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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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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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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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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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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How popular is the camino?

April 30, 2018

In the middle ages something like a quart of a million people walked the Camino from their homes.  They would cross Europe and head for Santiago De Compostela and then turn around and walk home again. It was a

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To the end of the earth

April 27, 2018

The Romans called it finis Terra the end of the earth.  To them it was clear there was nothing out there except sea and death.  Many pilgrims since the earliest days of this pilgrimage have continued the extra 100

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The guardian of the bridge

April 25, 2018

A great monument deserves a great story.  The longest bridge on the Camino is at Hospital D’Orbigo and the story involves a Knight in Armour, a fair damsel and a scrap for love! Back in the middle ages some

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Don’t miss the village church

April 10, 2018

Every village has a church and on an adventure like this I find I can’t go past without taking a look. Is it the history?  The special story?  The architecture?  It can be anything. Take today.  I was just

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Reasons to undertake this big adventure

March 28, 2018

There are four reasons for my Camino de Santiago: Historical. This pilgrimage route to the tomb of St James the Apostle has been around for a thousand years.  And in another thousand years someone else will be doing this.  Pilgrims

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Martin Mallett moments

March 27, 2018

Each day I look for somewhere special to leave a Martin Mallett name tag. Actually that’s not strictly true. Each day my dear downs syndrome brother Martin comes into my thoughts and it becomes easy to spot the place

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Ma bubba

March 17, 2018

Martin’s name tags… We sew them onto clothes.  So they won’t be lost.  So we know where they belong. Among Martin’s possessions are his name tags.  I hold them and feel the threads, the threads of family, of how

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Timmy is interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire

March 13, 2018

Listen to Timmy’s interview on BBC Radio Berkshire, where he discusses his huge 2,000km cycle trip to Camino de Santiago and of course his dear brother Martin, who sadly passed away last week.

Martin Mallett tributes

March 11, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind comments about dear brother Martin. We are greatly comforted by the support and condolences. Never doubt it is a great comfort like a warm blanket. We are touched to see how Martin’s

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Martin Mallett – artist

March 10, 2018

Often when Martin came to stay we would spend time together in my studio, painting together.  Martin is wearing our dad’s old painting jacket and using my easel. This was one of those creative days. We are listening to nice

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Martin Mallett blesses us all

March 9, 2018

I’m about to set off on my grand adventure, cycling the Camino de Santiago. It feels like it’s begun with a dramatic detour to the glistening granite city of Aberdeen for the funeral at St Devenick’s Church, Bieldside of

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Martin Mallett and Aberdeen

March 9, 2018

Thank you Aberdeen for welcoming brother Martin into your beautiful glistening granite city. It was his home for over half his life and you meant the world to him. You can view the article published in The Press and

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