Tilley Hat 7 3/8 Khaki Lost In Portugal

I still have hope that someday my Tilley hat will be returned to me. I lost it on a woods road in Portugal when I was walking Camino Portugues 2014. My prescription sunglasses were in the top of the hat.

This hat has a lot of sentimental value as I had bought it many years ago. I have one which is hemp but it is too warm. I also have a white cotton one which one of my sisters gave me. The lost one is lighter and doesnt need to be removed often.

So…if you find it, please leave a message. I will pay a reward.

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Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Two Voices For Children & Youth Rights Win

Newfoundland Traveller:

All of us need to work for peace. Each in his own way. Within homes. In communities. Between communities. Within countries. Between countries. Respect and love are at the core of peace. We all have voices to share with others.

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“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award.” Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Two Voices For Children & Youth Rights Win

Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Two Voices For Children & Youth Rights Win

Christine Amanpour – Who is Malala? Full Malala Interview

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart. Lao Tzu

When I heard, today, that the Norwegian Nobel Committee had awarded the 2014 peace prize  to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India…

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The East Coast Trail Ramblings

Were we excited this past Saturday when we decided to join the Mayor’s Walk from Gallows Cove to Spray Lane! We were so excited we arrived at the town office 20 minutes early. We were transported to Gallows Cove by bus, and about 20 of us walked to Spray Lane. We stopped along the way to enjoy the incredible views and to snack on Girl Guide cookies.

There were two difficult hills but the rest was easy to moderate walking. We chatted with other walkers along the way and had some photos taken. We were led my Michael Gardiner, a member of the TETC. Of course Ralph Tapper, our mayor and his wife walked with us. Ralph gave a speech at the beginning and another at our wonderful sandwiches and soup lunch, created by the Hungry Hearts Cafe. Our guest walkers included T.A. Loeffer and her partner. T.A. Gave an inspiring talk on the benefits of being in nature. Ms. Geralynn Christmas from the East Coast Trail Committee gave a short speech, enlightening us on news from the committee.

Because we enjoyed our Saturday walk so much, my husband and I decided to go to Flatrock on Sunday and walk to Spray Lane, a distance of 8.7 km, and considered to be moderate walking. It took over two hours and was invigorating. There were many hills, and rocky areas. My poles came in handy and I’d recommend them to all walkers, to help with knees and balance. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the scenery.

There are 24 trails making up the East Coast Trail, with a total of 265 km included thus far. I’m sure this will grow to include many other community trails. If you would like to donate to the ECT, go to http://www.eastcoasttrail.ca.
It is a very worthwhile cause in my opinion. I know people who have walked in groups, with family and alone. I plan on doing all of it eventually.

(Note: I may have some names spelled incorrectly. Please contact me if you know the right spelling. If you have more info to add, please add a comment.)

Here is a list of the 24 trails of the East Coast Trail:
Muddier Wet Path(Aquaforte to South West River)
2.9 km. 1-2 hrs. Easy

Spur wink Island Path (South West River to Port Kirwin)
17.1 km. 7-9 hrs. Difficult

Bear Cove Point Path (Kingmans Cove-Renews)
11.6 km. 4-6hrs. Moderate

Island Meadow Path (Renews-Cappahayden)
10.1 km. 4-6 hrs. Moderate

LaManche Village Path(Tors Cove-La Manche)
3.7+1.4 km. 2-3hrs. Easy

Flamber Heath Path (La Manche-Brigus South)
14.5km. 7-10hrs. Difficult

Brigus Head Path(Brigus South-Admirals Cove)
6.5km. 3-5hrs. Moderate

Cape Broyle Head Path (Cape Broyle -Calvert)
18.3km. 8-10hrs. Strenuous

Caplin Bay Path (Calvert-Ferryland)
5.2 km. 2-3 hrs. Easy

Sounding Hills Path( Ferryland-Aquaforte)
5.5km. 2-4 hrs. Moderate

Cape Spear Path(Cape Spear-Maddox Cove)
9.3+1 km. 4-6hrs. Moderate

Motion Path (Petty Harbour -Shoal Bay Rd. Goulds)
13.5+6.3 km. 7-9hrs. Difficult

Spout Path(Shoal Bay Rd. Goulds-Bay Bulls)
16.3+6.4km. 8-11hrs. Strenuous

Mickeleens Path (Bay Bulls-Witless Bay)
7.3km. 3-4hrs. Moderate

Beaches Path. (Witless Bay-Mobile)
7km. 3-4hrs. Easy

Timbers Point Path (Mobile-Tors Cove)
5.1 km. 2-3hrs. Easy

Blackhead Path (Blackhead- Cape Spear)
3.7km. 1.5-2.5hrs. Moderate

Deadman’s Bay Path (Ft. Amherst-Blackhead)
10.6 km. 5-8hrs. Difficult

Sugarloaf Path (Logy Bay -Quidi Vidi Village)
8.9km. 3-5hrs. Difficult

Cobbler Path (Red Cliff-Outer Cove)
8.2km. 3-4hrs. Moderate

Silver Mine Head Path (Middle Cove-Torbay) #2 walk for me
2.4km. 1-2 hrs. Easy
(Peter and I walked as much of this path as we could. We walked on October 23, 2014. It was about 10 degrees Celsius. It was steep at the beach starting point, on your left if you are at Middle Cove Beach facing the ocean. Walk down to water and look to your left. You can see the trail. There are many tree roots and some iron posts which can be dangerous. You need to watch the ground about half of the distance. There is a stream to cross, where there are plenty of large rocks to walk on. Take your poles which will help you. There are many places where you should not go too close to the edge near cliffs as the ground may not be safe. Muddy areas are visible and in one area you cannot see how deep you will tread. The bench was lovely and the view spectacular from it. We turned back near the end when we would have to descend to the beach to finish the last half km. Then we turned around and returned to our vehicle. I was parched and too warm. 1 hr and 13 min. It was a lovely walk on a cool afternoon.)

