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Van herbs

August 27, 2018

  Andy found this lovely set of hanging pots in Ikea so I can grow herbs on the road. I’ve enjoyed getting dirt under my fingernails potting them today. We have thyme, mint and rosemary here, and also bought a bonsai tree for the dashboard. #dailyconnectionwithnature day97…

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Folding into Autumn

August 26, 2018

  It’s a wet day out. The rain bounces off our solar panels in waves of sound that thrum into a series of rooftop crescendos. I’ve got wool socks on for the first time in months and the leaves are turning to mustard yellow or rust on the trees. On days like this the van becomes our little haven where we hide out and listen to podcasts or BBC Radio 4 Extra; rehearse poems or catch up with other work.…

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Family Vs Vanlife

August 26, 2018

  We get asked about our family and how we cope with missing them on the road. Since moving into the van we’ve felt a significant shift in our connection with family because the van makes us aware of what is important, and also allows us to follow that, so when we’re in Wales we create a lot of quality family time. We’re not the grandparents who live two doors down and babysit every Friday night, but then our daughter…

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Anxiety tryptic

August 8, 2018

Thought I might as well make this a tryptic on anxiety. This is a photo from a few weeks ago. It nearly broke Andy’s Instagram page 🙈 with all the ❤. We love each other dearly but it’s a lot of work being the van, which is making us work harder at our relationship. Communication is key. It is everything. And although it’s hard, we’ve also been in the normal world, rolling along for years without really talking about the…

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Riding out anxiety

August 8, 2018

  I wrote in an earlier post this morning about anxiety and how it feels. One of the ways I deal with it is by getting out on my bike. I find interacting with people quite difficult as I often feel misunderstood and to be honest I don’t get where people are coming from with things. I can get hung up on ‘what the fuck did they mean??’ circling round and round a conversation or email for hours examining it…

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Yogic squats

August 1, 2018

  I am trying to incorporate this yogic squat into daily life. In Sanskrit it’s called Malasana and it is so good for lengthening the spine and strengthening the thighs. I can’t hold it for very long just now so I’m trying to improve it every day. It is brilliant for grounding and for supporting the digestive system. I’ve also come to realise that the aches and pains in the back that have accumulated over the years are not just…

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Water scarcity

July 29, 2018

  Every six or seven days we have to find water, which makes us hyper aware of consumption. There’s no leaving the tap on whilst brushing teeth or using three huge bowls of water to do the washing up; the dishes get done once at the end of each day. Finding water is more difficult in England and Wales; Europe (and Scotland) seem to have a more welcoming approach to people travelling through. We have three 25litre tanks so 75L…

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The Wasteland

July 21, 2018

Today’s #dailyconnectionwith nature is about hate. I think about this a lot because it is the opposite of love and therefore the two are so closely interwoven. I am trying to practice self-love more often and along with this comes a deeper awareness of who I am and why I do certain things. I’m working towards a more plant-based, gluten free life (not diet – defo no diets!) as I feel better physically, mentally and ethically when I do. Different…

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Using Less

July 11, 2018

We’re trying to minimalise the products we buy and use daily. Lush are, well, simply lush, for soap and shampoo bars that we carry in tins and we love their ‘against animal testing ethos’. At times trying to make a difference in this crazy world seems a Sisyphean task and we’re left feeling as if there’s nothing we can do to action positive change. When this thinking hits we focus on the small, daily changes we can make in our…

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Change is Here

July 6, 2018

The weather has changed today. It’s much cooler than it was, less sunny. It has made me think about change: how we embrace or resist it. How sometimes it can be so good for you and at other times it’s exactly what is not needed. In the past I’ve needed to stay still, to root in one place in order to grow and change slowly, like a tree. I needed those times so that I could be around the same…

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