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Suggestions / Are we private or public?
« on: March 31, 2021, 09:17:05 AM »
I happened to click on Stuart & Karl's FRN site just now on a new device with which I have never logged into the forum before.  On clicking the Forum menu link, there was the forum publicly visible and available to post to anyone on the Web apparently.  Yet I always sign in to use the Forum.  Is the forum restricted to its members or is it100% open to the world?

Free Range Naturism / Walk in Yeldew's Woods
« on: July 20, 2019, 05:08:09 PM »

Last Saturday, in the company of our colleague Yeldew (Norman), I shared a lovely walk in some woods that he frequented.
Norman and I have got to know each other rather better because we both go to the same naturist swim - he every meeting and me occasionally when I get the chance.
We got chatting about our respective naturist activities and I discovered that Norman goes regularly on the Naturist Ramblers hikes and goes abroad with his small camper van to join Sunseekers, a group that do naturist walking in Europe.  His visits to this woodland were frequent over many years and I expressed an interest so he invited me to join him.  This was all contingent on me being able to avoid my dear wife's disapproval and possibly presenting me with some vital reason to be at home!  But we managed to find the 13th July in our respective diaries as a mutually convenient date for a rendezvous.

This required some weeks 'conditioning' of my wife to expect me to go on this naked expedition and on the day, despite her third or fourth expression of her hatred of my naturism and being unable to fathom why I wanted to do such things, she nevertheless didn't put any barriers up to my going and she bid me a grudging cheerio about 9.30 on that morning.  It was a reasonably nice day being forecast mainly cloudy with sunny intervals, 18-20 degC with <5% chance of rain. 
The drive to the rendezvous point for me was a bit short of 40 minutes and
I called Norman ahead to say I was on the road and he was there when I arrived to greet each other, tuck our cars to either side of the well-maintained entry gate (in case any tractors needed to get in) and load up our light walking packs on our shoulders.

We entered the wood by the gate onto well made wide paths of crushed stone between high trees in this old but well maintained forest.
After only about 100 yards and round a bend out of sight of the gate, Norman announced that this was where he usually got naked.  So we did.  He strongly advised using insect repellant as he had been there the previous day and had been bitten quite a few times on the legs and buttocks by horse flies from the fields at one extreme of the woods.  I chatted and sprayed deet on my body but must have carelessly forgotten my face and neck because on the following morning, I had 6 or 7 bites on forehead and neck.  How the little beggers do it without you noticing I shall never understand!  Hope yours have stopped itching, Norman!

We walked on and I remarked that on such a wide and well made path I would never normally get naked for fear of encounters.  Norman assured me that in years of walking here he had encountered almost no one and that was usually a forestry worker or two that bid him a cheery 'hello'.  So I settled down with the confidence of Norman's past experience to enjoy the walk.
And it wasn't long before the main path that as laid for access by tractors and trucks, began to fade into mere tractor ruts and as Norman walked us off the beaten track where the beautiful lush woodland undergrowth had all but reclaimed the tracks of forest management.

After only about half an hour we stopped for a sip of water and a sit down.  Not because we needed it particularly but because it was somewhere to sit in a wood that Norman informed me was so well managed that there was virtually nowhere to sit.

After a while we strode on and as the undergrowth got denser I began to feel the delight and deep pleasure of being naked in nature.  At one point I asked Norman to carry my pack and boots so I could be fully naked.   "There," I said "Completely naked. Aaahhh".  "No you're not!" remarked Norman "You've still go your glasses on!"  We laughed but that was an example of how difficult it is to get really away from it ALL.  Even in this large wood which was bisected by a main 'A' road we could often catch the sound of distant traffic.  But peace reigned in this woodland with thick undergrowth and as we walked with depth of undergrowth darkening the space beyond the fringes of the path.

We walked on and Norman became a little uncertain of our position (no cell signal and he had forgotten his GPS!) and we entered a clearing with a fallen tree.  "Good spot for lunch" I ventured and though it was a bit early, we enjoyed our sandwiches in the relative comfort of somewhere to sit and the small travel rug that Norman had remembered!

