Sunshine, leaves and bluebells on the way!
I'm ready to see some leaves on trees again. It's been a harsh and bitterly long winter - I'll be glad to see the end of it. I can now see the Firth of Forth from my home office window and the spring is back in the step. Now just the temperatures will have to rise that wee bit more...
Last week has seen me deliver some training to the Nevis Landscape Partnership. With their exciting programme for Trainee Rangers, they always draw a good, interested crowd - and this time was no exception.
I've delivered a few days on 'Guiding the Extra Mile' by now - a hybrid course of indoor based learning and sharing and practical presentations and activities in the great outdoors. It's a workshop of two halves - and the end result makes for an interesting and inspiring day for participants and facilitator alike. I'll add some more details on the website soon.
I'm also involved in the Slow Adventure movement which started off as the SAINT project. Slow Adventure in Northern Territories (SAINT) is a three-year Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) project on the development of slow adventure. The project seeks to extend the marketing reach of businesses in the slow adventure tourism sector, in order to encourage more tourists to come to these areas to enjoy and experience the outdoors and engage with remote, wild and nature-rich places.
The project is just coming to an end and the project leader, the University of the Highlands & Islands, is looking at ways of extending its reach and longevity. Exciting times ahead. Find out more about the project here.
The corresponding blog by Thea & Mark is equally interesting and the video footage, simply stunning. Check out Let's Go Slow and feel immersed in the slow way of travelling.