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The Contented Countryman

Nigel Hudson

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It's about nature connection, wildlife, rural lifestyle, the quest for freedom and adventure, reflection and contentment, and how the 'truly great' outdoors helps to shape our identity and passions.It's your opportunity to take time out from the stresses of modern life, to stop the wheels for a while, unplug from the daily grind, escape to an idyllic and peaceful place, and enjoy the natural world.

Latest Episodes

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 5

Traditional angler Fennel Hudson reflects upon his time at legendary big carp water Redmire Pool during its 80th Anniversary year.

9 MIN2019 MAY 5
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Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 5

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 4

Traditional angler Fennel Hudson discusses the winning tactics at Redmire Pool, noting the crossovers between traditional and modern methods used to catch the pool's big carp.

17 MIN2019 MAY 5
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Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 4

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 3

In this podcast we listen in to the conversations between Fennel Hudson, Stu Harris, Martin Herrington and Jon Berry as they meet on the Redmire dam at first light to discuss the capture of a special fish, and to watch the sun rise. The voices are hushed, as you would expect for time of day, so listen carefully to what they have to say.

21 MIN2019 MAY 5
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Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 3

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 2

In this episode, traditional angler Fennel Hudson continues his report from historic carp water Redmire Pool during its 80th Anniversary feature for Angling Times. He discusses the tactics and approach employed by the anglers in response to the lake's challenges, and how they achieved their early successes.

10 MIN2019 MAY 5
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Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 2

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 1

Traditional angler Fennel Hudson reports from historic carp lake Redmire Pool during its 80th Anniversary feature for Angling Times.

15 MIN2019 MAY 5
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Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 1

The Flyfishers' Club Annual Dinner

In this episode, we get a rare and privileged glimpse into the upper echelons of angling when Fennel introduces the Guest Speaker at the Annual Dinner of the Flyfishers' Club of London. We hear all of the after-dinner speeches, including the keynote by cricketer John Barclay.

53 MIN2018 NOV 20
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The Flyfishers' Club Annual Dinner

Episode 6 - The Canvas Effect (summer camping & the ultimate tent)

In this episode, lifestyle author Fennel Hudson reads from his new book 'Fine Things', Fennel's Journal No. 8. The chapter is entitled 'The Canvas Effect' and it tells the funny story of how he came to discover and purchase the ultimate tent: a Tentipi Safir CP.

14 MIN2017 JUN 29
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Episode 6 - The Canvas Effect (summer camping & the ultimate tent)

Episode 5 - Rural Cycling, The Pashley Guv'nor

In this episode, lifestyle author Fennel Hudson talks about his love of countryside cycling where, by taking it easy and cycling during the quiet times of day, we can observe and appreciate more of what's around us. In celebration of rural cycling, he also reads a chapter from his new book 'Fine Things' (available to purchase at fennelspriory.com). The chapter's entitled 'The Guv'nor' and it describes Fennel's funny and eccentric route to discovering and purchasing his ultimate traditionally-style bicycle: the Pashley Guv'nor.

15 MIN2017 JUN 23
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Episode 5 - Rural Cycling, The Pashley Guv'nor

Episode 4 - The Fennel's Journal Story

In this episode, lifestyle author Fennel Hudson shares the 21-year story of his Fennel's Journal series of books, explaining how they track his journey to contentment and why many people refer to the series as a 'route map to freedom'. He explains that the 14 books in the Fennel's Journal series are aboutlife in the slow lane, away from the pressures and fast pace of modern living. "It’s about escapism, freedom and adventure in the great outdoors. It’s about the discovery and rediscovery of self, being individual, nurturing one’s self-belief, and realising one’s dreams. It’s about defining and living your life on your terms, and keeping the balance by knowing how to ‘Stop – Unplug – Escape – Enjoy’. Ultimately it’s about having fun. About celebrating the eccentricities of life and maintaining one’s spirits amidst the chaos." That’s why each book begins with an instruction to take time out from the stresses of modern living, to stop the wheels for a while, unplug from th...

33 MIN2017 MAY 19
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Episode 4 - The Fennel's Journal Story

Episode 3 –Countryside Contentment

In this episode, lifestyle and countryside author Fennel Hudsonexplores the concept of 'countryside contentment', comparing it to the fashionable contentment trends 'hygge', 'lagom' and 'cwtch'. He looks at how natural history and lifestyle authors have described rural contentment, with a quote by Elizabeth West summing up the appeal of the simple life:“For nine years we have been living in comparative isolation and with very little money upon a windswept moorland in North Wales. What effect has this had on us? We are very much more aware of natural things – the feel of the wind, the direction of the sun and the movements and sounds of other living things…We have our own interpretation of Gandhi’s philosophy of ‘enoughness’. We want enough money to live our sort of life – we don’t want more than enough. And in living the ‘simple life’, it is time we are usually short of, not money.” Full transcript of the podcast is available at:http://www.fennelspriory.com/contented-coun...

