The Red Book

Our thoughts and ideas on how to live with a little more adventure in your life and make the most of the world around you.


The importance of taking time away from work

The importance of taking time away from work

How my years working in the corporate world helped shaped my Bleak House Experiences.

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Bleak House Book Club: #1 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Bleak House Book Club: #1 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Find out what we thought about the first book in the Bleak House Book Club.

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How I found a cure for weekend ennui

How I found a cure for weekend ennui

Weekends without plans can feel dull and eventful. They can make me feel melancholy and give me a sense of ennui. But this weekend I found a surprising cure.

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Notes from Devon: The First Ever Bleak House Experience

Notes from Devon: The First Ever Bleak House Experience

In October I ran the first ever Bleak House Experience, in Devon. It was a magical trip which surpassed my exceptions. Here's how it went.

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The new Bleak House Book Club

The new Bleak House Book Club

A new classics book club to join in with on Instagram, and why a love of the past inspires a love of the present.

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How to warm up after a cold swim

How to warm up after a cold swim

I’m now in my second year of winter swimming and I’m pretty well acclimatised to the cold. I’ve learned how to warm myself up safely and quickly. Here are my tips.

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Three days in Edinburgh with a dog

Three days in Edinburgh with a dog

Three glorious summer days in the beautiful and wonderfully dog-friendly city of Edinburgh. Here are my favourite places and travel tips.

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My Article in Creative Countryside Magazine

My Article in Creative Countryside Magazine

This autumn I wrote an article on my experiences of wild swimming which was published in issue 5 of the wonderful Creative Countryside magazine.

This is my first ever print article and I was honoured and flattered to be included.

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Summer in Pembrokeshire

Summer in Pembrokeshire

This summer we spent a gloriously sunny six days in beautiful Pembrokeshire. With its world-class beaches, picture perfect glamping sites and the wonderful Grove of Narbeth hotel, it’s the perfect place for a family summer holiday.

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Why I fell in love with the UK

Why I fell in love with the UK

Karin de Bruyn writes about how the stereotypes she had of the UK were all wrong and how the UK turned out to be the best place to travel with her dog Rufus.

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A tale of fire & ice: My year of swimming in a cold pond

A tale of fire & ice: My year of swimming in a cold pond

Last year I decided to keep swimming in the Kenwood Ladies' Pond through the seasons, whatever the weather.

Here is how I got on.

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Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Deborah Colella, the Dog Nanny, tells us why the circus means so much to her and why her Incredibly Clever Canine Circus is the most fun dog training class around.

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