We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
We’ve settled into German life quite
seamlessly. Yoga twice a week, (for me), market days for shopping, using our
bikes whenever possible for transport.
Yoga is still a challenge in German, but my
vocab is slowly improving. I’m not sure how useful it is to be able to say “put
your left leg over your left shoulder” and being able to name body parts is not
generally part of everyday polite conversation. Oh well, I’ll keep at it.
We recently spent ten 10 days in the UK
catching up with friends and family. Pete and Kath graciously let us back in
the gate of their lovely house in North Wales, and we got to meet the new
addition to the household – Suzy, a Nova Scotia Duck-tolling retriever - no
I’m not kidding. At 10 months she’s very sweet and still quite puppy-like.
Daisy, the curly coat, adores her but needs admonish her from time-to-time as
older bossy dogs do.
We did some lovely walks with the dogs who
absolutely love getting out into the woods and getting muddy. Also went to our
favourite pub, The Ship, for a shoulder of welsh lamb.
Next stop Glasgow to catch up with sister
Helen and cousin Robin and his wife Jan. Weather was mostly kind and we had
some really fab meals. Glasgow really does have some brilliant restaurants, and
we always eat very very well there. So we had a few fun nights with the gang, and caught up on the goss.
Is there anything cuter than a lamb with a black face?
Driving through Ayrshire
We drove across to Edinburgh for 2 nights
as I had only spent one day there in 1990. Lawrence’s friend Maggie (from
school days!!) came down to meet us and we had a fab Cook’s Tour of Edinburgh.
We also did a spooky ghost tour of the underground vaults of the city. We very
disappointed not to get a kick in the bum or a head-butt from any ghostly
beings of the night.
Edinburgh Castle is still there!!
Scottish Parliament - maybe about to make history - again.
Lawrence and Maggie taking a break
Business wise, things are cranking up and
Lawrence is doing lots of stuff with Stuart and will be doing some consulting
in the Netherlands next month. I’m still just being a Hausfrau and enjoying it!
Having spent 6 months in Italy, one had
developed a bit of a ‘pasta belly’. Continuous pasta, pizza, pastries and
panini didn’t do wonders for the waistline, so I’ve been ‘reducing’. It’s been
fun cooking lots of different foods on my health kick – including
cauliflower-crust pizza!! If you want the recipe, let me know. Lawrence really
thought I’d lost the plot when I told him what I’d be cooking, but he really
liked it – maybe he was just being polite, but then again – that’s not his
We are heading back to the UK in Boris at
the end of June for an expo thingy for people who are into ‘overlanding’ on motorbikes and 4WDs etc. We are hoping to get lots of good info and maybe meet some
potential travel buddies. We’d really like to do The Stans, Mongolia and
Siberia with others but need to be careful about finding like-minded people
that don’t need hand holding and won’t drink all our wine.
We are both really looking forward to being
back in Boris. So many people ask us if we are loving being in a flat, staying
in one place, having more space etc. Generally the answer is ‘yes’, but we’d
both go back to our nomadic life in a heartbeat and we really miss living in Boris.
Who’d a thought?