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MEET: Rima and Tui of the Hermitage
by Gretel Parker of http://www.thetiddlerpressonline.com/
Rima and Tui travel the UK in a The reason for our living like this is I
vintage Bedford van, beautifully think a strong yearning for roaming;
internally refurbished by Tui. I have wheels in my blood I think
They endeavour to live a life (I lived in a handmade Bedford as
true to themselves, supported a small child). And Tui has spent
by their many talents. Rima and most of his life in vans of one sort
Tui’s unique, creative lifestyle or another, though nothing as
has captured the imagination spectacular as this one he built! We
of hundreds of fans who read love to be able to park our house in
their popular blog, www. nature, to have trees right outside
intothehermitage.blogspot.com our window and grass outside the
but is life always as magical as it back door, to be rocked by wind and
appears to the onlooker? woken in the night by birds scuttling
on the roof. We love the stepping
You have an unusual lifestyle “Yes, it is a wonderful unusual life outside nature of this life.. the fact
which, to many people who read we lead and is both idyllic and raw. that we don’t have to worry about
your lovely blog, must seem quite I think most of the romance is in the brown envelopes plopping through
idyllic - what are the highs and observing. Many people’s lives seem the letterbox, we need much less
the lows of the way of life you romantic to an observer who lives in money to live on and the fact that we
have chosen? Do you ever long for an entirely different situation but to can wander to a new place when we
stability? Are there days when you them, it is just “life” - the same stuff feel like a different view. But this life
feel like giving up and if so, what we all wade through! is raw too, it is hard work. We must
keeps you on the road? collect water and firewood and are
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