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March 2019

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Can I apply for European citizenship yet?

March 13, 2019

Today we wait to discover how UK MPs will vote on our position in Europe. I can’t believe our political system has descended into this farce. Our van travels are in part a protest against Brexit; travelling and meeting people from all over Europe who are bemused at our current political situation has only cemented my feelings of being utterly depressed over it all. I don’t use this blog to be overly confrontational, preferring instead to let my life speak…

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Olive tree insights

March 10, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about connections recently – how we make them, or break them, especially with the earth. One of the things I’ve struggled with is worrying that the ways in which I connect with nature are not the ‘proper ways’ and that I ‘should’ (there’s that word again 🤦🏻‍♀️) be doing it x y or z instead of whatever comes naturally. Shamanic drumming and the journeying used by these processes don’t work for me (fuck knows I’ve…

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the gathering – celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

New collaborative piece with the incredible @wolfmumma to celebrate International Women’s Day ✊🏻💗🌿. The Gathering: you are weary / stripped of bark / you have been shedding leaves / resolve is blossom snatched by the wind / sometimes it is too much / to know you have been hacked & pruned / fashioned into furniture / oiled & shaped for utility (or fantasy) // your heart is not inanimate / she is the tree whose roots run rich with connection…

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Vegan junkfood

March 8, 2019

Vegan gf junk food. Fried polenta chips in the sunshine. Yes. To make polenta: boil water and add cumin, coriander & chilli powder; pour in polenta and stir for a few mins on low heat until really sticky. Put lid on pan and leave for 1/2 hr. Tip onto large plate or oven tray and smooth out into one solid block about an inch thick. When completely cooled cut into thick chip shapes and fry in a hot pan on…

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When faced with competition

March 6, 2019

I have been working towards a slow life for some time now but untangling the Self from the faster/better/moremoremore mindset of our culture has been a long slog. Yesterday I read of two artists I know who have achieved well deserved success. My first thoughts were genuinely, ‘how wonderful for them’; my second thoughts were ‘oh fuck I do not do enough, I am such a loser’. I am admitting this to you as much as myself because this is…

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Sunset swimming

March 4, 2019

Watching my body, I am beginning to understand all the ways in which I shut her down; all the tiny actions each day that negate what she is communicating. This evening, intuition called for a swim and I dithered because it was getting dark and the water was cold, but I’ve learned that when I close off this voice, and a potential positive action, I create a void that instead is filled with negativity. Today, intuition and body led me…

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It begins

March 4, 2019

It begins with healing the Self / the plants watch me grow / I ask for understanding / follow intuition with closed eyes / I have known the noose, the scissors, the knives & welcomed their scars / holding this life together / I fear letting go of the judgement & anger / if I slide the weight of pain from these shoulders & lift my face to the sun / what am I? / what remains? / I cannot…

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Still working at being a vegan

March 3, 2019

I’ve been a very good vegetarian lately but a terrible vegan. Have to get back into the habit of making interesting vegan food. If you follow this account you’ll know how much I love cauliflower tumbled in spices and pan roasted. Was a bit braver with the spices today and it paid off: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, coriander, black pepper, paprika, chilli powder, salt. When cooked slathered it in homemade baba ganoush: put a whole aubergine in an iron pan…

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Staying put

March 3, 2019

We’ve ended up staying in the same place on Crete for weeks now which isn’t something we’d ever planned on. Usually we stay a few days then move on but ah! there’s something about this little spot overlooked on one side by yellow cliffs and the other by snow-capped mountains; behind us are the skeletons of ancient Minoan ruins, in front is the rolling Mediterranean Sea; the Saturday farmers market is filled with utterly delicious produce and the doggies have…

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