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full moon foraging

September 14, 2019

I woke this morning at 4am and couldn’t return to sleep. The full moon called from outside the van and so, pulling on shorts and fluffy poncho, I wandered outside to sit barefoot in brown, shrubby riverside grass knowing the wild mint threaded throughout the green landscape behind me. I have no photo. I didn’t take my phone. I sat with my face turned skyward for about an hour as the river silvered on before me, as constellations I do…

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meeting new friends & old

September 9, 2019

I’ve had a continual love-hate relationship with social media over the years. A couple of years ago I deleted Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Then when we hit the road I set up this new OUTSIDER Instagram account because I wanted to document these experiences. I’d thought to put it all in a book but as there’s no end date to these travelling days I didn’t know where the book should finish. I’ve preferred using Instagram/blog/Patreon instead. Maybe it’s less polished,…

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on learning and intuition

September 8, 2019

Woke thinking of this poem today so decided to go with it and post. It’s too easy to step away from the path of following intuition; the ego wants to start taking over saying, ‘ok this is a pattern so now you have to post at 6am every day for consistency blah blah blah’ or ‘ok, van photos are what get the most likes here so we’ll stick with that.’ But one of the things I wanted to do with…

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the joy of French autumn fruits

September 7, 2019

Loving all the autumn fruits around just now. Pictured here are a mix of blackberries foraged from a pleasant 10k hike around the farmlands and vineyards of Tillières, they’re near the very end of their harvest here so I’ll poach them rather eat fresh. These delicious crispy apples & fat, juicy yellow plums are from a farmer’s market stall the next day in Parthenay. I had information that the market in Parthenay is predominantly food on Saturdays but this one…

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south coast foraging

September 2, 2019

Sea beet, sea lettuce and a couple of edible others I’ve already forgotten the name of foraged from the shoreline here on the south coast of England. Although I’ve got books on foraging I’m never confident enough to eat it until I’ve been shown by a real-live-person. In this case the generous & knowledge-filled Caroline @foundandground has been utterly wonderful in showing me what’s what. She used the seabeet in a delicious tomato pasta sauce last night. Going to try…

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dod i glawr (‘Stiniog)

August 26, 2019

The title of this poem is a Cymraeg idiom ‘bring to light’, ‘Stiniog is short for Blaenau Ffestiniog, a place in north Wales where we used to go mountain biking. Some of my deepest connections with the land have happened after a particularly gnarly day of exercise. There’s something about pushing yourself physically across a landscape that allows the mind to seep into new places. There’s a lot of talk these days about how little value words have, it’s probably…

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when spider visits

August 21, 2019

This tiny spider has been exploring my workspace all morning and, watching her work, I feel an overwhelming sense of futility & loss. I look around & cannot see any green space to move her to. I remember what is outside & realised it’s more paving slabs, more tarmac, more concrete & steel, and now I’m filled with an overwhelming sense of sadness. I move the spider to a handrail outside in the hope she’ll find her way, but it’s…

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Birthday beach times

August 18, 2019

In the morning we drive to Hay-on-Wye farmers market where I snag the very last of the season’s cherries that have ripened to deepest burgundy in the summer sun. We eat savoury muffins of spinach & butternut squash and pizza slices warmed on a hot pan for brunch before beginning the drive west across Cymraeg landscapes whose undulations mirror the slate-grey clouds overhead. On the beach in Borth the hounds run in wild circles, tails whipping like helicopter blades when…

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