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I don't post many photos of me as I'm the photographer! Today is a worthy day though as it is exactly a month to go until my 50th birthday. So I'm now into the last month of my forties!
Thankfully these days a lot of women talk about menapause, going grey and getting older in a positive light and we aren't all made to feel like useless old hags 😂 but for sure there are differences I've noticed getting older that are not so positive.
There is still a culture amongst men of a certain age to dismiss you now you are no longer a fertile breeding machine. Men who call you moody/miserable/hard work just because you've got to an age where you can speak your truth without fearing rejection. Men who dislike you because your not scared to call them out on their outdated mysoginistic behaviour. I might add that I find younger men of around my son's age (29) not at all like this and they are far more respectful, it's men of a similar age to me I find particularly unb…

Atlantic Coast

Atlantic coast beaches are our favourite beaches! The stunning coastline is beautiful and the sea can be savage at times. 
These two pictures are taken from the south coast at Praia de Dona Ana in Lagos, perfect beaches for soaking up some sun, swimming and snorkeling. 
These four pictures were taken on the west coast at Praia da Bordeira, a beach that many surfers enjoy, on the day these photos were taken there was a red flag flying but still many people were trying to go in for a swim, some even with children! Luckily the lifeguards were there to tell them to get out but you have to wonder why people take such a risk with the ocean. 
This picture is of a surfer at Meia Praia, a beautiful long sandy beach which is usually fairly calm as it's on the south coast but sometimes does get surfable waves.
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We have had some incredible sunsets over the past week or so here on the Algarve. Not only have I caught some lovely actual sunset shots but also some others using the orange glowing sky as a great background.

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Not very good blogger!

I really hoped during lockdown I would write more on this blog. At the beginning I did manage a few posts as well as some more in depth writing for online magazines. As lockdown continued I didn't write as much and then the last couple of months of coming out of lockdown I've written hardly anything! What I've noticed is I have great ideas for articles but then write nothing so instead I'm going to just try and put a few words down more regularly. Nearly everyday I manage to do that on Instagram so why not here! It may in fact just be the same as I've written on Instagram but at least it will be something and something worthwhile I would hope! If you want to follow our travels on Instagram we are HERE!
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Advice for Van Dwellers on the Algarve

I have been visiting Portugal for 10 years in campervans. I have mostly had positive experiences regarding my choice to live in a van and travel. Portugal is a laid back country which had a revolution in 1974 to kick out facism and has a written Constitution that gives everyone equality and freedom to live as they choose, (as long as they are not breaking laws obviously).
I have spent long periods of time in an area around Oliveria do Hospital which is at the foothills of the Serra de Estrella mountains in the north of the county. I lived there for 18 months in my van exploring the surroundings. I have toured the entire coastline of the country in my van, from my first visit in 2010 until the present day. In the lasts 3 years I have spent a lot of time in the south west corner of the Algarve. There is a little triangle that takes in the towns of Lagos on the south coast, Aljezur on the west coast and Sagres, the south west tip of the country. This triangle attracts surfers, hippy's…

Parking in Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park

Recently I was parked in my motorhome at Fortaleza de Sagres in the carpark within a designated bay. At approximately midday three GNR agents told everyone in motorhomes in the carpark that they were not allowed to 'camp' there, they were only allowed to 'park'. They told me and others that we were not allowed windows open. At approximately 15:00 four different GNR agents came to the car park and insisted that windows needed to be shut and doors closed. The temperature at the time was over 30°.
They took photographs of my van and took a photograph of my partners passport. They did not give a reason for this when asked why. They were unfriendly and unhelpful as well as intimidating for some visitors to the carpark.
My friend has a dog and needs windows open when he is parked for ventilation. A young woman from the UK was there and had only been in Portugal for two days and was intimidated enough to close herself in her van in the extreme heat. A Dutch couple with a child …

Where did the time go?

I had all good intentions to write lots in my blog during lockdown and I started quite well! At the beginning I was inspired to write more, take more photographs, read more books and to learn the mandola. As the lockdown went on I had a period of feeling very lethargic and did hardly anything except play stupid games on my phone. I guess this sort of thing happened to lots of people but it's a weird one! Anyway to cut a long story short we stayed in Imsouane, the village in Morocco we had been locked down in until early July when we got offered a place in a ferry leaving on 7 July to Algeciras in Spain. Although we had originally planned to stay in Morocco until we could use our return ticket we realised that that may never happen and so we took the offered ferry at £200 for us both and the van. The journey up to the ferry was lovely with some great stops at a couple of normally very touristy places. Seeing Essaouira and Chefchouen without the hoards of tourists was great and we e…


I have noticed that my past few blog posts contain quite a lot of negative points about stuff. It wasn't deliberate and obviously reflects on how I'm feeling about things.
Getting too involved in stuff online is pointless but happens to the best of us sometimes and has certainly not helped my mood. Instead of focusing on the positive, I have been too focused on the negatives.
So here begins a series of posts with only good things to say! Today I want to talk about books, well actually I'm not going to do too much talking. I'm taking my favourite 12 books from the last few years and just saying one sentence about each. If it sounds interesting I'm sure you can find reviews (and spoilers) written by professional book reviewers online!

Ducking and diving in Bali's underground world of cocaine dealers.

Physical and sexual abuse, underage prostitution and an early life spiralling out of control.

A Mexican couple trying to find a better life but facing prejudice and hards…

Hashtag Vanlife part 3

A couple of years ago I wrote two pieces on what was to me back then a fairly new movement of people. Called Vanlife and calling themselves Vanlifers, this new group of people in their homes on wheels were all over the internet with their blogs and their channels and their shops.The first article titled Hashtag Vanlife, from September 2017 can be read in full HERE and the second, from January 2018 can be found HEREBefore I start this piece I’m going to repeat myself at bit from my other Vanlife post, sorry!I always feel the need to remind readers that what you read here are just my views and opinions mixed with some facts that I have discovered after taking to people or online research. I am more than happy to engage in discussion on the topic with anyone whether their views are different from mine or not. I am absolutely not going to engage with anyone who personally attacks me.And also let it be clear that I believe as human beings we are all equal and are all entitled to live our l…

Life on the Road during Covid-19 - Part 2

A month ago I wrote an article about how the Coronavirus crisis has affected myself and other people living in vans especially those abroad at the time and those whose van is their only home. Now a month later what new challenges have we faced and where do we go to from here?
I am in Morocco, I arrived in February and spent the first month travelling around exploring the country. The lockdown started on 20th March and was initially for a month. On 18th April the authorities announced a further month of lockdown and so here we are into month two of our restricted lives.

Have I questioned over the last month whether I made the right decision to stay in Morocco? Would I have been better to get back to Portugal where I am based? Or even back to the UK where I could be nearer family and even possibly go back to work as a care assistant? Of course I have asked myself those questions. Ultimately I still think I made the right decision for myself in the circumstances. I also still believe that …