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Saturday papers by torchlight
After the walk / Miscellaneous

Sleep out

Eastertime is here, and the sun has so much warmth in it that it’s calling everyone out, like lizards from under our winter rocks. Delightfully both our first and reserve beach camping spot plans already had tents on them when we arrived on Saturday evening, so we ended up making […]

Galloping donkey nutcases
After the walk

Galloping spring

I took the freshly washed head collars back to the field on Tuesday morning, giving myself a little time to negotiate them onto the donkeys before the vet arrived to give them their flu and tetanus jabs. Flo is always pretty good, but Chico usually gives me a token runaround […]

Happy pancake day!
After the walk

Happy pancake day!

Happy pancake day! If you forgot, there’s still time! This Shrove Tuesday I’m singing the praises of my dear mama, by posting her pancake recipe for you. The pictures are from last May – I’ve been keeping them for today – but as it happens she’s in the kitchen frying […]

The fun in funding…
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

The fun in funding…

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in the pie, Chico’s in his hayshed, eating bread and honey, Hannah’s in her counting house, frightened by the money… It’s been almost three weeks since the Kickstarter ended in a blaze of white-knuckle adrenaline […]

Spreading the donkey karma
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Spreading the donkey karma

Several people have asked me for a voucher they can give their dear donkey/adventure/Wales-loving kith and kin, so I’ve fashioned one out of the notebook doodles of five weeks of running the Kickstarter! You can download it here: Download the donkey voucher here print it out and fill it in. […]

New prints! New prints!
After the walk / The blog

New prints! New prints!

New print! New print! For people who can’t choose just three for the £100 print, here’s a choice of my favourite pictures from the walk. The prints are beautifully printed A3, gicleé prints with archive quality inks so they won’t fade in your lifetime. There will be three options to […]

Book cover is go, and YOU CAN OWN IT!
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Book cover is go, and YOU CAN OWN IT!

Who cares that I haven’t finished actually writing the thing – that hasn’t stopped me commissioning the cover of the book! I discovered this wonderful artist, Lee Wright, when I saw his lino cut prints exhibited in his hometown of Crickhowell, and – joy of joys! – he has accepted […]

Going for a walk could save the world
After the walk / Philosophising / The blog

Going for a walk could save the world

Living outdoors so quickly puts everything in perspective. It reminds me what is precious and important (people, time, landscapes, muscles, chatting, simplicity, lunch) and what is extraneous and best cut down or cut out (commuting, labour-saving devices, clutter, morbid news stories, jetfuel, landfill, women’s magazines) . It strikes me as […]

Over halfway! Thank you!
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Over halfway! Thank you!

On Tuesday we hit the halfway mark of this great big Kickstarter hullabaloo – a gigantic, knee-wobbling, heart-swelling £14,000, worthy of all sorts of metaphors. Like hitting the halfway mark on the walk, I feel jubilant, a bit overwhelmed, and far from being out-of-the-woods! But the figure kept steaming onward, […]

The best of Wales, on your wall
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

The best of Wales, on your wall

Two weeks left of the monster Kickstarter project, and we had a great boost yesterday when Kickstarter themselves chose Seaside Donkey as their project of the day. Such waves of kindness, support and enthusiasm about the book and film are coming in from all over the globe – this is […]