Author Archives: Clare

Swimming Wild

By | 18th November 2018

The other day I heard the writer Philip Hoare on the radio talking about the First World War poet Wilfred Owen. As well as discussing his fascination with Owen’s life and work, Hoare described a passion of his own. He described how, living on the UK’s south coast, he regularly goes swimming in the dark.… Read More »

The Art of Making and Mending in India

By | 2nd March 2018

One of the things I love about India is how, in the midst of the colour and chaos of daily life, functionality, craft and beauty hold a prime place. The values of re-use, recycle and repair are woven in to the cultural fabric and it’s an aspect of the country that I actively look forward… Read More »

Time Out in Delhi

By | 14th December 2017

The idea was to stay in Delhi for four nights, a kind of extended pit stop on our way to Nepal where we’re planning to trek the Annapurna Circuit over Christmas and New Year. We thought this was a good amount of time to get over our jet lag, acclimatise a little and spend time… Read More »

Back Home Between Trips

By | 6th December 2017

While we were still in Egypt, friends and family in the UK were saying how beautiful the autumn colours were. It was hard to imagine the yellows, oranges and golden-browns from the pastel colours of the Sinai. And anyway, I thought the English autumn would be over by the time we got back. But this… Read More »

Haircuts Abroad

By | 9th October 2017

Yesterday Kim and I arrived in Tel Aviv and descending towards the runway the cloud formations as seen from the plane were quite dramatic. I’m always a little on alert when I come here now as questions at passport control about the reasons for your visit can be quite searching, so I wondered if the… Read More »