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We arrived in Aberdaron on the morning bus.  Time to dip into the Church to pray a blessing on the pilgrimage and to pay respects to RS Thomas.  Kneeling before an altar of wood in a stone church.  Waiting for the meaning to unfold itself.

And then time to walk along the coast, those first steps, to the landing for the Bardsey boat.  Go to Bardsey if you can. We were lucky with the weather, a flat sailing and no rain.  You need to contact Colin, who is wonderfully knowledgeable, and book the boat in advance.

20170710_134215Plenty of time to drink tea, wander slowly, look, climb the hill.


A special place, island of saints, where people went to die.  Praying quietly in the Nun’s Chapel (does anyone have a photo of the inside of this and the icon?  The photo I took vanished).


Sitting on the water’s edge listening to the chat of the seals.  Watching the puffins on the boat back.

After Bardsey we crossed the Lleyn and made for the northern coast.  We found a beautiful and isolated place to camp above the cliffs.


A night of being too excited to sleep – the pilgrimage underway, the sound and smell of the sea, a worry about whether my knee would hold up, but most of all the promise of the week – except I did sleep, only to wake with a cry of shock when I found a slug crawling across my forehead.

Early breakfast and then beautiful but frustrating walking as we joined a new part of the coastpath (along from Whistling Sands) that keeps you right on the cliff edge with no possibility of cutting inland for a couple of hours of slow going.




July 24, 2017, 6:44 pm
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The pilgrimage began with a very good Chinese dinner.  M and I received fortune cookies with the sort of message that you forget as soon as you read it.  R’s said “Never go back, never explain, never apologise.”  He put it meaningfully into his pocket …

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June 28, 2017, 7:29 pm
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We stumbled several times upon sacred landscapes


Folded among the Connemara Hills is Kylemore



June 3, 2017, 1:03 pm
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Managing a run of days off walking.  Yesterday to Abergavenny and a walk with two of my best friends.



We spent the morning climbing Sugarloaf.  Back into Abergavenny for dinner and a pint, then an afternoon on the Blorange.



A multi-day pilgrimage planned, and plenty more to walk and explore in this place


May 27, 2017, 8:54 pm
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It’s been a very full time recently – mainly good. I hesitate to post lists of what I am doing, but a great sabbath day of refreshment walking in Shropshire with Mike yesterday


​and today to Glasshampton Monastery leading a Quiet Day with the wonderful Franciscan Companions. Special in so many ways.

I prayed in front of this icon as I prepared for Mass. Just right for Ascension and Whitsun

May 25, 2017, 8:05 pm
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very necessary refreshment on the South Pennines last week

May 20, 2017, 7:58 pm
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