Category Archive: lifestyle

Meeting with the British Ambassador

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Last night, my wife and I went to Presov to an informal drinks-and-chat with His Excellency the British Ambassador to Slovakia, Andrew Garth, arranged by the Honorary Consul, Simon Lambourne. The do was held at Double Tiffany’s restaurant (which I would heartily not recommend), and a handful of other ex-pats and their wives attended. The […]

“Skin on Skin” Bardejov Exhibition, October 2017

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On October41th I had the vernissage of my Skin on Skin exhibition at the Saris Museum in Bardejov, Slovakia. Originally, I was supposed to have it in February 2018 but following a cancellation, they asked me if I could hold it sooner. Because of this I had to abandon work on several paintings due to […]

An Almost Perfect Summer’s Day

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Yesterday was one of those days that really makes me appreciate my lifestyle choices. It was scorching hot, about 35 degrees Centigrade, and I’m in my country house. I spent the morning doing some finishing work on one of my hide paintings I’m currently working on, then moved into the garden to saw, sand and […]

Back on two wheels – BMW F650GS

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  This year my old bike, Feisty, an Aprilia Pegaso 650, went past the MOT deadline and I was stuck looking for parts. I decided to sell her because she spent far more time in the garage (or in bits) than she did on the road. I needed something more reliable and, when my friend […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

We get plastic Irish pubs out here but they don’t even know it’s St Patrick’s Day and I don’t fancy sitting in a half-empty overpriced establishment watching Rhianna on a widescreen…. I miss the days when there were queues to get into a pub on St Paddy’s Day and it involved lots of drinking, poon, […]

Wild Boar Hide Paintings

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I’ve just completed two paintings that I’ve been wanting to try my hand at for a very long time – hide art. The paintings are done in acrylic on wild boar hide strung onto ash wood frames. The process of fetching the wood from the forest, carrying it home, debarking it, drying it, painting the […]

Real Winter – the Thaw begins?

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Months of snow and ice and now the melt begins. Temperatures are finally hovering above zero, which means endless slush and dense, dense fog akin to the pea soupers of Victorian London. Creepy but cool. Already, thoughts have turned to the tasks awaiting in Spring, and this year will be scary as we’re unsure what […]

Gear Review – Winter Boots 2016/17

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I decided to write this review because of all the hassles I’ve had finding a pair of Winter boots which can be used both in the bush and in an urban setting. Price-wise they’re medium range. Last year I bought a pair of Lidl snowboots for 20 Euros and the sole and upper separated within […]

Winter 2016/17

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This year we’ve got the harshest, most wintery winter we’ve had for many a year. Real snow for several months, Arctic temperatures and bitterly cold wind. The world is white, white, white. Life changes when all is snow and ice. Even walking is different, and driving more so. We haven’t seen temperatures above zero for […]

Bushcraft Magazine Autumn 2016 issue

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Alright, so I’m a few months late in posting but this issue of the magazine is still available from the Bushcraft Magazine website. This issue features a forest horror story of mine entitled ‘The Stag’. The editor, a great man, Steve Kirk, is featured on the cover. Sign up for a subscription.

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