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What love is

December 5, 2018

  Love this photo. Love this man. One year in the van has had us doing a lot of reflecting on what it takes to keep a relationship working – and sometimes it’s as mercenary as one person not being prepared to let go when the other can’t see a way forward. Over our 14+ years together that’s oscillated between us. We’ve achieved so much, from bringing up our family, to curating events and supporting each other through freelance life;…

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Back together

December 2, 2018

  I’ve loved these past few solo days exploring the Slovenian coastline with this pair. They are such good company – a complete handful at times but we wouldn’t have them any other way. More and more I’m folding into this nomadic way of life and love being free to follow intuition and magic; learning to listen to the land with ears, heart and mind; flowing across landscapes like a river. This life definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s the…

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What buys happiness?

November 15, 2018

  Woke up in my own bed this morning with hounds all snoring softly around us. Andy starts laughing as he wakes from a dream in which everyone except him turns up to a wedding in fancy dress. He informs me I am not the dashing-Jonny-Depp-Captain-Jack-Sparrow character I’d envisaged, I am more captain Pugwash; and we laugh until tears roll down our faces and the doggies play ‘musical beds’, climbing over us, digging into the duvet, circling to mark their…

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bengali hospitality

November 6, 2018

  Bengali hospitality and cuisine take some beating and I’m discovering first-hand why they’re legendary. While travelling across this ever-changing country new friends are delighting in introducing me to Bengali cuisine; eating here is part of an education in the culture and a way to make a deeper connection with the land. I’m beginning to realise how important sweets are in Bengali and Nepali culture. Bought from small shops a bit like European patisseries, these are often milk or cheese…

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National Poetry Day

October 4, 2018

  As it’s #nationalpoetryday today here’s a piece commissioned for National Poetry Day’s Free The Word Project earlier this year. BBC Radio Wales listeners called in with a word they felt best reflected Wales. I got to choose my favourite word from these and write a poem on it. I chose ‘cwtch’, for my grandson Arthur ❤️. …. ADDED NOTE: I realise I’ve written on the PDF that this was ‘on’ National Poetry Day, when it should say ‘for’ National…

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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.)…

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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…

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Family Vs Vanlife

August 26, 2018

  We get asked about our family and how we cope with missing them on the road. Since moving into the van we’ve felt a significant shift in our connection with family because the van makes us aware of what is important, and also allows us to follow that, so when we’re in Wales we create a lot of quality family time. We’re not the grandparents who live two doors down and babysit every Friday night, but then our daughter…

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Honouring the self

March 10, 2018

The year begins with an unexpected connection to Eucalyptus and a deep need to follow this for a time, so I’ll return in April to evolve, to shed skin like the trees I’ve connected with, to create space and dream with the fire of the Portuguese sun, the eucalyptus trees and citrine stone. I do not know where this will lead but I read the words of Rumi: As you start to walk on the way, the way appears and…

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