Reasons to Be Cheerful - Homemade Sauerkraut

I love that you can make sauerkraut with nothing more than finely chopped cabbage, salt and time. I added some caraway seeds to this one and have had success with red cabbage, apple and coriander too. To get an idea of the technique, head over to Sandor Katz’s Wild Fermentation page here.

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photo of sauerkraut

And here is what it looks like for real.

Reasons to Be Cheerful - Travelling Without Flying

I had to fly between New Zealand and the UK, but when I was in Europe I was able to take public transport and travel surface. I took the train from London to Dorset and on to Hampshire, where I boarded a ferry that takes a day to sail to Spain.

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In Santander I got a couple of buses to take me to Hondarribia, where I was working for a couple of weeks on my books (see earlier posts on A Basque Diary). Then I took the little ferry across the River Bidasoa to Hendaye in France. The 9.12 am train from Hendaye got me to Paris in time to catch the Eurostar to take me through the Channel Tunnel and be back in London at 5.39 pm that same day.

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It is a slower, more contemplative way of travel and I’m lucky to have the time to do it. I can’t work on the bus (except for daydreaming), but I can on the train and ferry, especially since they now usually have wifi.

It’s a lot nicer than flying.

Reasons to Be Cheerful: Fingerposts

British street furniture can be very attractive, particularly in Dorset. And yes, these names are real. I grew up in the Piddle Valley. The River Piddle runs through it and past the villages of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Puddletown, Tolpuddle (of Martyrs fame), Affpuddle, Briantspuddle and Turnerspuddle.

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Mi Diario en el Pais Vasco: Hondarribia: Hasta Luego: Agur!

Las dos semanas que pasé visitando Hondarribia y a mis amigos pasaron en un santiamén. Por ahora, regreso a Nueva Zelanda, pero sé que volveré a Pais Vasco.

(The two weeks I spent visiting Hondarribia and my friends went by in a flash. For now, I’m heading back to New Zealand, but I know I’ll be back to the Basque Country)

 Hondarribia, seen from the ferry to Hendaye, beside the Bidasoa estuary that leads to Txingudi bay

Hondarribia, seen from the ferry to Hendaye, beside the Bidasoa estuary that leads to Txingudi bay


El libro esta en Amazon.

This book is available in English too, as A Basque Diary.