By this time we were 3/4 round our circular trip and the final surprise that Norman took me to was a fenced compound of deserted derelict concrete buildings which looked as though they had been a military facility at one time (which I forgot to photograph, sorry!).  They were covered in graffiti, indicating that others had indeed been here with less benign intentions than a bit of naturist walking.  And then we crossed a relatively new bit of made road, with pavement maybe 50 yards or so connecting with an existing road.  That seemed to me to be the pre-preparation for some sort of development of the site in the future, perhaps putting paid to nude forays.  We shall see. 
And we proceeded back to our origin as the wood became younger and more open and the forestry more evident with trees more in in rows and more uniform widths.

We arrived back at the disrobing point about two and a half hours later.  That was by far the longest naked walk I had ever had.  A new record and indeed a new target for me.  Routine for Norman but very special for me.  So thank you friend Yeldew for that great experience and let us repeat the pleasure again!
Hope you all enjoyed this report,


Free Range Naturism / Eureka!
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:04:41 PM »

Further to my note in 'How was your month...' today (Weds) started rather cloudy but then blossomed into a sunny day.  So off I went to see if I could enter the small patch of woodland I found late last year (or was it early this) and see if it was a suitable FRN location where I could get naked in nature.
Well, friends, I am delighted to say it was.  So here's a report:
The patch of wood, or copse is only about 1 mile from my home, in the middle of 2 or 3 fields with our village and the next village on either side but some distance away.  I set out at about 12.45pm on a good lope along the main road between the 2 villages then through a gate and along a field path to the copse which is very small, only about 1/10 mile at the longest (630ft) and 290 feet wide.  Compare this with the woods I used to walk in before we moved which was almost a mile in diameter.  On the way I spotted a deer in the field next to the wood.  Oh dear, deer.  That means dung to look out for and of course, if they live in the wood, that there may be deer ticks and danger of Lyme disease.  Blast!

So my initial expectations were that it was probably too sparse and anyone passing could see right into the middle.  I crossed the little bridge and entered the edge of the wood.  You may recall that on my earlier recce which was in the cold and wet winter, I was able to enter the edge of the wood - maybe 50-100ft in, but was soon prevented from going any further by a deep ditch with water at the bottom.  I approached this with some trepidation but as I had anticipated in my previous mail the ditch was now reasonably drained and scrambling down and leaping across was easy (and, I thought, if easy for me, then easy for anyone so beware - others may use this location).  So I was in!
I walked around and the wood was in fact lovely.  Mature trees with thick ivy trunks snaking up them and dense enough for cover.  The birds sang and the squirrels scattered. 

After only about a minute or two's walk I was at the other edge and looking out onto the field at the back.  The next habitation could be seen but it was too far away for anyone to see into the trees.  I was in the centre of 3 large fields about 700ft from the road and 2000+ ft from the nearest buildings (houses).  The area was about 230 acres or 95 hectares.  More than enough either for me to see people (or tractors) coming and also to make me fairly invisible in the middle of the patch although one could see out through gaps almost everywhere in the centre. All was quiet and still in the lovely late morning sunshine.
But there were plenty of signs of people.  Several fertiliser bags, the odd drinks can, a strange bucket affair (illustrated) and this blue chemical drum which contained grain, oats I think, some of which was scattered on the ground round the drum.  I figured this would be deer food supplement - so they do live there.  I need to be cautious about picking up a tick.  There was little Deer dung around, happily (although there were patches of bird guano which I suspect was from) pigeons).  Also there was a considerable ground cover of nettles.  This IS a problem in that as the year progresses they may take over the ground altogether making it impossible to pass into the wood at all.  As it was I got stung on my shin and it still hurts a bit as I write some 9 hours later. was clear that this indeed was a place for secret, solitary, contemplative naturism.  Hurrah!  a regular haunt at last.  But as yet I was still clothed.  This did not last long.  I was out of my clothes rapidly.  A problem was the ground.  When I get naked, I want to be naked and I don't feel completely FRN with my walking boots on.  But the ground was very uncomfortable with hard pebbly soil and lots of sticks, stones and pea to grape sized pebbles and dried mud clots.  So I had to wear my boots.  Next time I must bring some flip flops.  They will allow me enough cushion to walk around completely naked enough.  In this little space I could do yoga and maybe eat lunch :) .  What I need is a seat.  There are several fallen trunks but they were impossible to sit on due to the considerable overgrowth if ivy and many protruding twigs.  Again, next time I'll bring some secateurs and make me a seat.  Or bring a chair and store it there - like Dave Balead used to do.  I think a natural seat would be better!
So, naked, I walked around a bit and meditated quietly, listening to the music of the birds and luxuriating in the lovely sunshine falling between the tree boles.
I took these photos
After about 20 minutes, I dressed and walked out of the opposite side of the wood to recce the space beyond.  The view was entirely clear and it immediately occurred to me that on a future occasion I might sunbathe on the field margin or even walk along the perimeter of the wood and take the sun.  I am delighted that I have found an easily accessible FRN spot, hopefully, to call my own when I go there and experience the air on my skin and the forest enchantment across the seasons.  Watch this space, I guess! :)

