I recently came back from an amazing holiday spent in wild Majorca. Yes, I said wild. Although the island is a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of hidden wild spots to explore, if you fancy getting away from the crowds.
At the moment, 'wild' is on trend. The marketing and advertising industries have turned their eye to the romantic escape fantasies we all covet. 'Find your wild,' the advert insists, click to buy.
Travel is the one time when we allow ourselves to relax, have a change of scene and the opportunity to experience cultures different to the life we lead back home. But for many, this is never fully realised as that digital thread still connects us to our social media accounts wherever we are in the world.
It is always the plan. I know my mother wanted more for me than she had had herself, professionally, romantically, economically and everything-ally. And I have spent my life trying to make that happen, especially since she died sixteen years ago.
What is it like to wake up alone on the other side of the world, with only your sense of self for company? What kind of confidence do you gain from meeting strangers, perhaps those who don't even speak your language, but still finding a common ground and a joke to share?
Hedges on an Outer Hebridean Isle are few and far between but wide clumps of Rosa rugosa, bank ditches and serve as sprawling garden boundaries. When the wind blows in the right direction its perfume is intoxicating.
This year the seasoned forager can use squirrelled, store cupboard berry syrups in the confidence that replacement wild berries are plentiful. Some might even dare to open an immature bottle of Pontack with carefree abandon.In a year of berry famine, I'd probably err towards waiting the suggested seven years, until opening the Pontack.
Traditionally, country folk used flower blossom in syrups and wines, and more recently this practice has been taken up commercially, as fragrant blooms are captured in pretty, artisan bottles. The foraging experience can't be replaced, even if the syrup or cordial may now be purchased in a shop. The recipe is easy: steep the blossom in boiling water.