Not All Pilgrims are Athletes

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at a special online event on December 1. Most of you know how important pilgrimage is to me, and I’ll be weaving the story of my pilgrimages around other themes that are also meaningful to me – namely the labyrinth and the Hero’s Journey. Constance…

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Steeped in Tradition

There is a long history of pilgrimage in England, and 2020 has been designated as the Year of Pilgrimage in commemoration of Thomas Becket’s martyrdom in Canterbury 850 years ago. I spent a day in London following the threads of our interests and walking in the footsteps of pilgrims past.

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Spring Beckons

March arrived in bright sunshine this morning.  I know better than to think that spring has really arrived, but we are seeing the first signs as the crocuses and daffodils appear and early-blossoming trees break into flower, a little more each day. They call today the start of meteorological spring, and that’s good enough for…

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A King’s Knee

At last, a golden autumn morning with a morning tide – perfect for a drive out into the countryside and a hike through one of our newest and favourite nature preserves on Wallasea Island before making a quick stop at Canewdon Church.

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St James in London

I attended an event for returned pilgrims which was held in St James Garlickhythe, a jewel of a church not far from Mansion House within the City of London.

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Day 8: Arrival

We walked into Santiago de Compostela today. It rained all morning as we walked through forests and city streets. I didn’t really mind the rain, and my wild pink poncho with white polka dots kept me fairly dry and visible on the path.We stopped for coffee. We saw a witch.We passed and were passed by…

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Day 7

What an exquisite day! We headed out into the misty morning, following forest tracks for most our nearly 15 km walk. Dewy spiderwebs looked like crystal mandalas decorating the sides of the road. And huge hydrangeas – bigger than our heads – added splashes of colour to the roadside. We walked steadily, slightly separately, each…

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Day 6

Our shortest day, a gentle six mile walk from O Mesón do Vento to a beautiful rural villa in Ordes. There were virtually no hills to climb today, just beautiful paths through Sunday morning tranquility. We didn’t see any other pilgrims, just locals out walking or hunting, or walking to their local church for mass….

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Day Five

Covering 15 miles, with steep hills at both the, beginning and the end of the day, we knew the walk from Betanzos to Bruma would probably be our most challenging day. It was and it wasn’t.My body is feeling strong and I’m happy with the pace we set. Hills might be hard, but we each…

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