The Underdog – Identify them and Encourage.
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The Underdog – Identify them and Encourage.

“I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.” Nelson Mandela On two occasions this week I have had discussions with people about how we deem ‘it has always been this way, so why change it?’ We have upheld people with all of the credentials for…

Shark’s Valley – My very first walk with the Group
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Shark’s Valley – My very first walk with the Group

It’s always nerve wrecking when one joins a group for the first time, even if it is among your own ‘Saints’. Ed Thorpe makes it much easier by being very mindful of ‘newbies’. He really is like a ‘Mother Hen’ at times but once you’re fully-fledged he turns his attention to others who are newbies….

Lots Wife’s Ponds – One of my favourite walks
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Lots Wife’s Ponds – One of my favourite walks

Going through photos of past walks, I realised that I had not posted the walk to Lots Wife’s Ponds or indeed Sharks Valley. Manati Bay can be found on sthelenaonline.org So here we go for those who are planning to do some adventure walking on St Helena and are tired of the tourist brochures for…

One with Nature – St Helena Island
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One with Nature – St Helena Island

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better”. Albert Einstein I missed so much of life for a long time whilst looking through a fast paced, unappreciative, superficial lens. By the time I arrived on St Helena in 2020, I had spent so much time outdoors in quietude that I was ready to…

Tuscany – Garden Cities and Villages of Italy
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Tuscany – Garden Cities and Villages of Italy

Italy is my favourite holiday destination. Rustic, charming, antiquated and gothic in some places. There are too few words to describe Italy and its cultural richness combined with age old architecture which blows the senses to pieces.   Italy gives one an eclectic palate for adventure and whilst many towns and cities may offer a homogenous…

Competition and Comparison – Where is our Focus?
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Competition and Comparison – Where is our Focus?

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”. Steve Jobs Every time I think of social media, I think about my conversation with a woman who’s son had fallen into a deep depression through comparison on Facebook. When I think of comparisons, I think of the person who says, “she’s got a…

Great & Little Stone Top – The Bell Stones
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Great & Little Stone Top – The Bell Stones

Welcome to the island Christina (first time visitor) and Andy (been here and got the T-Shirt). It was lovely to have some new faces on the trails. I’ve stopped drinking coffee and as a result, the withdrawal headaches persisted all through Saturday but since the walks are the favourite part of my week, I had…

Honesty – How can we Live without it?
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Honesty – How can we Live without it?

“At least if we screw up, we do it honestly.” Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris – Nobody’s Perfect With so many skeletons in my closet sometimes the door bursts open and some of them fall out. These skeletons are a reminder of how flawed I am as a spiritual being. If I had been born into…

The day the RMS St Helena came to London Town
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The day the RMS St Helena came to London Town

In her official regalia she appeared. The thrill, intoxicating. Her beautiful blue and white ‘frock’, decorated with yellow frills, she looked stunning. As she gracefully made her way through the crowded ‘path’ escorted by a faithful friend, we all gasped. Here she was, elegant and aged like a fine wine. Here she was, a piece…