Friday, 9 May 2014

Palas de Rei to Melide

Today was a short day, 12 miles, and we had a surprise at the end. But to start at the beginning.

We started out very near a chapel and visited it. It may have been 12th century but the windows had been replaced in modern times. There were six of these windows and we could identify the topics quite easily, fish (above), ears of corn, an apple tree, a saint and two which we failed on. After a bit of walking we came across of bulbs in flower - wild flowers. The whole field was fenced off as were other areas where they were flowering. But we did come across a stray.

Each flower is more than an inch across and the whole plant is two to three foot high. Ornithogalums?

Another ancient chapel. Santa Maria de Leboreiro

A Roman bridge
A cistus! Flower about two inches across and lots of them. When we had crossed another larger Roman bridge, we were in Melide and were taken to a restaurant which specialises in octopus. All I can say if that I have never liked octopus and I have not changed my mind. The chorizo sausage and chips were to die for so some of us were happy. The octopus was the surprise. By the way, we finished 1530.
After eating in Melide, we were driven to our current stopping point. This is the view from our window. We are here for two days, so Ruth and I had a session of stuffing dirty clothes into plastic bags for the hotel to launder tomorrow.
Today was a good day. It is true that a lot of effort goes into putting one foot in front of another but you see other people on the Camino and wonder why they ever started. Because most people do the same stretch on the same day, you keep running into the same groups. Two groups in particular. One is three girls maybe 20 years old but one is in a wheelchair and the other two takes turns to push her, both carrying heavy rucksacks , a real labour of love. And a Dutch family Dad pushing cycle loaded down, and carrying large rucksack, Mum with equally large rucksack and two small girls about six and eight! I have been told of a man with a donkey. And there are cyclists though they must have a separate Camino because the rough bits would be impossible unless you carried the bike.


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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.