General Naturism Discussion / Smooth Hound
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:54:18 PM »

I just wanted to share this to find out what others do.

Over the years I have become a smooth naturist i.e. I remove all hair below the neck if I can.
Whilst I used to leave a bit of pube up to a year or so ago (wife's protestations again), I now remove all my body hair and I have to say that I love my appearance 'smooth' i.e. without any unseemly tufts of hair everywhere.  One aid to keeping myself smooth has been a Philips Bodygroom which was recommended by Nigel Nib who is (or was) also a smoothie (not to be confused with the beverage of pulverised fruit - non, no it would be very uncomfortable to have your fruits pulverised!).  I also have a shave in the shower each day which keeps everything as hairless as is practical.
What do you do, dear Free Range Naturists?  Hairy, semi shaved or smooth?  Have we discussed this before? - I don't recall if we have.
My journey to hairlessness has been one of many years.  It started with practicality.  I used to suffer from haemorrhoids which I have cured over the years by better diet and squatting to defaecate.  However I was troubled by this perianal nuisance for many years and had to put gooey ointments on them to stave the pain.  However, this was a very messy arrangement as I had hair around my anus and in my crack and this used to get caked with the cream and cause skid marks on the underpants etc.  The better pile relief preparations are oil or petroleum jelly based making it a sticky and messy perpetual chore to get the ointment on or off.  Sorry - is this too much information?  So one day I decided to trim  the perianal hair which I did by crouching over a mirror.  This led to a great improvement in dealing with the pile ointment until eventually I shaved the hair off altogether between my buttocks and across my perineum.  Not only did this improve the pile ointment problem enormously but it led to a considerable improvement in hygiene after defaecation and felt nice too!  Then one day I thought I might do under my arms.  Been doing that so long now the hair in those regions never really grows back significantly and I only need to shave them once every few weeks. 

I am not very hairy overall - never had any hair on my calves and lower leg and very little on my upper legs and only a central 'tuft' on my chest (which I never liked).  But for probably social cohesive reasons etc., I didn't want to be seen in the changing room or bedroom without pubes - it was more years before my attention turned to the pubic, femoral and torso regions!  Eventually, having discovered Nib's secret the Philips Body groomer, I started to shave any remaining hair from my legs and chest and a 'Number One' cut on my pubes (i.e. the shortest length with the clippers).  And over time and particularly in recent months I have cast away my wife's preference for me having pubes (she says I look like a baby without!) and I now shave everything I can find regularly and the pubes daily to be as smooth a smoothie as I can and I have to say I find not having any body hair a perpetual pleasure in appearance and convenience.

I do have long hair on my head (I can just about gather it in a small pony tail at the back) and a gohti beard (clipped to number 1) so I feel a bit of a hypocrite re smoothness.  However, I'm told I look a trifle more wise and distingué with the beard (particularly by Mrs N) and I am somewhat afraid of the radicalness and possible regrowth consequences (all grey?) if I have a clippered haircut or a shaved head.  That aspect of smoothness about the head to match the body bothers me hardly at all although I am slightly envious of the many males of my acquaintance who have shaved heads - less bother with hairdressers, shampooing and time saved in the morning brushing it.  But perhaps more bother with shaving preparations and razors in the shower.  Can one shave one's own head without craning in the mirror and risking lacerations from the razor? I have to admit that if I'm not careful I can get a blaze of barber's rash (I get this on face from wet shaving so I always use an electric although, for no reason apparent, the electric tends to irritate my groin regions whilst being better for the face).

