Episode 62: Whittled Away, a Photography Series, with Patrick Cross

We have talked about the book “Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature” twice already. In episode 20 our guest was the author, Pádraic Fogarty, who was also featured in episode 35 where I brought you the recording of his talk under the same title as the book.

Today I talk with Patrick Cross about his photographic project based on that book. We also talk about photography (the outdoors flavour), human impact on the environment and natural history.

Episode 61: African Swine Fever Awareness and Prevention with Shane McAuliffe

The issue of African Swine Fever, ASF for short, is important for hunters and other outdoors people who might get to travel to countries with wild boar populations. In fact, all tourists travelling to and from countries where ASF is present should be aware of the basic facts and take the necessary precautions.

To raise awareness of this serious disease, I sat down with Shane McAuliffe, who is the director and secretary of the Irish Pig Health Society, to talk about ASF, what it is and what you should and shouldn’t do if you are coming back home from one of the countries where ASF is present.

Housekeeping 2020

It’s been a while since our last housekeeping update. So in this blog, I’m going to tell you what I’ve been up to recently and what to expect from Tommy’s Outdoors going forward.

First, I need to give myself a pat on the back. At the beginning of 2019, I promised to put out at least 30 episodes of the podcast. With episode 60 published on the 25th of December, I have successfully kept my promise.

In the coming year, I will keep the podcast on a biweekly schedule with new episodes published every second Wednesday. However, I am planning to do a few releases on Tuesdays to see if you like the timing better. As always, if you have any comments on this matter please leave them down below.

You’re going to see much more content on Tommy’s Outdoors YouTube channel. The videos will range from regular vlog updates to feel-good outdoors videos, from event reports to documentaries related to the issues important for outdoors people. I also hope to put out more video podcasts like this one.

Importantly, I am planning to cut back on the content on non-podcast weeks and use that time to focus on bigger projects, such as more ambitious video productions or blogs and articles that require more extensive research. I still might put out an odd blog post or vlog on those weeks, but I want to focus on quality over quantity.

Finally, you will see more affiliate links to products and services. This means that if you click on one of the product links and make any purchase (not necessarily the product that is linked), I will receive a small commission that helps me with the financial cost of running Tommy’s Outdoors platform. Obviously, the price you pay for the product won’t be affected. So if you need that roll of duct tape, go ahead and buy it through one of the links. You will get what you need and you will help me run the website and the podcast while you’re at it.

Episode 60: Merry Christmas Message from Tommy’s Outdoors

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all listeners to Tommy’s Outdoors podcast and viewers of Tommy’s Outdoors YouTube channel.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for joining me this year on Tommy’s Outdoors platform: the website, the podcast, and all the social media networks. Thank you for all the comments, likes, shares and other engagements, including those less than positive. It’s all good in the end and it encourages me to put out even more outdoors related content.

All the best and may you spend many unforgettable hours in the outdoors in the coming year.

Tommy’s Outdoors Top 10 Photos of 2019

After publishing two podcasts back to back in previous weeks today, for something different, I am posting the top 10 outdoors photos that I took in 2019. Most of them have already been posted on my Instagram page, but if you missed some or all of them, or Instagram is not your cup of tea, then here you have it.