Author: Ffion

Lifting the Grey: Horses’ Positive Healing

Lifting the Grey: Horses’ Positive Healing

Animal therapy is recognised as beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). More recently, studies and word-of mouth reports indicate that non-riding time with horses also eases symptoms of dementia. We talk with riding centres, carers and family members, and AD professionals to learn more about how these wonderful equine/human interactions make such a positive …

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Steamin’ Along

Steamin’ Along

The whistle came first, then steam clouds above the trees, and finally the little train clickety-clacked into the rural station at Beddgelert in Snowdonia, North Wales. I felt like a child again, enjoying old-fashioned fun on the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (F&WHR).

Salt Habitat Saviours

Salt Habitat Saviours

The internationally rare, salt-moulded Cheshire landscape deserves protection, according to Saul Burton, Saltscape Landscape Partnership: ‘Nature’s response to the changing profile of this landscape has not, until  now, been fully recognised or valued.’

Delivering Gold

Delivering Gold

While it may be a truism to say it’s ‘not all about winning, but as much about taking part’, the Britain’s para-dressage team is proving you can do both very well indeed. As Para-Dressage Performance Manager, Sarah Armstrong commented: ‘They’ve seriously delivered.’ Find out more about what motivates this unbeaten team, how challenges are overcome …

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Sail, sun and serendipity

Sail, sun and serendipity

‘We sail,’ Captain Sergey Utitsyn asserts firmly. ‘This is a sailing ship!’ He was responding to my temerity in calling the ten-night Star Clipper Eastern Mediterranean voyage from Venice to Athens, a ‘cruise’. And his choice of words really is the best way to describe the Star Clipper tall-ship experience – a wonderful sailing holiday …

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Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle’s power?

Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle’s power?

Communities on the Isle of Islay are moving forward with plans for tidal energy and renewable fuels while maintaining age old methods of agriculture and whisky distilling. Everything seems to slow down on Islay – this southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides – also known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. Drivers wave as you …

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The Joy of (solo) Contact

The Joy of (solo) Contact

(Originally published in Solo Traveler Blog, August 2018)  The  simple approach, like so many others to come, is my first solo lesson of this tall ships voyage: even cruising solo, it’s all about the people you’re with.  I am overwhelmed by the sheer ‘coupleness’ around me: the elegant pair already perched on bar stools, enjoying a …

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Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Eamonn had an exercise programme he hated. His Occupational Therapist (OT) referred him for a Summer School horse-riding pilot. Not only did Eamonn (who has Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)), get to enjoy riding in the warm summer months, he retained interest throughout the six-week pilot, experienced improved coordination, and came out of it with an …

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Strategic and Structured Marketing

Strategic and Structured Marketing

Traditional or digital online marketing methods: what works in the landscape industry? Remember the 90’s and how the Internet was the new ‘kid on the block’? It changed marketing forever with the possibilities for creating long-term digital relationships between company and customer. Fast track forward to the 2000s, and we now have multiple ways to …

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