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The Statistics

Thought it might be interesting to gather some data about the journey. As I write we are waiting in Cherbourg to board the ferry home. It’s all over! How many miles? 3648 (5870km) How many countries? 5 Ireland, France, Spain, … Continue reading

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Just noticing…

One of the things I have been attempting to do on this trip is spend more time doing nothing, just noticing. Yes I know you already think I’m doing nothing. This type of doing nothing is sitting still, not reading, … Continue reading

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Our Daily Baguette

On our way to the Pont du Gard on Saturday we called in to a boulangarie we had seen on our first day here, Marie Blachère Boulangeire. It’s a chain of bakeries, there’s many of them around but we packed … Continue reading

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Photos from Le Pont du Gard

We went back to the Post du Gard last Saturday and I got loads of pictures. It really is a beautiful peaceful place, in spite of all the people visiting. We arrived a little before opening time – 9.30am. The … Continue reading

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The First Nata

We crossed the border! We are in Castro Marim, Portugal. We were here in 2019, in fact it was the place where we started hearing an ominous knocking sound from Ruby (our motorhome) that led to a big bill in … Continue reading

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Simply Be and Do Gently and Slowly

It’s Saturday, the rain has stopped but it is still quite a grey day. We travelled up into the hills of Andalusia this morning to a town called Valverde de Camino. It’s on the Camino de Santiago as the name … 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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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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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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