Father Troy’s Trail (Torbay-Flatrock)
8.7km. 2-4 hrs. Moderate #1 walk for me..23 more to go

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The Pantry in St. John’s, Newfoundland

What a lovely refreshing place to have lunch!
No, it isn’t cheap but it is nutritious. I enjoyed a chicken sandwich and artichoke soup and it tasted spectacular.

If you visit our city and want to support a great cause-Autism, then you can find this lovely cafe behind the Janeway Hospital, off Prince Philip Drive. Just turn at the lights going to the Health Sciences Center and it is directly behind the Janeway. I thought I was lost but I saw the sign. There is construction but you can still get to it.

There is a list of specials written on a board on the wall, and also there is a small menu. Fresh homegrown ingredients are used when possible. There are some vegetarian items as well.

The customer service is second to none. The lady who took our 16+ orders wrote our names by our orders, to make it easier to serve us when the meals came flying out. The quiche was in high demand and there were only four pieces left if anyone at our table was interested. Most of our party drank water with our food, and the jugs were refilled quickly.

I would go there again in a heartbeat. Next time I will sit outside.

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Bucket List 2014

1. Get healthier
2. Walk a third camino. I’ve done Camino Frances and Camino Portugues.
3. Write or organize ten books. I’ve published three books so far: A Cornucopia of Ideas For New Teachers, St. Shotts: Our Home, Our Anchor and Strong Camino Woman. I’m working on five books at this point in time: Camino Portugues Adventure, How My Childhood Influenced my Teaching, Some Things Are Meant to be-10 Stories to prove this in my life, another St. Shotts book, a Pasadena book. So this is more than 3/10 done!
4. Walk the East Coast Trail
5. Walk the last part of the Via Francigena
6. Have a clothes/shoes/purse exchange for 15-25 women
7. Volunteer for two more non profit organizations
8. Make two quilts
9. Become a better chef
10. Complete a program in Health and Safety and to get a job using it. This will be my next career
11. Learn Spanish and French
12. Go on a cruise

Tell me about your bucket lists.

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Bridges on the Camino Portuguese – updated!

Originally posted on Trepidatious traveller - camino blog:

I’ve been motivated to re blog this post by caminoforums member Lucimi. She made a lovely comment in response to the post, which in turn inspired me to seek out some bridge-related quotations. The most delightful aspect of this research was that I ended up on a Winney-the-Pooh website and spent an hour or so languishing in the charming words of A A Milne. I am a few quotes short and would welcome any suggestions in the comments section below.

The sun rising behind the Vasco de Gama bridge spanning the River Tagus in Lisbon. Completed in 1998 in time for the Expo 98 World Fair. Europe's longest bridge at 17.2 km

The sun rising behind the Vasco de Gama bridge spanning the River Tagus in Lisbon. Completed in 1998 in time for the Expo 98 World Fair. Europe’s longest bridge at 17.2 km (day 2)

“Hi Magwood, great photos, especially the one of the Vasco da Gama bridge, what an impressive feat of engineering. I wonder what is it about bridges that makes them so fascinating. They join fields, forest paths…

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Calgary In September 2014

Oh, it is so great to see the children and their families! Nice to visit familiar streets and cafes, too. Walking to Prince’s Island Park was hectic with all the skateboarders, bicyclists and other walkers but it was worth it. The park is beautiful and accessible to all.

Higher Ground and The House are lovely cafes to sit and chat or just write like I do. The coffee is good and the chatter inspires one to keep busy. It helps with the creative process. I will return there every time we come.

Since I am retired now I don’t mind that the shop items are too expensive. I don’t need anything and if I chance upon a 90% off sale as I did at the Peacock Boutique, I buy items for my daughters in law, not for me. It is great to say “I don’t need more silver rings, or stylish shoes or handbags.” I might buy a pair of earrings if they strike my fancy and are less than $20. Or I might find a book for my five grand kids or for myself. You never know what you will find on Kensington. Isn’t that the thrill of browsing anyway?

So I don’t have many friends here, but the family makes up for that! I have met the neighbours and others at Callum’s birthday party. They are all so very welcoming. I could live here for a month every year, or come every two years for a week! Anywhere is home when you have family and friends who are happy you are here.

So to all the Newfoundlanders who make Alberta home, I’m happy for you. I love the trips to Canmore and Banff. I love the tiny free libraries in front of people’s houses. I love the parks and cafes. Most of all I love the friendly faces who ask where you got your accent. At least they care enough to ask! I always ask ‘And where did you get yours?’ I hope I’ll be around to come back again for a visit.

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