Category Archives: Conservation

Winter’s Wonders..

Winter’s wonders..how often will they come again? The astronomical Winter is upon us once more..and once more there is little sign of the meteorological Winter or anything resembling its traditional aspect. We had an inch or two of fresh snow … Continue reading

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On logging..

In a moment when there seems to be more urgency than ever to the issue of planting trees and reforestation, i recently found myself reflecting on the antithesis..deforestation and logging. During the Spring ski season of last year i gaily … Continue reading

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Summer in Éireann..agus in Árainn, part II

Bad weather is probably not often a good thing when you’re on holiday..but it has its advantages sometimes, at least with regard to outdoor tourism. If you don’t mind getting out when it’s grey or wet, then you’ll probably find … Continue reading

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Summer.. with water!

Water is often on the wane by July in the Sierra de Guadarrama, and in Central Spain generally. It’s weird to read of water restrictions in Ireland this Summer, while the liquid element continues to be relatively abundant locally.. The … Continue reading

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Where’ve i bin? Skiin’!

Not bin bloggin’ much recently..nor anything much else, apart from working, sleeping and skiing. Skiing the soft, skiing the hard, skiing the wet, skiing the cream, skiing the deep, skiing the crust, skiing the sweet, skiing the light. And while … Continue reading

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So who was Puricelli?

Our local Puricelli trail (Camino Puricelli) is named for Piero Puricelli (1883-1951) who was an Italian engineer famed for building the world’s first motorway. Puricelli, a man of his times, was imbued with the futurist thirst for speed. He had … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica VI, Saxifraga – the Stonebreakers!

My last post on this subject is dedicated to a few flowers of the genus Saxifraga, literally translatable from Latin as ‘stone-breaker’ and commonly known in English as Saxifrage or Rockfoil. There is some debate as to the sense of … Continue reading

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