 years from now, which is impossible. So I think I think you're doing the right thing of just choosing the path that feels right now doing what the destination is where you're choosing these paths for the right reason, though, feel. And the way you want to beClaire Fullera man change my mind in a few yearsUnknown Speakerright now. And I think, well, I asked you about your occupation therapistsAlastair Humphreysare training to me. Yeah. And I really got a sense that you'd like to change direction. But you seem to think you're set on this one.Claire FullerYeah, yeah, this brings together random things I've done in the last few years and things I love doing, I feel that there is a way to bring it all together in the long run.Alastair Humphreysin certain directions to get there. It's interesting is that how you do these random different things in life, which at times seem totally different. But each is exciting and you're interested and curious about but they do seem a bit disconnected. And then eventually that jigsaw unfolds in our that's how these pieces do fit together.Claire FullerYeah, exactly. And it's just about being aware of that and linking them because yeah, I think we are everything can be connected. It's just working outUnknown Speakerwhat's right for you. And take another card.Claire FullerTell me about the last time you climbed a tree or swam in a river or watch the sunset from the hilltop saying like Alastair just mentioned earlier last night, I went up and I comes up by rays be topping and watch the sunset. sat in the tree.And the tree.So yeah, yeah, sorry. I yeah.Unknown SpeakerThat's a good one. It's last night. So what what what I'm, yeah, that's good. Yeah,Alastair HumphreysI hope it's always quite recent challenges itClaire Fullermight not be next year.What does living adventurously mean to you? Has that definition change with time? What did it mean to you as a child? So, yeah, now living adventures, they definitely means something very different. So before now is about just appreciating what we have making the most of life, doing what you want to do following your passions. For me that's being outdoors, just wild swimming more than anything. And come camping up the hill somewhere. But yeah, I suppose it's about challenging yourself. And that could be small or big. So yeah, by definition, when I was a teenager, I thought let me of interest he was travelling to Southeast Asia or South America. Yeah, which is what I did my felt like I needed to do at that age. But now I realise that that's not what I need to do is what's meaningful at the moment.Alastair HumphreysI found it interesting myself to notice how the reason I asked that question is because my definition has changed so much over the last 20 years. But it took me quite a long time to accept that a changing definition of something doesn't mean that your early one was wrong. You've worked, hopefully showing that you've grown and progressed a bit and said, You my early adventures, were all based around, trying to show how amazingly tough and mature I was. So yeah, it's, it's an evolving thing, isn't it? And again, and that game goes again to you, you have no idea what it will meet you in. It is time, that it can all be something different, that it's not, it shouldn't be a reason to not do it.Claire FullerIt's really about doing what you love. And it might not always be the easy thing, but challenging yourself together, wherever that may be.Unknown SpeakerNext question.Claire FullerWhat did he think that being aged 27? Why now? What's going to be like? What is that today? Like? I remember being a teenager, I was the favourites and to my friends, I think in 10 years, we're going to be married and have kids by now. That was probably about 16. Then say I suppose I thought maybe I thought that that's what my friends were thinking of, I think deep down, I knew I'd be a bit of a, I don't like to follow the crowd and do what everyone else wants to do. So I had no idea what I was going to make as I've never make my mind up. AndAlastair Humphreyswhat is life is to seven year olds. LikeClaire Fullerthinkit's about trying to find the balance and reflect on my life more and where I want to be maybe I suppose I didn't expect I didn't expect it towards go back to university. But yeah, so it's just my priority to make sure I'm doing what, what makes me happy.Alastair HumphreysAnd what was it like being a 27 year old woman try to go out and have adventures?Claire FullerGood question. Well, we have we have recently, it's people will see it as a bit shocking. Because a lot of people in the area I live in you settled down by now with with children, and so on. Yes. Do they think they think I'm amazing? I found people with similar interests and same time I embrace it people. people still think it's interesting.Unknown SpeakerI mean, does it bother you?Alastair HumphreysDoing Stuff that not everyone else is doing? So the notion of being a weirdo? Does that bother you? Like, do you like it? Or does this does it stop? YouClaire Fullerknow, now the notion of being really doesn't stop me because I've always liked going against the title of it and being a bit different. But what does Why do you