Here amongst the splendor of Notre Dame in the heart of Paris, we left our worries on the altar so that we could take our places in the colourful procession of pilgrims who have made similar journeys over the centuries.
We began, as pilgrims often do, at the Tour St Jacques, aligning our footsteps with the ancient path and the hearts and souls/soles of those who have made the journey before us.
We can’t live without it, so therefore fresh water is holy to humans wherever and whenever they have lived. The wells that supply water to a community are guarded and honored, and many have names[…]
The tiny island of Oronsay is at the heart of our pilgrimage this week as it has been for other pilgrims over the centuries. A holy island, it was once home to a small but[…]
We’re not heading home just yet…. our tour is over but we have an extra week out in the islands, part pilgrimage and part research for a future tour for people who want to travel[…]
The final stage of any pilgrimage is the Return, when we say goodbye to our fellow travelers and head back to our homes and communities, bringing with us our memories of the journey, and the[…]
We came off Orkney this morning, back to the mainland, heading towards a busier world. But before I leave the islands behind I want to try to describe something that I’ve never quite been able[…]
If you ever feel like you need a lift, make your way to the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkney. This marvelous little chapel was constructed by Italian prisoners of war who were sent to[…]
Orkney reaches comfortably across the ages; neolithic stone circles co-exist with iron-age ruins and modern farms. People who come to see the ancient monuments are often surprised by the mild weather and gently scultpted landscape.[…]
Dailiness delights me. Dailiness is the way we shape our lives and cultures with little acts that we carry out on a daily basis so that they become a practice, either by design or by[…]