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New Normal Gifting

I could hear Eilish rustling papers in the larder and wanted to know what she was up to, she told me to stop being so curious. Next thing she arrives out with a brown paper parcel tied with yarn. It … Continue reading

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The TO DO List exploded…

We are still working away in the garden but we have slowed down. Thankfully. My back was starting to ache and Eilish was getting better at being the boss of me. She has a very productive way of getting me … Continue reading

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Community Spirit

There’s a bigger prize than normality waiting for us on the far side of this… 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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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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We might be in a movie…

(Grand Hotel de Bordeaux) We left the small town of Créon early on Saturday morning to drive to a lakeside campsite just north of Bordeaux. The journey took about 30 minutes. (Driving over the Dordogne) We’ve bypassed it many times … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms Always Include Lightening

(One Mississippi) My shoes are still soaking, so are my second best pair of jeans, socks, raincoat. We walked back from the town last night after dinner. All day it was hot and overcast. Funny weather. The kind you know … Continue reading

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Living Rich in Ancient France

(The single-lane stone bridge into Vieille-Brioude) Stopping for a coffee or for the night in ancient villages and towns is making me feel a little bit overwhelmed. They are so beautiful, they are so weathered, they are so peaceful… and … Continue reading

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Four Degrees!

(Sunny evening in Coubon on the Loire) We stayed in a town called Coubon last night. It was 4 degrees Celsius this morning when I got up. Four…. It was 12 degrees at home in Greystones! I got dressed in … Continue reading

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Everyday Fearless

(The Book!) I did it! I finished writing my book about our journey earlier this year to Portugal and I’m really excited. (I’m sick with anxiety too but as that feels very like excitement I’m grand.) Do you remember I … Continue reading

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You think you have problems…

(Princess Margaret of Austria) We are in the town of Bourg-en-Bresse. We arrived at lunchtime in front of a huge abbey, called The Royal Monastery of Brou. It was commissioned by Princess Margaret of Austria who was from the Netherlands … Continue reading

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The town of Buxy

(An old tin sign on the former train station wall) We arrived in Buxy this morning and went for a walk to the town to get our bearings. We’d stopped off here briefly last year but never got as far … Continue reading

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Lazy Sunday

(There was a bug hotel next door to the car park) It’s Sunday… and we finally have nothing to do! But first let me bring you up to date. We travelled yesterday for most of the day to the banks … Continue reading

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End of the road

(Here’s our entire route from the Rego app…) Thank you for being with us on the journey, now we’re all back where we started. We’ve been back a week and have managed to do some travelling in Ireland in that … Continue reading

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The Ceramists of Silves

(The studio) As I was walking up to the castle in Silves I passed a door with a sign saying… Cerimeca. Ceramics! Of course I had to go in. (Aren’t they gorgeous?) Inside the dark interior there was a lady … Continue reading

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Off to the Beach

(Nice flowers in the dunes) One of the great things about Portugal is that no matter how hot it gets there’s always (almost always) a breeze near the coast. So when it got really hot by the river we moved … Continue reading

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Son of Alcacér do Sal

(Statue of Pedro Nunes in Alcacér do Sal) After Setúbal we moved to the town of Alcacér do Sal. We were here last year. You might remember it was the place I built up the courage to ask someone to … Continue reading

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The heartbroken Princess

(Setting sun) Once upon a time there was as a little princess who was magic. She was able to get anything she wanted with her magic. (Cozy quilt by the sea) You might think a princess like this was happy … Continue reading

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Lisbon by Train, Boat, Tram and Scooter – Part 1

(Love the colours. Cafe near the train station at Cais Sodré) We went to Lisbon on Saturday. If you remember I was to be the tour guide and Denis the tourist. We set off at 8.30am to get the metro … Continue reading

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The stars aligned

(The cathedral which is built on the site of the original church. The original tomb is in the basement) We’re leaving Santiago de Compostela today. My friend and I went on a free tour of the town yesterday. It was … Continue reading

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How I wrote a book not entirely on my own

(There was a Time Machine in Besançon… or it might have been a Time Museum) Settle down, grab a cuppa and let me tell you the story of how I wrote a book with the help of six generous, creative … Continue reading

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Last day in Portugal, sniff, sniff

(There’s a steep walk from the parking) We found another wall. In the town of Bragança in the north-east corner of Portugal. The town provides free overnight motorhome parking just under the castle walls. Unfortunately, the castle was closed on … Continue reading

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Scary Story by the Lake

(Our spot beside the lake at Macedo de Cavaleiros) On Sunday we parked beside a lake. People arrived and left all day to go for walks or just to have a look. They brought children, dogs or cameras. Some just … Continue reading

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Sorry we’re late…

(There’s Denis with the rusty canons at Sagres Fort) It’s different on the way back. We’re on our way back. We have been passing places we stayed in on the way out to this edge of Europe and now it’s … 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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One stitch after another…

(This is an old Roman road at the entrance to the olive farm) Still here at the house with the oranges, in the town with the olive farm, waiting for Ruby to recover. The mechanic has started holding his head … 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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Spending time with Vera…

(Notice the colour for the houses here is white and grey) I hear there’s more bad weather on it’s way to you. So I won’t mention that it’s been a lovely day here and I’m outside as I write watching … Continue reading

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Have a Good Friday!

(There’s a castle over the next hill) It’s Good Friday today so I thought I might retell the week in the life of an Easter story…   (This is the view from the castle walls) My Diary: Sunday: Everyone loved me … Continue reading

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