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the art of beginnings

October 14, 2019

We’re learning to surf this winter as we slow travel westwards along the northern Spanish coast. Our first foray into the Atlantic waves was San Sebastián in the Basque Country where great barrelling waves thundered us into the shore either on or off the surfboard beneath the deepest of blue skies. I’m writing this today from Sopela a smaller town about two hours west where the waves are as bright (if not as bold), but the parking is easier. The…

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curried carrots with fresh pomegranate

October 14, 2019

Andy loves cooking with Indian spices and has been experimenting with a Gajar Matar dish. Fresh peas and dried pomegranate (usually found in the dish) are difficult to find all year round on the road so he’s adapted it to just have carrots and stirs fresh pomegranate in at the end for a burst of sweet flavour. Andy’s adapted dish is absolutely delicious and it’s vegan. Served with crispy fried tofu and chapati. for the carrots4 large carrots, diced 1 small…

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The Fourth Wave

October 14, 2019

Sophie McKeand as one voice in an ocean, she holds no power you shape her, fold wave / within wave.  when contained by hydro-dams, or stifled in water butts her energy is stagnated potential   sluiced through the gutter press & out into a wild night                her mouth is wicked you source her surface for erotic inspiration hold her accountable for awkward erections pressure memories underground  until the earth                               frAct/ures               once she was a goddess  formless / in form, your ancestors worshipped her   free  & unfettered.…

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The ceremony of fire

October 1, 2019

Words: Sophie McKeand Photos: Sophie McKeand & Andy Garside I am learning the art of firebuilding. Of connecting with the landscape through the creation of flames. There are scant times and places for this most soulful activity after the summer’s heatwave so when these luminous moments present themselves, like the discovery of a host of multicoloured European bee-eaters or the sudden appearance of the shy hummingbird hawk-moth, we take time to savour each honey-filled moment as it drips by golden…

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translating the blessings of the trees

September 14, 2019

It was a honour to create a ring ceremony for the wedding of two friends in Bute Park, Cardiff this summer. Aidan and Darren both spend a lot of time in the park, the place was instrumental in the early years of their relationship coming together, so it made sense to affirm their love for each other there. I know the trees of Bute Park, I’ve sat with them, dreamed with them, held heart & mind still with them, and…

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Wild mint foraging

September 14, 2019

I love the simplicity of life on the road. It feeds so effortlessly into the food we eat. Foraging is a skill I’m acquiring as we travel, but being a novice, I tend to stick to what I know, working to discover the properties of a new plant, flower or tree every few months before adding them to my repertoire. I tend to forage mint from the gardens of people we visit as it’s ubiquitous in some gardens. The mint…

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Creating a hand-stitched pamphlet

September 14, 2019

Producing your own work can be a daunting prospect but it also allows the space to fully immerse in the words and creation. Sometimes a publisher (or record label) is the way forward with a piece, but occasionally (about every four years) I enjoy re-grounding in the practice of producing an entire pamphlet from scratch, including the hand-stitching. If you are also adept at design (which I’m not) then that’s great, otherwise you might want to approach a friend or…

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New OUTSIDER chapter out tomorrow

September 13, 2019

If you’d like to subscribe to the exclusive OUTSIDER chapters for as little as $1 a month to support my work then please visit my Patreon page here. I love sharing new work with you, the people, who have a genuine interest in the writing and the insights I’m unearthing across the landscapes of this nomadic life. Thank you for your support, I cannot tell you how much it means. Sent with much love,Sophie…

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