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I had such a wonderful afternoon. Met up with a young woman who I connected with on instagram via her Camino posts and mine, about 2 years ago.

Since then we’ve enjoyed each others posts, both Camino and other life stories. She’s been to Broadstairs a few times but I’m usually away so we never managed to meet up. But finally, my dates at home were conducive for her to visit the area and so we planned to meet today.

It was so gratifying to be able to talk to someone who has also walked the Camino, someone who understands the impact it has on your life, and ‘gets’ more than just the basics.

Although her journey was 6 weeks and mine only 11 days, we found so much in common with our experiences; mentally, emotionally and physical. We spoke solidly for over 3 hours.

We agreed that on the whole, unless you’re sharing Camino experiences with someone who has actually walked a Camino, most people’s eyes glaze over after 10 minutes or so. Which is not a criticism, but rather an acknowledgement that they don’t ‘get’ what you’re talking about.

Her experience of the Camino was vastly different to mine; she was 21 when she walked 6 years ago, and I was 62 when I walked last year. Her distance was 790 kms whereas mine was 240kms. Yet, despite the differences there was so much we could share about packing, what we actually needed by way of clothes vs what we thought we’d need, about injury and how we dealt with them, and how we related to other walkers.

After listening to her experiences it confirmed for me what I suspected….the French route is completely different to the Portuguese route. Not just in geography, but in the set up and the way in which pilgrims connect. There seems to be more opportunity to form deeper relationships.

It was a relief to be able to talk to someone who understood what I meant by the ‘essence’ of the Camino.

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Quite a few months ago my future son-in-law decided to bake a cake. Now, under normal circumstances there’s nothing remarkable about that at all….except that he had never before baked a cake 🙂

The end result was – delicious, albeit somewhat lopsided and needed refinement. In that regard there has been no problem, over the last few months he has progressed in leaps and bounds and now whips up a cake in the blink of an eye…with his secret recipe fillings that are to die for. Delicious. I have no problem at all eating as much as possible when I’m home…if there’s any left LOL…his fiancé quite likes them too!!

After a conversation with my daughter about what he’d like to do with this new-found enthusiasm for baking going forward, I decided that a talent like this needs to be encouraged and nurtured, and so, as an early birthday present, I sent him for cake icing lessons.

After some research on the internet I found a lovely young lass by the name of Billie who has her business in Deal, which is just a short train ride or drive away from home, and so I booked him in for a 3 hour lesson.

The big day came and off they went, my daughter drove them there in Fiona and they made a day of it with her going along to view the proceedings and capture the moments. What fun.

The lesson progressed exceedingly well and the comment I had from Billie is that she thought he’s a natural, was very steady and patient and she couldn’t quite believe he’d never iced a cake before.

The final result…looks remarkably like a wedding cake and I wonder if there’s a future career in that direction 😉 I’m well impressed at the end result. I used to do cake-icing myself in my younger days, and iced and decorated a few wedding cakes as well as sold a great number of occasion cakes, so to see this talent in our little family is marvellous.

So, here’s my future son-in-law; Simon….a possible future Bake Off 2019 contestant!!

bake off contestant 2019, cake icing lessons

getting started

bake off contestant 2019, cake icing lessons

making excellent progress

bake off contestant 2019, cake icing lessons

a future Bake Off contestant in the making

I wonder if I should enrol him? LOL

If you’re wanting to know more about Billie’s cake icing lessons, here is her website

 

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hello!!!! I’m back!! 🙂 Yes, Unbelievably, I have been away for so long but now I’m back.  Life has given me another fork in the road and as usual you can only go in one direction, so here I am…..back on my original road…..

Last week, on one day, the Universe decided to throw me a double whammy of bad news and also a break down in communication regarding the future of my business.

As as result of that I decided to shut down my facebook profile,

way out.....

way out…..

close down my business and give up the lease on the house I have been sharing with my daughter for the last 3 years. She has been desperate to have her own place and only been staying here because she was worried about me.  When I moved in 3 years ago it was meant to be for 6 months……we got way too comfortable and frankly it suited us both at the time….but she is so ready to have her own place….so since I have now decided to go off exploring again, she is free to head off and find her own place.

a new direction....

a new direction….

So, from here on in I will be blogging more regularly and travelling again 🙂 Hooray!

Going back a bit……the reason for my sudden change of direction came about because of three things:

1) After many years of unexplained and many times severe blackouts, my daughter’s Cardiologist tells her that the probable reason for the severe blackouts is that her heart keeps stopping….yeah…I kid you not. It seems she has in fact had a near-death experience just recently and last year when I discovered her unresponsive and despite slapping, shouting and shaking her, still got no response, her heart had in fact stopped.   Thankfully I did just keep hitting, shouting and shaking her coz after a short while she came around and we whisked off to hospital……so lets hope they find a way of sorting this out.

2) the bastard ex-husband who told her that he wanted children but not with her has only gone and not only got the house he denied her, but remarried and had a child. To say that I was filled with fury would be an understatement.  She has struggled for over 4 years now to come to terms with his wretched treatment of her and the horrible stuff she found out after she left and now he has the audacity to go and have a child while she is struggling to get back on her feet emotionally.  There should be a way of dealing with people like him.

3) I’ve been working on the 3 Days in London business for 4.5 years now, building credibility, learning about London, creating a website, building a twitter following, writing books, building an App and providing as much information to visitors as possible… and the next step was the redesigned website….which when I finally got the link, what the website developer had done was so not up to scratch that I bloody nearly freaked…actually I lie….I did freak.  So that little piece of joy came round about the time I heard the above 2 items…so all three things in a short space of time and I am like OKAY!!! universe that’s enough bullsh!t. time for a change 😉

They always say that things come in threes

things always come in three's

things always come in three’s

So the long and the short of it is that we are now definitely giving up the lease on the house, my daughter is finally going to find a place of her own near the coast which she has been wanting to do for a few years now and I am going to pack my life up in boxes, start working full time again so I can sort out my debt and then I am going to buy the campervan/caravan that I have been wanting for ever such a long time and go travelling.

...time to travel....

…time to travel….

 Time to become a nomad once again.

So keep your eye on this blog and keep up with my new adventures. I will of course still blog about London……I adore London and it will always be in my blood.

sunset at Richmond

sunset at Richmond

So as the sun goes down on my current life, so it will rise again on the new….

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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