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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bye Bye Bove Town

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Staying with Sig and Karin Lonegren in their lovely Bove Town home in Glastonbury has been a true delight over the past 16 years,  and I consider it one of my happy places. Oh the walks and talks, meals and meetings we’ve enjoyed there over the years! I always leave feeling inspired and energized. This morning when we said our goodbyes there was a thread of bittersweet nostalgia
weaving through as they prepare to move on to a new home and new adventures in the Netherlands. A piece of my heart will always remain in this sweet house (which is, by the way, now on the market if you are looking for a house in Glastonbury.)

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From Glastonbury we headed further west to Gloucestershire (Wales) where Jeff lectured to the Slimbridge dowsers on the history of labyrinths. After lunch, we had just enough time to walk down the road to where an old sign gave a clue to the existence of a now long-gone turf labyrinth.

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28 Feb 2015

Sacred Threshold

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One of the joys of visiting Glastonbury is having a wander up and down the High Street, stopping for coffee and a bit of browsing through the shops.  Along the way we pass Jacoby Cottage, an old Slipper Chapel where medieval pilgrims would stop to wash their feet before stepping on to holy ground and proceeding to their sacred destination.

27 Feb 2015

The Path of Friendship

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The only walking I managed today was short and utilitarian, on either end of a long drive from one side of England to the other. We said goodbye to Lisa Moriarty as she jetted  home to Minnesota, then drove west, past Stonehenge and on to Glastonbury where we are staying with our good friends Sig and Karin Lonegren. Rather than heading out to explore the world, we just settled in for a relaxing afternoon of good conversation, good food, and delightful friendship. The labyrinth above is the stained glass window in their home which reflects its light onto the adjoining wall.

26 Feb 2015

Into London

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London’s Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are thrilling in any weather, but the afternoon sun made everything look its best as we walked through the park en route to the splendid Victoria and Albert Museum. I loved the football game casually taking place in front of the Royal Albert Memorial.

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25 Feb 2015

Blackthorn Blossoms

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A stroll through muddy Coombe Wood turned up some very welcome, albeit tiny, signs that spring is on its way.

24 Feb 2015

Pilgrimage Symbols Found

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Pilgrimage runs in my blood, and we couldn’t resist walking in search of pilgrimage symbols along the medieval route through Paris, showing each other the treasures we’ve located on previous journeys. We had both heard about this delightful sign over a coffee roasters, but thought that it had been lost. We’re so pleased that it still exists, though not quite where we expected it to be. Today was supposed to be stormy, but just look at the blue sky that graced our morning ramble.

23 Feb 2015

Women in Paris

If you ever have the chance to celebrate your 60th birthday in Paris with a dearest friend, do not hesitate! We have made the nicest of magic together, walking for miles, talking, eating, laughing, and exploring the most meaningful corners of this ancient city. Here I introduce you to Clemence Isaure, a mythical lady whose   legend places her as the foundress of a poetry and literary society that started in 1322. She is memorialised amongst many historical women, in the beautiful Jardins de Luxembourg. She has attitude, I tell you!

22 Feb 2015

Chartres!

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Visiting Chartres is always a joy. I’ve come here many times over the years, and every visit has its own unique flavour. This time we arrived as two women celebrating friendship and milestone birthdays. We’ve visited the cathedral and walked the picturesque medieval streets, eaten crepes,  and strolled through the markets. This afternoon we walked out of town along the River Eure to explore a bit more of the Chemin de St. Jacques pilgrimage route and visit the modern statue of St.  Jacques who stands across from the Camino  milestone: only 1624 km to Compostela!

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21 Feb 2015

Feeding My Writer’s Heart

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Our morning stroll around the Ile de la Cité took us past some iconic Paris landmarks. My spirit had already been fed by our early morning visit to Notre Dame Cathedral before the arrival of the day’s onslaught of tourists, and my literary self was thrilled to wander in a space made special by the footsteps of generations of writers and readers.

20 Feb 2015

Aaah…… Paris!

Can there be a better place to celebrate one's 60th birthday week? Lots of gentle walking, great food, meaningful conversation. The trip from England is a quick and comfortable train ride, depositing us in the heart of Paris just as the morning rush hour ends. The weather was crisp, the crowds non-existent…. A perfect day!

 

19 Feb 2015

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