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 […]


Fairytale Village

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. […]


Creative Spaces

I’m not sure if it was the labour itself, or perhaps the new event of being forced to sit, with little to do for long periods of time, but when I became a mother, I had a new, insatiable creative itch. Stories, ideas, thoughts, concepts, images swam through my mind. I longed to take a net, […]


Bamboo Mother

bamboo mother

You know you are winning as a parent when your three-year-old cries for over an hour each night, and finally falls asleep at 9.30 – 10pm, a perfectly reasonable time for a small child. After books are finished, and lights are out, I am calm. I lie peacefully beside her, remaining quiet in the face […]