About Victoria Osborne

Hi! Hello! Hola! How do you do? Ahoy!

Welcome to Our relationship with nature, my personal blog about being natural! Because we’re all a subset of nature, all 7.3 billion people, all the birds, fish, animals and all the trees, I feel I can blog about pretty well anything. I hope you find something of interest in these pages. I wrote them with you in mind. And nature, of course.

 

A visit to London’s Victoria and Albert Design Museum found their 2017 Christmas Song Tree, designed by theatre worker, Es Devlin

I’m from the British Colonies. I was born in England and brought up in Australia and New Zealand with three years of childhood in Hong Kong.

Right now you can find my author’s pages on Facebook, Goodreads and Amazon. Oh, and Smashwords for good measure! I’m on Instagram, issuu and Tumblr but vague on Twitter.

Currently living in Spain, I’m working as an assistant English teacher in a small town in the Valle de Nalón, in Asturias. I’m helping out in two small primary schools and I have my own class of teenagers working towards their Trinity exams. (They will pass with flying colours!)

One of three English Teacher witches quizzing the children in English made Halloween really scary!

This is the view from my sixth floor window in Oviedo, where I live.

I am super close to bus, train and supermarket and a very fine gym.

Last year I worked in a secondary school on the Costa Brava, in Catalunya. I lived in a small town called Blanes. This was the view from my fourth floor window looking out towards Palafolls – you can just see the castle on the nearest peak.

Looking over the camping, towards Palafolls.

Comparisons are odious.

During my holidays last year I was lucky enough to travel around Spain and you can read blog posts about my adventures in Granada, Cordoba and MonserratValencia, Madrid and Seville.

In 2016 I visited Hong Kong, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark and fleetingly, Sweden. In 2017 I added England. I’ve still got the travel bug! There’ll be more!

Walking the Camino de Santiago in June and July of 2016 was a life-changing experience. I walked the Camino del Norte, starting in Irun to Oviedo and went through the Primitivo Way to Finisterre. You know that saying, ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’? Well, I did. And I did. And I do.

Don’t we all?

I’m working on a large project at the moment – it’s daunting, exciting and intriguing. It’s getting bigger every research step I take.

I’ll let you know the minute you can read it. For now you might be interested in having a look at my two previous books, EKTEK and Man of Clay.

EKTEK is about endangered animals trying to help themselves. It’s an absurd cross between the Thunderbirds, Colditz and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Man of Clay is the story of a woman trying to save her family. It’s about marriage, ceramics and frogs, also endangered!

They say the first five hundred reviews are the hardest. As you can see, I’d really appreciate your help on that!

I’ve published reviews, articles and short stories. You can find my Wire Short Stories on issuu, together with some other work.

Let me know what you think!

WALKING

Victoria Osborne leaning on the final milepost in the Camino across Spain

Victoria Osborne at the end of the world. I may be looking pleased with myself for walking across Spain but the charming young woman who took this photo started in Prague. She spent three months walking across the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain.

If you are interested in the lie of the land of the Camino del Norte/Primitivo, you might be interested in watching my boots video, Footage:

 

PUPPETS

The wicked Step-mother and her crooked maker. Thankfully, Seth Eberle played the Step-mother in the performance giving her immense joie de vivre! (I played one of her delightful daughters) Photo: Mirek Trejtnar

I was lucky enough to attend Titimundi 2016, the best little puppet festival in the world. Set in the old town of Segovia, where a Roman viaduct soars with the swallows, most of the puppet shows take place in beautiful antique patios of ancient palaces. Watching French company, La Perdue’s version of Punch performed energetically (featuring chickens) I was struck by the timelessness of this art. There we were in a thousand-year old palace garden, with the beautifully painted booth set up against a curving wall decorated in fresh spring vine leaves, watching a spectacle that might have played just the same way three hundred, nay six hundred years before. That puppet booth was a time machine.

UNIMA’s World Puppet Festival 2016, which happens every four years, played in San Sebastian/Donastia. I saw some incredible shows there, among them La Licorne’s breathless Spartacus, another French wonder.

After that I went to Puppets in Prague, to spend a month making, rehearsing and performing Popelka (Cinderella) with a talented bunch of artists.

 

YOGA

I tried some yoga classes in Spanish, found some flexible teachers in Gracia, Barcelona (who teach in English!) and enjoyed a class in Catalan with Brisa.

Breathing, Open Arms Workshop, Blanes, photo Munsa Anton

 

Visible veins, Open Arms Workshop, photo Munsa Anton

 

Top feet, Open Arms Workshop, Blanes, photo Munsa Anton (this is a lot easier than it looks!)

10 responses to “About Victoria Osborne

  1. What a wonderful thing this is Vic. I had no idea. I love it, love your style of writing.

  2. Jeffrey Bartolomei

    Va bene. I recognise you from these words.

  3. That’s the brilliant new you V.

  4. Thanks, Steve! You are too kind!

  5. Living with all your being, its wonderful,Thanks for sharing your world.

  6. I have always admired you since the first moment I met you in Madrid. “Qué mujer!” – I told to myself. Not only you are brave but also the most humble person I have met in your overcoming challenges. Eres lo más y me encantas

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