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Mountain-muse

September 24, 2018

  I got stuck with the novel these last few weeks because the realisation hit that the novel wants to say some things that I’m not sure I want to write. But as soon as I fight it, the inspiration vanishes. Last night I dreamed of the mountains, and today walking the hounds in the valley, looking up I realise it’s time to be brave – to give the novel the space to breath and grow and trust the process.…

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A food diary of sorts…

September 20, 2018

Today’s meal is inspired by recent friendships and travels. I suppose this is my way of processing everything I’ve learned and experienced over the past few weeks. This is a middle-Eastern spiced bean & rice stew. Usually I’d cook the rice separately but my Bengali friend taught me rice dhal (lentils, rice & potatoes all go in the one pan) and now I’m hooked. After this, spending time in the Refugee Community Kitchen and eating their delicious food got me…

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European vanlife

September 20, 2018

  Finished driving for the day. Feels like we’ve driven back into summer. Now for an evening of work. So much to do. Doesn’t feel so bad when this is the view though. We’re filled with a mixture of utter elation that we’re doing this and abject terror that it might all go wrong. But then if you don’t have a plan, how can it go wrong? 🙈#dailyconnectionwithnature day117 #vanlife #fulltimevanlife #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #europe #european #loveeurope #officeview #onelife #followyourfeet #followyourdreams…

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Conflicted

September 16, 2018

Today has been a day of contrasts: of spending half in a warehouse sorting clothes donations for refugees, thinking about the people each piece is destined for and the horrific circumstances that would force a person to leave their homeland in the hope of a future without war or persecution; and this evening walking carefree along a beautiful beach watching ferries trundle past in the bright autumn sun knowing I will wake to this view, and acutely aware that my…

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Time to uproot

September 11, 2018

  Followed a sign for a lake as I was thinking of swimming but it turned out to be a plant-filled-pond. Not swimmable! I did, however find this lovely wild mint instead. And the Alder trees here asked me to visualise what it is that I really want instead of what I think people want from me. Speaking the words out loud made them real: I want to travel Europe in the van with Andy and the hounds; with my…

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an education in food

September 9, 2018

Celebrated Bengali singer, songwriter, poet & archivist Moushumi Bhowmik and I are exploring north Wales (the place of my birth) this week. A shared love of good food and cooking means that our temporary cottage is filled with the most delicious aromas. On a day of torrential rain yesterday Moushumi made khichuri (red lentils, rice, potatoes, tomatoes & spices), with tomator chatni (a Bengali spiced tomato chutney), and begoon bhaja (aubergine fried with salt, turmeric & sugar). For dessert I made baked…

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