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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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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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Listen – Écoute

There are so many sounds to hear as you walk. En tant que musicienne, mon aptitude d’écouter est impérative. pour jouer ensemble, je dois être sensible à ce que les autres font, jouent, sonnent. En faisant la musique, ce n’est pas juste les oreilles qui écoutent, mais aussi le coeur, le corps entier, la connaissance […]

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ground sol terre earth path sentier chemin track

soutien – support firm – ferme solid ground – plancher des vaches être indépendant – stand on my own two feet grounding – ancrage At the end of the day, my least favourite, uncomfortable, uneven, wobbly, uncertain, irregular, pebbles and little rocks on the path to Ferme de Maulny. So many foot sensations passing all […]

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Solitude

Etymology: from Latin, solus, alone Not in common use in English until the 17th century 1.a. The state of being or living alone; loneliness, seclusion, solitariness (of persons). b. The fact of being sole or unique. Obsolete. rare. 2. Loneliness (of places); remoteness from habitations; absence of life or stir. 3. A lonely, unfrequented, or uninhabited place. 4. A complete absence or […]

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Racine

Aujourd’hui, l’objet de ma réflexion, c’est une racine. Cette racine dans la photo m’a servie de chaise pendant ma pause déjeuner. Voici l’arbre qu’elle nourrit: On parle d’avoir des racines, d’être fier d’où on vient, notre famille, nos ancêtres. Les racines nous soutiennent, comme ils soutiennent les plantes, donnant à manger, tous les biens de […]

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Bench

I’ve often been more grateful than might be thought of as strictly necessary for a well placed bench at a moment when I have deep need of one. In my head in England there are loads of benches all over the place. But actually, I think it’s just that I’ve often walked in places with […]

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Thistle

I walked through wheat and rape and fallow fields today. One of the fallow ones is filled with tall, spiky thistles and not much else. They grow nobly and don’t crowd each other, standing tall, each individually. As an aspect of the abundant life of the earth, I felt like I wanted to reflect on […]

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Preparation

Today I need to make sure I’m vaguely ready for the off tomorrow. I have an idea of where I’m going to walk. It should be around 20km in a vague loop to reach the next village along where there’s a nice farm shop! So, note to self, I’ll be needing a mask. This will […]