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A step with a view on the world

June 25, 2019

I love this step. It is my favourite place in the world. Every morning I sit here drinking mint tea before doing anything else. It’s a way of connecting with my surroundings, of taking it all in. In a life where the only certainty is change, I love the liminal space this step inhabits – always the same trusty step, often a new view: crescendoing snow-covered mountains, a great thundering winter Atlantic ocean, lazy-morning waking summer meadows, the rolling contrary…

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Europe nature travel vanlife

Summer solstice at Lac du Saint Pardoux

June 22, 2019

My family have been coming to Lac du Saint Pardoux for over twenty years. I have a deep affinity with this beautiful lake and am loving every step of this weekend reminding me that, in this place I lost my mind & found myself; in this place the landscape came to life in my imagination in a way I would never had said was possible; in this place I asked the trees to help someone I loved dearly & witnessed…

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Keeping a relationship on the road

June 19, 2019

Vanlife wouldn’t be the same without this guy. We’ve been together fifteen years now and our relationship has been a beautiful, constantly evolving creature from day one. Sometimes I can’t believe all the things we’ve created together – all the different ways in which our lives overlap & intertwine; all the highs & lows we’ve celebrated & weathered. We still talk incessantly & share & laugh like our early days. There are of course some times we get stuck &…

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Cymraeg Europe nature politics travel

Plygu

June 17, 2019

Travelling across Europe I am coming to realise how many more cultures exist in the liminal spaces between living people & history books; how many more words & stories grow like weeds in the manicured lawn of western cultural hegemony. I need to learn languages again. I don’t have any except English and Cymraeg (and my Welsh unravels a little more every day I don’t use it); although I can get by in French. I woke thinking of this older…

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creating feature travel

I no longer experience time

June 14, 2019

Excerpt from The Slow-Time Traveller. Part of the new chapter just published on OUTSIDER this morning. Password for all content is over on Patreon. Any time you sign up you get access to the whole back catalogue. Thank you to everyone who’s shown support for this new book format, allowing me the space to experiment with publishing forms.…

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creating food travel

Fat French apricots & a slow life

June 13, 2019

Fat French apricots at the farmers market in Mirepoix this week – a table of tumbling sunsets, tasting as sweet as they look. New recipe lands tomorrow along with some thoughts on the slow food ethos that inspires these latest ideas. There’s a poetic piece on slow travel as well as a poem written to sum up my feelings on Brexit. After that I feel I cannot engage with the whole mess any longer. Along with all of this, an…

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dailyconnectionwithnature Europe nature travel

Learning from my mistakes

June 12, 2019

I’ve been so busy getting all the new work ready to drop on Patreon this Friday morning I forgot to do a blog for today. Anyway we were paid a visit by this glorious cream spot tiger moth recently, at one point it landed on my hand. What a beauty! Thanks to our daughter @rhi_mckeand for the identification. Learning the names of the plants & creatures makes complete sense through this organic process of being in nature instead of a…

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I take responsibility for who I am

June 11, 2019

Revisiting some earlier sections of OUTSIDER this week before the new Patreon chapter drops on Thursday morning. Back in March 2018 I wrote: I am mother, partner, daughter, step-mother, granddaughter & grandmother, (these last two seem impossible but the five of us span almost a century) and it has taken a long time to see past the guilt of needing more than this, of being more than this. I realise now that I am not solely these things, they are…

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Europe travel vanlife

The price of freedom

June 10, 2019

The price of freedom: We’ve been living in the van now for almost 18months & have met travellers of all ages & backgrounds. There’s millennials taking a year or two out of the ratrace, carving a different career for themselves through YouTube & social media channels; there’s early retirees who’ve got property back home they rent out, using that money to travel; there’s people like us working to disentangle themselves from the burnout of the more/faster/better capitalist competitive life, who…

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