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And after yesterday, a gratuitous photo of the River Rea
Around 7 miles walked today without particular problems. On track, at least at the moment, to walk the last week of the Cistercian Way soon.
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I saw this on twitter today and it has made me happy (I hope it is OK to share it here). I haven’t come across EcoRecord before but it’s a great site – look at it here and get involved if you are local.
The River Rea runs close to here and I walk or cycle along it often – it’s one of the best cycle routes in the West Midlands. I saw a kingfisher on it once; I often see a heron (there was a wonderful photo from Simon Foster yesterday of the heron roosting high up in a tree). I’ve never seen a water vole, but it lifts my spirits to know they are there. The richness of urban wildlife, at least at this end of the river is a wonderful thing – I don’t think it quite deserves Roy Fisher’s summing up of it in Birmingham River. Although I’m really looking forward to going to the Cathedral next week for the Roy Fisher Celebration.
And to celebrate all this, tomorrow’s knee-strengthening walk may well be five or six miles along the river.
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“Suddenly being here made sense, a sense that couldn’t be explained; on the contrary, it was part of this sense that it musn’t be violated by trying to capture it in words.”
-Pascal Mercier Night Train to Lisbon
I find more and more that all reading takes on the quality of lectio divina, becomes slow and life-giving.
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I love this picture of St Bede’s. The beauty of urban ministry
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I usually post shots from the top of hills from when I’m out walking. I climb this hill almost every day from St Bede’s and home at the bottom. This is a stunningly beautiful shot that Meenakshi took yesterday.