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Cuisine, Sunscreen, Tambourine I've Seen -

Cuisine, Sunscreen, Tambourine I've Seen '17 -

Highlighting a year brings back sweet memories. It’s through hard times that we take note, but it’s in the cool afterglow that we can sit back and let our hearts and minds recall good times. This has been an amazing roller coaster year. My 60th! My mind has been churning with thoughts, words and emotions to write all day. I’ve spent time with my children, I’ve discovered new places and countries, I’ve eaten foreign food, played with my grandbabies, met wonderful pe...

Vigo Splish Splash And Get Sun-Kissed Smell Of Rain, One Drop, Splish Splash, Sun Kissed, Beautiful Images, African, Drive Way

Vigo Splish Splash And Get Sun-Kissed -

It’s raining. If one’s lucky to be there when the first drops fall you will get the smell of rain on dusty tar and it’s just amazing. In Redondela we took deep breaths of rainy air, it was heaven, but, not quite like our African rain, here we smell dust, dry grass, and the blue of water drops. Sometimes if one’s lucky you can even smell the animals roaming on the plains. We didn’t expect rain and we didn’t mind. After unpacking all our raingear and bedecking o...

Lise, My Camino Compañero Brave, Cow, Lion Sculpture, Letters, Statue, Thoughts, Drive Way, Lettering, Ideas
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Lise, My Camino Compañero -

We have made it to Barcelos in one piece, a little bruised and battle weary. We could lament the state of our toes until the cows come home, but we’re braver than that. We'll dust overselves off and soldier on. I watch her sleep, always the sleep of the innocent, so quiet, not a snore, not a movement, she just lies there, just a gentle rise and fall of her chest visible, and I have to really concentrate to see it. Not a sign to say she's stressed, tired or irritable, one would never b...

Three Letters From Santiago - Linen Sheets, Third, Letters, Drive Way, Santiago, Lettering, Fonts, Letter

Three Letters From Santiago -

Insomnia. Lying here in my single bed, in our Spartan Nun’s cell in the former Convent on the square. I move my feet to feel the cold part of the starched white linen sheets. The thick ancient walls can’t keep the heat out, the muggy air does not stir. Our pilgrimage has come to an end. Lise and I spent 19 days together of which 17 days were spent on Camino, walking for 12 days and approx. 360km on the Camino Portuguese. 5 days were spent resting, we needed them! It’s almost ti...

Three Letters From Santiago - Linen Sheets, Third, Letters, Drive Way, Santiago, Lettering, Fonts, Letter

Three Letters From Santiago -

Insomnia. Lying here in my single bed, in our Spartan Nun’s cell in the former Convent on the square. I move my feet to feel the cold part of the starched white linen sheets. The thick ancient walls can’t keep the heat out, the muggy air does not stir. Our pilgrimage has come to an end. Lise and I spent 19 days together of which 17 days were spent on Camino, walking for 12 days and approx. 360km on the Camino Portuguese. 5 days were spent resting, we needed them! It’s almost ti...

Solidago Santiago Four Corners, Pilgrim, Grape Vines, Santiago, Drive Way, Pilgrims, Vineyard Vines, Vines

Solidago Santiago -

We’d heard on the grapevine that there would be thousands of Pilgrims flooding into Santiago de Compostello from all four corners of Europe. We had to make haste unless we were prepared to queue for hours waiting for our certification. Early it would be. I set our alarm for 4am at 5am we’d set off. Without making a peep we tiptoed around Butch not to wake him while we prepared for our “final ascent”. Ultreïa suseia! Butch gave us a very emotional farewell, lots of hu...

Kick-Ass Heroes For A Day Kicks, Day, Painting, Drive Way, Painting Art, Paintings, Painted Canvas, Drawings
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Kick-Ass Heroes For A Day -

Although we were quite content with each other’s company and had no need of hooking up with other Peregrinoes we did meet and chat to a father and son walking alongside us. The attraction was our feet of course. Flip flops! When I mentioned that St James would've approved we got a 'touché'! One a professor in Biblical Studies from New York City and the other in IT from Chicago. Dad, all chirpy and full of bonhomie, had done various pilgrimages with other members of his family, Sonn...

A Flip-Flopping Peregrino On Camino Patchwork Blanket, Flipping, Squares, Photograph, Colours, Texture, Knitting, Amazing, Car

A Flip-Flopping Peregrino On Camino -

My friend sent a photograph of her amazing knitted patchwork blanket, a gift to her grandson, the other day. I am in awe. You see, I started one too. Years ago. On all our wanderings I’d sit in the car and knit, miles of strips and squares I’ve done. Haphazard they are, not all exactly square, no rows counted, none of the colours, textures or threads match or co-ordinate. Certainly not a masterpiece! But, for the life of me I can’t finish it. It is so large it’s almost...

