I realised this evening that I’ve been home seven weeks, which is almost as long as I spent on boats between January and March. Hours have turned into days, into weeks and now months. Instead of the thousands of miles I had thought I would be sailing, the dozens of shores I was going toContinue reading “An update from the garden”
I have long been a fan of Desert Island Discs and have often thought about what my choices would be or how I would actually fare with only eight songs to listen to, so I thought a 3 week crossing of the Atlantic might be a good time to try it…
Aware that I was about to spend a number of weeks in a confined space with limited options for stretching my legs or being alone, I hired a bicycle and set off to build up my leg muscles and store up some alone time on a 5 day cycle and wild camping tour of Lanzarote.
It’s harder to write about where I’ve been and what we’ve done than events from long ago, or inspiration for my journey. I wonder if it is interesting to anyone other than my mum? Possibly not, but this is supposed to be a blog about what I’m doing now as well as all the other stuff, so I should at least try.
The first weekend that I walked the South West Coast Path in Jan 2019, the poet Mary Oliver had just died, and my social media feed was full of snatches of poetry and sayings of hers. If you haven’t heard of her before, you might recognise the oft-quoted “tell me, what is it you planContinue reading “Joy is not made to be a crumb”
In March 2014, feeling a little lost in between jobs and in the aftermath of heart wrenching turmoil, I walked up the coast of southwest Portugal along the Fisherman’s Trail section of the Rota Vicentina, with my brother Alec. It was the first time we had spent time together since we were teenagers (something ofContinue reading “How did I get here – reflections on houses”
Sunday 29th December On a coach from Bournemouth to London Earlier this year, whilst walking the south west coastpath alone in March, I came up with the idea for a podcast (“Rewilding Yourself”) with me taking time around my full time job to rewild myself through wild swims, weekends walking and bivvying on the coastContinue reading “How did I get here? A summary”