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Queen of Horses

July 8, 2019

Today, on the day the holly king takes over from the oak king to preside over the waning half of the year, our daughter Rhiannon turns 23. I thought to teach her so much about life but really it is she who taught me, about motherhood, about love & friendship. Twenty three years was another life ago. Every day I woke and wanted to be a better person, was inspired by her to fully understand the capacity of love so…

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Van maintenance and a deep clean

July 4, 2019

Van maintenance is the only thing on our minds this week. The joy of having a tiny house on wheels is that it takes a lot less time to clean. I have a million better things to do, I’ll clean when I’m dead thank you. I hate most cleaning products because I’m allergic to them, and they make my allergies to everything else worse. I actually feel a deep hatred for these products: I hate the way we’re encouraged to…

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Nana Ruth is my hero

July 1, 2019

This is my nana Ruth. She’ll be 100 in August. I remember childhood days of tearing around Wepre woods & returning exhausted to salads of tinned salmon with a splash of vinegar & custard slices for afters from the bakers at the bottom of the street. My nana is the thrift queen, never buying new clothes, never missing a charity shop bargain; an environmentalist before they were invented (she’d still deny she is one) she puts cheese on a plate…

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Beltane & our 15yr anniversary

May 1, 2019

It is beautiful Beltane and we are parked in a remote part of Slovenia with sunshine & bright birdsong streaming into the van. I’ve woken thinking of what I thought were two separate things but now realise they’re interlinked. Firstly, Andy & I met on MayDay fifteen years ago. This was the beginning of a firm friendship that evolved quite organically into a relationship over a number of months. Looking back it was more of an old-fashioned courtship – which…

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an education in food

September 9, 2018

Celebrated Bengali singer, songwriter, poet & archivist Moushumi Bhowmik and I are exploring north Wales (the place of my birth) this week. A shared love of good food and cooking means that our temporary cottage is filled with the most delicious aromas. On a day of torrential rain yesterday Moushumi made khichuri (red lentils, rice, potatoes, tomatoes & spices), with tomator chatni (a Bengali spiced tomato chutney), and begoon bhaja (aubergine fried with salt, turmeric & sugar). For dessert I made baked…

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Autumn calling

September 3, 2018

  Spent the afternoon with dad visiting some favourite places and watching him run riot on his new scooter while laughing his head off. Autumn is most definitely on her way 🍃🍂 🍁🥀 and with her the understanding that nothing lasts forever so to make the most of every moment. #dailyconnectionwithnature day104 (I’ve decided to do this for 365 days to see where it takes me.)…

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shinrin-yoku

August 31, 2018

After a couple of days in Manchester I’m now leaving Andy and the hounds in north Wales and jumping on the train to South Wales for an event in Swansea tomorrow. I wanted to take time for some forest bathing in the woods we used to walk every day with our dogs before leaving. The Japanese call forest bathing shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Ah! This makes my heart sing. I’ve shared so many poems, laughs and…

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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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