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Listening to my body

July 30, 2018

  We haven’t ridden our bikes for a few months so today’s climb up the mountain was tough but ah! I grinned so much on the big swooping downhill berms and got a bit of air on some of the tabletops. I almost didn’t ride because I am on the first day of ‘my moon’ as my friend calls it. Although I love my Mooncup for exactly these moments. I used to be really gung-ho about monthly menstruation, with an…

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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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Nature & the working classes

July 24, 2018

I’ve never been this far north before and although we’ve come during a particularly charmed summer season, I’m in awe at the beautiful, seemingly delicate plants that grow here. Even in this inhospitable place on the edge of a cliff that is mostly battered by wind and rain or salted sea water, these plants thrive. Tiny birds (twite?) whip across the sky like bonfire ashes and I can’t imagine how such fragile-looking creatures survive these summers, nevermind winters. I’m also…

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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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Change is Here

July 6, 2018

The weather has changed today. It’s much cooler than it was, less sunny. It has made me think about change: how we embrace or resist it. How sometimes it can be so good for you and at other times it’s exactly what is not needed. In the past I’ve needed to stay still, to root in one place in order to grow and change slowly, like a tree. I needed those times so that I could be around the same…

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Crow Woman DEMO

July 4, 2018

We’re creating our lives on the road using the best of hi and low-tech solutions. In this way we try to unfold each day in a process that feel authentic and achievable. A large element of the ‘art-that-is-our-daily-lives’ is still a work in progress. We’re enjoying trialling out different approaches to working and existing more outside of mainstream living, but this smashing together of high-tech and lo-tech solutions feels intuitively right for us and we’ve adopted a number of solutions…

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Alder Tree Dreaming.

June 28, 2018

Parked next to this beautiful Alder tree on the northwest coast of Scotland for a couple of days I feel her rooting into my consciousness and dreams. I am trying to be more mindful of thoughts when around certain trees: what emotions am I experiencing? What memories are surfacing? What fragments of conversations/films/books/songs/poems are needling at the mind? Dreams have been turbulent but I cannot remember any details – I know this is also something that needs work. I am…

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Hanes (parts 1 & 2)

June 22, 2018

Today I hiked along the north Wales hills. This photograph (thanks Andy) has made me smile because it reminds me of how far I’ve come. Around 13 years ago the world changed quite dramatically and I felt as if I were going quite mad while at the same time discovering both myself and a deep and profound connection with nature. I had a compulsion to walk these hills as I tried to understand the new ways in which I was…

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everything wants to live

May 24, 2018

I’ve started documenting a daily connection with nature over on the OUTSIDER Instagram account (#dailyconnectionwithnature). It’s not always going to be something huge and life-changing but it is about pausing at least once a day to immerse in nature, and by taking time to record these moments I’m encouraged to meditate more on what these connections might mean. As we already walk the dogs in the woods every day this isn’t about that, it’s about exploring one step further, making…

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Walking it Through

May 6, 2018

All life is art. This is what the flowers show. This is what the trees echo. This is what the land knows. Each day we wake and experience the ways in which every element of the natural world continues to evolve, no two years are the same as individually and collectively they create this world for us to inhabit. Nature teaches us that art is not something we do, it is who we are. I hear the call to travel…

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