Reflections – Day 55

πŸ‘£ Friday was pretty busy as we prepare ourselves for the big entrance on Saturday! We spent the day sewing the final patches onto the Coat of Hopes and rehearsing for our performance in the Green Zone next week. This evening we had an emotional closing ritual including making one final mega-mandala using objects we’ve found during our walks!

This was followed by a deconstructed burrito feast and then a film night – Ben from Art Docs (artdocs.co.uk) has been joining us intermittently and is creating a beautiful film about the Camino. We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready for viewing! It’s been a long day and there’s still plenty to do before an extra early start and probably a very chaotic tomorrow but we feel so content with how we’ve finished our time together – though of course this isn’t the end! Many of us will be sticking around at COP, and beyond that we’ll definitely stay in touch – after all, we’re a family! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Reflections – Day 54

πŸ‘£Our last ‘proper’ day of walking! (Tomorrow we will rest and on Saturday we enter Glasgow with lots of other groups.) We had quite a classic Camino day with a bit of rain, rivers, forests, some b-roads, then a final stretch through the streets into Blantyre. Here are some pictures of happy damp pilgrims!

We arrived at St Joseph’s Church, Blantyre church hall and were treated to an amazing dinner at Blantyre Miners Welfare Social Club from the Knights of St Columba where we also met some more pilgrims who have come all the way from Spain! πŸŽ‰

Reflections – Day 53

πŸ‘£ After being seen off by Andrew in Kirkmuirhill we had a pretty nice walk despite the rain setting in after a few hours! We stopped off at Sandford Primary School to say hello to the children there then continued on to Strathaven where Tom from Climate Action Strathaven kindly came out to meet us!

After a quick photo stop we spent some time trying out local cafes including Tudor coffee house and roasted before settling in at St Patricks Church Strathaven church hall. We are super happy to welcome back pilgrims Tim and Alan in these last few days – they are always up for carrying our impressive but slightly unwieldy blue banner! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Reflections – Day 52

πŸ‘£ Instead of a rest day we had a rest morning with the Hare Krishna community who fed us so well and were super friendly! We were shown round their eco farm as well where they seem to grow almost everything you could imagine and are soon starting a project to take care of some rescued cows.

We were accompanied down the hill in song as we set off in the rainy afternoon for a short walk to Kirkmuirhill Parish Church where we are staying tonight. We also found some time today to work on plans for a performance we are doing in the Green Zone at COP! Tickets are sold out now but hopefully some of our supporters have managed to get one – see you there! 🎭

Reflections – Day 51

πŸ‘£ After reconvening in Douglas we made our way along a bike path towards Lesmahagow! Shortly after our lunch stop near the roadside we had an encounter with the local police force who showed up in two vans to check in with us. After telling them all about our pilgrimage (and singing them the Coat song) we parted ways.

We were warmly welcomed at Karuna Bhavan Temple – Iskcon Scotland, who incredibly generously allowed us to stay there at extremely short notice after meeting a few pilgrims just yesterday! We learned about the Hare Krishna tradition and shared in some chanting, and tomorrow we’re looking forward to being shown round their eco farm! πŸ₯•

Reflections – Day 50

πŸ‘£ After briefing in the rain outside the service station in Abington we walked on to Douglas! Eventually the showers gave way to sunshine and rainbows as we walked through a wind farm. Some people think wind turbines ruin the view but we think there’s nothing ugly about renewable energy! 🌬️

The wonderful people at Upper Clyde Parish Church had provided us with lunch and we sang our way on to Douglas. The incredible Douglas Bakery stayed open late specially so we could chill before heading off to various different locations to sleep. We might all be a bit spread out tonight but we are still one Camino! πŸ’š

Reflections – Day 48

πŸ‘£ Today’s walk was definitely in our top 3 for most of us! We had stunning scenery as we ventured off road through mossy banks and muddy tracks, and across streams. We are in such a rural area now that we couldn’t find anywhere to stay so after 12 miles we piled into our support vehicles and headed back to Moffat for another evening with the Churches Together including Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell. Tomorrow we will head back and set off from where we stopped today. We want to walk every mile even if there are logistical challenges! πŸ’ͺ