It’s almost a year now since I started this blog and wow has my world changed. Those of you following my adventure blog will know that I was taking a couple of months out to travel and reflect on my leadership role and how we balance our work and life – and find adventure in … More “To live will be a wonderfully big adventure” J.M. Barrie
I’ve been back at work a week now and it only seems fitting that I bring my travel blog to an end. A summary might read thus: 8 week trip of a lifetime planned One week of adventures enjoyed in Capetown One plane engine goes on fire in Joburg Plans thwarted in Sydney by 53 … More We make plans and the Gods laugh…
The Saturday before Christmas and I head down to my usual Edinburgh parkrun down at Silverknowes (gave in and took car instead of bike – it was a bit windy.) Feeling pleased that Christmas shopping is all in hand and I still have a few days to finish up at work, clear out the … More 4 parkruns, 4 countries, 1 unexpected visit
There’s been a huge seismic shift in our world – travels on hold and we’re on the other side of the world… To pick up on “winging it”, we were stuck in Joburg, overheated, dehydrated and dodgy tummies – all led to feeling a bit rough after a 53 hour delay. We eventually fly … More Earthquake Survival… lessons from Christchurch
This picture captures the laid back atmosphere of the South African way of being – not too different to the “Island time” we joke about in Skye. I very naively wondered at how difficult it must have been to get up there, only to be told it just waits for the tide to rise and … More Seals on Wheels
Team ACOSVO A short blog in praise of team acosvo. I’ve been away from the office for a couple of weeks now and have kept my promise to switch off from work (only the occasional early peak at emails in the first couple of days – honest) but catching up on my blogs while having flight … More Let’s hear it for Team ACOSVO
What better way to start the year than a walk up a hill? We often spend 1st Jan on Arthur’s seat – but being a fair bit away, we heard about Lion’s head (a peak which sits separately to Table Mountain but quite close by), we couldn’t not make the connection. Google told us it … More The Lion, the table and the cable car
An expression that came to mind slightly ironically recently after sitting on a large (very hot) jet waiting to fly from Joburg to Sydney. I was sitting in the middle of the plane overlooking the wing and as we sped up the runway for take off there was a sudden bang, a spurt of flame, … More “Winging it”
Wow, it’s been quite a week. This time last week I started boxing day with a London Parkrun – and just completed the Capetown Parkrun this morning. We’ve explored Western Cape, been up two hills, swum in the waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans (at the same time!) and seen penguins in the wild:) … More Don’t worry about the leopards, they only come out at night….
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ― Martin Buber Bags packed and only one more sleep before the adventure begins. First stop London. First confession: I stood in front of the staff and turned off my email on my phone in front of everyone before I left the office – … More Ready to go!!