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travelling from your sofa in times of quarantine

April 3, 2020

If you’re fed up with the four walls this weekend, I’ve removed the paywall on two beautiful photodiaries by Andy Garside of some of our travels in autumn last year. I know we can’t get out much or travel just now but I’m finding the nature photos and blogs online a great source of inspiration and a reminder of just how wild and beautiful this planet is. I love Andy’s take on the world, the way he focusses on the…

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a return to connecting with wild plants

March 29, 2020

While we’re staying in one place for the next few (or more) weeks, I’ve been revisiting some of the OUTSIDER pieces previously behind a paywall. For the past five years-or-so I’ve been working with the mint plant, and this is a connection that continues to deepen even when I can’t find any to forage in the wild (like just now). But of course this is the beauty of plants, when one recedes into the background, another steps forward, and nettle…

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Flashback Friday: Haludovo Palace Hotel, Krk, Croatia

March 27, 2020

As we’re all self-isolating right now I’ve started publishing for free some content that was previously behind a paywall. The internet is a beautiful creation in that it allows us to travel around the world from the comfort of our lounge/home-office/bed. Here’s the link to words and photos by Andy Garside from our travels through Croatia back in 2018. Below is a brief excerpt but I’d highly recommend you check out the full photo gallery for some stunning pics. “As…

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In times of crisis

March 25, 2020

I’m not sure I can think of a time in my 44 years on this earth that is parallel to this current turmoil. Or is that myopic & selfish of me? People across the globe have been dealing with the fallout of war, famine, drought, & political unrest for decades. Perhaps it’s just that these events have been something we’ve watched from afar, in 24hr news reels, on the Internet, or through the stories of photojournalist. Speaking with a German…

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reconnecting through ceremony

March 23, 2020

**flashback to the border of Catalonia and Aragon October 2019** As we’re all house(or van)bound for the next few weeks I thought I’d share some OUTSIDER stories from our travels over the previous year-or-so that were previously paid for content. I’ll start posting these up for free for those who’re looking for something more to read, or just want to engage with the outdoors through online channels (for now at least).  This piece was written in northern Spain last autumn.…

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Thoughts from the egret

March 22, 2020

I wonder if we can practice radical self-acceptance during these times? By that I mean embracing all of the elements of our collective selves that we seem to want to judge or look down upon. Could we accept that people under stress can often do ridiculous and contrary things that might infuriate and enrage others within this vast and multifaceted global culture? When the information given is overwhelming, conflicting and confusing, people switch off. When someone says ‘nobody’s ever cared…

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A van called home

March 14, 2020

Europe is our home now. Waking to the song of tree-filled finches feels so familiar. So many of these places echo with memories of Cymru; with the reminder of how much we have in common with people across the world. For this next week we’ve headed into the hills to avoid the wild winds hitting the coast and we`ll, probably stay in Portugal longer than originally planned to avoid any potential Corona virus drama. Wherever we are, this place is…

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Always the road

March 3, 2020

It feels good to be back on the road after a couple of months parked up in the same spot. On our morning walk with the hounds we spotted this perfect park-up across a river, located it on the map, then drove over. This is still my favourite way to find a good park-up – these are ones we don’t geotag for obvious reasons. Although we live a relatively frugal life, Slow Travel is a luxury in many ways: it…

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Hounds of love

February 28, 2020

Headland hike with the furbabies. We get asked a lot how we manage in a van with two large sighthounds. The answer is pretty simple. It works only if you see yourselves as a family, a tiny travelling community. We all have varying needs and wants and nobody can have their own way all the time. Some people are horrified to learn that they sleep on our bed. But this came about through necessity more than anything else – our…

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