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We’re Broke…

(Beautiful fishing huts in this area) Well Ruby is broke, sniff, sniff. You may remember when we were travelling from Castro Marim in the Algarve region of Portugal and the shaking and clunking started? Then we got the wheels balanced … Continue reading

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Expectations and Surprises

(You might see some smoke coming from the street half way down and off to the right… there’s a woman barbecuing fish outside her house) I’ve been on walkabout in our new town today, inspired by another exercise from the … Continue reading

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Beware of: Beware of Pickpockets!

(Black and white and red and green Lisbon…) It’s 4am. I’m awake. I think. This week has been like a dream, maybe I’m not awake… Here’s what happened at the workshop (and here’s a link to the website: thecreativityworkshop.com) Shelley … Continue reading

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The inevitable happened…

(I’ve run out of photos in Lisboa, so here’s even more narrow roads from Ericeira) Still having a great time at the workshop. Here’s more news about my travel experiences. I took the bus-metro combination again today so I was … Continue reading

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Opportunity

(Welcome to Portugal) So it’s the week before my workshop in Lisboa and I thought it might be sensible to create some blog posts so I am doing some overtime to cover myself for the duration of the workshop. I … 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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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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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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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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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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Odd Day in the Czech Republic

(Building on our street, in Prague) I did something in public yesterday that I’ve never done before. Crochet. Yes, I had been telling you how I will be working away on the train to Krakow but there was every chance … Continue reading

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I’m bursting to share this thing…..

(Lavender) AAAAAh I was taking to someone over the weekend and they asked me what I was up to and I mentioned my Kickstart you Creativity course was starting in November. And as I mumbled and stuttered through some kind … 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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The Tunnel I love

(Leaves and seed. I pick something up every time I go walking) I went on my walk this morning (of course I did!) a bit earlier than usual because it’s not so pleasant to walk in the heat. Anyway, there’s … Continue reading

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Free Food! Free Food! Free Food!

(The sky last night and that’s a small plane up there) I want to walk every day after breakfast while I’m here, just for twenty minutes, a budding exercise routine. So this morning I got up a bit earlier than … Continue reading

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We arrived here in Austria.

We’re staying in a little town in the Austrian mountains called Gries Im Sellrain. And true to its name there was rain. With my new-found appreciation for rain, you can imagine I was very happy. (Near Florence, notice how flat … Continue reading

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How often do Ryanair fly out of Pisa? Anyone?

We’re leaving Florence today, well, tomorrow as I write and we’re leaving very early (read 9am…) so I anticipate having too little time then (now, to you) to write so I’m writing now…. which is in the past… which means … Continue reading

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The art of being scared to death….

(Street lighting outside the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.)   Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Harold Wilson Kinda scary being who you want to be…. Mairead.

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Take a step… just a baby step.

(Field trip to the Museum in Kildare Street Dublin, here’s a close up low light on the Ardagh Chalice) “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Repeated baby steps are better … Continue reading

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Courage and Fear are close associates!

(Tree with some battle scars) “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain If you’re scared, turn it into courage by taking that next step. Mairead.

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Fly birdie, fly!

(What you looking at?)   “The shell must break before the bird can fly.”  – Alfred Lord Tennyson Is there something you need to break? Mairead.

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Friday Quote – There are many types of slavery.

(Flowers from the National Stud in Kildare) “The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.” – Mahatma Gandhi A slave… to fashion, to social standing, to … Continue reading

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The Botanic Gardens in the rain.

(The Botanic Gardens in Dublin) I went to visit the Botanic Gardens in Dublin last Monday. Although it’s less than an hour away I’d never been before. Not for the first time I’ve contemplated going on holidays to my own … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – You can do it!

(You see that dot on the picture? That’s a man walking a tightrope between two (very tall) buildings in Niagara….)   “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.”—Norman Vincent Peale     Our … Continue reading

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Fear and Lightening on the way to Niagara Falls.

(Treats at Tim Hortons) We set off for Niagara Falls this morning (Tuesday). Denis went to pick up the hire car while I packed enough for the two days away. Something lovely happened when he got home. You remember Doris’s … Continue reading

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Friday Quote. Something not quite perfect?

There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light get’s in. Leonard Cohen. Nice and bright here today, Mairead.

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The sun always shines… even if we can’t see it.

(Shadows) Would you believe, it’s very sunny today? It is! It’s not very hot and there are a few black clouds on the horizon but overhead the skies are blue and the summer shadows are very pretty. I was thinking that … Continue reading

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Cats, one mouse, a fox and two hens – it all ends well… oh, not for the mouse.

(Our favourite position on the sofa) I was sitting on the sofa this morning writing when I heard one of the cats meowing. It was a plaintive meow. As both the garden door and the secret cat window were open … Continue reading

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