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Solitary time

November 30, 2018

  I’m quite happy being solitary. As I get older I crave it more. When I was younger I’d want company but then would have to drink a silly amount before I could feel comfortable. There was always the ‘should’ element to it: I should be going out more; I should be more sociable; I should have more friends. As I got older and discovered poetry I realise I took some of that into my art: I should write like…

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Winter knits and what this teaches

November 30, 2018

  A few years ago I knitted this poncho (using Rowan Drift wool). It took about 18months because the first time I finished it the neckline was wonky. I took it to my nan and asked her to help me fudge it so it would look right. She told me straight: “Sophie, it’s wrong so you’ll just have to unravel the whole of the neck and the front left shoulder and redo it, otherwise you’ll never wear it and it’ll…

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Solo in Slovenia

November 28, 2018

  After a day of pottering around the Slovenian coast I’ve found a little snug parkup that feels safe and welcoming. We have a rule that if we have even the slightest misgivings about a place we move on, but this feels right. Already loving Slovenia btw. So beautiful. The autumnal sunset streaming through the window is making the kitchen and our retro kettle look quite lovely. I will be happy here for a few days exploring the place on…

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Artistic Vanlife heroes

November 24, 2018

  One of my artistic heroes, Marina Abromavić, also travelled Europe in a van with her partner for a few years. This woman is such an inspiration. Utterly brilliant and uncompromising in her approach to her art. This retrospective in Florence is sublime. #marinaflorence #art #performanceart #vanlife #theoriginalvanlife #vanlifeeurope #inspiringwomen #exploretocreate #inspired #retrospective…

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One year vanniversary

November 24, 2018

Celebrating our one year vanniversary with fluffy cinnamon pumpkin pancakes for brunch before heading to see an exhibition in Florence. Can’t believe it was one year ago (yesterday) we gave back the keys to our rented house and hit the road full time. It’s been a crazy twelve months filled with so many laughs and tears I don’t even know where to begin. It has made us really see each other and focus on getting to know each other again.…

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On thought attachments

November 24, 2018

I’ve had some epiphanies over the past few days about how attached I’ve become to our van, but also how I’ve forced some attachments. Since moving into it I kinda felt that to be a ‘proper vanlifer’ (whatever that is) we had to sleep in the van every single night. To sleep in a house was some sort of treachery to the cause. Now that I’m aware of it, it’s a bit ridiculous really, but this is one of those…

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What buys happiness?

November 15, 2018

  Woke up in my own bed this morning with hounds all snoring softly around us. Andy starts laughing as he wakes from a dream in which everyone except him turns up to a wedding in fancy dress. He informs me I am not the dashing-Jonny-Depp-Captain-Jack-Sparrow character I’d envisaged, I am more captain Pugwash; and we laugh until tears roll down our faces and the doggies play ‘musical beds’, climbing over us, digging into the duvet, circling to mark their…

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Navigating the tough times

November 15, 2018

  Sometimes life throws a curveball. A reminder that no matter how much we plan and work and dream, events will happen that are out of our control. Living in a van is a more precarious existence. It gives us the freedom to explore new places and dream new dreams, but existing on the margins also means that life is a bit more fragile; the more we open ourselves to experiences, the more possibility there is of the negative as…

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When things go wrong

November 15, 2018

  Absolutely heartbroken. I’m here in India and our van has been broken into in Italy – they’ve taken everything. Even Andy’s laptop, wallet, clothes; our bikes, all my tech gear for performing. Everything. I’m cutting short the work here and flying to meet him Rome tomorrow. We sold everything we own to live in the van and I’ve put everything into this India project. Yes it all looks lovely on Instagram, and it is, but what people don’t see…

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Italian inspired comfort food

October 29, 2018

  Today I’m in a bit of a daze. It’s rained for two days solid here in Italy and I’m packing for the long journey from Milan to Kolkata (via Heathrow and Doha) that begins in a few hours (or earlier today if you count the drive up to the airport). I’ve been immersed in this period of creative development for nearly a year, so now this very final stage is here I’m both ridiculously excited and terrified. Decided I…

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