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Free things… Free things…

(Good girl, waiting for the lights to change. Safety… free✔) Besides the idea that is gestating slowly in my belly (!) I had a previous great idea (no, Grahame, not the photographing people one, another one). It came to me … 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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Is this morning sickness?

(I like this house in the middle of the city. It’s behind a big gate, I peeped in…) I think I might be pregnant or I’m a gardener… it’s one or the other, I’m not sure. (Who lives at 55?) … Continue reading

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The Portuguese Cafe God

(Yesterday morning I had to cross this scary bridge, it goes over two dual carriageways! I sang Christmas songs to myself to stop me closing my eyes and lying down. I went back today to take pictures for you.. you’re … 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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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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Can I check your oil and water?

(That’s a ginormous sign) We now have a petrol station to add to our locations. I think this is the first time we’ve ever stayed the night at a petrol station, but I know petrol stations… My Dad ran a … Continue reading

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Once upon a time we had no water…

Lots of people ask me how Denis and I can live together, in such a small space, without killing each other. I’m not sure I have ever given an adequate answer, mainly because I don’t know. So I thought it … Continue reading

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Wash Day

(Another lovely sunset) Yesterday was wash day. Washing your clothes while travelling in a camper van requires a little extra organisation. [But before we start a health warning… Kate, close the email… there’s a picture of a snake in this … 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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Bye, Bye, Beja

(We left Beja on Saturday morning) We finally had to leave Beja. It had been eleven days and it was time… to leave the great toilets, the brilliant library, the very convenient supermarkets, the just-up-the-road McDonalds, the interesting churches and … Continue reading

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Shuush! We’ve found a McDonalds! 2 of 2

So to continue from yesterday’s post… So if I realise the doing of a craft makes the difference how come here in Portugal I’m not doing any crafting? (The street names are tiles) Most people I know who love to create sometimes … 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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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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Here we go again!

(On the way down I crocheted a jumper for my mug!) It might come as some surprise to hear that we’re off travelling again. This time to France… and this time in a Camper van. It comes as a bit … Continue reading

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Bubbles of Joy

(Old petrol station in Birr, Co. Offaly) We’re back home after our week away. We have lots of photos and memories of beautiful places. I have lots of new ideas, as does Denis. Travelling for repeated stretches without the possibility … Continue reading

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Obama and Me….

We’ve seen lots more beauty in the past two days since leaving Kilkee but we got a great surprise in a small town called Moneygall. (Beautiful place on Loop Head called Bridges of Ross) Around noon I was hungry and … Continue reading

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Free Tea! Free Coffee!

(Art on the old city wall) Before we got here I was researching Krakow (with help, thank you Magda!) and one of the things I found was a free cafe, called Cafe Fińska. Well, almost free… in return for a … Continue reading

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Kickstart Your Creativity in 2014

Creative Space Sessions. You might think you haven’t a creativity bone in your body and you might be right! Creative bones need to be nurtured and what have you been doing to nurture them? Saying things like, “I’m no good at drawing… … Continue reading

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Connecting among the Falling Leaves

(The avenue) I went for a little walk today along the avenue of Powerscourt House near Enniskerry. I had driven along it on Saturday afternoon and was open-mouthed at the beauty and camera-less. So I returned this morning and brought … 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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Potato Soup Time

(The stained recipe page) I’m making soup. I love making soup. I love how it tastes, how it smells and I even like looking at it. It’s potato soup (it’s always potato soup) well, there’s also thyme in it but … 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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Old woman, Old man, Woods – Story

(Patterns… cabbage) I was watching an art video on YouTube today and it reminded me (long story) that sometimes what other people hear in their heads isn’t what we thought we said. Many years ago I attended a course where … Continue reading

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We’re… still in Germany!

Germany is a very big country! We spent less time on the road yesterday – just eight hours. We did have a new high of 38 degrees (Celsius) which only made us all the more excited when it went down … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Albert says….

(Well, if we’re including everything…. here’s the girls again) “Only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein You’re a miracle too, Mairead.

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Christmas Eve, the seagull.

(The doubly recycled Christmas Tree from Paris, last year) It’s Christmas Eve! Just saw a huge seagull flying over our house. Even though we live near the sea they don’t fly over our house very often. I think it means … Continue reading

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What’s Christmas?

(Christmas is warm…) It’s almost Christmas, just another week and I’ve had very little time to prepare in the usual way, but I’ve had a lot of time to prepare in a different way. The usual way involves copious grocery … Continue reading

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