Back to the Future: Walking with Purpose

Warning: Some of the content in this post is of a personal nature which some readers may find offensive (tongue firmly in cheek). It is said (by that illusive person ‘they say‘) that it ‘takes one to know one’.  I’m talking about the committed walker.  It is not difficult to spot them: the walker-with-purpose.  They…

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Walking with Awareness in Wales

Borrowing my daughter’s tent (meaning I won’t have to sleep in the car for 3 nights – still not sure which is preferable), I set off for a ‘Walking with Awareness‘ weekend in Manorbier, on the South Pembrokeshire coast.  Driving into Wales on the M4 over the Severn Bridge brings back long-lost memories and I’m…

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The Adventure Starts Here: Establishing Some Ground Rules

With temperatures nudging 30c and hot enough to melt tarmac, it is high time I set off on my first ‘Pilgrim’ walk.  For my research, I have decided to focus my attention on the St. Michael’s Way – a 12 mile coast to coast route in West Penwith from St Uny Church in Lelant in…

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The Song of the Black Bird

<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/o6gWx7iUbk0?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> The Summer Solstice heralds the longest day and for me this is always the most magical time of the whole year.   The sun at its zenith, my thoughts automatically turn to love.   To embrace this new day, early this morning – lighting a candle to symbolize the abundance…

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Side-Tracked

Have you ever stopped to think how many of our most used ‘sayings’ come from the activity of walking?  Phrases such as: off the beaten track; wrong-footed; beat a path; leave a footprint; on the right track, etc,.  How many more can you think of? I wonder if this is the same in all languages? …

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On the Right Track

If you think you have suddenly landed on the wrong page in the wrong blog, then ‘bear with’ dear friends.   You haven’t gone mad.   It is I who have decided it is time for a minor change!  After not much deliberation, I have opted for a more fitting title for this blog. My sketchbook pages…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape: A Circular Walk from Kestle Barton via Frenchman’s Creek

This week, I decided to take up WordPress’ weekly ‘photo challenge’ with the special subject, ‘escape‘ – and see if anyone notices!  My escape is walking: it costs nothing (except travel costs, perhaps), the exercise is great for clearing the cobwebs, its ideal space for ‘dreaming’, and the dogs are especially grateful.  An ocular feast…

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Playing with Space: A Cast of Shadows

Out for a frolic with the dogs on the beach late last week.  Although it was still bitterly cold the sun was bright enough to cast lovely shadow shapes on the sand. Poppy, the poor deaf-(dumb)-and-blind spaniel – although spritely for all of her 15 years –  needs to be ‘guided’ on the lead, but…

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Arboreal Masonry

On Easter Sunday morning, I ventured forth with an old friend (my x) out onto Brent Moor on the Southern slopes of Dartmoor to join the ponies and the little black-legged lambs and a few hardy individuals willing to brave the sub-zero conditions for a bracing pre-lunch walk. We headed up the track  which runs…

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A South West Coaster

As I was going to St Ives I met a man with seven wives Every wife had seven sacks Every sack had seven cats Every cat had seven kits Kits, cats, sacks, wives How many were going to St Ives? On Sunday, I passed a man walking along the path on the dunes above Porth…

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