Enough from me!!
Any comments?
Smoothie John

Free Range Naturism / Snow Angel
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:11:49 PM »
 Guys, it was snowy early this morning and I had a little adventure.
We are having a pretty bad spell of snow in the UK and our area was not spared the frozen white inconvenience. As luck would have it the thing I was due to attend this morning was cancelled by 8.30 ish so I had a free day. "Right!" said I to wifey "you don't get many chances for a snow angel! Life's too short - I'm off to play in the snow!" So I fiddled around with my cellphone, propping it up in an upstairs window so I got an aerial view, started the video, went downstairs into the garden and made a lovely snow angel naked (that's me not the angel) in about -5deg c (23 deg F). Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to post the video without giving the world access to my photo store so here are some video frames. First the long view. The blue circle was a tuft of grass where I was to aim for to get in the centre of the video but I misjudged tufts and ended up at the edge of the picture

Next the angel moment - I clipped a frame from the video and zoomed it in at its climax whilst I was angel-ing!  Sorry only half of me in frame (quite enough some might say!).

I was overjoyed to have done this - it has been a smaller item on life's bucket list. I have to say that I've played naked in the snow before but there wasn't enough for an angel so this time on the soft grass it was ideal.

It was cold! I didn't feel shivery at all but the pain of the snow on my skin glowed for some time after I got inside again. Having made my contribution to snow art, I went upstairs clad in dressing gown (US=bathrobe) and announced I had achieved my little ambition. "Did you do it naked!" said Mrs N with obviously the shock of realisation that had not occurred to her before. "Of course" I smiled. "Let me have a look then", she said rising from bed and heading for the appropriate bedroom window. Thinking quickly I said "I'll show you" and dashed downstairs and out into the garden naked and pointed it out with a little dance in the snow. I could hear her objecting through closed double glazed windows! So I made a snowball and threw it at the window. She smiled and saw the fun of it really.

Then she decided to make a snowman. She dressed in several layers, hat, boots etc etc and tramped into the garden and started rolling snow. "Coming to help!" I shouted and once again leapt into the garden naked. She was not amused and asked me to go in after only a minute or so.  "I'm not cold" I said (lying!). "I don't care, she said - I hate you being naked like that."

So I went in, put on overalls and boots and a coat and we had a few laughs at our very unsuccessful snowman building effort as the snow was unusually powdery and not adherent at all.  Eventually she got a dwarf snowman constructed and after the obligatory photos we went in for breakfast before which I had a brief but hot shower to warm up.

Not as involved as JBee and DF's exploits but we had a little fun nevertheless and I got a bit more outdoor naked fun than I expected!


General Naturism Discussion / STATS!
« on: January 03, 2017, 10:38:27 AM »

Good heavens, people, I just discovered the amazing and awesome STATS page on this forum.
Wow, this is one great value forum software, Stuart & Karla!!

You can see who's in the driving seat for post volume (Jbee and Duane) and incredibly heartwarming observations like Dave balead whom we almost never hear from these days is in fact 8th in the list of time spent online.  This means you are keeping up with us, Dave!  Hi and great to know you are still in and around. 

Then there's the count by month by postings going back to 2013.  After the TSNS invasion (or rescue) you can now clearly see the annual bell curve of the annual cycle of ebb and flow of topics and posts - less in winter, much more in summer.

Never will I need to do one of those tedious posts where I count up the posts and admire the top posters and berate the backsliders who have not posted so much!  You just have to glance at the STATS page.

I exhort you to have a look!

STATS*?  I love 'em! 

* I put STATS in capitals as we always do for BEER ...and for similar reasons!

Free Range Naturism / At Long Last!!
« on: May 29, 2016, 12:54:30 AM »
I haven't started a new thread for a long time but today was special and I just wanted to bring to your attention that I had some naked hiking today!

