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  • The Best Room In The House Is The Van

    Willow, Steph, and I have been living at the cottage now since June last year and there is one thing I’ve realised about conventional living – it’s not really for me. As much as I’ve enjoyed having a garden and running hot water the novelty has warn off. The thought of having to mow the […]

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  • The Stupid Thing I did…

    I’ve done something really stupid. Lately, I’ve been really getting into my hiking, and have been setting off on my days off in search of my latest adventure. The fresh air, the Tasmanian wilderness, and the enchanting forests are what I yearn for. I got all that and a little bit more last weekend. I […]

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  • Are We Giving Up Van Life?

    It’s Springtime in Tasmania and throughout the towns the cherry blossoms are on display. In the wilds, the flowers are blooming, and the snow on the mountains has melted. The days are getting warmer and with this passing of time I’m reminded it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us. So, where have we […]

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  • Snow Adventure With Our Cat Willow In The Tasmanian Highlands

    Outside, the gumtrees bend and contort with the wind. The wind blows the snow over our camper van, and the camper van gently sways with each gust as the snow settles around it. It’s early morning and inside we are warm. I’ve got the kettle on and I’m heating up some water so I can […]

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  • Willow And Beach Sushi On Our Anniversary

    When it comes to fancy restaurants with water views, Steph and I aren’t really bothered; there’s other things we’d rather spend our money on. But when it comes to a nice meal in the van at the beach, we are all over it. With our second wedding anniversary approaching, I suggested to Steph that we […]

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  • We are leaving. Of Cats, Fireflies, And Happiness

    It’s morning in the cottage, and a cold one at that. Steph is about to start her yoga workout and Willow is on a mission. She’s running from room to room, sneaking around corners, and prowling behind couches. She wants one thing, and she’s going to get it. Willow shadows Steph into the living room. […]

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  • Secret Forest Camps And Cold Water -Our Tasmanian Summer With Willow

    I woke up early today, made a cup of tea, and sat down on the couch. It wasn’t long before Willow jumped up on the blanket thrown over my legs. She gave me some smooches, purring loudly as I encouraged her to settle further down my legs so I had room for my laptop. It’s […]

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  • Mowgli: The Toughest Goodbye

    Well, I knew it was going to happen eventually. Everyone warned me 8 months ago when I got the job at the cat shelter. It will break your heart, they told me. And, this week they were right. I haven’t talked much about the work I do at the shelter but I know that many […]

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  • Willow Meets Bonnie From Camp Winnie

    When we think of cats travelling around Australia, what we need to understand is that Willow wasn’t the first and she certainly won’t be the last. This morning we are meeting a 2-year-old Burmese named Bonnie, a little cat that’s travelled some serious miles with her family over the past year. Willow and I park […]

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  • A Letter To My Cat On Her 11th Birthday

    Dear Willow, It’s been a funny year, I know. You are a van cat, and Steph and I are van people, but we have had to get used to living in this cottage – I promise you it’s for a good reason. On the weekends the three of us still go away in the van […]

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