Pivotal moments

Everyone has life-changing, pivotal moments. It happened in a cottage in the woods below the Malvern Hills. I entered a world of quiet, self-sufficient industry. My bag was investigated, superfluous items discarded or donated. Food was grown or scavenged. Every week, we did the rounds, collecting boxes of over-ripe tomatoes, blemished eggplants, too-knobbly celeriac, slightly…

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Amaze balls

Bliss balls are a vegan treat staple. While I was wandering last year I stumbled across a delicious concoction based on dates, nuts and oats that carried me through many adventures: climbing Mt Snowdon, hiking the Pembrokeshire coast path, or even just brightening up a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea. When I came…

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Pembrokeshire: my 24th summer

After a weekend in Conwy exploring castles with histories almost more exciting than Game of Thrones, the dream team of ‘Marilyn’ as dubbed by Val and Bry (aka Marita and Lyndsay) diverged for separate horizons. Although we’d each made separate plans and knew this moment would arrive, it was unsettling and strange to finally split…

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Mur Crusto and Snowdonia

June passed in a pleasant blur of calm days at Mur Crusto, interrupted by the hectic (though enjoyable) week in balmy Italy. I spent my days happily pottering in the garden, reading, and walking through Llangybi and surrounds. Over breakfast, I regularly battled two mischievous squirrels determined to eat all of the nuts left for…

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Grazie Padre: A week in Italy

15 – 21stJune This year, the IFADS conference was held in Bologna, Italy. It attracted PhD students and professors from all over the globe. Luckily for me, this included my incredible father, a finance professor at the University of Queensland. He’d flown over from Australia for a week in this ancient university city and it…

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5 things I love about Wales

1. It’s technically part of the UK but feels like a foreign country. Not only is there a different language, but the landscape is definitely other-worldly. It’s filled with gorgeous wilderness that slopes down to dunes and the sea, with a smattering of quaint towns and villages. Every time I go for a walk in…

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