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#ForagingFriday (week 19) What is wild anyway?

Posted 11/5/2018

It’s a question I’ve found myself asking a lot recently, when I’ve stumbled across some edible in the middle of nowhere that was clearly once cultivated by human hand (or at least the parent plant must have been). Just because I found it growing without help can I claim it as a wild food worthy of writing about?

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What's new this week? Things are heating up!

Posted 9/5/2018

Hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend - I think it's safe to say that Summer is officially here! Check out this weeks camping, touring, & outdoors topics below: (view newsletter & past issues on mailchimp)

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#ForagingFriday (week 18) more on Wild Garlic

Posted 4/5/2018

Wild Garlic season is almost over so we've been looking at even more ways to enjoy its flavour:

It’s often a surprising find, a discovery made with your nose before your eyes when, on an amble through budding/newly leafed trees and spring blooms, instead of a breath of crisp fresh air your nostrils are filled with the unmistakeably pungent aroma of garlic!

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Dust off the camping kit, Summer's coming!

Posted 2/5/2018

The gorgeous weather the week before last saw us dust off the camping kit for a brief stay in The Lakes. Perhaps our early optimism was to blame for the return to arctic conditions we endured afterwards (sorry about that) but it hasn’t stopped us dreaming of summer adventures. 

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Living in a motor home, 4 years on: What worked and what didn’t!

Posted 5/3/2018

Since our last post I’ve been looking back in a kind of summary of what we managed to achieve with the re-fit and what we’ve learned in retrospect.

 

We’ve trialled a lot of what you could call experimental ‘technology’ in and around Waki over the last few years, sometimes through curiosity and sometimes due to budget constraints – some of it has worked brilliantly, and some not so much! It’s all too easy to look back on our re-build through the rose tinted specs, or to perhaps try and hide our failings, but as we’re about to begin another project I figured we needed to take a proper look and why not share the results? For those of you perhaps considering your own van/motorhome build, read on to find out which things worked for us ans most importantly what didn’t...

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We're not going anywhere... and that's slightly the problem!

Posted 19/12/2017

We have big news and like most news it is neither good nor bad, though it might seem bad at first. The news is that Waki is currently off the road and has been for some time now. I know, it sounds shocking but don't worry, all is not lost!

At the moment we remain parked at ‘base camp’ in Bedfordshire which is both Ryan’s place of work and therefore our base of operations and exploration, continuing escape to distant lands on two wheels, by car, and even by paddle if needs be! ;) 

Against all of our best intentions, these last few years living in Waki have flown by and unfortunately taken their toll quicker than we have been able to keep up with the repairs. For a while I was understandably terrified of what it might mean, if I didn’t see this project through to a ‘completion’ does it mean I’m a failure? I battled with that one for a while but came to the conclusion that, well no, we've still achieved a whole heap of tough asks; we dragged our butts out of debt, tore this rotten old van apart and built her back up from the inside out ON AN ALMOST-NOTHING BUDGET, created a home that’s ours (and which has, mostly, keep the rain off our heads), built this website, and even thrown a wedding in the mix! Most importantly, our main takeaway is that we’ve been able to dip our toes into what it takes to live a life on the road, 'grid' adjacent, exploring new places and fulfilling our own daily water, waste, and energy requirements - as well as making much healthier and more ethical diet and lifestyle switches.

It’s been a wild 6 years so far, and since when is any project like this ever really ‘finished’ per say?

So before you sign off no The Waki Way is not over, not by far! Rather, it’s time to begin searching for another van to call home, a Waki 2/II/+/ultra I don't know (we'll figure out a suitably cool name when we get to it!) - we already have so many exciting options and ideas to work with... (continued)

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A Sense of Scale

Posted 30/10/2017

This weekend I took a beautiful walk by myself around the deer park at Woburn (Bedfordshire), and the sensation of the day was one of scale. Not only are there some impressively sized animals roaming the land around there but the trees are gigantic as well! I spent most of the time staring up into the branches with an equal scale grin spread across my face as the sunlight played through what remained of the changing leaves. I do love Autumn.

 

Feeling small in our every day lives is usually seen as a bad thing, of being vulnerable, ineffective perhaps, but standing next to a giant tree with my tiny palm laid against just one crack of it’s bark I did not feel bad about being so insignificant...

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Messing about on the River

Posted 3/9/2017

Myself and Ryan have long dreamed of the freedom of paddling a kayak along many of the waterways and coastlines we enjoy sitting beside, though like many things it wasn’t something we ever seemed to get around to doing – until this week!

A neighbour of ours at ‘base camp’ suggested combining a trip up our local river with a spot of wild camping and well, as if we needed any further prompting in the matter… we were in!

In return for the loan of a craft for Ryan I offered to take care of the catering aspect of the trip, and we managed to find another kayak to borrow for myself to use. Needless to say a big thank you for that! ♥

I had last paddled a kayak as a child on a school adventure trip, and Ryan had a little more recent experience from around 10 years back, of course we have a healthy respect for water of any kind but we had chosen a fairly friendly river to rediscover the activity relatively safely. After a few last minute purchases (we both needed new sleeping tarps) we packed our camping kit, bagged everything we didn’t want wet, and hoped that we still remembered what to do…

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National 'Real Bread' Week

Posted 10/5/2017

Home-made boule #realbreadweek

 

I can’t believe we’re halfway through National Real Bread Week and I’ve only eaten one slice so far, and it was slice from the freezer at that! Well that certainly had to be remedied, a trusty Boule would soon fix that…

 

What is the real bread campaign all about? Never heard of it? OK, neither had I, but I really love bread so I wanted in! I’m pretty sure the bread I’ve eaten in the past has all been real. I mean I don’t think it was imaginary, although I do have a pretty active imagination, it might have been a hologram since some scientists say that the universe itself is a hologram but perhaps let’s not get into that… that's definitely one for the camp fire.

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Nip and tuck

Posted 22/11/2016

The large area of fibreglass filled damage on the side.The large area of fibreglass filled damage on the side.The super moon of the 14th promised a dramatic shift in cosmic energy, supposedly bringing emotional changes and a spot of home stability (if you believe in that sort of thing of course!) and it certainly didn't disappoint, though I think my finger tips are bruised... :/

How on earth do you bruise finger tips, you might wonder? Over five days straight (and the evenings too!) of sanding the acres of corrugated bodywork on Waki is what did it for me, but it was totally worth it! :D

The rough state of her bodywork has annoyed me for years, not so much because of the flaky paint nor the myriad of dents here and there but more in the knowledge that the metal work was quite literally peppered with tiny holes, each threatening to let in the rain and potentially ruin all of the hard work we'd put into fixing up the interior! Long term readers might recall that we gave her a thorough coating of white metal paint before our wedding, to help seal the holes and to smarten up the funky brown and orange stripes she was sporting originally but that was over three years ago and even the tough metal paint was now wearing thin in places exposing some of those dreaded holes. Let's face it, she didn't look good! You may wonder why didn't we just sort out the bodywork when we first got her? ...

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Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more


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