* On Winter’s Margin * (Mary Oliver)

On winter’s margin, see the small birds nowWith half-forged memories come flocking homeTo gardens famous for their charity.The green globe’s broken; vines like tangled veinsHang at the entrance to the silent wood. With half a loaf, I am the prince of crumbs; By snow’s down, the birds amassed will singLike children for their sire to walk… Continue reading * On Winter’s Margin * (Mary Oliver)

Croome, ‘Conservation Walk’, 6.4km

After what felt like months of rain, gray skies and mud, oceans of mud, the weather was finally sunny and bright and with clear sky came a drop in temperature that meant that the aforementioned mud would be frozen solid and therefore harmless. Thank the lord. I grabbed Murphy and headed for Croome Court which… Continue reading Croome, ‘Conservation Walk’, 6.4km

Camino Portugues: Tui to Santiago de Compostela,

The Camino de Santiago needs no explanation, but just in case you have never ever heard of it... here is the 'Wikipedia' description: The Camino de Santiago (Latin: Peregrinatio Compostellana, "Pilgrimage of Compostela"; Galician: O Camiño de Santiago), also known in English as the Way of St James, is a network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral… Continue reading Camino Portugues: Tui to Santiago de Compostela,

*Mindful* (Mary Oliver)

Every dayI see or I hearsomethingthat more or less kills mewith delight,that leaves melike a needle in the haystackof light.It is what I was born for –to look, to listen, to lose myselfinside this soft world –to instruct myselfover and over in joy,and acclamation.Nor am I talkingabout the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful,the very extravagant… Continue reading *Mindful* (Mary Oliver)

Sapperton Tunnel circular (4.5km)

I knew from the moment I woke up that the light was different today. It glowed from behind the curtains, rather than simmer softly and grey like the previous weeks. November was bleak, or, as Alexander Armstrong said during one of his daily broadcast on Classic FM, it was simply "obligingly seasonal". Either way, as… Continue reading Sapperton Tunnel circular (4.5km)