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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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29 Sep 2017

That's it. It's Day 32 of our pilgrimage and we are half way there. Not to Santiago but half way to Fisterra, 100 km beyond. 

28 Sep 2017

Here are a few more photos from our adventures so far. 

28 Sep 2017

I have discovered how to blog from my phone! So here are my last two posts from Facebook. One was posted just over a week ago; the second  yesterday. From now on, during our rest day, I will post on this blog as well as Facebook.

Rainy day in France 

Very sunny day when crossing the Pyrenees 

18 September 

So we have completed the first stage of our adventure - 462 km in 21 days. We arrived in St Jean Pied de Port half an hour a...

11 Sep 2017

We are having a rest day in a rather bizarre late-nineteenth century hotel in a town called Aire sur L'Adour and since we have no intention of walking anywhere today and I have found a nineteenth-century computer, I have decided to write a shortish post about our adventures so far...

Being a pilgrim, walking the Chemin, is a truly extraordinary experience. It is not easy: at 20 km my rucksack seems to double in weight and my f...

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Autumn Adventures

July 8, 2017

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