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Three hours and 10km walking this morning, testing out my foot to see if it’s doing ok, whether the osteo helped…. Through the town… Into the fields Through the rain The weather forecast had predicted 85% chance of rain. Just as I was thinking their percentage was too high… So I did get wet. The […]

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walk with me

A different kind of blog today. You might want to just listen if you suffer motion sickness! I walked 8.5 km and am feeling surprisingly tired tonight. After this, I saw lots more butterflies fluttering and fighting determined in their indeterminacy, I disturbed pigeons and pheasants feeding in the fields, I heard the beating of […]

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changes

Today I ventured out for the first time since my foot injury stopped me walking a few weeks ago. I really didn’t go far, just a few kilometres, out into the fields closest to town. I found it amazing just how different the landscape of the surrounding agriculture has become in just three short weeks. […]

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limits

So it seems I am coming to know my limits. After 15 days walking at around 20 km per day, my heels got so painful, really torturously painful, hobbling and grimacing the final few kilometres, that I will have the day off tomorrow to rest. I’ve iced and elevated and that really helped I am […]

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racine II

Depuis mon poste considérant racines, j’ai été en train d’essayer en marchant de mémoriser les mots de cette chanson pieuse de Jacques de Cambrai, Retrowange novelle. C’est mon ami François Montaufray (le directeur d’un festival de musique médiévale au Havre, Les Prieurales) qui en quelque sorte m’a mis le défi sur Facebook en citant ce […]

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empty

In The Way of a Pilgrim our anonymous wanderer carries only his bible, his Philokalia, some hard crusts of bread and some salt. The empty discarded suitcase I saw by the side of the road this morning seemed to remind me about the useless baggage I carry around. I think we all have some. It […]

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pluie flaque rain puddle

Il pleuvait ce matin. C’était pas vraiment de la vrai pluie, la pluie que je connais tellement bien depuis mon enfance dans la région la plus pluvieuse d’Angleterre… mais, il y avait quand même des gouttes d’eau tombants du ciel. À Darwen, là où j’ai grandi, les précipitations moyennes par année sont 810mm. À Londres, […]

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boredom

The start of today’s walk took me along a path already much travelled. I’ve already been through Droizelles four times (twice out and twice back). This time I was there so early, the dogs who usually bark at me when I have a little rest on the bench next to Saint-Déodat were still asleep! In […]

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San Nicola

In a guest blog from my Italian friend, Silvana de Palma, musician, artist and lover of Hildegard, she tells us about a saint beloved in her home region, a journey towards the church where the saint’s relics are found, a place of profound, frequent pilgrimage, also somewhere I have visited both in distress and in […]

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random

It’s sometimes tricky to work out from the map whether a ‘chemin’ or a ‘sentier’ is accessible to members of the public. The Grande Randonnée routes are marked with a big thick pink line on my map, but they are rather limited and don’t allow for the kinds of circular routes I mostly need – […]