I can’t let today slip by without mentioning that there have been some big developments recently.
Not so much in my life which continues much as before as we work on the house and start to build a new life here in Cornwall.
But yesterday there was another huge demonstration of Catalan solidarity and passion. Meridiana is the long diagonal road that cuts across Barcelona and on September 11th it was filled with people, calling for independence and for Catalunya to be a nation in its own right. Somewhere between one and a half and two million people were there!
Today the people’s choice, Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader. In spite of a vicious media campaign against him and attacks from within his own party, he came across as humane, honest, authentic and courageous. And people came out in support of him – hundreds of thousands of them.
Then there was the terribly sad news that a body has been found near the Camino de Santiago which is presumed to be that of Denise Thiem. A man has been arrested who was living slightly off the path that leads from Astorga to Santa Catalina. I feel such a strange mixture of relief that at last we have news and also grief for her and for her family. I imagine anyone who has walked the Camino will be affected by this news – it casts a long shadow on what felt bright and clear.
There are days which slip by and you live life almost in a dream. These last two days have not been like that. Things that have seemed to be locked in slow motion have suddenly come to an end. Or they have reached a point of change that feels like one thing has ended and another has begun.
I am not going to make any more promises about writing here more often. It just seems hard to do it justice at the moment. But even when I am not writing here – I do think about you and about what I will write when the time is right.
There is so much change happening all around us now – and a great need to make decisions about where you are going, what you are doing and with whom?
Don’t you think so?