This I know is true. Just as we had to take those first uncertain steps into the unknown and blindly take one step at a time to do our Camino, I know that unless I type my first words and just get on with it I’ll never write our story. Simple as that. I have a very simple philosophy, it has stood me in good stead since I was a child: take things one minute at a time, then one hour, then one day, one month and soon it’ll be one year. So it’s an emotional one word at a time this ... Type I, One Word, Have Time, Barcelona Cathedral, Philosophy, This Is Us, Child, Simple, Drive Way

Board Not Bored Walking - Setting off -

This I know is true. Just as we had to take those first uncertain steps into the unknown and blindly take one step at a time to do our Camino, I know that unless I type my first words and just get on with it I’ll never write our story. Simple as that. I have a very simple philosophy, it has stood me in good stead since I was a child: take things one minute at a time, then one hour, then one day, one month and soon it’ll be one year. So it’s an emotional one word at a time this ...

Butch Bites The Bullet Butches, Bullet, Drive Way

Butch Bites The Bullet -

Like much in life, unless one is 100% committed to a task it is sure to be a failure or at worst a disappointment. I know that if asked 5 years ago whether he’d attempt to walk halfway across Spain Butch would’ve said “NO!” Unequivocally. The only reason he did it was because Anna (his daughter) and I coerced him into it. Although I sensed his heart wasn't in it he would give it his best shot. After all we only had 3 days to go to Santiago de Compostello. On his last d...

Big Butch Battles Bravely -

Like two pom-pom girls we stood ready to welcome our Butch at Vigo airport. We caught a glimpse of him way down the passage coming through customs long before he spotted us. He looked exhausted, thin and quite pasty (and not at all like a Cornish pasty, rather, grey and pale) around the gills. Lise, had to stand right there, at the very front of the throng. When he saw her his whole face lit up! He’d made it. A harrowing flight he’d had, with four airports and long distances to co...

Mood Swings, Puffy Feet and Cobblestones - Mood Swings, Gremlins, My Mood, My Bags, Things To Come, Drive Way
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Mood Swings, Puffy Feet and Cobblestones -

Right from the start this day did not auger well. Lise’s jet-lag was settling in nicely and with it came a few gremlins. The madam she was moody, she’d lost the spring in her step. My bag felt a little heavier but my mood, I thought was quite chipper! Silence at breakfast. Bad waymarks and directions and our “Bible”, the guide book, confusing. Of course the tourism office was closed. We were at loggerheads finding the Cathedral, our interpretations at sixes and sevens. ...

18 months ago I grabbed the bull by the horns and sent the family an invitation-slash-announcement. I was setting my sights on doing the Camino Portuguese before I turned 60 and they were welcome to join me. I knew if anyone would be up for it, it would be Lise. Just as well I put it out there because shortly afterwards an engagement was announced, a new Grandbaby was in the pipeline and a wedding in Mexico is on the cards.    Walking the Camino has been on my bucket list for years, I heard… Camino Portuguese, Turning 60, The Camino, 18 Months, Horns, Announcement, Mexico, Invitation, Bucket
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Bon Camino Peregrino - Introduction -

18 months ago I grabbed the bull by the horns and sent the family an invitation-slash-announcement. I was setting my sights on doing the Camino Portuguese before I turned 60 and they were welcome to join me. I knew if anyone would be up for it, it would be Lise. Just as well I put it out there because shortly afterwards an engagement was announced, a new Grandbaby was in the pipeline and a wedding in Mexico is on the cards. Walking the Camino has been on my bucket list for years, I heard all…

Four nights in Porto is all I could squeeze into my itinerary. My love for Portugal is a genetic thing. It’s not skin deep, I’m wired to love that slip of a Mediterranean country hemmed in by Spain on one side and the ocean on the other. My aunt lived in a tiny fishing village south of Lisbon, Caiscais, where Fado music is often heard in cafes and bars, my Dad fell in love with it and even Butch has a pipe dream of selling Piri-piri chicken on the street, little does he know, there a... Piri Piri, Pipe Dream, Fishing Villages, Lisbon, Aunt, Barcelona Cathedral, Portugal, Spain, Ocean
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Picture Perfect Oporto -

Four nights in Porto is all I could squeeze into my itinerary. My love for Portugal is a genetic thing. It’s not skin deep, I’m wired to love that slip of a Mediterranean country hemmed in by Spain on one side and the ocean on the other. My aunt lived in a tiny fishing village south of Lisbon, Caiscais, where Fado music is often heard in cafes and bars, my Dad fell in love with it and even Butch has a pipe dream of selling Piri-piri chicken on the street, little does he know, there a...