Category Archives: travel

Musings on Retreat

I’m writing this while on a retreat in deepest Cornwall with some women I know through a mindfulness group. It has been a lovely few days doing not a lot.. a guilt-free escape from our usually busy lives.

When was the last time you stopped and did absolutely nothing? I realise for me it has been a very long time.. partly because we live in the Yorkshire Dales, so any holidays or trips to friends or relatives involve a long drive and usually a whirlwind of activities and visits.

We have been lounging around reading, journal writing, meditating, sketching, walking, cooking, drinking lots of tea and wine and generally recharging our batteries.

It really has been an interesting experience to be properly ‘away’ with very limited mobile signal.. and actually quite liberating to do nothing.

The wind is whistling through the windows but the sky is blue and the crows are playing in the wind… this is my view…

view from Trefreock

Pretty good eh  🙂

The Thin Line That Leads Us

Rhiannon and I shared an office many years ago when we worked at the Open University. Both our lives have had many twists and turns since then. The Thin Line That Leads Us was a blog she started in 2005 when she left her academic job and husband in Sydney to return to the UK to be with Stu who she first met as a student.

Callanish stones from the blog post Kayaking to Callanish.

The Magical Eden Valley in the blog post Sinners

Lemon leaf from the blog Tales of the Unexpected.

The bunkhouse shoe collection from Running Mad on Arran.

Glen Sannox in Running Mad on Arran.

Rhannons’s dad worked as a research scientist and she has many of his photos from his time in Antarctica..  This picture is from A Christmas Greeting.

She doesn’t blog on that one any more but has a new photography website at http://www.rhiannongeorge.co.uk

Rachel the Vagabond Baker

I have very many talented friends with excellent blogs so will give some of them a plug on here. I have known Rachel and her partner Chris for years and they have quite an unconventional life. Most of their time is spent travelling or house sitting and  they have recently bought a fab demountable camper to live in. They are both photographers and I think the eye for a good picture is what makes this blog a real gem.

Vagabond Baker is not just a recipe blog..  but also a wonderful showcase for their extensive travels, photographs and unusual nomadic lifestyle.

rachel vagabond baker

Strangely.. the most popular blogs she has ever written are about her reasons for learning Finnish!

So pop over to Vagabond Baker and have a browse or find her on twitter @vagabondbaker or Vagabond Baking on facebook.

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