28 MIN2017 APR 6
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Episode 3 –Countryside Contentment

Latest Episodes

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 5

Traditional angler Fennel Hudson reflects upon his time at legendary big carp water Redmire Pool during its 80th Anniversary year.

9 MIN2019 MAY 5
Comments
Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 5

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 4

Traditional angler Fennel Hudson discusses the winning tactics at Redmire Pool, noting the crossovers between traditional and modern methods used to catch the pool's big carp.

17 MIN2019 MAY 5
Comments
Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 4

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 3

In this podcast we listen in to the conversations between Fennel Hudson, Stu Harris, Martin Herrington and Jon Berry as they meet on the Redmire dam at first light to discuss the capture of a special fish, and to watch the sun rise. The voices are hushed, as you would expect for time of day, so listen carefully to what they have to say.

21 MIN2019 MAY 5
Comments
Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 3

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 2

In this episode, traditional angler Fennel Hudson continues his report from historic carp water Redmire Pool during its 80th Anniversary feature for Angling Times. He discusses the tactics and approach employed by the anglers in response to the lake's challenges, and how they achieved their early successes.

10 MIN2019 MAY 5
Comments
Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 2

Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 1

Traditional angler Fennel Hudson reports from historic carp lake Redmire Pool during its 80th Anniversary feature for Angling Times.

15 MIN2019 MAY 5
Comments
Carp Fishing at Redmire Pool - Part 1

The Flyfishers' Club Annual Dinner

In this episode, we get a rare and privileged glimpse into the upper echelons of angling when Fennel introduces the Guest Speaker at the Annual Dinner of the Flyfishers' Club of London. We hear all of the after-dinner speeches, including the keynote by cricketer John Barclay.

53 MIN2018 NOV 20
Comments
The Flyfishers' Club Annual Dinner

Episode 6 - The Canvas Effect (summer camping & the ultimate tent)

In this episode, lifestyle author Fennel Hudson reads from his new book 'Fine Things', Fennel's Journal No. 8. The chapter is entitled 'The Canvas Effect' and it tells the funny story of how he came to discover and purchase the ultimate tent: a Tentipi Safir CP.

14 MIN2017 JUN 29
Comments
Episode 6 - The Canvas Effect (summer camping & the ultimate tent)

Episode 5 - Rural Cycling, The Pashley Guv'nor

In this episode, lifestyle author Fennel Hudson talks about his love of countryside cycling where, by taking it easy and cycling during the quiet times of day, we can observe and appreciate more of what's around us. In celebration of rural cycling, he also reads a chapter from his new book 'Fine Things' (available to purchase at fennelspriory.com). The chapter's entitled 'The Guv'nor' and it describes Fennel's funny and eccentric route to discovering and purchasing his ultimate traditionally-style bicycle: the Pashley Guv'nor.

15 MIN2017 JUN 23
Comments
Episode 5 - Rural Cycling, The Pashley Guv'nor

Episode 4 - The Fennel's Journal Story

In this episode, lifestyle author Fennel Hudson shares the 21-year story of his Fennel's Journal series of books, explaining how they track his journey to contentment and why many people refer to the series as a 'route map to freedom'. He explains that the 14 books in the Fennel's Journal series are aboutlife in the slow lane, away from the pressures and fast pace of modern living. "It’s about escapism, freedom and adventure in the great outdoors. It’s about the discovery and rediscovery of self, being individual, nurturing one’s self-belief, and realising one’s dreams. It’s about defining and living your life on your terms, and keeping the balance by knowing how to ‘Stop – Unplug – Escape – Enjoy’. Ultimately it’s about having fun. About celebrating the eccentricities of life and maintaining one’s spirits amidst the chaos." That’s why each book begins with an instruction to take time out from the stresses of modern living, to stop the wheels for a while, unplug from th...

33 MIN2017 MAY 19
Comments
Episode 4 - The Fennel's Journal Story

Episode 3 –Countryside Contentment

In this episode, lifestyle and countryside author Fennel Hudsonexplores the concept of 'countryside contentment', comparing it to the fashionable contentment trends 'hygge', 'lagom' and 'cwtch'. He looks at how natural history and lifestyle authors have described rural contentment, with a quote by Elizabeth West summing up the appeal of the simple life:“For nine years we have been living in comparative isolation and with very little money upon a windswept moorland in North Wales. What effect has this had on us? We are very much more aware of natural things – the feel of the wind, the direction of the sun and the movements and sounds of other living things…We have our own interpretation of Gandhi’s philosophy of ‘enoughness’. We want enough money to live our sort of life – we don’t want more than enough. And in living the ‘simple life’, it is time we are usually short of, not money.” Full transcript of the podcast is available at:http://www.fennelspriory.com/contented-coun...

28 MIN2017 APR 6
Comments
Episode 3 –Countryside Contentment
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