Conserving time

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Today I am seeking snowdrops before they are officially announced to be in season this year, so hopefully I will find some, other than the tiny clumps I’ve seen gathered quietly along the roadsides. As I descend into the hills, down through the natural streams that gather at the bottom of … Read More

Cuba: Photo editing

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I’ve been starting to edit up my Cuba photos as part of a blog series I want to write on my travels there. It’s been taking so long because there’s just so many! Especially of the events around the passing of Fidel Castro. And when I start pondering slowly through … Read More

A tropical air

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The light on the river as I turn on the path towards the sun was sudden and buoyant, so unexpected, so I was really glad I brought my camera. Today, there’s an unexpected ‘tropical air’ in England – so just for a little bit, the winter has relented and the … Read More

Winter walk

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The weather was calm when we woke up, so we packed up some cold lunches and filled up a couple of flasks of tea and headed out on the road. It was a nice, easy day as we drove up to the Devon moors, not late enough that we got … Read More

Story telling

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A lot of people have asked me about my travels to Cuba, most of all about the time at the end of November, when Fidel Castro died, shortly after I arrived in the country. I’ve had a lot of different questions about this, what happened, what the energy was like, … Read More

An afternoon on the heath

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February is fully here now, with all of the leftovers of autumn and winter colours in its trail. It’s another new month of the new year, that is coming steadily into just being ‘the year’. The last month feels like it’s gone very quickly, so when I feel like this, … Read More

No limits on us

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Last week I spent a wonderful time at a Youth Ambassador launch for ONE UK, an organisation campaigning to end extreme poverty. It was a privilege to be invited back as a Youth Ambassador. Not only this, but I got to meet some amazing young people determined to make change … Read More

New months

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I have been really busy with some deadlines in January so February is a really good chance to take stock of where I am. January is also hard because I let go of some of my good habits after the small number of restful and peaceful festive days after Christmas … Read More

Starting something new

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For me, the moment after the start of a new project is the most difficult. Whether it’s a song that I find rudely interrupts my thoughts and takes over my head, an idea for a novel that I’m scribbling down on the back of a napkin, or a project for … Read More

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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At the entrance to Dimmuborgir National Park, on the evening of the summer solstice, a sign warned us to look out for elves. This wasn’t really a big surprise to us. On all of the Icelandic signs we’d read so far on our adventure, legends and folk tales had been … Read More

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