The finish…

May 13, 2018

 My friend Terry joined me at Reading. We met at St James church where father John stamped my pilgrim passport and we discussed the connection between Santiago Reading and Marlow and the hand of St James.  Next stop

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Titanic Message in a Bottle

May 12, 2018

Titanic was my Downs Syndrome brother Martin’s favourite film (along with the Sound of Music and Crocodile Dundee.)  Every Christmas when we played charades Martin would pick one of the ladies to stand with him arms outstretched, and we

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Day to day meetings

May 10, 2018

You don’t always need the local language. I know it helps but….. I met the local herdsman and his herd of cattle.  Wet have a great chat going moo! A music festival was on in town.  Music is universal

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Blow holes and beaches

May 10, 2018

Coast lines always deliver secrets.  I was following the narrow gauge railway line and it went alongside the beach.  There was a wonderful booming noise and spray everywhere. Of course such things are tide and weather dependant.  And there I

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How do you plan an adventure like this?

May 10, 2018

It’s been in my mind for some time. I’ve been pondering it for a number of years.  It was only once I said it loud that I wanted to attempt this that things really started. There were comments.  You

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Sunny Santander

May 10, 2018

Half way along Spain’s North coast is the port of Santander. Famous for its beaches and it’s bank, it’s an important spot along the Camino del Norte.  I cycled into town as my Brittany ferries flagship arrived. Just time to

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Memorable meetings along the Camino

May 10, 2018

Cows and pilgrims.  The herd were unhappy to be moved.  But understood the cow hands command.  Off they went with the calves dashing along behind.  I enjoyed our interaction without a common tongue. There are lots of German pilgrims

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What to take on the Camino

May 7, 2018

 The general rule of thumb is take less.  Whatever you think is essential cut it in half. You are going to be carrying it and everything is heavy after a while.  Everything.  Even tissues! So with that in

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Painting on the cliff tops

May 6, 2018

The track led through the village. There was a stile and a footpath.  I followed it carefully over rocks and around the corner.  Where I came face to face with huge long horned cows and their guardian bull.  They

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I looked at these mountains from both sides

May 6, 2018

There’s nothing like it for realising the distance travelled.  Weeks ago coming out of Burgos I stood and stared at the snow capped mountains away to the north.  Today those same snow capped mountains were away to the south.

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How do you leave when the hostel is shut?

May 5, 2018

It was an odd sort of place and I wasn’t entirely convinced I’d made a wise choice.  But I arrived late, hot and bothered, with little energy left in me, my bike or my phone. Okay make the most

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The man with the scythe

May 5, 2018

I enjoy people watching.  Especially in other countries where they do weird stuff.  Like scything the grass.  What’s wrong with a lawn mower or a goat? At least this chap wasn’t in his slippers like most of the other

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Martin and the moo cows

May 4, 2018

We all love a field of cows, munching, mooing, pooing, and grinding those teeth on the grass.  I stopped at a Camino sign and the sound of the cow bells prompted me to recite my favourite maytime cow poem.

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Martin in the cathedral

May 4, 2018

I can hear brother Martin saying: “nice church!” as we stare at the altarpiece.  Indeed it’s one of the gems of medieval European art.  I like the idea of a Martin Mallett name tag finding it’s way behind such

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The power of relics today

May 4, 2018

In the middle ages every church or monastery of any importance had a relic.  A fragment of the true cross. A bone of a saint.  And people would travel far and wide to see them, and of course pay

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Farewell Santiago

May 2, 2018

Most pilgrims first glimpse of Santiago is from Mont Gosso where the status of two grateful pilgrims point to the spires of the cathedral.  For me it was my final view of Santiago on a wild and wet afternoon

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Inspiration. Where does it come from?

May 1, 2018

I was on a quiet winding road through the hills.  No traffic.  Around every corner and hair pin bend there was a babbling brook, a bank of ferns, and trees coming into leaf.  How do you paint such a

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The boomerang bottle

May 1, 2018

I want to do a message in a bottle. Send a Martin Mallett name tag out into the sea. I found the perfect blue bottle in a recycling bin. To the name tag I added: A photo of Martin

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