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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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When the mountain reveals herself

November 16, 2018

  Been awake for ages. Lying here in Italy but still on India-time. Trying to process these past few weeks but can’t seem to pull it all together in my head. Feels like the threads of creation I was hanging onto have begun to unravel out of my fingers and I’m not sure how to pull them back together anymore. This past year’s focus has been to slow it all down; to not chase things not meant for me; to…

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Olive tree country!

October 11, 2018

  We’re now in olive tree country! So many around here. This is what the olive trees spoke to me of today: I love olives and eat so many of them, but I’ll let you into a secret: I used to hate them. Honestly, I thought they tasted horrible, but I really wanted to like them because they’re in so many Mediterranean dishes I like. So I ate them anyway – all the time. I would order olives with everything;…

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Keep your eyes on the goal

October 9, 2018

  When we first sold everything to move into a van almost a year ago, we dreamed of working in, and exploring Europe. It was an exhilarating and terrifying decision because (unless you’re rich, which we’re not) there’s never an easy way to do it. You have to just go for it – death or glory style 🙈. And I think this lack of safety net is what stops a lot of working people from trying to live their dreams…

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Mountain showers

October 5, 2018

  Hiked 9k and 1200m up a mountain today. It was amazing – paragliders falling from the sky like confetti. Took 3hrs. We had to get the cable car down because there was nothing left in the tank. I’m not as fit as I thought I was. Feel totally knackered and amazing. We’d usually wash in a river or the nearby stream but they are glacial here and too cold so before heading out I filled our eco-shower with glacial…

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