Pilgrim Goodie Bag

I have a friend house-sitting at the moment… and also ensuring that our cats don’t feel neglected and unloved 馃檪 聽She and her husband are a rather glitzy pair… lots of travel for work, lots of posh nights out and they are simply聽rather fabulous and glamorous. So before they came to visit I gave them聽a little task, to please find me a few toiletries that a weary pilgrim could sneak into her聽rucksack聽and not notice the extra weight.

Well… what can I say! 聽They didn’t disappoint! I think I have enough to last me for ten caminos!

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Les Monts du Cantal

We’ve got a few days off from work and singing and weddings and accounts… so we’ve headed east into the Cantal region of France.聽 A department in Auverne, this area is perfect for walking, cycling, swimming, rafting and a whole host of outdoor activities.聽 We thought it might be a tad cooler too but we were wrong there!

So we arrived on Sunday afternoon and took a stroll into the historic village of Salers.聽 This is classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France… and it is indeed very beau but we’ve not found out yet why there was a need for a fortified village here 1000 years ago… but there are traces of Templars?

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Wot… no training?

I guess most of you know I sing in a couple of bands; we mainly sing at weddings and corporate events across France.聽 One band is a Rock/Pop guitar band and the other is a Vintage/Retro singing trio.

This year we’ve had a dreadful season with three close family funerals, one wedding rained off mid ceremony due to horrendous storms, and yesterday we had to cancel as I’d been taken into hospital.

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The White Walk

I have 8 weeks to get myself in shape and ready for the Via.聽 That’s long enough, indeed I have planned it this way.聽 So I started in earnest.聽 Walking everyday.

For the first week I have walked a circuit around our house that we call the white walk.聽 It’s a beautiful walk, regardless of the weather or the time of day.聽 It has a little road walking, but on the whole it’s on a stone track, a white chemin and through a forest… and it has an up and a down and some flat… perfect camino training!

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I suppose I ought to start training?

It’s May and, after a bit of a cold start, spring has finally arrived in the Dordogne. 聽I have 18 weeks left before I start my next adventure so today felt like a good day to start some training.聽To be honest it’s been a while since I did any walking at all .. And I have new boots to break in… So we’re starting small and working up to our longer trips.

The first time I walked the Camino Francis I had an interesting training regime; 聽I found a great way to start the day was to walk to the Boulangerie in the next village. 聽It’s only a 5 km round trip, it’s very pretty, it’s on a quiet lane and I get to buy warm fresh bread from one of the best bakers for miles… What’s not to like?

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