We’ve lived in south west France for just over 9 years, so we’re used to long, dry, hot summers. 聽This year has been exceptional though. We had a long, cold, wet, spring and now summer shows no sign of slowing or cooling. Normally at the end of August you can smell autumn in the air and the evenings are cool enough for a cardigan… not this year!

We had thought that heading to the high slopes of Cantal would bring us some fresher cooler air but we were wrong. 聽France Meteo has issued a Canicule warning… it’s going to be un-seasonably hot… so take precautions!

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Pilgrim Goodie Bag

I have a friend house-sitting at the moment… and also ensuring that our cats don’t feel neglected and unloved 馃檪 聽She and her husband are a rather glitzy pair… lots of travel for work, lots of posh nights out and they are simply聽rather fabulous and glamorous. So before they came to visit I gave them聽a little task, to please find me a few toiletries that a weary pilgrim could sneak into her聽rucksack聽and not notice the extra weight.

Well… what can I say! 聽They didn’t disappoint! I think I have enough to last me for ten caminos!

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The Chosen Ones

After a week of walking and trials and tests and much concern and research and reading and worry… I’ve decided on which shoes will be coming with me to Spain.

I’ve considered buying another Keen Targhee, Hanwag’s, Altra’s, Brooks and New Balance.聽 I’ve read reviews on Amazon and blogs, and Outdoor Gear Lab and countless websites.聽 I’ve downloaded apps and templates and measured and checked and watched videos and pondered and considered and basically got my head spinning with too much information.

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