Those mischievous little monkeys Joe & Rebecca at the OBN have come up with the writing prompt ‘which outdoor bloggers would you like to meet?’, giving reasons for wanting to meet them (bugger). Bearing in mind that I’ve a snowball’s chance in hell of attending the first OBN Colorado rendezvous which would have been a stunning opportunity to meet a whole bunch of bloggers from across the pond I’ve tried to think of not to long a list and I thought that eleven would a good number making it a dozen voices around a camp fire on a long summers evening, after a day on the trail as the chill evening air is repulsed by glowing embers and a warming dram (or two). If I’ve missed you out don’t be mad or sad – just remember that I’m a forgetful little Welshman whose concentration is a little weak at the moment with the six nations kicking off on Friday. So, who would be grand company around the fireplace swapping their tales and to chew the cud with?
Casey Harn – I’ve been swapping comments with Casey since I first started blogging. His blog ‘Fungal Threads’ makes for some excellent reading and coupled with his keen eye for photography tells a rolling story of his outside adventures, along with his dog Trapper. Why would I like to meet Casey? Well over the brief time that we’ve known each other electronically a bond seems to have built up between us, we share similar fears, misgivings and doubts about life but also we also have similar humour and Casey reminds me of myself in so many ways. So much so I’ve come to know him as a friend and to meet up with him upon the trial and then to swap tall tales around a fire over a beer or two is one of my few genuine ambitions in my life.
Keith Burgess – Going under the name Le Loup (the wolf), Keith’s the author of ‘A Woodsrunner’s Diary’, a historical blog of 18th century living. An extremely well formatted blog using various sources of presentation. Keith's attention to detail and excellent way of explaining his pieces and love of what he does are an inspiration for any who want to impart information to others. I just think that we’d hit it off if we ever had chance to meet, I warm to his no nonsense manner and I’m sure he’d be great company around the fire.
Joe Wolf – Well if you’re reading this piece on the OBN link then you’ll know of Wolfy and his excellent ‘Flowing Waters’ blog. Meeting Wolfy would be the icing upon the cake after again ‘talking’ to him since the earliest days of my blog and before his work with the OBN. The man is clearly a special individual (don’t forget I’ve entered your 100th follow giveaway Wolfy!) and radiates warmth and character, oh yes there’s defiantly a place around the fire for this guy.
Gorge Smythe – ‘Gorges’ Grouse’ appears at first to be a gentle, rolling along sort of look at life in general blog and perhaps would not at first catch the eye of many. That would be a sad thing indeed for Mr. Smythe’s words are carefully crafted and weave some great pieces showing the man’s deep insight and understanding of life in general. To chew the cud with Mr. Smythe over the embers of the fire as the whiskey warms my toes would indeed be a pleasure.
Mel – Over at ‘Blog cabin angler’ can be found a gentleman with a dry sense of humour who doesn’t post as often as he should. The blog title speaks for itself and I, for one, think that you cannot have too many fishermen spreading tales of the one that got away around the fire. Mel doesn’t fish as much as he used to but he’s a font of knowledge in the darker arts of fishing and we’d all learn a great deal during the evening’s chatter.
Andy – Ah somebody closer to home (well you didn’t think that you there yanks couldn’t hog all the fireside seats – did you?). Andy is another with whom I feel, a connection via blogging has been made. ‘Damn the Broccoli’ is ….er...is…. well I’ll use Andy’s header blurb here: “One man's journey to self sufficiency. Alright one man and his girlfriend. Sorry one man, his girlfriend and two bunnies' journey to self sufficiency. Oh and a ghecko. (Plus chickens)” Andy writes with humour but there is also an underlying sense of striving for more in his life. Fortunately for me this upstanding chap resides on the right side of the pond so that evening of tall tales may be a distinct possibility in the future. Oh and did I mention he does homebrew and cider – guess who’s bringing the refreshments!!!
John Gray – Somebody who actually lives in the same county as myself and yet I’m guilty of not meeting him and his menagerie of fowl and canines. John’s blog, ‘Going Gently’ is just that, a gentle look at John’s life in general, nothing fancy just day to day observations of the world around him in the
. But John has a way of writing these observations down with insight and a wry sense of humour that draws me into his world. The man would be a hoot around the fire, and certainly would add balance to you gruff hunting and fishing folk. village of Trelawney
Leigh Changes – Over at ‘Come by Chance’ Leigh tells her stories of her and her families life on their small holding with a warmth and feeling that so many of us find hard to express ourselves. In time, underneath her sometimes seemingly fragile exterior, you come to realise that she is a women of immense strength and vitality with a sharp and mischievous sense of humour. She can take what most of us take so much for granted and open our eyes to something heartwarming and special. Every campfire group needs a ‘Leigh’, with her balance and pose she’d add so much to the night’s conversation.
SBW – Author of ‘The Suburban Bushwhacker’, I did question my sanity when included SBW upon the guest list here. The man does sometimes go off on a tangent but hey, it’s usually funny, very nearly always insightful and sometimes even a little strange. But as camp jester and provider of profound sayings I think that the company would be all the better for his presence.
So there we have it folks, sorry if I forgot your invitation, but like I said the six nations start this Friday and for us lovers of Welsh rugby tis the ol’ enemy! So please excuse me once more if I’ve missed you out, there are so many more of you who I’d love to meet but I set myself a scenario and a number. I tried to pick a group of folk that not only one day I’d love to meet but in this case would gel together to make for a special evening together under the stars.
Maybe you all ought to come along anyway, the more the merrier as they say.