Tag Archives: all is well

We are up in the hills…

(Sunrise this morning) Do you remember the first time we took Ruby to Portugal? (I’ve put a link here if you want to remind yourself.) We ended up on teeny tiny roads searching for internet access. Well we’ve done it … Continue reading

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Warm hugs from the south…

(Our car park tonight is just around the corner from this beach) We’ve moved again further into Portugal… just a little bit. To a town called Viana do Castelo, less than 100km north of Porto. There was a temptation to … Continue reading

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Free Parking with the Elephants

(Our view from the kitchen) We crossed the border into Spain this morning. It rained the entire time and the spray from the other traffic was a bit miserable. We had forgotten that this part of the journey past San … Continue reading

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What if life was just about being?

I often think about the messages life brings us… not necessarily the hard messages, the illnesses or the problems. But the small warm and gentle encouraging messages. Messages that in a normal day, we can miss. Continue reading

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Might be driving illegally…?

(New shoots) I hope you had a lovely St.Patrick’s Weekend! I made a green shamrock to celebrate but it looks more like a green ace of clubs… and I had a very trying experience purchasing an electronic toll card online. … Continue reading

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Broken Shells Calling

(Friday evening in Furadouro) I mentioned yesterday that I loved the town of Furadouro and one of the reasons was the beach. Not the sand but the shells. Not the perfectly pretty and complete shells. The broken ones. I had … Continue reading

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Sometimes it rains in Portugal…

It’s raining! I know you will be disappointed for me but I’m ok, I have some work to do so it’s probably just as well I won’t be able to sit outside sunning myself… I hear it’s sunny in Ireland! … Continue reading

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Hello again, Fear!

(The Portuguese town of Chaves) We have arrived in Portugal! It only took seven days! Yep, I know a lot, right? Last time we talked I’d stopped talking to Fear. Remember? Well it only lasted 24 hours. Here’s what happened… … Continue reading

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Stop Talking to Fear

(Very nicely located car park at Entrago) We left Cangas de Onis this morning and set off for our next home. It’s a small village called Entrago, with a car park in the Picos mountain range that allows camper vans to … Continue reading

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Feeling the Sky

(Star rising) I wish I could show you the sky last night. It was the same as the sky above you but maybe you weren’t outside. Or maybe you were busy and you forgot to look up. Anyway, last night … Continue reading

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The house special and a van full of whiskey…

(Spotted this van near reception yesterday) (The writing on the side…) We are still in Luz near Lagos and it’s just starting to get warm enough to sit outside and write… wearing three layers, thick fleece, woolly socks, boots and … Continue reading

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Making peace with embarrassment

(Palm tree trunk) We’re still in Luz so I’m getting comfortable here, starting to feel right at home… which means some of my old habits are popping up. (By the way, I’m working away happily on my book so that’s … Continue reading

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The Library

(I’m at the Library) So today, on the lookout for a Portuguese venue to rival McDonalds, I’ve come to the library. And I can report that the chairs are comfy, there is indeed wifi and I can sit here for … Continue reading

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Beja: The Promised Land

(We got a map, Lar!) We’ve been in a bit of a wilderness. Still on our journey south, in search of warm air and bright skies. From time to time we find them. Then we can’t find a place to … Continue reading

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Portugal: Day 1 Part 3

(Love this! And it’s exactly the right size for the roads) So…We found a campsite in a forest full of birdsong, the wi-fi wasn’t great, we set off in search of mobile wi-fi, drive on little roads. me I’m nervous, the perfect Phone … Continue reading

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Portugal: Day 1 Part 2

(Light at the end of the tunnel?) Ok so to continue from yesterday….. We find a campsite in a forest full of birdsong but the wi-fi isn’t great, we pay for the night and set off in search of mobile … Continue reading

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First Steps to Portugal

(From a lovely little book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Robert Maurer) We’re travelling again. This time, Portugal. We’ve never been to Portugal. It’s a long way, the sat nav says it will take 17 hours from … Continue reading

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It’s over… for now

(A wedding in Surgeres… Thinking of you, Linda and Paul!) We’re sitting on the ferry hearing Irish voices for the first time in a long time. Mostly they sound kinda nice, friendly, sing-songy, ordinary, gentle too. I was getting used … Continue reading

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Feeling some madness…

(Can you see this kite surfing guy’s feet and surfboard are out of the water?) It rained a lot last night. Lots of rain, lots of wind. Teeny tiny bit of sleep. Not feeling too bubbly today. So I’m reminded … Continue reading

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Happy Puppydog Day

(Fishermen on the Dordogne, just over the hedge from our pitch) We have reached the Dordogne and it’s very hot. We arrived on Wednesday around lunch time. Very slow at the best of times the heat makes me much slower … Continue reading

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The eBook is out!

Well it’s finally happened…The eBook is live on Amazon! You might remember I mentioned it last September on this blog post in Creative Calm. So I wrote, edited, got scared, edited some more, went into a small decline, edited some … Continue reading

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View from the Bed

(Having a go at grape picking) You know how when you’re buying a house you’re supposed to check out where the sun rises and sets in relation to your garden? Well, we only ever bought one house and we’ve lived … Continue reading

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Irish Cuisine in France

(As requested by Moira: Picture of Ruby on a trip to Cork last weekend) We’ve arrived in our first campsite on the edge of the city of Rennes, a couple of hours south of Cherbourg. It’s hot here or maybe we’re … Continue reading

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On the Road Again

  (Our first photo point was an old church and graveyard overlooking the river Boyne) It’s been a long time but we finally dusted off the motorbike, charged the cameras and took to the road. As I write we’re just … Continue reading

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Lost and Alone in Budapest…

  (Beautiful Buildings) Budapest is quite beautiful and quite big, so we gave up the walking tour for a bus tour… not our finest hour. Not just because of the lack to exercise but for the choice of tour. Our … Continue reading

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Head Space – there’s an app for that!

(Sign from bridge in Mount Usher Gardens… don’t jump, leap) I’ve started doing meditation. I’ve started many times before but this time I might keep going. So far I’ve completed twenty days. I’m doing it with an app. It’s on … Continue reading

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Wounded and Sickly Ego in the Safe Cave

(All the pictures are from Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, Co. Wicklow) I took a week off blogging and I have great excuses, but It’s the excuse that stops me going back to blogging that I want (well, really don’t … Continue reading

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Quiet – the book…

(Solitude) I’m reading a really interesting book at the moment. It’s called Quiet by Susan Cain. There’s also a TED talk. She writes about extroverts and introverts and thinks the extrovert personality type has an unfair advantage. The extrovert is … Continue reading

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Bit stormy around here…..

(Red Leaves) Lots of family stuff going on here at the moment. Lots of transitions. Lots of new lessons. Lots of getting used to new situations which seem like old situations… but are not really, exactly the same… possibly. None … Continue reading

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My bottle of Glue…

(There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light get’s in – Leonard Cohen.) I bought a bottle of glue before we left Ireland. It’s almost empty. It has been the best glue I have ever used. Not that it’s … Continue reading

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