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Advent calendar

December 2, 2019

// parked between the sun and a new moon the world has shifted within / days are not counted like beans / time is not spent like money / energy roils from the Atlantic into my heart where dreams of adventure are beginning to take shape in the pale grey formlessness / imaginings are fishes flashing in depths / I cast no nets / will not catch them so young / instead, I will gift them to the dolphins //…

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Vanlife dreams

November 14, 2019

I’d always thought myself a winter person. I joked that I was probably a sheep in another life because the sharp cold or thumping rainstorms of the dark season seemed to sooth my soul somehow. I never felt depressed or unhappy in endless thick foggy days. So to find myself in the van, chasing the sun, wallowing in syrupy sunsets and throwing arms wide to the sun’s bright rays every morning feels like a complete vault-face. And to tell the…

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I stopped listening to advertising and started listening to my body #694

October 31, 2019

My hair is in the best condition lately. It’s been two years getting to this point so I’ll share something with you – I used to wash my curly hair every day with an endless stream of products in an attempt to either tame the curls, or give the curls more bounce, or straighten the curls, or de-frizz the curls, or define the curls, or just make the hair presentable for a workday blah blah blah; and then of course…

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Autumn coastal travels

October 28, 2019

Cataluña, The Basque Country and northern Spain have proven to be so utterly and unexpectedly glorious this autumn we’ve only made it from Andorra as far as the northwest tip of Spain in over a month. This part of Europe is so beautiful with endless beaches and mountains to explore – we will absolutely return here. This is one of my favourite photos taken by @andyrgarside since we hit the road in the van. It’s of Playa de la Catedrales…

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Learning to read the ocean

October 22, 2019

We’ve travelled through Catalunya and The Basque Country, and now we’re in Asturias – perhaps the most biodiverse region of Spain. This coastline reminds me the most of our home country of Cymru with its wide windy beaches, rocky cliffs and dramatic outcrops. There’s something about the light here too – or perhaps that’s because autumn feels as if it tumbled into us overnight. Yesterday’s attempt at surfing saw us pummelled into the sand (hence the wet hair in this…

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Surfing in San Sebastián

October 7, 2019

We’ve reached the Atlantic! The pure energy of this unfathomably huge body of water is powering into dreams and I cannot wait to learn to surf her waves this winter. We’re still embracing slow travel, frugal living, & minimalism, so our total spend for a half-day’s surfing for two in San Sebastián is: €3.10 on an all-day carpark ticket, €2.50 on board wax and €1.25 on a loaf of bread. The waves are free! The smiles are free! The beach…

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Soaring with eagles

October 5, 2019

I am running out of new ways in which to gush about a glorious yellow sun in a deep blue sky. For two days we’ve watched twenty-or-so Spanish Imperial Eagles circle thoughtfully in the skies above Sierra de Guara. Their precise movements are dictated only by the slightest press of a wing ‘finger’ or two into the sky, pulling the body into a tighter arc, then release to swing wider. It is hypnotic, watching these guardians of the air, their…

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