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Winter weather

January 16, 2019

Ah the winter Cretian weather is more changeable than a Cymraeg summer! Last night I sat and watched huge waves crashing under the silvery moonlight while over on the far horizon lightening flashed like a warzone or alien invasion (I’ve been watching some great horror films lately 😬). The past few days the wind has rocked the van so hard that at times it felt as though elephants were pushing from either side. Waves are tumbling so fast I haven’t…

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A waking heart

December 28, 2018

  I searched for myself in the judgement of ancestors & echochambers under listening feet / fumbling through the words of others I foraged line-breaks & metaphor / stumbled into punctuation / I have been overactive & inert / push forward & withhold / over the solstice time no ritual spoke to this quiet heart & I retreated into wine bottles & maudlin / gnawing at my bare heels the words: you are not doing enough, you are not enough…

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Solstice tree dreaming

December 22, 2018

  Last night’s solstice was a subtle affair. After making mulled wine with Croatian produce (the white wine and honey were gifts; the carob, clementine and pomegranate from the market in Split) I downloaded a nidra journey session from Liminal Roots Botanica, and spent some time reflecting on last year while setting an intention for the coming one. The spirit animal card pulled was The Rabbit, for creative endeavour, for accepting that the journey is never a linear process and…

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Winter solstice

December 20, 2018

  The winter solstice is nearly upon us. Over these past few years I’ve found myself decoupling from the frenzy of Xmas. Perhaps it’s because our children are now grown adults with lives of their own; or because my elderly relatives no longer all congregate together so that I no longer cook a giant meal; or that other family members are now spread out across the world more; or that I’m tuning more into myself and the land. Whatever the…

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December 4, 2018

  Thinking today about how everything we do creates ripples – whether we intend to or not. I read this morning about the rugby rape trial in Ireland and the ripples that has caused, polarising the community across Ireland and beyond. The woman who stood her ground to take them to trial is brave beyond imagining and I genuinely wept to read of her treatment in court and on social media. One of the things that horrified me was the…

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Goodbye Slovenia – hello Croatia

December 3, 2018

  Morning swim in the fog. Temperature is dropping. Still exhilarating. Goodbye Slovenia you are utterly beautiful – we will be back. Photo by Andy Garside, the love of my life, who is back home with us now in the van. #outdoorswimmingsociety #outdoors #slovenia #winterswimming #vanlifeeurope #liveauthentic #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #traveller #exploretocreate #natureinspires #morningswim #underwater #coldwater #lifeofadventure #wearewild #slowlife #slowliving #slowtravel #vanlifemoment #adventureanywhere #stayawhile…

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Solitary time

November 30, 2018

  I’m quite happy being solitary. As I get older I crave it more. When I was younger I’d want company but then would have to drink a silly amount before I could feel comfortable. There was always the ‘should’ element to it: I should be going out more; I should be more sociable; I should have more friends. As I got older and discovered poetry I realise I took some of that into my art: I should write like…

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Letting the world go by

November 29, 2018

  Hiking along the coast this morning I come across a place that flows into my internal landscape. I see these trees at the end of another year’s growth, stripped bare and silent as winter rolls into thoughts, and I feel like this photograph: I am the trees letting go of leaves so that I might hibernate; the mountains in the far distance are enfolded in cloud so that I can hardly make them out. That is my creative work…

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Heading east

November 26, 2018

  After nearly two months in Italy we leave in a few days. It’s a beautiful country, but definitely one of distinct contrasts. I’ll have a lot of fond memories of this place including slow walks around Venice, mountain biking in the Dolomites and immersing in the culture of Florence. But this is also the place where our van got broken into and some areas don’t feel so nice to be in. The north is more welcoming and beautiful than…

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The sun always rises

November 22, 2018

Woke to this glorious sunrise. Still processing everything that’s happened over the past few weeks – still in awe at our amazing friends and family who’ve shown such staunch support. Our son has come to visit for a few days so we’ve booked into a place near Florence to take time out. Living your dreams is never easy – no matter what Instagram shows. But I do love the inspirational side of Instagram: we saw people living a more nomadic,…

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