struggle with this when people don't do what they say they want to do so and people and I want to go to the beats and then just like on the border? Do I really want to do that I'd love to go to China. And I really struggle when people don't act on what they want to be doing. So people often say to me, I'd love to go out and come somewhere I'd love to going to bike ride, okay, while it's women, that yes, I am quite interested in finding out people's motivations behind things and and it's almost like it's, it's a bit of a mission for me to help people to achieve what what they say they want to do.Alastair HumphreysSo what is it that stopping these other 27 year old women who are going to do these things that they say I'd love to do this? But it's because that's something I hear all the time? Yeah. And that's been one of the things that tipped me from going from someone who likes and ventures into someone who started trying to write and do debut podcast is exactly I'd love to do this. I'd love to do this. But and so what is it that stops was the but the 27 year old women you hang out with.Unknown SpeakerUm,Claire FullerI think one thing is fear, fear transmission, you know, even just speak my age and a people have moved the last five years or so you've said they'd love to do this and that, but it's it's been fear that stopped them getting out there. And thinking nice, they don't have the right equipment, or they, they they're just not the right kind of person for that even if it's a massive dream of theirs.There's something else not forgotten.Sometimes not having the similar kind of similar minded people around. And it often takes someone who's doing something that you'd like to do to encourage you and get you out there. Before you do it. Thanks. It's a massive thing to just be like for the first time I want to just get come from that hill on a when you don't know anyone in your area that's done it,Unknown Speakeror none of yourClaire Fullerfriends or family have ever done it. So I think it's often people and and just that fear and lack of confidence.Alastair HumphreysAnd so thenI'm interested to know your the question I'm going to ask you is how to how should they come out and get on with it? And the reason I'm asking you that is because I'm often hesitant. When people ask me, How do I go sleep on the hill, my instinct is shot,Claire FullerOh, it's so easy to just go and do it. And that'sAlastair Humphreysthe reason it's easiest, because I've been doing it for 20 years of my life. So and because I'm a man. And and you know, basically everything for me is easy in terms of go sleep on that hill. So how do you encourage people not to not to literally sleep on a hill. But these all of these things if I'd love to do this, but the reason I was interested to talk to you, because it was apparent that you seem to manage to overcome those barriers, which will often get stuff done. So what would be your advice to the 27 year old women who are struggling with that?Claire FullerI'd say break it down. So it's not necessarily guns, they've run around them heal it, if you wanted to go camp out Chaitanya garden first. So get a few friends around, break, break it down into achievable things, basically, in order to get there and look for groups in your area, even if you don't know someone, and there's bound to be someone around. And that's what I found here. When I first moved. I struggled to find people that were interested in similar things, but then I got involved in certain groups and then I realised Oh, there's loads of people that you actually have to go out and look for them. So even if that's during the Facebook group, so like the adventure queens Facebook group was amazing. And there's there's loads of Facebook groups on meetup groups and seeing what other people are doing can inspire you to do that. But also thing is try and break it down into smaller, more achievable tasks. Okay, that'sUnknown Speakervery wise answer. Thank you.Unknown SpeakerRight. I got time for one more card. If it's a good oneClaire Fullerplanet Okay, nice.What advice can you give me when I look back on my life was satisfaction rather than regret. So that's anUnknown Speakerexcellent oneAlastair Humphreysadvice me declare. never met before you kindly invites him for tea and flat jack,Unknown Speakeron a Sunday on my bike ride. I feel like this would be nibbling around.Claire FullerJust follow your dreams and passions. And that sounds super cheesy. to really find out what is meaningful to you. Find out what you're passionate about what you love, and gives you purpose. And do that. Find a way to do that even if it's just 10 minutes every Monday. Find a way to incorporate that into your life and spend time with the people that you love.People loving connexion, I think.Alastair HumphreysThank you very much, Claire. Thank you. You've been my first ever podcast guest. I hope all podcast guests give me flat jack. One day you're going to be an international mega star for this podcast.★ Support this podcast by donating ★
Rank #2: I've Never Really Noticed Things Before, Because I Haven't Looked - Living Adventurously #2.
