Hello, I’m Alice and I love to wander, spend time in nature and then write and make things with my hands as a form of deeper connection to those experiences.
In my 20's I travelled widely and frequently writing for a travel guide and also spent extended time in Japan, Spain, France and Greece. Once married and having attempted to settle down in my hometown with our new baby, I soon realised that I still wanted to live the lifestyle I lovedand so, along with my (very supportive and adventure-seeking) husband, our tiny daughter and family dog, in 2008 we sold our house, moved into a camper and went off in search of a different way to live.
This led to a decade of wandering… Europe by campervan and caravan where we volunteered on farms, looked after cabins, houses and an array of animals and, inspired by the many wonderful people we met on the journey, discovered a passion for simple living and being closer to the land. Then came narrowboats and the exploring of English canals and community before spending three years part-time in Portugal where we nurtured back to life a forgotten olive grove whilst living in our off-grid cottage collecting water from the local spring, riding horses bareback in the mountains and falling in love with the very kind and welcoming people.
Despite a huge part of our hearts still being in Portugal, for a number of reasons in spring 2018 we returned to the UK to live in a village nestled between the moors and coastline of North Yorkshire. Here we plan to root down for a while, work our newly-acquired 1/8th acre allotment to permaculture, no-dig, veganic and forest garden principles, and enjoy the luxury of a real workroom to run our craft micro-business, Little Loquat,from. When I’m not working in the garden, handcrafting jewellery and gifts, walking my two dogs and home-educating my now 11-year-old daughter, I plan to find the time to write some more!
Thank you for visiting my world and if you would like to connect further then I warmly invite you to subscribe to my letter sent out every couple of months (or so!). Within it I share latest Little Loquatmakes, writing news, inspirations and musings on life and I love nothing more than when people reply and strike up a more real connection between likeminded folk.