Named after Lt Col Freddy Spencer-Chapman DSO’s epic book with the same title, this is an online journal devoted to adventuring, bushcraft skills, outdoors photography and journeys, “old ways” – both indigenous and pioneer, historical anecdotes and lessons learned, grooming, general “manliness” topics and book reviews of works likely to be of interest to the casual reader.
Freddy, as he liked to be known by all, was a dyed-in-the-wool, real-deal adventurer of the old-school. Not only did he live, travel, work and explore in the Arctic and the Himalayas in the 1930s, he operated behind Japanese lines in Occupied Malaya for almost four years without resupply. Naturalist, writer, adventurer and special forces soldier, Freddy is a solid role model for today’s generations… mostly.
He had suffered from what would now be diagnosed as clinical depression for most of his teenage years and all his adult life, and the condition was made worse from his experiences and hardships suffered during the Second World War.
In 1970, at the age of 64 and after a long illness, Freddy Spencer-Chapman killed himself with a fowling-piece in his study. He had lived by the mantra “Nothing is ever good or bad – what we THINK about it is what makes it so”, hence the title of his book and the borrowed title of this online journal. To honour Freddy Spencer-Chapman and what I believe would be his wishes, this journal will occasionally stray into territory dealing with coping with depression and PTSD in positive and uplifting ways.
I hope you find the material interesting. Thanks for visiting.