Those of you who have followed my exploits in recent months will know that despite relocation to more rural circumstances, I have been somewhat frustrated by the lack of places that I can get naked in nature, albeit that my opportunity for garden and domestic naturism has been much increased.  The terrain is very flat in the whole county and woodland is very scarce, roads plentiful but parking on the narrow country roads often difficult or impossible and in summary despite a deal of ranging and recces, I haven't found a good place or places to hike or sunbathe skyclad yet....until today.

What happened was that, being a lovely spring day, intermittent sunny periods and light cloud, warm but not hot and no appointments or obligations... I decided to get on my rickety old electric bike and see how far it would take me on a battery charge.  For these purposes, a flat terrain is good. I cycled a mile or two to a commercial fishing lake I have been meaning to look over for months.  It was a really nice location and my subtext was to see if there was any naked walking potential.  It was a well-used facility and although a very nice locale which I will visit for some fishing, there was no woodland or brush to get concealed in and about a third of the perimeter was bordered by a camp site for caravans (not great for fishing ambience either).  Having chatted with a couple of fishermen and watched one pull out 3 crucian carp and 2 small tench in under 20 minutes, I determined to return with tackle.

Mounting again my trusty steed, I cycled on  in the effulgent sunshine through the next village and on into the deeper countryside where the road narrowed to a single track with absolutely no room for 2 vehicles to pass but sufficiently well made for me to be able to cycle safely and easily.  2 lady 'proper' cyclists passed me coming from the other direction and we exchanged greetings.  Eventually the road came to a ford across the local river.  Fords are an extreme rarity in the UK so I stopped to look over the bucolic scene.  Having appreciated that for a few minutes, I noted that where I had parked my bike was an ungated field entrance so, ever alive to possibilities of getting naked, I pulled my bike off the road and strolled but a few yards up a slight incline along the riverbank bordering the field.

As I stood there I noted that the road the other side of the ford was unmade so it was unlikely that any vehicles actually used the ford and indeed one could see a parralel road a few hundred yards away.  In the opposite direction there was a cluster of farm buildings and the rest of the vista was fields as far as the eye could see.  My SN risk calculator activated:  I could see for miles, I was out of sight of cars passing on the road which were very few, I could see the hardly-used road from whence I came and so I had a 360 degree surveillance.  The grass was tall at the edge of the field I stood in, there were a few trees and the chances of anyone approaching from about 300 of the 360 degrees was nil. 

I was prepared.  I had my zip-pocket hiking trousers on and a backpack.  So, I was able to strip off.  I had donned socks and walking shoes as a parallel precaution should I get the chance of some nice hiking which were a nuisance but not too much of a problem.  I was able to stand and sit sunbathing for a while and I rejoiced that I had finally got a decent chance to be naked in nature AND that I had taken it despite the usual taboos of being careful in a new location.

The river gurgled, the grass swished in the light breeze and the insects buzzed and chirped.  I sat comfortable on the dry, grassy earth and was filled for a moment with a joy of a return to SN after a very long gap.  At not very long length, perhaps 15' I re-robed and returned to my hapless conveyance.

As well as the ford there was a narrow footbridge over the river and with some care needed I walked my bike to the other side, 'scrambled' the 1-200 yards along the unmade dirt track to the road and was thereby able to make a circular trip home rather than have to retrace my initial journey.  Happily, my battery lasted the distance and the ride back was even pleasanter with the warm glow of having had some nude time and the knowledge that I will go there again soon (with a packed lunch and a book!).


General Naturism Discussion / AHG
« on: August 07, 2015, 09:17:01 PM »
Anyone definitely heading for Abbey House Gardens on 16th? 

I'm of a mind to just up and go there (and hang the divorce risk!) if there's good SN company in prospect.  If we move house to where we want, I shall be an extra hour's drive away and it may not be available next year! 

Weather forecast however is not good!


Introductions / Greetings from beyond
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:46:16 PM »
Hi there
Nuduke here!  After a gap of over a year since trying to register I finally managed to complete the log in procedure!
See you in the forums!

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