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September 19, 2016, 5:27 pm
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Things you overhear as you begin a long pilgrimage:

“Autumn’s got it’s claws in.”

Two older women at a bus stop complaining how cold it was, that they had the central heating on (I was sweating in a base layer at the time).  I did notice that the trees were beginning to change, the first leaves beginning to fall. Checking that I had packed enough layers, I looked forward to walking into autumn.


I was glad to be beginning around the Nativity of Our Lady.  Here she is at Margam Abbey.  I am glad of her protection and prayers.  I shall get round to Our Lady of Penrhys in the end.  Here, also from Margam, is St Bernard


There were things that made me laugh.  Walking up a track named Mountain Side, I got a walking pole from my pack; it was so steep that I did not need to extend it.  On the outskirts of Swansea, we passed a discrete sign for ‘Whipping Services’; we decided that the pilgrimage was punishing enough.  Sitting next to Laurel and Hardy.

On the train home, the Severn Estuary did it’s best impression of a Turner painting


I am still resting my knee on this pilgrimage that becomes more inward.


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Winterpilgrim posted on Sat 27 2008 a very moving post about a pilgrim who never got to his destination physically. Perhaps you could be like the pilgrim who never arrived, at least this time.

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Thank you Margaret.
That’s a very beautiful story.

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