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we’re all just family

August 19, 2019

A few years ago we were all sat trying to work out what the connection was between certain family members and what their titles would be: great aunt / second cousin / something else twice removed. Isaak (pictures here) thought quietly for a while then piped in, ‘it’s all just family isn’t it.’ Yes. That’s exactly what it is. ❤️ We’re all family ❤️. Rounded off Andy’s extended birthday weekend yesterday (he’s getting worse than the queen) catching up with…

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Birthday beach times

August 18, 2019

In the morning we drive to Hay-on-Wye farmers market where I snag the very last of the season’s cherries that have ripened to deepest burgundy in the summer sun. We eat savoury muffins of spinach & butternut squash and pizza slices warmed on a hot pan for brunch before beginning the drive west across Cymraeg landscapes whose undulations mirror the slate-grey clouds overhead. On the beach in Borth the hounds run in wild circles, tails whipping like helicopter blades when…

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four bodies

August 13, 2019

Walking the borderlands of England / Cymru for Y Mers project with Mark Daman Thomas @farmhandle. Thinking what it means to belong to a place, to be accepted into the old ways, & maybe how the new generations are shapeshifting traditions across time & space.  …

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The Slow-Time Traveller is here!

August 7, 2019

Hello friends! I’m so happy to share this image with you today – the front cover of the new poetry pamphlet The Slow-Time Traveller. Andy designs & dreams all the visual art for my work & I love this new piece so much. It speaks of the minimalist, simplicity & beauty of our lives now we’re on the road, as well as of the horizons we keep searching out as we Slow Travel across Europe. The Slow-Time Traveller is created…

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responsible vanlife

July 31, 2019

Wanted to give a shout out here to the new @responsiblevanlife page. Great to see people celebrating others trying to live ethical lives & sharing these ideas for us all to try. I’ve been living full time in this self-converted Mercedes Sprinter van with my partner @andyrgarside & our two rescue van hounds since November 2017. We’ve definitely improved our eco-approach to life on the road as time rolls by. From the beginning we invested in two solar panels which…

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burn all the flags

July 29, 2019

Sophie McKeand Often I can only get at the truth of a thing by writing it down as poetry. It’s how I understand my heart, how I translate the world so that things makes sense. Sometimes all that happens is that certain contradictions become more pronounced. What can I say about it except that the truth of a thing contains its opposite? How else could anything exist?…

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The Return

July 28, 2019

Returning to Cymru, the land of my birth, has been a different experience this time around. We’re better at travelling in the van. Old skins have been sloughed off, new dreams have been forged in other lands; but still Cymru calls. I am surprised at how she catches me off guard, how deep this soul-filled love for one relatively small part of our expansive earth is. There is something special in the people here, in their generosity & openness that…

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Leaving the garden behind

July 15, 2019

After two stationary weeks we leave this house later today. I feel a deep sense of gratitude that we have family who can let us stay for a fortnight so that we could empty the van and give her a deep-clean along with some essential maintenance and some aesthetic additions. For two weeks we’ve had hot water on tap, I’ve taken fresh mint from the garden for morning tea & dried bunches of garden rosemary. This sleepy village is quite…

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Embracing the kaleidoscopic soul

July 13, 2019

I want to tell you that you can be whoever you want to be. The only thing restricting you is the self-doubt you’ve allowed to tangle through the untamed imagination. Grow your dreams – tend them like houseplants or scatter thousands out into the world as wildflower seeds. The unfettered creative mind opens into a universe of potential. What inhibits this is fear: fear of how others will judge your shape-shifting; fear that you will not fulfil the wild &…

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Atlas

July 12, 2019

My herstory is tattooed into skin. The meanings change as I change; as I write & rewrite the narrative of this life; as time spills out from my womb, from my mouth. As I swim this ocean of moments – skin wrinkles; as I walk this land – hair silvers. Some of these symbols are prophecies, some are herstories. It is all the same. There is only this moment, I live in the now. Fire was tattooed around my belly…

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