The long waterhole

My hometown Gilgandra hugs the banks of the Castlereagh River. The river runs underground for most of its course, for most of the time, but at Gilgandra surfaces to form a permanent waterhole. Of course the Aboriginal people of this area flocked to the waterhole, especially in dry times. The waterhole was a meeting placeContinue reading “The long waterhole”

Uncertainty

Uncertainty is the only certainty on the Camino I entered Galicia in fog. O’Cebreiro was an apparition, the buildings barely visible in the misty rain. I missed the church whose priest reinvigorated the Camino for the twentieth century. He painted the ubiquitous yellow arrows that mark the Way. Because of him, the number of pilgrims increasedContinue reading “Uncertainty”

Ibaneta Pass – or not

In the cafe in Valcarlos I ordered my first cafe con leche, coffee with milk, and bocadillo con queso, bread roll with cheese. My plan had been to stop in Valcarlos but it was only 11 o’clock. The albergue didn’t open until 1pm. I vacillated. Dave and a couple of other pilgrims on the nextContinue reading “Ibaneta Pass – or not”

First day on Camino Frances

After a hearty breakfast in Gite Beilari’s warm kitchen I set out feeling strong. I was aiming for Valcarlos. Roncevalles could wait until tomorrow. I crossed the fabled bridge and left the cobblestones of the old town behind.The sun shone on the stream of pilgrims emerging out of the early morning fog of the valley.Continue reading “First day on Camino Frances”

A little bird of encouragement

Kairos time is lived in the now, by attuning ourselves to what each hour, each situation brings The sun was out next morning and after about 10 minutes of walking I started to wonder what on earth I was doing: I’d slept poorly, my knees were aching, the path was thick with mud and strewnContinue reading “A little bird of encouragement”

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