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Factory Farmed Naturism / Re: Interesting article in British paper
« on: December 06, 2019, 02:52:49 PM »
In order to welcome young people into nudism, AANR needs to accept or even welcome youthful behavior.  Driving them off isn't going to work.

Quite so, Bob.
Applies to BN and many nudist clubs in the UK too.
Also their attitude to single men and particularly older single men is akin to racism.  For these organisations Single Man=sexually predatory perv that will overrun the club and frighten off the women is the default attitude of the clubs I have come across.  Fact of life - naturism is much more practiced by men and even more by older men.  Women are the minority.  The organisations should embrace that rather than imagining a utopia where every member is one of a stable sexless married couple and that members only come in pairs!

Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: December 06, 2019, 02:46:19 PM »

I just looked at your profile - Cumbria.
How nice!

Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: December 06, 2019, 02:45:27 PM »

Were you barefoot, Martin?
What was the temperature?
Where are you situated?  Your use of the word tarn would suggest UK, Yorkshire or Scotland.
Have you already enlightened us on that, if so apologies for forgetting!

Free Range Naturism / Re: Natural Movements
« on: December 06, 2019, 02:39:15 PM »

Use it or lose it - wise words indeed.  Applies to all sorts of things.  I was doing some spreadsheet work a couple of days ago which I do rarely these days in retirement but frequently in the working past.  I was horrified how many things I had to look up on the help screens.

My knee is improving although not fully healed by any means yet.
I think one sign of getting older is that things like that take much longer to heal.

What do you do with the collagen?  Eat it?

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: December 06, 2019, 02:35:03 PM »

Well, that's all useful and informative stuff.  I'm going to practice walking with the forefoot bias described. 
Do add more stuff on barefoot technique, MartinM.  I'm interested at least. 
Those of us less used to barefooting in the great outdoors (I am almost always barefoot in home and garden these days) can learn from those with experience.  Most of my barefoot walking in nature has been done on meadows and fairly flat surfaces.  I have to say that on the rare occasions I have walked on asphalt pavements, I have felt the stress on heels.  There is some correction to my gait to be made on info from your last post.  In woodland, I tend to leave shoes on to avoid having to think about the possible ground hazards as I walk (and to stamp down the brambles and nettles!)
Bob refers to the historically relatively short time that humans have been using shoes.  It prompts the question why we bothered to invent shoes at all, particularly in warmer climates.  We humans with our technology and skills don't always adopt the optimum solution to things. 
A world without shoes would be more idyllic I feel.  No clutter of shoes and boots by the door, no untidy shoe stacks in the wardrobe (closet) and no irritating shoe shops with expensive foot covering merchandise to resist, no athletes foot, no need to clean shoes etc etc.!

Trip reports / Re: Grasshopper Point
« on: December 06, 2019, 01:30:38 PM »

Oh dear, when it comes to stunningly beautiful places to roam in, you and DF are the Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet or Bill Gateses of naturism i.e. on the mega rich list.  What 'embarrasse de richesse' you have...and what a sumptuously beautiful place Grasshopper Point is.  If you have been frequenting such places since your youth, Jbee, and wandering in them frequently in more recent years, you will be acclimatised and used to them.  But those of us with more limited opportunities envy your profusion of them with a green-eyed passion!  I suppose envy is not really the right term.  Its just that many of your trips provoke an almost painful longing inside to experience something similar too.  It's not that we don't have many beautiful, nay stunning, locations in the UK but relatively very few places are unpopulated enough to allow free ranging nude.  And you have a climate that is warm enough to be carefree and warm in your nakedness.  Weather here seldom allows extended nudity before getting cold and you have the choice of many, many days that are reliably good weather (not too hot or cold or wet).
Hey ho.  Thank goodness for the trip reports on the blog, at least we get to look in from afar...or maybe that's a bad thing.  Just makes it more painful! :D

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:46:58 AM »
I'm a runner. I usually run two or three times a week. Sometimes with a training group, sometimes alone. I run on roads and dirt roads. Some competitions in the year from 5 km to 42 km, unfortunately all this is dressed. But sometimes I find the opportunity to run naked and I take advantage of it. This year, in July, I had the opportunity to do the nudist race from Sopela to Spain. A 5 km race on a public beach in a seaside resort not far from Bilbao. I had wanted to do this race for years, but the distance from my region of the Alps was an obstacle. I did an post on my blog.

