Monthly Archives: September 2008

Harder days to come

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We are now in a wonderful hotel in casttilblanco de los arroyos after two short walking days getting used to the heat . Tomorrow the fun starts with an 18 mile day to look forward too. 8 miles of these will be through undulating woods they say the reward is at the top when you suddenly arrive at two viewpoints like brick pulpits giving splendid views all round. So after enjoying our rest day and getting a swim too i hope i cope with the 30 deg heat tomorrow as the following day could be an even longer day .


Arrived here in Seville at 11am this morning.
We were told it was 80deg but what they forgot to add was that it was raining heavy too.
We found a nice pension that’s a bed and breakfast to you and me then we went for a look around.
The local bull fight was on tonight I would have liked to have gone but decided it was too expensive,some of my friends would never have forgiven me either.
The flamenco dancing was sold out so it’s an early night for us ready for the start of our walking tomorrow .

Time to pack my bags…..

Geoff had a plan…..

We were going to spend a week together in Cambridge before he went off to Seville to do his 1000km walk.

The walk is known as The Via de la Plata/The Camino Mozarabe or The Silver Way and chickis a variant of The Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Its also the longest of the many alternative routes.

Then yesterday the plan changed….

I am now flying out to Seville with him on Sunday and will spend a week walking with him.

Hopefully we shall get as far as Merida then I will leave him to come home and he will carry on with his walk.

Merida is 140 miles from Seville and I am not sure we can expect to get there in 6 days.

The town before that is Zafra and at a distance of 100 miles may be more achievable.

My only concern and its a huge one… is getting back from Merdia or Zafra to Seville airport all on my own..   seeing as I don’t speak any Spanish.boot

So once again Geoff is pushing me out my comfort zone and I wonder if he has any idea how worried I am about this .

When we set off on our walk Emily and Mark will be setting out to walk The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a distance of 750km.

Their  first ever big walk 🙂

Geoff is hoping to meet up with them when they finish their walk in  Santiago de Compostela but to do this means he has to walk 20 miles every single day which in his words is "unlikely "

A very strange coincidence too that JMB should do a book review this week…  maybe she was being psychic and knew before I did that I would be going off to Spain 🙂

Just to let you know….

I LOVE …my new  Renault Clio Extreme car.

Its so posh, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would own a car like this…

Its so nice to drive too….

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At the moment I cannot say one bad thing about it, although I almost died when I filled it up with diesel and then paid the bill.

Its meant to do a lot more mpg so we shall see in time if its any cheaper to run…


College homework was to design our own Indian head massage leaflet.

Not so much of a panic this year as I have the experience I gained last year.

This time though instead of just doing it in a two way fold,I wanted a three way fold.

Thanks to Geoff who helped do the template ( and from his sick bed too ) I managed to get just what i wanted 🙂

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Enjoying the sun..

Today  was a typical Indian summers days, very unexpected after the cold weather from last week.

As Jesus green outdoor pool is now closed we spent the afternoon down the river.

Enjoying a swim in the river and a BBQ to celebrate a friends birthday.

The river was freezing, but so exhilarating to swim in such cold water.

Our friend received a jar of my jam as a gift and was most delighted with it.

I also practiced my Indian head massage on a few people, all enjoyed it which boosted my ego tremendously 🙂

I wonder if you can guess from the picture below how old our friend was today ??