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Mountain-muse

September 24, 2018

  I got stuck with the novel these last few weeks because the realisation hit that the novel wants to say some things that I’m not sure I want to write. But as soon as I fight it, the inspiration vanishes. Last night I dreamed of the mountains, and today walking the hounds in the valley, looking up I realise it’s time to be brave – to give the novel the space to breath and grow and trust the process.…

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Time to uproot

September 11, 2018

  Followed a sign for a lake as I was thinking of swimming but it turned out to be a plant-filled-pond. Not swimmable! I did, however find this lovely wild mint instead. And the Alder trees here asked me to visualise what it is that I really want instead of what I think people want from me. Speaking the words out loud made them real: I want to travel Europe in the van with Andy and the hounds; with my…

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Field recordings

September 5, 2018

  Love my mini Zoom for when I quickly want to capture a specific sound. The bees are a choir buzzing around dad’s fuschias this morning 🐝🌺😍 #dailyconnectionwithnature day106 #bees #sound #fieldrecordings #fuschia #pink #flowers #lovebees #beefood #sunnymorning #outdoors #zoom #shotgunmic #busybee #listen #slowdown #dreamer #slowtime #flower #collector #buzz #getoutside #outsideeveryday #exploretocreate #momentsofmine #quitthechaos…

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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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shinrin-yoku

August 31, 2018

After a couple of days in Manchester I’m now leaving Andy and the hounds in north Wales and jumping on the train to South Wales for an event in Swansea tomorrow. I wanted to take time for some forest bathing in the woods we used to walk every day with our dogs before leaving. The Japanese call forest bathing shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Ah! This makes my heart sing. I’ve shared so many poems, laughs and…

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Daily Connection With Nature day100

August 30, 2018

  Today is day100 of #dailyconnectionwithnature so I had to feature the van. I can’t even begin to explain how switching to a nomadic lifestyle has changed us. When last in India I wrote a poem on an overnight train, and called it Dharma. It includes the lines: live as closely to nature as possible / create / love / everything else is superfluous / everything else is part of the lie that keeps you / enslaved like a battery…

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