Chez Peewiglet comprises my little Border Terrier puppy, Piglet, my father’s cat, Puss-Puss, our Tamworth sow, Philomena, and me.

I have a number of hobbies, which include backpacking, playing acoustic guitar, running, writing, reading, writing and listening to music, eating, cooking and reading about food. (And about eating. Yum!)

I tend to focus largely on one hobby at a time, as a result of which my pursuit of my interests tends to be cyclical.

There are links to various things that interest me here. Many of them are walking-related, but there’s also stuff about food and music and documentaries and fun, as well as a few hard-to-categorise links to places I like to visit. You’ll find them all in the right-hand margin if you scroll down the page.

I’m also increasingly interested in, and concerned about, animal welfare, particularly that of farmed animals. It seems just plain wrong to me that we give so little thought to the dreadful conditions in which most of the animals that feed and clothe us exist.

I’m interested in quite a lot of things, and no doubt from time to time I’ll talk about some of them on here. I’m happy to discuss anything with others who have an opposing POV, but not to get involved in the sort of endless, circular, pointless, enervating argument that written communication on the internet sometimes seems especially designed to facilitate. For those, try Usenet *g*

30 Responses to Well…

  1. beardedgit says:

    Hiya, Peewiglet – long time no see!

    It’s good to know you’re still around, we’ve been missing you. Good luck with the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugs from Stef.

  2. peewiglet says:

    Hello beardedgit! Long time no see indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really nice getting in touch with people again, though. Many thanks for popping over.

    (Have you got a blog too? If so, I’d like to read it and add it to my bloglist thingy.)

  3. peewiglet says:

    Scrub that… foundit.

    *is thick as a brick*

    *trots away, embarrassed*

  4. Theo says:

    So there you are ! Found you through Alan’s blog. I missed you on this years Challenge. You were on the original list of contenders but you disappeared. I met Judith and I was looking forward to meeting you but methinks you had another hobby at that time of year ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Frogfall says:

    Hope you are who I think you are ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great to see you’re keeping up the monomania. Great word – and it sounds sooo familiar…


  6. Gordy says:

    Hey, PW. Welcome back.

  7. Ian Gillies says:

    Hi P W

    have been reading your trip in Corsica and noticed that you had used the
    Laser Comprtition and as I have purchased one for next year I would appreciate your oppinion on the pole cover that goes with the tent ,would you use it!
    I do not know any one who has one so I would appreciate your input.
    enjoy reading your account of your trips.
    All the best
    Ian Gillies.

  8. peewiglet says:

    Hello Ian,

    I do use the pole cover. I’m sure it must help to keep rain out (although I’ve always used it, so I can’t say what it would be like to use the tent without it), but I also believe that it helps to maintain stability.

    Over on blogpackinglight you can find an incredibly useful set of modifications for the Competition, one of which relates to the pole cover. They’re all easy, and make a big difference. Highly recommended! You can find them here.

    Thanks for reading my Corsica trip, and thank you very much indeed for your kind words about my write-ups. They’re much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

    Don’t hesitate to drop a line if you have any further Qs about the Competition.

  9. Paul Stephenson says:

    HI PW,
    Read your Corsican trip account yesterday and loved it,

    First became aware of the GR 20 in 1994, when I met a guy in Greece who completed it the year before, and finally made my first attempt in 2004. I failed to complete (won’t go into the detail ) and was ashamed by how easily you seemed to manage it, and in such lightweight footwear. Years of running has taken it’s toll on my feet which now require mountain boots with orthotic inserts and the knees are deteriorating too.
    My second attempt was in 2006 which resulted in a broken ankle, surgery to plate it in Ajjacio. On the morning of this incident whilst lingering over a coffee and gazing at another beautiful vista I noticed an eye problem which turned out to be a detached retina. Regardless of all this; completion of the GR 20 is still a burning ambition and your account has rekindled the flame. Lucky, indeed ,are those who’s good fortune finds someone like you to share a day in the hills with.
    Regards Paul Stephenson

  10. peewiglet says:

    Hello Paul,

    What a really lovely comment! Thanks so much: you’ve really made my day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m v. sorry to hear that you’ve had such bad luck on the walk so far. I hope you’ll go back and finish it off, though. I was just amazed by the beauty of the place, and I’m sure I’ll be back myself. I didn’t find it easy, btw: it was hard work, and my knees *still* haven’t recovered from those agonising descents 5 months later!

