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Rocamadour. How to travel with serendipity:

September 16, 2019

Take the advice of locals. Let their words become early autumn swifts calling you to historic pilgrim sites. On the first day, immerse in white stone medieval abbeys built into the rock face. Eat lemon ice lollies, say ‘bonjour, il est très chaud!’ as you weave down pathways strewn with images of a prophet-turned-moneymaker, then drop into the cool, towering stone of Sanctuaire Norte Dame de Rocamadour, the heart of the pilgrimage: Admirer | Contempler | Prier, (to Admire |…

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New OUTSIDER chapter out tomorrow

September 13, 2019

If you’d like to subscribe to the exclusive OUTSIDER chapters for as little as $1 a month to support my work then please visit my Patreon page here. I love sharing new work with you, the people, who have a genuine interest in the writing and the insights I’m unearthing across the landscapes of this nomadic life. Thank you for your support, I cannot tell you how much it means. Sent with much love,Sophie…

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eat your seaweed

September 3, 2019

Following on from yesterday’s seaweed forage I thought I’d use the finds to make a spicy rice & greens dish while we’re overnight parked in a ferry port (oh the glamour!). This is something I make all the time in the van because it’s super easy to pull together and feels like comfort food even though it’s pretty healthy. Ingredients are (serves 2): Kelp, Gut-weed, Sea-lettuce dried or fresh, chopped (I usually use shredded cabbage/kale but seaweed is delicious!)1/2 bag…

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Mental Health nature poetry travel vanlife

asking the right questions of myself

August 22, 2019

The question I’ve been cultivating more these past few years is: why am I doing this? The second part to cultivating a question like this is to be brutally honest when answering – self deceit is a sad state of affairs that serves no one. Q: why have I said yes to this work? A: because it was asked of me. A: because I want to make a difference.A: because I don’t know how to say no.A: because I don’t want to…

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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 all the van lifers working at living responsibly on the road. It’s great to see people 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…

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