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Ultimate, low-cost, luxury holiday

Refreshing iced herbal tea

Iced tea

Read about my best and least expensive holiday on Vagabond Gal

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New travel suggestions on Vagabond Gal

Hi readers,

If you’re interested in walking and trust me, there’s no better way to get to know a city than on foot, visit Vagabond Gal and read about walking tours in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia — not Florida)

Or if you’re visiting Las Vegas for a convention (or any reason really, it is a fun place) read my Top Five things to do in Vegas that aren’t inside a casino.

Yes, there is lots to do in Vegas that doesn’t involve gambling or take place inside a casino. 

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Where has the vagabond gone?

I’ve moved my blogs to my own domains and changed the focus a little bit, join me at Vagabond Gal and For the journey

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A vagabond has the whole world in her hands

Vagabond Gal writing about travel, travel tips, and other things that take a vagabond gal’s fancy is at

If you’ve subscribed mostly for the cat, well I will always have a bit of writing about my foolish cat no matter where I write. So come and join me at my new locations. Subscribe options there as always.

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Journeys of the mind, body and spirit

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It’s spring and this girl’s fancy is turning to tea

Refreshing iced herbal tea

Refresh your spirit with iced herbal tea

I’m fickle when it comes to beverages. I likes ’em cold and I likes ’em hot. I like coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, fermented libations and distilled drops.

On a daily basis in winter time it’s mostly coffee for me, with the occasional tea in the afternoon. But when the weather starts to turn warm I start to defect from the coffee club and really get into my tea. Hot tea, luke warm tea and iced tea.

I guess that’s one of the things I like about tea (black no sugar, thanks) is that I don’t have to drink it before it gets cold for it to satisfy. I know some purists will disagree with me about that.

So as the temperature hits 30 today, yes 30 degrees, and it’s still Spring! not Summer, I’m starting my quest for the perfect iced tea.

Today it’s been Twinings Lemon and Ginger. Tomorrow I’m making my first batch of T2’s Pumping Pomegranate, followed later in the week by their Red Sunset (similar to PP but not as sweet).

All three of these teas are sweet naturally from fruit and flowers with no sugar added or required (sugar in tea is an abomination in my view anyway). As herbal or herbal and fruit blends they are caffeine free.

Steep for 8-10 minutes if you are going to dilute the hot tea with cold water and ice for a quick fix of icy goodness.

I like to make ‘sun’ tea by steeping for a couple of hours in the sun. I find it makes an even gentler brew.

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How do you start a journey?

Although most people think of the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, some modern translators believe that Lau Tzu’s actual words would more accurately be translated as “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.”

I like that because it emphasises the inner intention. The start of the journey begins with you, right where you are. Today.

The first step may be the hardest and continuing momentum can also be a struggle. But don’t let tomorrow’s worries stop you from starting your journey today.

Today I got up early and worked on my novel.

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Musings on the vagabond life

Vagabond in mind, body and spirit

First off, you don’t need to travel to be a vagabond.  We’re all on a journey, a journey of the mind, body and spirit. AKA life

I aim to write about:

  • the lore and history of traditional healing practices;
  • how to connect with nature, even when living in a city;
  • personal development and
  • travel, both the practicalities of travelling (what makes it easier, or not) and how travel can change you.

Join me in this vagabond life

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