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  • Dust Baths, Tricks, And Live Streams

    This story is a follow on from Checklist for a Campsite in which we didn’t find our campsite for the night. Direct link to the saved Instagram live stream can be found here. We backtracked through the forest as the wallabies scattered and the van swayed over the bumps in the dirt track. It was […]

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  • NYE At Flinders Bay With Willow

    For New Year’s Eve, Willow and I found ourselves camping at the spectacular Flinders Bay on the Tasman Peninsula. The private property has recently been opened up to the public as a camping spot available to be booked out by the night. We joined a group of our friends who had arrived with their own […]

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  • The Best Of 2021 With Willow

    We started 2021 on a blueberry farm in NSW and ended it in our home state of Tasmania. Today we look back at my favourite moments from those 12 months with Willow by our side. On Ticoba Farm Willow helped us make some blueberry banana bread. I say helped, but it was more of a […]

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  • Checklist For A Camp Site

    We’re travelling down a bumpy gravel road in a state forest near Buckland. The road is narrow and some of the overgrown bushes scrape the side of the van as we pass through. The van sways from side to side as I negotiate the dips and holes in the road and avoid the rocks that […]

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  • Willow’s Christmas Message 2021

    Yesterday was Christmas Eve. After a busy morning working at the cat shelter the staff had a little bbq to celebrate the end of the year. Willow was in the van so I brought her in to meet a few faces she hadn’t met yet, and she got lots of pats. With the van fully […]

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  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas

    It’s going to be hot today. Well, hot by Tasmania’s standards. It’s a lovely 25c and not even 10am. Willow is having a quick explore outside before I go into town to pick some raspberries at my brother’s house. It had been nearly 2.5 years since Steph had seen her family back in the UK. […]

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  • Of Cats, Strawberries, And Transitory Dilemmas

    Willow sits on the stone slab that I placed upon the rockery just days earlier. The area behind the old stables was a mess when we rented the cottage, overgrown with weeds and dirt. I scraped the dirt from the cobbled brick path and pulled out the weeds. The finishing touch was the stone slab […]

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  • Willow Makes Landfall At A Cottage Garden

    When I look around the backyard of our little cottage it’s not hard to imagine a time when it was a flourishing cottage garden. Bouquets of marigolds, pockets of peony and foxglove, and deep scented red roses. All arranged around meandering garden paths that lead to the back of the block and a view of […]

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  • My First Summer Away With Willow

    Warning: names and places have been changed to protect the innocent foolish. I have a story to tell you about our first summer away. That first summer after leaving Tasmania for a new life of adventure on the mainland. That first summer when it was just Willow and I, before we found Steph. I have […]

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  • Willow’s Night-time Antics Are Affecting Our Sleep

    It’s a weeknight at the cottage and Steph and I are sat on the couch talking about our work day. Willow jumps up the step into the living room and sits herself down with a short, sharp meow. As Steph and I both stop our conversation and look up at the black figure in the […]

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