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Resetting the psyche

March 18, 2019

There’s no telling when an emotional slump will hit. These days I feel more able to root out the cause but it’s often not a single event, instead a few tiny insignificant things will collide in the psyche at the same time then snowball. Living slowly means I’m not hurtling into another project or drama or deadline without the time to check in with myself, which is the most amazing self-care self-gift. We’ve had a magical few days but still,…

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Tiny living

March 14, 2019

We spent months agonizing over the layout of the van. We wanted it to feel spacious and be a place we could sit and work in as well as relax in the evenings. Because it is our only home it had to be somewhere we could comfortably fold into for a few days if the weather was bad. Also we have two large vanhounds so couldn’t have a small galley because there wouldn’t be enough room for them (yes we…

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Can I apply for European citizenship yet?

March 13, 2019

Today we wait to discover how UK MPs will vote on our position in Europe. I can’t believe our political system has descended into this farce. Our van travels are in part a protest against Brexit; travelling and meeting people from all over Europe who are bemused at our current political situation has only cemented my feelings of being utterly depressed over it all. I don’t use this blog to be overly confrontational, preferring instead to let my life speak…

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Castoff

February 4, 2019

I am shedding lives / sloughed off & let float out to sea / I cannot tell you that this is who I am / only that this is who I am right now // I have folded myself into every conceivable shape to suit the expectations of others / & still I was not enough // when finally I wash up naked on this shore / the sun burns away self-loathing / I watch it lift like fog as…

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Cooking on a budget

January 29, 2019

When I soak chickpeas I do enough for a couple of dishes. These are giant chickpeas – delicious, fat, buttery & creamy. I’ll be honest and say they are Greek but from Lidl. We’ve found Lidl to be the best for storecupboard essentials (although their veg is over packaged in plastic 😢). We shop on a tight budget so mix local farmers market fresh produce with supermarket budget items. This week our total food spend was €70 (last week it…

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Beneath the Matala Moon

January 19, 2019

The island of Crete is home to so many layers of culture throughout time. From Bronze Age Minoan ruins to the place where Icarus and Daedalus took flight to escape King Minos in Greek mythology, it’s a fascinating place. This time of year the coastlines are littered with empty holiday homes, hotels and apartments that give a stark reminder of how the fashion of buying a place to escape the ratrace for the holidays has created a different layer of…

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Less food waste

January 18, 2019

Went a bit mad at the farmers market last Saturday in Míres which means we still have produce to eat, but then we found an amazing parkup so haven’t moved in a week. To make sure there’s no food waste I’ve just been cooking tapas style dishes all week, adding new ones to the table as others are finished. To the leftovers from yesterday’s food (see previous post) I added a bowl of herby pan roasted potatoes, broccoli stems in…

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Slow food

January 17, 2019

Taking time to eat slowly is a goal for 2019. I’m a gannet. Always eating my food as if it were about to be stolen 🙈. I can literally inhale an entire meal when some people are still chewing their first mouthful. It makes for embarrassing situations in restaurants. Part of slow living for me is about taking time to make and appreciate food, so I’m finding that making a small ceremony of it helps: setting out a table, appreciating…

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Herbal lift

January 14, 2019

The trip to the Cretian farmers market in Míres at the weekend yielded a wonderful tea discovery. I bought (pictured clockwise from top) mint, mountain flower, dandelion and on the left of the photo is a local blend: Minoan Kings 13 mountain herbs of Crete. Honestly it’s delicious. Sweet, fragrant and layered. That night I drank a few mugs before bed. I couldn’t sleep, I woke at 2am to read for an age and still woke early. The next day…

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