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Sun, Sea and Solitude in Tenerife

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This month’s epistle came from Tenerife. Most Brits come to Tenerife for the sun, sea and sex of the south of the island, but I’m in the north for the sun, sea and solitude. I’ve been writing the sequel to FAB Club and I’m excited because: a) I finished the first draft, and b) I […]

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Back to Briantspuddle

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This month’s epistle came from my parents’ house, where I grew up. I love being in Dorset and can happily spend weeks in the countryside, hardly seeing anyone but the odd neighbour (some odder than others) and the people who help out at the local shop and always ask whether I’m new in the village. […]

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West Country Wanderings

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Everything we need to do in England before going to New Zealand is in the West Country. The West Country is a fantastic place to be in the summer, with lush, flower-speckled countryside and a variety of beaches to enjoy. I grew up here and love visiting. But so does everyone else, so finding somewhere […]

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A Month in Totnes, Devon

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We are now in slow transit, making our way back to NZ. The next couple of months are based in the UK to sort out our stuff, including Billie, our 13 year old jack russell and Gertie, the boyf’s 42 year old Land Rover. Since the Land Rover mechanic is near Seaton, we rented a […]

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The Basque Country – Kutxa (Box) Day

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The following extract is from A Basque Diary – Living in Hondarribia, which is available, in print and as an ebook, from Amazon. 25th July: Kutxa (Box) Day Our friends in Amona Margarita tried to explain this festival to us the first year and, because our Spanish wasn’t very good, we thought we had mistranslated […]