Home is where the heart is

Hello! and thank you for coming to see me here. This site is a collection of my ramblings, both physical and vocal. It started off just as a means for me to create an electronic log and that’s still its primary function but people seem to like reading it and seeing the photos and I like doing it.

It’s not a coincidence that my first ever entry on the blog was a trip to see Bruce Springsteen in Antwerp that Chris and I went to in 2009. The ministry of rock ‘n’ roll has helped me through the bad times, a bit.

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I’m a Mountain Leader (click on my photo above to go to Mountain Training Association and see my profile) with a background in adult teaching and training. I’m also passionate about helping people to enjoy the mountains and the countryside responsibly so for me this means knowing where you are and where you are going, hence my interest in teaching navigation skills.

I work with my navigation partner, Cath Dyson on Map and Compass where we teach people to navigate in the South Pennines. We deliver the Bronze and Silver awards in the National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS).

Map and Compass logo, created by Steve Gray

Nearly all the photos have been taken by and belong to me, so if you do want to use them, please let me know and acknowledge me if you do. I would also appreciate a link back to this site or to Map and Compass and can advise on how to do this. There are some photos taken by others and I have credited them. Steve Gray created the Map and Compass logo. All the words are mine and whilst I can’t think of an earthly reason why anyone would want to quote me, the same thing applies. Any brilliance will be fleeting but fabulous!

I’m very fortunate to have been loved by 2 people, Carol and Chris. Both are now dead and my sorrow knows no bounds.

Chris died on 27th October 2016 after 2 and a half years with AL amyloidosis, a rare and particularly horrible disease. Much more research is needed so please dig deep for the National Amyloidosis Centre in London, our only centre of expertise.

Ways to raise money for amyloidosis research:

My JustGiving page

UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund

And now my Carol has died on 14th January 2019, after many years with chronic kidney disease. Please support the National Kidney Federation, who help patients and carers.

I believe strongly in our right to choose how we die and support Dignity in Dying.

Jak

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