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Building a tiny home on wheels

April 23, 2019

We built the van interior ourselves over the summer/autumn of 2017 and hit the road full-time at the end of that November. Andy’s a designer so he was able to draw up detailed plans. We watched endless YouTube videos of other people’s builds from across the world so that we could get a feel for what would work for us. We’d also converted a VWT5 the year before for holidays which gave us a good idea of the space we…

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Moving on

March 26, 2019

6.30pm and it’s still light – the sun is only just setting. I’m folded into a stack of reading research in the ‘lounge’. Andy’s in the the ‘office’ working away. Hounds are snoozing. We booked our ferry off Crete today. 11th April will be our last day here. Winter is well and truly over and the mainland calls. We found so much that was unexpected while overwintering on this beautiful Greek island. The most startling was the need to stay…

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Feeling festive

December 13, 2018

  Parked up at the most amazing beach, but the rain is hammering down and it’s pitch dark outside. Time to get festive! We’ve always left Xmas decorations until quite close to the day. It feels weird seeing them around too early. Mainland Europe appears to have a more sensible approach to the whole thing so we’re not overwhelmed by Xmas tat. Neither of us are even slightly religious – I’d go so far as to say that I’ve felt…

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A sense of achievement

December 11, 2018

  One of the things I love about Vanlife is the sense of achievement that comes from small but significant things as we take greater control of our lives. This week all the chores needed doing at once: we had to sort out a new gas bottle suitable for exchange in the Balkans, fill the water tanks, do all the laundry, find a decent parkup… the list feels endless, but now, when we’re sat by the sea watching the sunset,…

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Top Nine Instapics of 2018

December 11, 2018

  Love my #topnine. A reminder of this crazy-amazing year and the promise of more to come. There’s photos here from the U.K., Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. My most travelled year ever. One to tell the grandson about when he gets older – we’ll fill his head with wild tales from abroad and hopefully take him on a few when he gets bigger. Last year I deleted Insta, Twitter & FB as they were becoming a burden instead…

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On thought attachments

November 24, 2018

I’ve had some epiphanies over the past few days about how attached I’ve become to our van, but also how I’ve forced some attachments. Since moving into it I kinda felt that to be a ‘proper vanlifer’ (whatever that is) we had to sleep in the van every single night. To sleep in a house was some sort of treachery to the cause. Now that I’m aware of it, it’s a bit ridiculous really, but this is one of those…

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Anxiety tryptic

August 8, 2018

Thought I might as well make this a tryptic on anxiety. This is a photo from a few weeks ago. It nearly broke Andy’s Instagram page 🙈 with all the ❤. We love each other dearly but it’s a lot of work being the van, which is making us work harder at our relationship. Communication is key. It is everything. And although it’s hard, we’ve also been in the normal world, rolling along for years without really talking about the…

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A Slow Life

July 26, 2018

I’m embracing the slow life more these days. It’s a way of existing I’ve felt a great affinity with for some years. When we lived in Mold I was the U.K. project officer for Cittaslow UK for a time (Cittaslow being Italian for Slow Town where the idea originated). Just in our small town we planted community orchards and put on festivals ❤. It’s not a movement that’s taken off so much in the U.K. and I would break my…

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The Wasteland

July 21, 2018

Today’s #dailyconnectionwith nature is about hate. I think about this a lot because it is the opposite of love and therefore the two are so closely interwoven. I am trying to practice self-love more often and along with this comes a deeper awareness of who I am and why I do certain things. I’m working towards a more plant-based, gluten free life (not diet – defo no diets!) as I feel better physically, mentally and ethically when I do. Different…

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Using Less

July 11, 2018

We’re trying to minimalise the products we buy and use daily. Lush are, well, simply lush, for soap and shampoo bars that we carry in tins and we love their ‘against animal testing ethos’. At times trying to make a difference in this crazy world seems a Sisyphean task and we’re left feeling as if there’s nothing we can do to action positive change. When this thinking hits we focus on the small, daily changes we can make in our…

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