Goodness, JMF!
You must be very physically fit, all that hiking up mountains and regular running.  I do wish I was better at exercise.  I have just never left much room ofr it in my life.  Just 2 yoga sessions a wekk and the odd walk is about my bag of exercise.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:42:36 AM »
NUDE EXPLORING: From The Secret Naturist Handbook:
About 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh, there's an old quarry with extensive underground limestone workings.

Was this written by Lookee, Jbee?  If so it probably establishes the phantom fellow as a resident of Scotland.  Funny, I've always imagined Lookee was American.

Naturism & Art / Re: Leapfrog with Muybridge
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:33:04 AM »

There's probably a health and safety rule against leapfrog in the school playground these days!

General Naturism Discussion / Re: People who've given up washing
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:27:04 AM »

Hope progress with recovery from here is continuous and accelerating, Jbee.  You won't miss the 20 pounds.  In fact perhaps you ought to try and stabilise at the lighter weight?  It may help the skeletal issues and the hernia.
Between August and October I lost 9 pounds (intentionally) but due to lack of discipline and a cold and various other things, my diet has relaxed somewhat and I've put on 4 pounds across November.  Dang!!!!  I want to lose another 11 pounds from where I am now but I may have to go on hunger strike to get there !!!! :D

Free Range Naturism / Re: Natural Movements
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:21:20 AM »

Indeed, exercise seems to be the No1 policy for retaining the faculties and capabilities into old age.
I wish I enjoyed it! 
I've done something to my knee that is making it ache when I kneel or squat.  Not conducive to good yoga practice.  It's taking ages to clear up, if it is clearing up.  I think I must have pulled a ligament or a tendon.

Trip reports / Re: More About Redington Pass
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:18:04 AM »

Lovely place.
how far drive from Jbee castle?

That reminds me...Have you moved house yet ?  Still not found the ideal city property?

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:12:08 AM »

This is interesting - I think you are very intrepid, Martin M,
When you walk barefoot, as I do, you have to be very vigilant for lumps bumps and sharp things (not to mention soft and smelly things!) which come upon one with great rapidity.  When you are running I feel it must be almost impossible to anticipate hazards quickly enough to avoid them.  But I must be wrong otherwise people would not run barefoot as they evidently do in great numbers.
Does your conditioning develop thick callous of the sole that resists and cushions from the rough surfaces?  What changes in your feet are caused by the conditioning by being barefoot all the time?

Free Range Naturism / Re: Natural Movements
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:37:33 AM »

In my view you can't beat a bit of yoga for getting your strength and flexibility going again.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:34:04 AM »
Nuduke, did you ever have occasion to try out those stick on barefoot, but for the sole pads?

Yes I did.  I tried 1 pair of the pack of 3.  I didn't find them particularly useful or liberating.  They went on fine and were comfortable but they were very thin so in terms of walking on hard and uneven surfaces they were pretty ineffective.  They are advertised as being good for walking on hot sand and I think that is probably their best use.  However, again they stick to the soles and mould round the contours of your heel and arches etc. This means there is a margin at the side of your feet that is unprotected.  So on hot sand they may not be that good!  I didn't have any hot sand to test out on!! :)
So they don't provide much difference from being barefoot.  Whereas Xero shoes, huaraches, give you a protective sole enabling you to walk over stony terrain or more or less any surface for long distances (and I have hiked in them), I didn't feel the stick-on soles gave sufficient protection from pavement concrete or asphalt to be able to walk freely in them.  What they did do was reduce the sensitivity of the sole to potential danger underfoot.  I felt vulnerable to injury on anything other than grass, sand, soft ground and domestic floors.
A few years ago there was a different type of barefoot shoe available that had gel adhesive spread on the surface of a rigid and quite solid sole.  So the feet just stood on the soles.  I repeat purchased 2 or 3 pairs of those as for home, garden and short walks they definitely allowed you to walk anywhere with the top of the foot unencumbered by any clothing. However, they were a standard sole size and some of the adhesive surface was always exposed.  So walking on grass or sand or dusty surfaces, the unused, exposed adhesive collected crap which you couldn't then get off because it got embedded in the sticky gel layer.  These shoes were multi use (unlike the stick on soles) but every time you peeled them off some of the adhesive detached or would stick to your foot and was extremely difficult to remove.  The instructions told you to wash the shoes in water and the dirt would come off and the adhesive would did not do what it said on the tin.  With repeated (3 or 4 times) usage, the adhesive would not stick in parts.  Imagine the difficulty in walking whan one shoe has the toe end flopping about and the other has the heel end partially not sticking to your foot.

Both types were a novelty and a bit of fun but neither worthy of being called proper footwear.


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