Kay Willis is the director at Beyond Boundaries, an organisation that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the beautiful setting of Commondale, North Yorkshire. My ride to the farm took me (after a terrible night's sleep in a gale in a wood) up and over impressive, empty moorland and the first massive hills of my trip. It was a stunning location and extremely peaceful. The farm exuded an atmosphere of warm, welcoming kindness. I was invited in for a cup of tea amidst the busy bustle of getting ready for the day; choosing activities to get stuck into and preparing to feed all the farm animals.Kay described the work of Beyond Boundaries, which she runs along with her husband Anthony. "Our service users range in age from 14 to over 65. We also provide a service for people of school age who are perhaps finding school very difficult and need a day or two of practical work.We offer a wide range of activities and like to be outside as much as possible, either looking after our animals or perhaps activities in the private woods on the farm. One popular activity is cycling and we have a range of inclusive bikes so that everyone can have a go. Some service users enjoy working with tools and we have a well equipped workshop for those activities.We have donkeys, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, pygmy goats and llamas which our service users help to look after, there are also cows on the farm."Kay and Anthony were made redundant after 20 years of teaching. This difficult event has eventually led to a new life for Kay, of uncertainty and fun. She no longer wants to take time off, loves coming to work, and is enjoying this new chapter of her life now that her own kids are leaving home.Morning at Beyond Boundaries was fun, informative and thought-provoking. I am sorry to say that I do not know very much about the world of profound mental and physical disabilities. Kay gave me some fascinating perspectives on adventure, challenge and achievement for the disabled people she works with. I loved how much Kay had learned from working with such a variety of characters, and the lively cheerful banter of the farm. It was a happy, kind and inspiring spot, nestled into a beautiful Yorkshire hamlet.Please Subscribe to the Living Adventurously Podcast(It's completely free, zero hassle to do, but really helpful for me trying to get a new podcast off the ground. If you're feeling extra kind, please leave a review on the app - that really helps.)Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn ("Alexa, please play the Living Adventurously podcast") or on your favourite podcast platform such as Overcast, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker, Soundcloud, Castbox, Castro.www.alastairhumphreys.com/podcastThis podcast is brought to you by KomootKomoot is a route planning and navigation app that inspires and enables great outdoor experiences. Your very own outdoor experiences are waiting for you. Go explore more with komoot. Use the voucher code ADVENTUROUS to claim your free region bundle.The personalized planning and navigation tools ensure you plan the adventure that’s perfect for you. Komoot is Europe's number 1 outdoor app, with route planning and navigation functionality, and strong community-driven inspirational features in the form of recommended Highlights and inspirational route Collections. It is used by over 8.5 million adventurers worldwide. Komoot is becoming the app of choice for cyclists and hikers the world over, with rapid community growth in the UK, the US and other parts of Europe.Show Notes If you enjoy listening to this episode over a cup of coffee and think it might be worth the price, you can buy me a coffee here: www. ko-fi.com/al_humphreys Keep up to date with future episodes (and my other adventures, projects and books) with my free monthly newsletter: alastairhumphreys.com/more/subscribe Say hello on Twitter and Instagram: @al_humphreys Beyond Boundaries offers fully inclusive training, activities, sports and courses for people with a range of disabilities in the beautiful countryside and coast of North Yorkshire. Find out more about Beyond Boundaries on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beyondboundariesNYorks/ The main difference from working in mainstream education is the never-ending stream of questions. "I've never really noticed things [slow worms] before, because I haven't looked". "They've not learned to hide their curiosity because they don't want to look foolish". "They are more spontaneous" than we are. TranscriptBelow is the transcription of our conversation. It's done by AI so is perhaps a wee bit ropey here and there. If these transcripts prove sufficiently useful then I will make the effort to clean then up and make them better. Do let me know if you think it's worth my time to do that. (Or, better still, do it for me...!). If you'd like to listen as you read along you can do that here:https://otter.ai/s/r6ZEdxD-SWm8WhbxuJf6swAlastair HumphreysWell, hello, hello. Introduce yourself.KayOkay. I'm Kay. I run a small business called Beyond Boundaries, where we look after people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities.Alastair HumphreysBut you haven't always done that. So can you tell me about your life? In the olden