A bit of wild camping in the forest

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I haven't been wild camping since I was in my teens. I've been on roadtrips and slept in cars, vans and pretty much just on the street, but that's not the same as venturing out into the wild to spend a night. I bought myself some new kit and wandered into a forest I know pretty well just to test it all out. I forgot how noisy woodland is at night with owls shouting to each other, foxes and wolves howling (ok not wolves) and all kind of creeks, rustles and groans coming from the trees. It was a really good liberating experience and I have definitely got to do it more. It's not a bad place to wake up in the morning surrounded by nature not concrete #wildcampingwales #wildcamping #wildcampinguk #wilderness #wildcampers #forest #woods #woodland #hiking #outdoorsuk #wentwoodforest

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Testing out my new pop up hide in the forest

If you go down to the woods tonight…

A new garden visitor

A new visitor to the garden, that I only caught out of the corner of my eye yesterday. It showed again this morning so I got my camera out and got a few shots. Ive only got a small garden with no lawn, just a patio, some stones and a shed, with a few small trees and plants at the back. Considering that, it’s suprising how much wildlife I get coming to visit.
It looks like a house mouse (Mus musculus for all you latin nerds). It’s really skittish and only quickly pops out, then runs straight back under the shed.
House Mouse in garden House Mouse in garden House Mouse in garden

Mountain Ash Hospital Urbex photography

Whoa, it’s been ages since I last updated this site so I better try and get back to doing it more regular.

I am trying to learn to be a better photographer so took a trip up to Mountain Ash Hospital. It’s old, abandoned and the vandals have been in there doing their thing. It’s quiet and out of the way and I am always interested by old buildings and what you find inside them so its the perfect spot to spend a few hours to get some photos.

When I was in one of the rooms I heard a noise, but thought nothing of it. Old buildings tend to make alot of noises which you have to try and get your mind not to listen toobecause it will start thinking it’s a crazy person roaming around with a knife and the taste for blood. OK maybe I watch too many horror movies.

I heard the noise again, but closer and I froze, getting ready for the whole fight or flight situation. Then a figure emerged from a doorway. Oh shit! Phew it was just some other photographers and I think I scared them as much as myself. We had a bit of a chat and they told me about there being a morgue around the corner. My battery ran out and I didnt have a spare so didn’t have a chance to check that out.

Below are some photos I took, the full gallery is on flickr.

View of Mountain Ash Hospital from the roof of an out building

Vandalised room at Mountain Ash Hospital. I like the lighting in this one

Vandalised room at Mountain Ash Hospital. I like the lighting in this one

Fire information and alarm Mountain Ash Hospital

Fire information and alarm

Empty corridor at Mountain Ash Hospital

Empty corridor at Mountain Ash Hospital

Pink room at Mountain Ash Hospital.

Pink room.

Graffiti at Mountain Ash Hospital.


Lift winding mechanism at Mountain Ash Hospital.

Lift winding mechanism on the roof.

Blue tiled room at Mountain Ash Hospital.

Blue tiled room.

Cabinets at Mountain Ash Hospital.

Empty cabinets.

Electrical box at Mountain Ash Hospital

Electrical box

Generator at Mountain Ash Hospital

Generator room

Guage and tv at Mountain Ash Hospital

Guage and tv.




Fixing the timing on my Corrado

ignition timing gun and crows foot socket
My Corrado has been feeling a bit slower and rougher than usual recently and running a bit hotter. I bought myself a cheap timing gun from ebay and went about fixing it.

The crows foot socket is a good tool to have if you’ve grown attached to the skin on your knuckles because it’s kind of hard to get at the bolt holding the distributor tight and pulling the throttle open with a shoelace to keep revs at about 2000-2500 is my finest piece of caveman engineering.

Now that the timing is set properly it feels so much smoother and responsive.

Kung Fury – Full version

A year or 2 back there was a trailer for a crazy 80’s influenced kung fu movie circulating social media. They were trying to get crowd funding to get the full movie released. They got some money and the full version was released on youtube the other day. It’s only 30 minutes long but it’s well worth a watch.

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