Category Archives: this & that

Cherishing “icebugs”

We can’t change the weather conditions but we can do our best to equip ourselves to ‘weather the storms’. For me, at this time of year, that means wrapping up well and dealing with icy conditions. I walk a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Finland, out and about, this & that

Then and Now and other stories

I went to the Tampere Art Gallery today. The main focus of many of the current exhibitions in Finland at the moment is the Finnish Civil War (1918, the centenary is this year). It’s not something I know much about, … Continue reading

Posted in art, food for thought, history, public buildings, this & that

On the Otherside of the Dark Side …

That’s one way of approaching November. It’s always dark, but this year darker than ever as it’s drizzled or rained non stop since I got back and it’s been terribly grey. Today, however, the sun tried to break through and … Continue reading

Posted in this & that, Turku, urban

Fearless or Fear Less ?

I have an amazingly artistic friend, Minna, who,amongst other things over the years, has helped me in terms of shifting my own poor imagine of “not being creative” to recognising I am creative in different ways. That shift in my … Continue reading

Posted in art, food for thought, poetry, reflections after the Camino, this & that, writings

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

Posted in food for thought, goldens, reflections after the Camino, this & that, Turku, urban | 2 Comments

Things I learnt about myself on the Camino

I don’t need tea to kick start my day! In actual fact I didn’t drink tea throughout the Camino and I haven’t had a cup since I got back. I don’t miss it, but old habits die hard and yesterday … Continue reading

Posted in food for thought, reflections after the Camino, this & that

Facts and Figures – some number crunching

I just did a tally Since I left home in Finland on Sunday 9th October I’ve walked 1086km (more or less!) Officially the Camino Francés is 799 km and Santiago to Muxia (via Finisterre) 120km … but I’ve done about … Continue reading

Posted in Camino (Spain), food for thought, observations on the way, this & that