We just spent 4 fabulous days with super-star Nattie. It was such a blessing to be together again and have everything easily revert back to the way things were when we lived nearby each other. It’s hard to believe we’ve been in England almost a year now.

Thursday was Nattie’s birthday and we had a lovely time walking round York, feasting on a home-made Lebanese meal, eating chocolate ganache and talking talking talking. This is the 4th birthday in a row we’ve spent together and it was wonderful reminiscing good times.

Stop the Traffik art

On Friday we set up a stand in the centre of York for Stop The Traffik, a charity that works to stop human trafficking. Our housemate Dave also set up an art installation w/bound child dummies laying in the street. Art has power. People really took notice, and some took offense. I think in many ways we wanted the art to cause a strong reaction in people, because modern-day slavery is an appalling reality. But it was tragic to discover that some felt more sympathy for the dummies than for the millions of humans that are enslaved right now.

Our last day w/Nattie we even got a break from the incessant rain as we explored Knaresborough. We’ve found a whole row of houses there that are unoccupied so we’ve decided to start a squatting community there in November. We’re now accepting applications if you’d like to join. Then we attempted to dance our blues away at a cheese-alicous club before saying farewell to our bosom buddy at 1am as she climbed onto the bus and disappeared into the darkness.

Only a visit from Aunt Kathy (who arrived today!) has eased our grieving.

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I like being out in the sunshine, dancing, baking, exploring abandoned houses, dark chocolate, traveling, being green, thrift store shopping, backpacking, gardening, reading memoirs, hammocks and fantastic friends.

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