Browsing Category:

dailyconnectionwithnature

dailyconnectionwithnature Europe feature nature travel

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…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature feature food Wales

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…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature field recordings nature

Field recordings

September 5, 2018

  Love my mini Zoom for when I quickly want to capture a specific sound. The bees are a choir buzzing around dad’s fuschias this morning 🐝🌺😍 #dailyconnectionwithnature day106 #bees #sound #fieldrecordings #fuschia #pink #flowers #lovebees #beefood #sunnymorning #outdoors #zoom #shotgunmic #busybee #listen #slowdown #dreamer #slowtime #flower #collector #buzz #getoutside #outsideeveryday #exploretocreate #momentsofmine #quitthechaos…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature Europe travel vanlife

Dreaming of the road

September 4, 2018

  We’re all itching to hit the road now. Van passed her MOT today with not too many things that needed fixing – new rear tyres will help with those climbs on the French and Swiss Alps. I’m missing having such an easy connection with nature – being back has made me realise how much concrete we’re surrounded by all the time in our towns and housing estates. Dreaming of chasing mountains and immersing in the waters and languages of…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature family nature Wales

Autumn calling

September 3, 2018

  Spent the afternoon with dad visiting some favourite places and watching him run riot on his new scooter while laughing his head off. Autumn is most definitely on her way 🍃🍂 🍁🥀 and with her the understanding that nothing lasts forever so to make the most of every moment. #dailyconnectionwithnature day104 (I’ve decided to do this for 365 days to see where it takes me.)…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature Europe family feature nature travel vanlife

Vanlife is not a crime

September 2, 2018

  We’re doing the family rounds before heading off to Europe in a couple of weeks. Visiting all their houses and trying to find places to park up whilst doing so makes me think again about our shift in lifestyle: switching from being settled to being nomadic. I’ve thought a lot about this lately because being in Wales means we come up against the many many rules and regulations that are designed to prevent people from travelling, including massive, empty…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature Mental Health nature Wales

shinrin-yoku

August 31, 2018

After a couple of days in Manchester I’m now leaving Andy and the hounds in north Wales and jumping on the train to South Wales for an event in Swansea tomorrow. I wanted to take time for some forest bathing in the woods we used to walk every day with our dogs before leaving. The Japanese call forest bathing shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Ah! This makes my heart sing. I’ve shared so many poems, laughs and…

Continue Reading

dailyconnectionwithnature feature nature travel vanlife

Daily Connection With Nature day100

August 30, 2018

  Today is day100 of #dailyconnectionwithnature so I had to feature the van. I can’t even begin to explain how switching to a nomadic lifestyle has changed us. When last in India I wrote a poem on an overnight train, and called it Dharma. It includes the lines: live as closely to nature as possible / create / love / everything else is superfluous / everything else is part of the lie that keeps you / enslaved like a battery…

Continue Reading