Category Archives: Travel

Lost and Found in Mérida

It’s funny what you need on the road and what you (of course, I mean we) will put up with to get it. We stayed the last two nights parked in a noisy industrial estate just outside the city of … Continue reading

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Mérida

It’s not all fun and games here. I brought along my Bookkeeping for Dummies book and I’m getting a handle on bookkeeping. Bookkeeping has always been like that big dark tunnel in Béjar – terror inducing. But last year I … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

You know when a small/annoying/disturbing/upsetting thing happens at the beginning of the day and the rest of your day is off? Like, it’s not balanced, it’s just a bit off? Ok maybe it doesn’t happen to you. It happened to … Continue reading

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The Tunnel of (Self) Love Part 2

I did it! I walked through the tunnel. I wasn’t sure I would. Denis was with me and I said we needed to stop just inside so I could get a feel of the problem and then we would take … Continue reading

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The Tunnel of (Self) Love

Yesterday we arrived in the town of Béjar, about 200km west of Madrid. We have never been here before and that’s always exciting. We had set off early, too early for breakfast so I cooked my favourite – porridge, while … Continue reading

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The rain in Spain…

We’re well into our second week of travelling and it’s time to catch you up on where we are. We spent two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) in Vitoria Gasteiz. The city is a very handy stop for campers as there … Continue reading

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Too much coffee, too few photos

Did I mention we are in Spain? We left the campsite in Bordeaux on Wednesday (the campsite we found for laundry, water and wifi, terrible wifi.) and spent a long time in slow road works traffic. The journey that should … Continue reading

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Preserve everything except the bread

We arrived in a small French town called Loulay on Saturday afternoon. Something about a French town inspires me. Not sure if it’s the houses made of stone or the walls made of stone or maybe it’s just the stone. … Continue reading

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Stop! Look Left!

It takes a while to transition to this different way of living. To any different way of living. We’ve all had that experience over the past two years. It’s a bit different if it’s forced on you, through ill health, … Continue reading

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Reverence on Deck 9

I am sitting on the bed in our cabin on deck 9, the sea is incredible calm. There are no windows but from the slight movements, rattles and shakes in here I sense the calm sea. It was definitely calm … Continue reading

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Habit Practicing

Every time we go away I promise myself I will pack the van early. I never did. Until now. I’ve been packing warm weather clothes. And towels. And cups and plates. I have a lot of categories half packed. I … Continue reading

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Noticing Every Tiny Thing

We have booked the ferry to France many times over the last couple of years and we cancelled the ferry to France many times… it’s hard to believe we will be actually going this time… I’ll let you know if … Continue reading

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We have a flour mountain…

We seem to be settling into a bit of a rut here at the moment, one day is very like the rest with spikes of excitement on grocery days and 5km walk day but last week there was a huge … Continue reading

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Hidden Shed Treasures

And now we’re painting. Not art, no, the shed. Well it was bound to happen. I blame Eilish. She saw the old paint tins that I was storing until next year or the year after when I’d get the date … Continue reading

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The shredder is all mine…

The gardening continues. I’ve just realised this might be why my dabbling in the garden previously didn’t bear fruit (pun intended.) It’s a continuous game, gardening. Persistence is rewarded and popping in and out once a month is very much … Continue reading

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The fairy princess and the dragon…

There will be a short story time interval from the garden… (Disclaimer:This is not my garden. This is Dorothy’s garden. One day my garden will grow up and be like Dorothy’s garden… maybe) Once upon a time there was a … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(This is clematis and it is going to look beautiful soon… possibly) New experiences continue here and we’re like children (nice children, not cranky children…) as we discover different ways to be in the world together. Denis has returned to … Continue reading

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Learned Experiences

(Our shed-growing daffodils are still going strong) I realised something today. Although it seems like NOT a lot is happening here, there’s a lot happening here. Only last week I learned how to make a loaf of brown bread that … Continue reading

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The Journey

Today is the day we were booked to travel on the ferry from Rosslare to France ❤️ then onto Spain ❤️ on our journey to Portugal ❤️. Right about now I would be writing my first post from the car … Continue reading

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Back in Ireland

(Passing gates, grass, hedges and ploughed fields on our way home…) We did indeed have calm seas with just a bit of waving motion which I don’t like so I went back to bed until it passed. When we finally … Continue reading

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Nice Calm Seas…

(That’s the door of the church) We are (hopefully) on calm seas somewhere near the south-west coast of England if you are reading this on Thursday morning. There’s hardly a puff of wind and it’s very cosy onboard… but that’s … Continue reading

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Here’s the story with the Bayeux Tapestry…

(This is where you will see the Bayeux Tapestry) We’re in Bayeux, an absolutely beautiful town and home to the Bayeux Tapestry. A 70 meter long, 58 panel, linen craft piece housed in the dark in a big house in … Continue reading

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I might be hallucinating…

(We found another amazing Beautiful Village of France) It’s a wee bit dreary today. I’d love to sit by the fire eating some scones just out of the oven. I suppose it had to happen, I’m suffering from scone-sickness. Croissants, … Continue reading

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The Lovely Gentleman of La Flèche

(That’s the gate of the military school on the right and the spire of the church with the ashes to the left) We spent three nights in La Flèche, the longest we’ve stayed anywhere this trip. On Saturday I went … Continue reading

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Do I look stupid in this?

(Duck!) Well, hello you! Here we both are (you and me) in the last week… of France, of the daily blogging, of the travelling, of the waking up in a new place every morning. Now what? What will we do … Continue reading

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Living the Dream

(Beautiful trees in the campsite) As I write I’m in the laundry room of the campsite in La Flèche standing guard. This is a lovely campsite with hot water in the showers and toilet paper in the toilets – it’s … Continue reading

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The doors

(This door in Couhé) I love old doors in France, especially when they are framed by stone or wood or greenery. This town was mentioned in the old sign yesterday and now here we are rambling along its streets. It’s … Continue reading

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A sign of the times…

(This barn wall looks like a piece of mosaic art) Sometimes when I can’t think of what to tell you at the end of a day I look at the pictures I’ve taken. I’m often surprised at what I see. … Continue reading

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I’m not looking forward to Christmas…

(More pictures from Aubeterre, here’s the square with all the restaurants) I’m not sure if I told you that Linda and I are running a workshop on Saturday 9th of November, about two weeks time. It’s our tried and trusted … Continue reading

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We are lost…

(Cute touches everywhere, like flowers in the stone fonts) Aubeterre is one of the Beautiful Villages of France. It’s on the official list but even if you didn’t know about the list you’d think it was beautiful. It’s old stone … Continue reading

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