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Bodyboards & wetsuits

March 16, 2019

I love him because he says ‘let’s get the bodyboards and surfboard and wetsuits out,’ even when the waves look a bit big. I love him because he can’t swim very well but still catches more waves than me. I love that we laugh so much we gulp saltwater and choke until it runs in rivers out of our noses. I have a bruised knee and two swollen big toes. We are such surf amateurs but we have so much…

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Can I apply for European citizenship yet?

March 13, 2019

Today we wait to discover how UK MPs will vote on our position in Europe. I can’t believe our political system has descended into this farce. Our van travels are in part a protest against Brexit; travelling and meeting people from all over Europe who are bemused at our current political situation has only cemented my feelings of being utterly depressed over it all. I don’t use this blog to be overly confrontational, preferring instead to let my life speak…

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Sunset swimming

March 4, 2019

Watching my body, I am beginning to understand all the ways in which I shut her down; all the tiny actions each day that negate what she is communicating. This evening, intuition called for a swim and I dithered because it was getting dark and the water was cold, but I’ve learned that when I close off this voice, and a potential positive action, I create a void that instead is filled with negativity. Today, intuition and body led me…

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Staying put

March 3, 2019

We’ve ended up staying in the same place on Crete for weeks now which isn’t something we’d ever planned on. Usually we stay a few days then move on but ah! there’s something about this little spot overlooked on one side by yellow cliffs and the other by snow-capped mountains; behind us are the skeletons of ancient Minoan ruins, in front is the rolling Mediterranean Sea; the Saturday farmers market is filled with utterly delicious produce and the doggies have…

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My power animal

February 24, 2019

This is a journey about friendship as much as anything. Our hounds are wonderful companions who thrive on being outdoors in all weathers. They just love hikes, bikes and the sea. Bonnie’s favourite game is sticks thrown into rolling waves. I’ve never know a whippetx love the water in this way. She is fearless. She is my power animal ✊🏻💦🐉 photo by @andyrgarside 💚…

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Nature calling

February 22, 2019

Wild water on naked skin is utterly sublime. Stumbling across this hidden cove on our hike today was a gift I could not turn down. Feeling thoroughly grateful and inspired by the Cretian landscape at the moment. I look at the land & know she is beautiful: with her barren, angular rocks & scars, or her deep round basins of water & carpets of white & lilac wildflowers. I am learning to think of my body & mind in this…

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Sea swims & cold beach showers

February 17, 2019

Back on Crete. Back to sea swims & cold beach showers; to morning coastal hikes and foraging for inspiration in the mountains, waves & sunsets of this magical place. So much of the writing work has nothing to do with creating in a literal sense, instead it’s about clearing space & believing I have the right to do so; it’s about saying no & not feeling guilty when declining things that will eat into the writing time but won’t add…

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Family time

February 12, 2019

Travel is such a gift. The opportunity to grow, to see yourself in a new light, to see people from other countries as potential connections instead of a threat. It feels like two sides of a coin: the rooting in one place / \ the letting go & learning to fly. I used to think you should be one person or the other – now I realise that growth comes from learning when to grow roots, and when to grow…

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control

February 8, 2019

control: when I see you in dreams / your grief is a moon harrying oceans / on black nights I am weather patterns stuttering across the sky / it is exhausting to be shifting in this way // I can no longer be the rivers of your tears / can no longer be the dam or funnel you towards beauty // I have built endless canopies as shelter from this lunar gaze / still, interference weeps like white noise onto…

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Vegan pate

February 2, 2019

Made a vegan pate and it was delicious. What inspires my cooking is whatever’s in the kitchen at the time. I always loved this approach by Nigel Slater and find it works best for me too. A few years ago I got into the habit of making Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall’s beetroot hummus and I was thinking of that when I made this. Peel, de-seed & chop a butternut squash into chunks. I’ve had this squash in the cupboard for weeks and…

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