Apr 03 2017

Stage 24: Tordesillas to Mira del Marqués 24.7km


Stage 24: Tordesillas to Mira del Marqués 24.7km

Left the albergue late, filled our sacks with provisions for the road, didn’t leave town till 11am and paid for our tardiness with the heat. Took the alternative route that led us away from the path beside the motorway and through some villages – still no shops/bars/cafe opportunities. It got me thinking. The Camino Sureste is fine in that unlike others it rarely has the perigrino walking for miles on tarmac. It’s been pretty thoughtful and incredibly well marked, and we’ve met enthusiastic people dedicated to keeping this path open and free. However, the landscape is often so vast and the agriculture so industrial that there’s little opportunity to focus on the smaller things. In fact, we ARE the smaller things. Felt a bit like a hobbit today, not for the first time, longing for the Shire. The Shire is ahead – the Camino Sanabrés, when we join it, will lead us up and into Galicia and for that final third of our journey we’ll be surrounded by mountains and nature. Really looking forward to it.

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Mar 16 2017

Stage 6: Pétrola to Albacete 35.6km


Stage 6: Pétrola to Albacete 35.6km

35.6km (plus extra bit to visit Chinchilla – really worth a detour if only to see the caves of 16th century Moors, fleeing the war in Granada. Some of the caves higher up the mountain have been made habitable and are rented out). Cold, cold head wind this morning, all the way to Chinchilla. Lost the arrows briefly, but found the caves, explored a cave until it went too deep and we got scared, then found the arrows towards Albacete. Arrows not so great outside the town – but with Albacete in sight, we followed a runway. Decided to go for a HOTEL (Oh yes .. with breakfast) – a bit disappointing and ‘corporate’, though buffet breakfasts always good for filling rucksacks with Bimbo buns!

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Nov 03 2013

Peace, Prosperity and a Happy Diwali


Peace, Prosperity and a Happy Diwali

As a student I lived in Leicester for several years, during which time I experienced the excitement and the build up to the Festival of Lights. Central to Hindu philosophy is the belief that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite and eternal, called the Atman or ‘Inner Light’. The celebration of Diwali as the victory of good over evil refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance that masks our true nature; the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality (thanks Wikipedia!), and the awareness of the unity of all things. This in turn brings Ananda: joy or peace. Just as we celebrate the date of our physical birth, Diwali is the celebration of the awakening of our Inner Light. While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region, the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Atman or the Brahman (the underlying Reality of all things). Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein (दिवाली की शुभकामनाएं) .. HAPPY DIWALI!

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Aug 12 2013

Two small turbines, NOT a wind farm


Two small turbines, NOT a wind farm

Bemused to see us mentioned in the front page article of today’s Western Morning News alongside references to REG windpower, windfarms, and proposed turbines 284ft tall. Thankfully we live in a democracy where we can all have our say, and the few in our community, that are seemingly threatened by any change, have, in this case, been overruled. Our planning approval is for two small, low impact turbines, on 15m masts, that will help sustain a local business for the future. We believe they will constitute less visual impact than the 40kw equivalent in solar panels, with the benefit that we will still be able to farm the land beneath the turbines, avoiding the need to dispose of toxic waste at the end of their life (unlike PV cells). They are not an enduring feature of our landscape – they are temporary; simply a reflection of today’s technological solution to an energy crisis that affects us all and our natural environment. Self catering cottages, Fowey

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Jul 01 2013

Summer Draw for Short Break


Summer Draw for Short Break

Like ‘South Torfrey Farm‘ and share this post on to your facebook wall to be entered into a draw for a short break in one of our beautiful self catering Cornish cottages, close to Fowey. The lucky winner will be announced on August 1st.

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May 10 2013

Words and Music .. it’s the Fowey Festival!


Words and Music .. it’s the Fowey Festival!

The Fowey Festival has begun! Excited about seeing the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe, and Jolanda Brown. Lots more besides .. I’m pacing myself!

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May 01 2013

Unite and Unite ..


Unite and Unite ..

Unite and unite, and let us all unite For summer is a-comin’ today. And whither we are going we all will unite, In the merry morning of May. A particularly beautiful day for Padstow’s Obby Oss. The town alive with the sound drums and accordions, crowded with locals dressed in their May Day whites and their blue and red neckerchiefs. Warmed by the summer sun, this celebration lifts the heart as well as the pint jar! Walked the 26 mile Saint’s Way path from Fowey to Padstow for another year. To welcome the summer, have a few pints of Doom Bar and to play a part in the pagan festivities. The youngest member of our team preferred to wear his Vans rather than walking boots and ended up blistered and barefoot for some of the journey. Until we ‘borrowed’ a pair of over-sized trainers from a farmhouse in Blable. By strange coincidence the very kind man who donated his shoes turned out to be our chef in the Quarryman’s Arms and cooked our evening meal. Howzat?!

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Feb 14 2013

Love from the heart of Cornwall


Love from the heart of Cornwall

Happy Valentine’s x

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Feb 10 2013

Walking the Dog – Morvah to St Ives


Walking the Dog – Morvah to St Ives

Another day walking the Cornish path with Pip, Ruth and Clare. Filling in the bit sadly missed last October when I exchanged leg power for a ride on an open topped bus – a necessary trip as a result of breaking the dog.

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Nov 23 2012

Making Compost ..


Making Compost ..

.. although in fairness, these little worms have done the job for me. Look at this – half way through the process. I’m not usually excited by earth worms, but the number of them in the tombola arrangement that I have rigged up for recycling domestic waste from the cottages is astonishing .. thanks to everyone who has contributed!

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