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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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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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Dragonfly (part 2)

November 13, 2018

  ‘A dragonfly only needs to skim the surface of water to create a cascade of ripples’ (Chinese proverb) Managed to get a great shot of this beautiful dragonfly recently while in the north of Bengal.…

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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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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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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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New Patreon page

September 28, 2018

Dear friends – some exciting and terrifying news: I’ve set up a Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/sophiemckeand). I want to try a new way of connecting with the people out there who like my work. There are so many channels these days and it can be difficult to figure out how to get your art out to the people who have a genuine interest whilst also making a living from it. Being on the road is so inspiring and my biggest problem…

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