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middle march: winter’s grave
May 4, 2013, 10:30 am
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After such a long cold winter, Spring, to paraphrase Edward Thomas, is no longer being dreamed; it is here.  I am also coming back to life after my virus.  It was time to put the walking shoes on, to put food and water in the rucksack, to take up the Middle March again, to walk into the Spring.

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Mike and I headed for the Cotswold Escarpment and spent a day of sun and warmth exploring the area around Guiting Wood.  My body and spirit relaxed, I felt some of the kinks in my being begin to straighten out as we walked through an earth coming back to life.

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We went slower than we usually do, with a good number of decent breaks.  Noodles cooked and eaten by the riverside.  A excellent pint of Donnington BB in the garden of the Farmers Arms in Guiting Power.  A sit down on a grassy bank that was so sheltered and warm that a siesta was inevitable.

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As I thought at the beginning, the Middle March is changing character.  I have my end destination in mind, but it is becoming less important to get there.  I am enjoying it being a series of walks – not always absolutely connected – in a general direction, learning a variety of walking styles, connecting as deeply as possible with landscape, people, prayer, place.  It is from home.  It will return home.


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