Monday, 7 June 2010

Why am I doing this?

So, here goes....

On the advice of the lovely Mr. Frank Cottrell Boyce (renowned writer of novels and screenplays), I'm putting some of my She Who Dares writing into the blogsphere.

She Who Dares are an outdoor pursuits group for women. They're ordinary women, with a mad streak that leads us to extraordinary activities. From canoeing to coasteering, climbing to caving, sumo wrestling to sea kayaking, walking to windsurfing, axe throwing to archery. It's all there, we've done it, and if we haven't done it yet, we soon will be.

It's good to be outdoors, scientific research now proves this, although whether this extends to ten middle aged women in various stages of undress in a windy Welsh car park, I don't know.There is something wonderfully human about feeling the elements on your skin. Tipping out of the sailing dinghy into the silky water of a cold lake, the splashing surf of a glorious coast as you find the best way to warm a wetsuit, (it’s not all about falling in, that’s just me). Wind whipping at your sand blasted cheeks as you skim the beach on a land yacht, soil sinking below your nails as you grip for a new handhold on a rock face, fire warming same hands as you nurse a drink in a warm pub afterwards, sharing the experience.

Once I started writing this book, there seemed no limit to all the activities we could do, there are still new things suggested on a weekly basis, some of them make their way onto the programme, none too extreme or outrageous for us to consider, once we’ve taken that first step.

Maybe this blog will provide an inspiration to try something new, or to try something you haven’t done for a while. It’s hard to break the habit and step out of the comfort zone, but once you do, you won’ t regret it, and what better way to do it than in the company of like minded other women, age and experience no barrier.

Maybe this blog will also lead you to want to read more, and the aim is to get the book published. There will be chapters and extras coming up soon. In the meantime you can see more of my outdoors writing at:

http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/index.php?p=news

Green exercise/blue exercise





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