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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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Food with friends

January 13, 2019

Yesterday we trawled the farmer’s market in Míres and came back with a haul of veggies, herbs and teas. It’s too easy to slip into the old ways of eating as a vegetarian, which tends to consist of a wheat-based-carb (bread/pasta) with cheese and tomatoes. Working towards increasing the plant-based content of meals again this year. We do pretty well but to prevent lapses I need to be inspired. Last night we parked up with our new friends and shared…

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laundry day

January 8, 2019

Everything takes infinitely longer in vantime. The laundry means finding a launderette, finding out what their system is and making sure we have the correct detergent and change. Often it’s on a busy street so we can’t park the van outside. On the plus side you can fit a shedload of washing in one machine and the dryers are often amazing. Laundry costs us between €20-€40 depending on the county we’re in. We do it once a month and wash…

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Gemütlich

December 26, 2018

Love this hand-made table decoration. A gift from German travelling friends we first met in the north of Scotland – and now a reunion on a beach in Crete. A day of walks & coffee, of cakes & laughter, of Vanlife tales & hot chocolate with Irish cream. And this additional gift of a new word: Gemütlich (verb): cozy, snug, sociable. Tomorrow we will seaswim together and I will marvel again at all the elements of chance that bring certain…

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The gift of time

December 23, 2018

  For the coming year I want to focus on time. It’s the one thing we have in abundance. We can gift rivers of it away to anyone or anything and yet it’s the most precious thing we can offer. We can change the world by the focus of our time. It’s priceless because we can never replicate those moments, never repeat them, never go back and do them over. So this year ahead is about taking time to savour…

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Leaving the EU

December 21, 2018

  Yesterday we flowed fluid around Dubrovnik. Another slow town traversed only on foot with no cars or bikes made walking a joy. A truly beautiful place. But with the winter cold still threatening to freeze us in our tracks we decided to make an epic drive south. 11hrs and three countries later (Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania), we arrived at the Greek border early this morning (coming to sleep on a mountain). Borders are strange places to traverse – Bosnia, Montenegro…

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Missing documents

December 18, 2018

    Beautiful evening in Split. Sunset is divine. Unfortunately we’re here because we think we left our passports at the Slovenian border control. They searched the van and the dogs were barking so it was a bit confusing – anyway that was the last time we remember them. We only realised this today. The British Consulate in Split have been so helpful but still, the border says our passports are not there so who knows where we lost them.…

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Caught by the river

December 18, 2018

    I wrote a piece for Caught by the River’s Shadows & Reflections series. Here’s an extract (link in biog for full piece). Also, take some time to explore their site, it’s overflowing with beautiful words & art❤️. Photo of the van in Austria by Andy Garside… This has been a year of weavings and unravellings, of building a day from nothing; of inviting change into our lives, both good and bad and embracing the consequences; of responding to…

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Good Karma in Croatia

December 16, 2018

  Croatia has won our hearts. Honestly the most friendly country we’ve visited so far. Yesterday after the jump-start-wine incident (see post below) we briefly met a general from the Croatian war of Independence who is a legend in his own lifetime around these parts – so much so that after he left people came to talk to us to tell us who he is and took time to explain just how much they admire and respect him. Then we…

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Top Nine Instapics of 2018

December 11, 2018

  Love my #topnine. A reminder of this crazy-amazing year and the promise of more to come. There’s photos here from the U.K., Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. My most travelled year ever. One to tell the grandson about when he gets older – we’ll fill his head with wild tales from abroad and hopefully take him on a few when he gets bigger. Last year I deleted Insta, Twitter & FB as they were becoming a burden instead…

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