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Piercing the surface in Jalligeri

I woke up on my second day in Jalligeri stiff from the rock hard mattress, my clothes damp from baby Gonal’s pee. This wouldn’t be the first time that day either, as his little bottom went permanently un-diapered and was often in my arms or on my lap as I […]

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A weekend at Poopy’s house

Last Saturday afternoon, following an arduous eight hour bus journey, I found myself in the tiny village of Jalligeri in the southern state of Karnataka, India. The word village might even be too grand a term, as in truth, Jalligeri is little more than a hamlet, nestled humbly amongst sprawling […]

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Just a little drive across India

For at least the last five years I have longed to take part in the Rickshaw Run, trying my best to carouse and cajole everyone I knew into sharing the adventure with me, without success. And so it became this thing I carried around with me, a seed I didn’t […]

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The gift of the open road

This is the first time in six weeks that I have sat down at my laptop, opened a new Word document, and quietly begun to write. It sounds like such a simple act, and yet I have been struggling with it for all this time. The words escaped me somehow, […]

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One month update from Goa

I can hardly believe we have been here in Goa for a whole month already. Not because the time has flown by, because it hasn’t, we’ve moved gently with it, like floating dreamily down stream. I just still find it a little hard to believe that this is my life. […]

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The bottom line

Four weeks have melted away in the heat since we boarded our flight from England to India and began our indefinite world travels. During this time I have kind of felt like a migratory bird in training, a little wobbly on my feet, but determined to spread my wings and […]

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The beginning of the beginning

I’ve spent all morning sitting in our lovely little house in Goa, trying to think of something to write, extolling our latest adventures here at the beginning of our new beginning. But the truth is, we haven’t really done anything yet. I’m not even kidding. Over two weeks into our new life […]

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Our lovely little house in Goa

Just three days ago we moved into our new home for the next few months, a lovely little house in the quiet cove of Colomb Bay, nestled neatly between the well-known beach of Palolem and her quieter neighbour, Patnem in Goa. We stumbled upon it serendipitously last week whilst out for […]

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The adventure finally begins

I’m writing this post from a lovely little restaurant in Palolem, Goa. The tables are filled with other travellers, quietly tapping at their notepads and laptops, and the dusty street outside is alive with the sound of car horns and busy workers preparing for the start of the tourist season. Brightly […]

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A very big announcement

For a woman who writes about being open and honest, it seems strange to have kept a rather enormous secret from you all over the past nine months. No, don’t worry, it’s not a baby… Though it’s likely to be just as life-changing as bringing a child into this world, what’s been […]

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Between a rock and a far away place

Lately I have felt stuck; caught between a rock and a far away place, in that almost but not quite there phase of making your dreams come true. I remind myself daily of the well-known saying that nothing worth having comes easy. I bob around in this seemingly endless sea of […]

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The truth shall set you free

In exactly nine weeks time Lee and I will be settling into our seats, about to depart for India and the life we have been dreaming of for nearly two years. Well actually, I’ve been dreaming of it in one way or another for my entire adult life, I just didn’t […]

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Boxes and backpacks

I’m sitting here in my bedroom, surrounded by what’s left of my stuff. It’s a daunting task, sifting through the remains of a life I’ve decided not to live anymore; to say my goodbyes and start over. It’s funny, getting rid of the big stuff was so easy, fun even. Listing things […]

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Down but not out

Time is moving faster these days. Like, super fast. I’m sitting here struggling to think of something to write about to update you on the past week, because I can’t remember any of it. Last week has become this week, and life flashed right by me before I could take notes. I’m trying so […]

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What dreams may come

Some things in life are largely unexplainable. Words fail to do them justice, and their existence can only be defined in sensory terms. As I was growing up, I always imagined that people just knew what they wanted to do in life; I assumed it was an awakening that I too […]

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The way of the world

The closer we get to travelling the world, the more I feel a part of it. It’s an unexpected evolution. As the self-appointed Queen of Dreamers, feeling grounded and present in the moment is not usually my strong suit, yet here I am, feeling fully engaged in the space I […]

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The road to transformation

When I was 16 I had a tiny little black heart tattooed on my left hand. That was half my lifetime ago. Now the heart is more of a blue/grey splodge; a ghost of its former inky-black self. It is battle-scarred and worn, forever changing with the passing of time… and […]

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