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Literary Adventures in France - a blog

In May 2013, my partner and I moved to France to continue the restoration of a farmhouse in the Lot-et-Garonne. Alex is French himself and his family live only 40 km away in the Dordogne so I have been lucky enough to become part of the traditional local community from the start. My French was only O level standard when I arrived but I have been having lessons and listening and speaking as much as possible.
Meanwhile, we have just got back from our long adventure walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. You can read about the walk in my blog below.  One of the reasons I did this walk was because back in 2003 I couldn't walk at all - I was ill with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (see earlier blog entry about this). So to celebrate my being able to walk now, I raised over £5000 for the ME Association!
I am now settling back into every day life and have resumed my teaching. Have also decided to ensure  I write more. See my first published post since being back from the Camino on the amazing new website called 'bind', which uses creativity to engage with the issues surrounding climate change.
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30 Jul 2017

Nothing beats doing an actual walk with a loaded rucksack on your back as a training exercise for the Camino. So, while we have been doing various other forms of training, both cardio and strength-building, our main focus as the walk approaches is doing exactly what we will be doing when we leave our house on 29th August.

So far, in nine walks, we have done about 220km. I could tell you the exact figure because I am using an a...

13 Jul 2017

I spent a long time yesterday writing a piece for this blog about the process of packing a rucksack which will contain everything I need bar food for two months. In the end, it was not remotely interesting and all pretty self-evident. I was thinking a bit existentially about how one really doesn't need much in the end, but once again it's been said already. Instead I offer you an article I wrote for Slightly Foxed a few years...

8 Jul 2017

Starting in late August 2017  Alex and I will be walking the Way of St James beginning at our house in south west France and ending in Santiago in north west Spain 1340 km and 65 days later. We will be carrying everything we need in our rucksacks: just above 10kg for me.

The Way of St James - also known as the Camino de Santiago - is a collection of ancient pilgrim routes travelled since the 1st millennium. Our journey ends at...

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Autumn Adventures

July 8, 2017

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