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Home sweet home
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Home sweet home

It astonishes me every evening how little a donkey needs compared to a human being. Even with my needs pared down to the carryable minimum, making him happy for the night takes a fraction of the things and time that making me happy takes. He sorts himself out with a […]

Sweet donkey music
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Sweet donkey music

There I was thinking of us as a bit of a damp, shonky travelling circus – a funny one-liner of an idea that’s persisting beyond its best-before date, as I’m still walking around Wales with a donkey, after months and months and months – when a wonderful friend writes a […]

Chico goes to school
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Chico goes to school

Turning the southeastern corner of Wales coincided perfectly with the beginning of September – new term, new season, new compass point to follow. The middle of the day is still as blazing hot as some of those heatwave days of July, but the dew is getting heavy and the shadows […]

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The borderlands are over!

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Not waving but drowning
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Not waving but drowning

I thought that this inland bit would be easy. 360 whole degrees of route-planning options rather than the 180 that you get on the coast (unless you fancy getting wet), no particular requirements except to head south as fast as possible, green and pleasant lands to camp in, kind affluent […]

Where are we?
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Where are we?

See where we are on a map? near B4351, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Powys HR3 5DE http://goo.gl/maps/cH8XJ

Zen and the art of donkey maintenance
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Zen and the art of donkey maintenance

It’s a very long time since I lived so much in the moment, probably not since primary school, if then. My moment extends to making sure I have some sort of supplies for breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow, maps for the next week, a very vague idea of the next […]

The life and times of Chico
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The life and times of Chico

I’ve got Chico’s passport onboard, getting a bit raggedy and regularly doused in rainwater now, and it has the address where he was born on it. It’s in Rhyl, a town with a bit of a rough reputation on the north coast of Wales, and we happened to be passing […]

A map! Give us a map!
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A map! Give us a map!

May I apologise for the woeful lack of visual aid on this travel blog? It’s rubbish, unforgivable, and entirely Google’s fault, and maybe partly Apple’s. Any time I have a spare bit of phone battery, decent enough internet connection, and a couple of brain cells that haven’t withered in the […]

Donkeyless life
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Donkeyless life

What am I up to, without my donkey, you might ask. Or you might not ask – who cares? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. I am walking around Anglesey in fits and starts, trying to find ways of entertaining myself. I am learning the Desiderata (you know, the one that […]