Sunshine Gypsies :: Lake Iseo, Italy


It turns out, September is the perfect time to travel in Italy. The crowds have dwindled, and it's still warm and delicious. Ten days ago, we left our beloved Granny Annie in Semriach, and headed south to Italy. We spent a night in Udine, then dropped by Verona on our way to Lake Iseo. Verona … [continue]

Sunshine Gypsies :: Wolfgangsee


I love the idea of camping. But until this week, had only ever camped two or three nights with my little sunshine family. Here, though, beside the Wolfgangsee in Austria, we set up our fancy glamping tent under an apple tree for ten whole magical days… From under the shade of the apple tree, we’d […]


Children Book Tuesday :: Writing by heart


As some of you know, I have spent much of the last week sitting beside a lake, writing. Words flow in a steady stream. I pause for a moment to look up at the magical horizon, then back at my computer, lost in the story as it unfolds. This is what I imagined it would be like to […]


Fairytale Village

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Earlier this week, we visited a town on a lake in Austria called Hallstatt. It is said to be one of the ten most beautiful lakeside towns in Europe. And I’d believe it. Overrun with tourists, and rarely sunny, yet so like wandering through a fairytale. Little Elka wandered the town, lost in storytelling mode. It […]


Sunshine Gypsies :: Garmisch-Partenkirchen


  I won’t pretend we are not lucky. For the next six weeks, the Sunshine Gypsies are travelling around Europe. One tent and a carful of gear. Stop one. Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany. We enter the green valley by train. The surrounding mountains are not imposing or intimidating. They seem kind, like a protective force around the valley. […]