Category Archives: goldens

Learning to see colour in the dark

November is dark in Finland. I knew this, I hadn’t forgotten it, but I had forgotten how grey that can make everything. It’s as if the darkness bleaches out all the colour. That’s what depression does too, even if it’s … Continue reading

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T minus 3 : time to celebrate

Part of the Way of St James goes through the Rioja region of Spain, and my friend Reija bought us a bottle of rosé to toast my forthcoming pilgrimage … I haven’t ignored the walking or running this week either, … Continue reading

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Meeting God in others …

One of my hopes for the Camino is to meet God in the pilgrims (and other people) I meet, and in the stories I hear and in the things I observe. Starting my sabbatical here in Ähtäri, and on holiday … Continue reading

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Peregrina Preparatio 2

On Wednesday I set out with Tinka (our bonus dog) for a second preparatory walk. I had planned to walk from Turku to Naantali (or vice versa) getting a lift or bus one way. My family vetoed that and suggested … Continue reading

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229. straight jacket

Made me think of what being contrained does to our spirit (It isn’t really a straight-jacket, but honestly Maggie didn’t move at all as she wore her new coat (to keep her muscles warm after a long run)

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221: waiting

Taken at Kuppittaa park, while the youngest one was taking part in an unofficial dogshow As I walked around the older dogs monitored my every move (across the park) and waited patiently. There’s a lesson – or two- in that … Continue reading

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219. oh Maggie!


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