days? What was your life?KayI was a teacher in mainstream education, and I taught business and economics for 21-22 years, something like that. And until my daughters were grown up, when I felt I needed a change.Alastair HumphreysAnd and what was that change?KayWell, when I first left, I took a redundancy payment and spent a year doing not very much really trying to work out what I wanted to do, I met up with a lovely lady called Lucy, who ran a business very similar to the one that we run now, at the same place that we run it, who needs somebody to help her out and we getAlastair Humphreysto go back. So you went from being a teacher in a normal school, being a mom as well, for 20 years pretty normal routine kind of life with it's the excitement's and dramas of being a teacher. Today, and I only just met you this morning. And I arrived Monday, early Monday morning into what I think I described as a very happy chaos. It's a there's people all over the place doing stuff. And this is running around. There's a lot of energy here, but but it feels to me, like a totally different world to life as a teacher in normal school.KayAbsolutely. I think you've probably summed it up better than anybody else yet. Chaos, but happy chaos. And I never thought I'd have a job where I actually don't like taking time off. I want to get up in the morning and I want to come to work. And I am as my kids are leaving home. I feel like I've got a new family, somebody else to sort of look after and careful. So yeah, it's a massive change. Very happy change.Alastair HumphreysSo when you about being a teacher, did you ever anticipate that you would stop that? And then go do this fairly? unconventional work? Or did you do was your life mapped out towards through teachers pension? trip to the sunshine?KayYeah, pretty much as decided that 55% retention early, do a bit of part time work, maybe to top it up? And then by 60? Yeah, holidays do very little. That's completely gone out the window. Now. I'm coming up very rapidly to 55. And I have no intention whatsoever of retiring in the foreseeableAlastair Humphreysfuture. Can you compare the life of certainty you had them to this life of uncertainty now?KayThis is so much more interesting phone. And I don't have to do the bits and pieces that I didn't enjoy with teaching. didn't mind the teaching. I didn't like all of the paperwork that goes with it. So the and also done it for so long, I got to a position where I was a little bit bored. I'm never bored now. I like the uncertainty out like the unpredictability. I like being able to decide that maybe next week, we'll go out on a trip or do something different. So yeah, it's much more fun. Much more exciting.Alastair HumphreysAnd I'm one of the pension prospects.KayI've still got my teachers pension. Oh, good. So I still will retire at some point. I just don't want to yet. Yeah.Alastair HumphreysSo which is actually I think, actually a nice things. One of the things I'm interested in is people moving to a life of more uncertainty. But I think having a sensible safety net is a good balance between doing something daft and practical, isn't it?KayYes. I mean, we do have that safety net. And in that, because we both got teachers pension and in that way, we're very fortunate that we've been able to, I suppose take a bit of a risk on something, but knowing that we had something to fall back on if need be, yeah.Alastair HumphreysOkay. What does living adventurously mean to you or that phrase mean to you?KayIt was means getting out and about doing different things, meeting different people, and meeting interesting people. Not that I didn't meet interesting people as a teacher, but I meet people who are very different now come from all different kinds of backgrounds to me, who coordinates volunteers, who just passed by and popping for a chat. So I think it's about getting out there and doing things that are different. And I think that adventures linked to being outside as well. We're outside a lot now. And what doesAlastair Humphreysliving adventurously me, what would that phrase mean to some of the guys thatthat you help here,Kayit can be something very simple, we've just got bought some bikes, and three, some of them are trace, of course, some of them, the ones that you sell pedal with your hands. And just being able to cycle in circle could be an adventure for some of them, because they've got a very lack of good balance, and they've never ridden a bike before. And that can be adventure to them. What can the dog is up to the woods can be adventure, building a shelter in the woods can be an adventure, it cannot be very simple things, but things that they've never done before.Alastair HumphreysAnd why is adventure important to the people you're helping here.KayIf they didn't come and do out outdoor things like that, some of them would be inside quite a lot. And which would be very unhealthy. This is getting them out and about in the come the comeback on a lunchtime or in an evening. And they often have a real pulse about them. And it's something that they've done. And it's it's all linked to phone and being part of a team. And one of the nicest things they ever say is that they feel as if