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The Lessons of Benet

(1. Watch out for the signs…) We are still in the town of Benet but… today the part arrived! We are over the moon. Could it be that difficulties arise in order that we can have an opportunity to be … Continue reading

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On a Time Out

(Want to buy a shop?) We are stuck in a very lovely small French town called Benet. I say stuck but that’s just me being dramatic. We are kinda stuck yes but we could be in worse places. The part … Continue reading

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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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Next Stop Spain, no, France, no, Spain…

(The duck pond near motorhome parking at Vitoria-Gasteiz) We stayed a second night in Palencia and then moved on to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. We were here last year. It’s just a car park with facilities for emptying but there’s … Continue reading

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Leaving Paradise…

(The fort from the castle walls at Castro Marim) And then we had to leave… leave the beach, the 6am walks, the sea glass, the heat – no we didn’t have to leave the heat, it is hot everywhere at … Continue reading

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What’s an inverter?

(All the buildings in Sintra were ornate) Our inverter broke last Thursday. It’s the thing that converts the solar energy into electricity to charge the computers. Usually it has a low pitch hum and drones on in the corner doing … Continue reading

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What to do if there’s a petrol shortage…

(The front of Alcobaça monastery) We hadn’t heard of the town of Alcobaça (pronounced Alco-Baza, I think) and I don’t know why. It’s very impressive. To begin with there’s s huge cathedral and monastery in the middle of a very … Continue reading

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May Day! May Day!

(Here’s me in happier times… at my favourite breakfast place in the town with the house of the oranges, having my favourite breakfast) We’ve moved on! We are not at the house of the oranges, we are in Ruby! So, … Continue reading

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Thank you, Portugal!

(Normally closed these shutters keep the house cool. Can you see the thickness of the wall?) We are staying in a house on the edge of town, did I tell you that? It’s a very cute traditional Portuguese house. It … Continue reading

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Just in time…

(Ruby being winched backwards into van hospital) I’m exhausted. It’s 6am and I’ve been awake for an hour… Denis is snoring loudly this night/morning! I feel a huge fraud saying I’m exhausted when here I am here in a beautiful … Continue reading

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Everything is fine, just fine…

We had a bit of an adventure today…. Ruby broke! (Ruby on her way to the garage…) We moved this morning from the orange and lemon campsite during a thunder and lightening storm. We arrived in a small town with … 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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Only one more sleep

(View over the rooftops, Ericeira) We’re in Lisboa, at a different campsite. I’m almost set to participate in the workshop tomorrow and, the sun is shining! We did all the washing in Ericeira and now Ruby is as squeaky clean … Continue reading

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To Lisbon by river…

(Art in the park… looks like LEGO but made from plastic crates) After the ruins we moved an hour further south to a small town called Villa Nova da Barquinha. It is right on the river Tagus. That’s the river … Continue reading

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Furadouro by the sea

(That’s the Atlantic Sea out there) We’ve travelled a little further south and now we’re in a car park behind the sand dunes at Furadouro. It rained when we got here. It rained all night. Really. All. Night. It’s raining now. But … Continue reading

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As easy as buying scratch cards at the post office…

(Porto buildings and steps and Denis) We didn’t go back to the park today, instead we decided to go to Porto and sort out our toll road issue. We haven’t been on toll roads yet in Portugal and it’s only … Continue reading

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Discomfort Zone

(Freezing grass) It was absolutely freezing when we got up this morning. It was also literally freezing… outside the van. Luckily it was over the 4℃ necessary inside to keep the drinking water inside the tank. We decided in spite … 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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The Rock of Gibraltar

(At the back… Ruby and The Rock) We’ve moved. We’ve left our campsite near Lagos and we’ve left lovely Portugal. We’re in search of a little more warmth and off to somewhere sunny in Spain.  But on the way we … 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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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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The Many Homes of Rain

(When the rains came we took comfort in liquid brewed by ancient Belgian monks…) Right so… it’s been a while… there was a storm, with rain and dark clouds, grey skies, the air got colder, it was a bit like … 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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Where do all the clothes come from?

(We had no idea there was a lovely walled garden in Marley Park, about 30 minutes from home) Right so we’re back where we started, everything’s the same but nothing’s the same. And my most pressing question is… where did … 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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I have a very little fridge and I’m not going to fill it up with rain

(Some perfect scraps of paper) It seems to have rained all night so the ground was very wet this morning…. but it’s sunny now so I’m sitting outside on the swing. Since we got here I’ve been making craft stuff … Continue reading

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