As I know that journalists are looking at this site, could you please leave ALL my family and friends ALONE. I did not ask for any of this attention, and my family and friends certainly didn’t. Thanks.
Since my refuge address was leaked in 2020, things have been between my solicitor and the police. I am exercising my right to remain silent.
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There is a name for people like this, but it is not printable here. Someone has already leaked my refuge address to the people I was rescued from by a women’s charity, so it’s just all got out of control. If I find out who this is, they will be reported to the police. Someone seems to have had the mad idea that I would want to communicate with the guilty parties.
Please note that I completely stopped reporting any historic issues in February 2020 after my father passed away and my refuge address was leaked and bugged. Yes. I mean what could go wrong, right? This and various other issues have theoretically been between the police and my solicitor – and NOT the U.N., the army, the airforce or the navy – since 2017.
One of the things that my discussions with various people about trolling has made me realise, is that it is important to remember why you started writing.
So, the reasons for starting this blog in 2012 were manifold; I love walking and the countryside, where my walking started over 20 years ago. I also wanted to learn about wild camping, to set myself some outdoor challenges and to celebrate the lives of friends and family I had lost.
Because of a little gang of hill trolls on Twitter, who maliciously targeted every walk I did – walks to remember my beloved mum, two of my cousins, my aunt and my tutor – my aims are now more selfish. I am focusing on work, self care, and rediscovering my love of the outdoors, without censoriousness from these trolls, who seem to flourish on Twitter. They believe they know best about everything. but I can’t help noticing that the people who really do know best about the outdoors hardly ever behave like this.
I have struggled to name the people involved for some reason, so, in the interests of other women and girls in the outdoor community, the ringleaders were “retired teacher” and “family man” Geoff Crowther (FarnotFast, geoffcrowther1), “retired teacher” Chrissie Crowther (ChrissieDixie, Woofbags, chrissiepebbles) and “homelessness advocacy worker” James Boulter (Backpackingbongos, bpackingbongos). Screenshots are available.
Although this continues to be a terrible period for many people, the vaccines and the lockdowns seem to be giving the people in Edinburgh an opportunity to reclaim their city for a while. Last week I realised that I may never see places like the Royal Mile without crowds again, so I have been exploring the old town.
For out of town readers, Edinburgh and most of Scotland is in full lockdown again. All residents must stay at home and only go out for essential journeys and local exercise. All photos posted since the first lockdown, and any posted in the coming weeks, are taken during permitted exercise in my local area, as I don’t have a car, and haven’t used buses for quite a while.
As a distraction, these are some pics of the city gradually being reclaimed or re-wilded by nature, as ground maintenance contracts ground to a halt last Spring. I have found something uplifting about watching this process and seeing the distinction between town and country blurring just a little.
I have added two new sections to my Edinburgh walks called City Strolls and Leith Loping which began with some of my lockdown walks around the city. They are mainly linear routes under 5 miles which could be made longer by returning to your starting point. They would suit anyone who just wants to get out of the house for exercise and a bit of vitamin D. These routes avoid busy roads as much as possible, and are all accessible by public transport or on foot.
FYI I am now Rucksack Rosie with an i, rather than Rucksack Rose on all my sites, so the link to my website has changed to rucksackrosie.wordpress.com just because it feels friendlier somehow. I am not a tech specialist but this may mean you will need to refresh your website links. Otherwise I am gradually editing the links in my blog so that they continue to work. If you find any broken links let me know. Thanks for your continued company.
Although these are strange and difficult times, there is some consolation in having the time to explore Edinburgh more – away from the main thoroughfares. It is a such a good way of keeping things in perspective.