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arriving
June 25, 2018, 1:52 pm
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Not a bad way to arrive at a Conference

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ahead
June 23, 2018, 4:43 pm
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First proper day off for a while.  Had planned a decent walk with a friend but he cried off and I am tired – feeling better for a long sleep, a day pottering in the house and garden, a bath, a good book.

And the next best thing to a walk – planning pilgrimages over the summer.  A couple of days, I hope, to walk St Hilda’s Way in North Yorkshire and then later in the summer another week on The Cistercian Way, continuing to fill in the sections I missed through injury.  I am looking at Whitland to Machynlleth.

Lots to anticipate!



parish prayer walk
June 20, 2018, 8:37 pm
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path
June 17, 2018, 4:18 pm
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Walk to learn.

I and Path.

Long one is Camino.

Camino is one long path and I learn to walk.

That is the name of my story forward and backward.

– Barbara Kingsolver (adapted)

 



ahead
June 9, 2018, 8:30 pm
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the way ahead, early June

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resting warm below the ridge

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and a visit from a hare as we drank our water



back on the way
May 27, 2018, 3:51 pm
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A great couple of days in North Wales visiting friends.  I spent Friday – in decent weather – walking part of the Pilgrim Way from Bangor to Llanberis, and then on to Waunfawr.

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Great to climb up high.  Hearing at least five cuckoos during the day.  Martens gathering nesting material.  Not looking closely enough at my map on Moel Ici.

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Climbing down past the Anglesey Barracks – and I am in awe of the people who worked all week in the quarries at Llanberis and then walked back to their homes on Anglesey – down the Zig Zags through the slate waste, glad I was only carrying a day pack.

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Down to the lakeside as the rain came in.

A great day for reflecting.  Thinking of the way ahead in the next months.  For refreshing and praying

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and back in time for a bath, for a roast, and a couple of glasses of The Rev James.

I am looking forward to picking up The Cistercian Way again later in the summer.



labyrinth
March 23, 2018, 1:01 pm
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I had the privilege this week of walking a Labyrinth twice as part of our Lent Course at St Bede’s on Pathways in Prayer.

It is a wonderfully deep practice and, when you finish and emerge and contemplate, it really feels like you have completed a pilgrimage.

(This may be a good thing as the flu recovery means I am not up to serious exercise yet)

One of walks really felt like a journey into Holy Week which we will be celebrating next week.

Have you walked a labyrinth?

There are good suggestions for the spirituality of walking it here and, if you can’t walk one here is a Finger Labyrinth

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(thanks to All Saints, Kings Heath for the lone of the Labyrinth.  You can walk it at St Anne’s Moseley at the following times in Holy Week:

Monday 26th March, 7.30pm: introduction to the labyrinth, with the opportunity to walk it. St Anne’s will also be open on Tuesday 27th March, 1.00-3.00pm, and Wednesday 28th March 10.00am – 12noon for you to walk the labyrinth.)