    What a nightmare re: your retina ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope you got it all fixed up?

    Best wishes,


  11. Stuart Dodson says:

    Hi ,I enjoyed your GR20report I hope to do it next year exchange rate permitting.As I have some botanical training I can help with a few plant names,is this the place to send you my ideas? I brushed up on my alpine plants after my trip on the GR5.The large black bird you feature I feel sure is the Alpine Chough.
    Regards Stu

    PS funniest report I heard about tent experiences was from a lady you was woken by a burrowing beneath her!Which turned out to be a mole on its travels!Eek

  12. John Horner says:

    Hi Shirl, if you have any more trips please write them up, as I have really enjoyed reading the others on these dark winter evenings. Regards John Horner.

    • peewiglet says:

      Hi John,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, and thanks very much for letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚

      There are a few I haven’t written up yet: most recently, the Dales Way, from a few months ago. I must dig out the notes and get on with it.

      Thanks again for your kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. John Horner says:

    Hi PW, just to let you know someone is selling a brand new pole to fit the laser comp.
    Best wishes John.

    • peewiglet says:

      Ooh, brilliant! Many thanks indeed for letting me know. I’m hoping I’ve not missed it (have been away).

      *goes there*

      Ahaa! Still available. I’ll ring TN in the morning and if I get no joy from them then I’ll go and put in a bid.

      Many thanks again for the tip ♥

  14. John Horner says:

    PW ,sorry forgot to mention its on ebay .
    *wot a dipstick*
    Regards John.

  15. John Horner says:

    Hi Shirl,good luck for tonight.

  16. steve says:

    Hi there, i was trying to read the report of your 2004 pennine way trip, but it looks like there is an issue with the website? i think i may have seen it once before and thought it very informative, so wanted another look.

    hope you are well

    ps i’m not someone you’ve met

  17. Bob says:

    Hey Peewiglet. Nice to run into you hear. You probably won’t remember me but we were allies at one time many moons ago on usenet. Nice to catch up on some of your writing, I was always a fan ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. mick says:

    Hi Shirl,
    What’s happened to your .com web site? It’s just a links page now – looks as if you’ve abandoned the domain name.

    Nice blog, by the way. Interesting reading, as always from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • peewiglet says:


      I accidentally let the domain name expire ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I keep meaning either to try once again to get it back, or to upload it to weepiglet.com. Thanks for reminding me to do something about it, and thank you for your kind words about my blog ♥

  19. mick says:

    I’m afraid that peewiglet.com has already been snaffled (snuffled?) by someone else now! It looks as if you’ll have to look for another variation. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Of course, they may be happy to sell it back to you for lots of $$$ (‘cos they are on the “wrong” side of the pond)!

    I hope you kept a backup…

    • peewiglet says:

      Drat ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ll have to see what they’d want to give it back. If I can’t work something out I’ll upload it all to weepiglet.com instead. Many thanks for the prod.

  20. Alan says:


    I know you are a fan of Masterchef. Thought you might like this….


  21. Gareth Evans says:

    Hi peewigley,

    Ive just come across your blog and really like what you do on it. Its a good mixture of going on walks with stuff that interests you like music and favourite songs. I wanted to get in touch with you as I work for a digital marketing company in Manchester, UK and wanted to discuss about a possible opportunity for you. Please get in touch with me at gareth.evans@codecomputerlove.com to discuss this further.

  22. Search Google for “bog and peat hags”… which lead me to an early post in your TGO 2009… the funny/awesome photo’s made me read the article… that awakened the hillwalker within me, and i ended up reading the whole series!!! All this was on weepiglet.com where i searched loads to find a way to contact you saying “Wow! what an awesome blog. definitely wanting to read more of your posts” but found that the only way to contact you was (now a broken) link to a GuestBook! But nah, fired up google and searched for the one thing that i was sure to lead me in the right direction — “PeeWiglet” and sure enough reached here!

    So in the end, i now envy you for doing all of those adventures AND blame you for making me stay at work till 2300 just reading through your blog.

    • peewiglet says:

      Hi there!

      I’m so sorry for the delay in responding! I’ve never been very organised about keeping up.

      I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my TGO 2009 writeup, and thank you very much indeed for letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always a real thrill to get a message from somebody who’s stumbled across my accounts and enjoyed them. You should definitely get out and do some backpacking yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ How about applying for this year’s TGO Challenge?

      Very best wishes, and thanks again for making my morning ๐Ÿ™‚

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