My 'honey trap' sauna

| Aug 2, 2009

My 'honey trap' sauna

by C.W. Nicol

In the little woods just behind my house I have a big wooden outdoor bath and a sauna, with lockers beside the sauna door for people to put their towels and clothes in. That may sound great — but since the spring of 2008 ...

Anybody for chips?

| Jun 7, 2009

Anybody for chips?

by C.W. Nicol

In national parks, gardens, woodlands and any other places where people frequently walk in natural settings, the pathways and places where they gather pose many problems to owners, managers and anybody who is concerned with the comfort and safety of the visitors and also ...

| Feb 1, 2009

Mucking about with horses

by C.W. Nicol

In Britain when I was a lad in the 1940s and ’50s, horses were still a common sight in the streets. Although horse-drawn carriages had pretty well vanished except for those used for ceremonial purposes, delivery wagons ladened with milk, coal and beer were ...

You can't beat country life

| Jan 4, 2009

You can't beat country life

by C.W. Nicol

I was down in Kyushu with some Japanese friends last year, just sipping a few drinks and chatting. The conversation turned to kabu and became very serious and somewhat gloomy. Quite honestly, I wasn’t really following it all, but I felt I had to ...

Thinking out of the box

| Sep 3, 2008

Thinking out of the box

by C.W. Nicol

Twenty something years ago, when we started to buy badly abused and neglected woodland here in the Nagano Prefecture hills, one of the problems that became very obvious was the lack of housing. Not for me, but for the woodland creatures. All the old ...

City gone wild

| Aug 6, 2008

City gone wild

by C.W. Nicol

In June this year I took a group of Japanese friends and members of our Afan Woodland Trust up here in the Nagano hills on a trip to Britain. We went on an All Nippon Airways tour designed for people with an interest in ...