they're part of a family. And I think that's all linked to the kind of great times and the adventures we have together.Alastair HumphreysThere's a young lady here and Claire. Yeah.And she was telling me about the time she went up to the woods to create the street. Can you tell me about that?KayYeah, Claire is absolutely great. And she'll I forgot anything. But she can be very, very unsteady on our feet. And what was we had a straight we had a stream, I should say, and we're trying to build bridges across it. But part of it is not to necessarily go on a nice, safe, secure Bridget's. It's about getting in the water and stepping over the stones. And the first time she did it with help from some of the other guys, the sense of achievement was just amazing. So some things that we might feel is very, very simple. to her. It was just she talked about it endlessly.Alastair HumphreysAnd and I find that such an important thing is people, the kind of world I live in it's normal and veterinary stuff. And this seems to be quite a thing of measuring your adventures people worrying that or what this thing I'm doing now is not that amazing? Because so and so climb Mount Everest, and one thing I'm really interested in is people trying to do adventure of their own levels. Yeah, yeah. And I guess that's something you experience here is each of them have different needs and skills Don't be so adventurous, different from allKayYes, it absolutely. One of our service users. He sometimes stairs over here. And I think if his parents are already aware for a rest of the stairs here for kind of respite care, and staying on a farm to him as a massive adventure as well, he got he likes to hear the animals early in the morning. And he gets up and he goes around and looks at them. And that's an adventure to him. You know, walking the goats can be an adventure to some, some of them, everything is different. They all see different things in the activities that we do.Alastair HumphreysAnd a lot of the guys here got quite severe. Physical mental difficulties. Yeah. And and they're not going to be going on to get normal jobs and normal. Conventional lives. Yeah. So what is what's the importance of trying to stretch them and help themselves grow and become more ambitious with the things they're trying to do? what's what's the purpose of that in there?KayGail, just like everybody, they need a purpose in life, they need to feel that they're achieving something. And so, you know, just by going off and collecting the eggs and counting them and putting them on the cart for everybody. So collecting the money in counting it up at the end of the day, that's given them a real purpose. And it's something that they find really interesting, really exciting. It helps to build their confidence, because it can sometimes be daunting to go out. And big crowds, if you have certain difficulties. Some of our guys, quite a few of them have autism, and find crowds difficult. And helping them to not to enjoy being in a crowd, but being able to accept being in a crowd, sometimes without panicking. I feel that's a massive achievement for them as well.Alastair HumphreysAnd you mentioned purpose a few times in that answer, what's what's your purpose,Kaymy purpose is to get to give them really the best experience that they can have. If at the end of every day, I can send them home, and they've all had either had an achievement or had a good time, or just enjoy being here. They're not that that's whatAlastair HumphreysI want to achieve. This is one of these, those lovely places that you turn up to occasionally. And you just feel welcome straight away. And it's just full of lovely, bubbly, loud, kind, cheerful laughing people. And I think that's a lovely thing that you're all so kind and giving. So I'm not nearly as nice person, you. So what's in it for you. Out of all of this.KayAnd massive self sense of satisfaction, I just, I just having a job that I enjoy is a massive achievement for me, really. And I think one of the things that I've taken from the people I meet is that they've taught me to stop being so judgmental, they, they don't judge anybody at all and how they look, if you're nice to them, they'll be nice to you. And I think I've learned a lot from that, that in mainstream education. And every day life, we do judge people a lot. And these guys just don't, they just if you're nice to them, they'll be nice back.Alastair HumphreysSo you've been you've been working here for about four years or so. So we're the guys who taught you, that would have been really helpful for you to know 20 years ago when you were normal teacher, normal life normal job.KayAnd I think mainly, that people who have tremendous difficulties, you don't always see that. And maybe you're not as understanding with people as you should be. Because what you see on the surface isn't necessarily what they have to call it with, in, you know, their everyday life.Alastair HumphreysAnd one of the things I'm finding in my own life that I'm really trying to cultivate is more curiosity, I find that when I do stuff out of curiosity, then it just interesting things happen. And one thing I noticed this morning was that the younger I can't remember