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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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the perfect Saturday evening

August 11, 2019

A perfect Saturday evening of tea, cake, hounds, Eno & ebooks; this tiny space we inhabit fills easily with warmth, contentment, & love. The storms raging outside cause us no stress, instead they’re an excuse to cozy up together. It’s amazing how expansive a place can feel when you have everything you need, but I have found blogging daily more difficult since returning to Cymru so I’m following intuition, not pushing, just letting my heart guide however she will; having…

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our van family

August 3, 2019

This family member is a total legend. He’s such a sweet, caring hound; super protective of us in the van, always wanting to play. We adopted him when he was five (he’s now nine) after he’d already spent a year in the doggy rescue centre because a previous owner was going to have him put down. I can’t really understand that thinking – if a dog misbehaves then something in their environment isn’t right for them (probably much like a…

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Furbabies forever

July 25, 2019

Visiting friends, I’m reminded how much thought & attention some people give to caring for their canine companions, our furbabies who are completely reliant on us through no choice of their own. I love how much love people give to the animals in their lives. Our lovely friend Pauline has a pack of huskies and has also started baking treats for hounds as Hudson’s Garden. This is a great idea! When we went to visit she taught me how to…

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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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Super competitive swimdog

June 28, 2019

Swimming in Lac de Saint-Pardoux with Bonnie recently – she is so competitive when it comes to chasing sticks. She would happily drown me to get this one 🙈😂. New OUTSIDER chapter is now live for Patreons. Link here to subscribe. 📷 @andyrgarside ❤️💙🌍💦…

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He just wasn’t made for these times

May 8, 2019

After five years bouncing from home to home, including a year at the rescue centre where he went to five or six homes and was returned each time, Kit the lurcher x deerhound joined our family. He is so much fun. Truly a big gentle giant. He wants to say hello to everyone, which usually means him making a really weird howling noise when he sees people and dogs. He thinks this is friendly but it can definitely sound a…

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Commitment Vs Individualism

April 22, 2019

Thinking about commitment & individualism: being committed to your tribe (human or animal) asks a lot. The world tells us to follow our dreams, & I believe we should, but what if that conflicts with our commitments? More & more I read the advice to cut free & do whatever we want, but how does that marry with the rise in lonely people? Just living with dogs is a commitment that means we can’t go off when we want. We…

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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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