who was asking a lot of questions about the rabbits and the ducks. And and there's there's a real sense of curiosity here. So have you found thatKayyet? It's about never ending stream questions, some of which I can't answer. We usually managed to find somebody who can answer them. Walking up to the woods, we can stop every few yards to have a look at something that I would walk by, I wouldn't noticed it. What's this? What's that? Why is it there? Sometimes it's nothing. Sometimes it's some we see if you slow worms. I've never really noticed them before, because I've never looked. Now I've seen quite a few since I've been here. And every time we see Well, we stopped. We talked about it. We look at it, we photograph it. So it's just never ending stream of questions. Yeah.Alastair HumphreysWhy? Why are they more curious thanyour eye?KayI think they they lack some inhibitions. And they don't care. If they're not worried that people don't think, maybe think well, you should know that they don't care. They'll just ask. They've not learned sometimes to hide their curiosity because they don't appear foolish. They that they. They're just more spontaneous, perhaps.Alastair HumphreysSo I've, I've met you now on this day three of my adventures cycling around Yorkshire. What do you think I could learn from the Beyond Boundaries thing that will help me as I go off on my adventure around YorkshireKayto not worry about the little things. And to have a good a good time and just to be to be nice to people. I'm sure you are nice to people, but that's what I took from them. Don't judge people and be nice.Alastair HumphreysThat's very good advice. Thank you. The last question I want to ask you Is it is this if you had one extra hour a day all to yourself every day? What would you do?KayAnd MOD That's tough. I probably Alan read the book.Alastair HumphreysOkay, well follow up them what what book should I go and read that will help me become more wild and bold and curious was a good book for me to read?Unknown SpeakerOh, heck, he put me on the spot here. I'mUnknown Speakertrying to think which book?Alastair HumphreysSo I really puta pause that then and ask you one more question about about beyond boundaries, which would, which is what do you need here? How could people the wider world or the millions or dozens of people listening to this? What can people do to help the work you're doing?KayWell, we do get a lot of help we have. We met in new person, a new volunteer today. Basically people who are willing to give up some time to come along and volunteer, be it for one day a week as some people do, or even just a pop in every now and then for a cup of tea and a chat. And just talk to that they love having visitors just talk just talk to them.Alastair HumphreysMostly local visitors and support you need rather than anything byKayI mean, there's always a business like this money is always important, but it's the time people give that is much more important. Rarely.Alastair HumphreysYeah, I see. Sorry. I'm so bad at these podcasts. And having been number two, one of the main things I wanted to talk about, which I completely forgot, is that you reminded me of that, because the two things that stopped me doing things in life, usually time or money. And I think for a lot of people, there are two big barriers, but the guys you're working with here, that's not that's not really the issue of their life, or money. So So what are the sort of barriers that they face.Unknown SpeakerAndKaya lot of them will face.Maybe transport could be an issue for them want to get out and about. Also, maybe that they haven't got access to some of the facilities and clubs that other people would have. There's not so much for the guys that come here. But for some people that we meet, one go into schools, facilities, change the facilities and things that that can be a massive barrier, that if there aren't correct changing facilities for people who are severely disabled, it will stop them getting to where they want to go on to, to doing what they want to do as well. And how do theyAlastair Humphreysgeneralisation, butby and large, cope with society lies to society. look after them properly, help them properly.KayI found that when we when we take them out, I have actually been really, I think pleasantly surprised at how many people are kind to carry with them, to the talk to them, they lack the chat with them. And then look after them. I think of seeing a nice Society of society, then perhaps, you know, you see in the news that awful things go on when you go out there with these guys, you think now there are a lot of people out there who are really nice, we just don't hear about them.Alastair HumphreysThere are a lot of people who are nice, and some of them are here today. So I thank you for inviting me or welcome unless you did invite me Thank you for letting me come after invited myself and I really admire what you're doing. And I think it's a very happy place.KayThank you. Thank you very much for coming. And I hope you enjoy the rest of your adventure.★ Support this podcast by donating ★
Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.
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