Our Virtual Camino Meetup on St James Day (25th July)
When St James Day (25th July) falls on a Sunday, it becomes a Holy Year. Due to coronavirus and travel restrictions the Pope has declared both 2021 and 2022 as Holy Years. The Holy Years are especially popular to walk the Camino de Santiago.
Thank you to all those that joined our virtual Feast of St James Day Camino Meetup. It was wonderful to see your happy faces, it has been a long time since we have been able to meet in person.
We shared stories of arriving in Santiago de Compostela, drank Sangria, ate tapas and Santiago Tart. Well done to all those who baked for the day, some very impressive looking tarts!
After a 'go around' the screen, some showed their 'tapas', Santiago tart, sangria, vino tinto and other beverages, some told us what Camino books they have been reading, Margaret read a passage from Happiness Is That Way by Cici Edwards-Jensen & Mike Jensen's. Diane too had read their book and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a review from Diane HERE.
Jerard and Enda gave thanks to St James, the patron saint of both Spain and Galicia, without him we would not be doing the Camino pilgrimages. Margaret and Rowan lit the Camino candle at Glenella. A very enjoyable catch-up.
These are some book recommendations by Ann, "I have read some really wonderful books and just keep on seeking out more every time I finish one. Bill Bennett's book is one of my favourites but I would recommend them all. There is also a book of small stories which has a chapter with Dan Mullins which is also a good read - My Camino Walk #1". Ann gets most of her books through Kindle, it’s cheaper, kinder on the environment and a few less books in her house. A great tip thanks Ann.
Later that evening Sharise sat down to watch the Mass at the Santiago Cathedral via Live Galician TV. It was a spectacle with the King of Spain Felipe VI and his family attending. The Botafumeiro was swung with great gusto!
Camino Reminiscing by Kerrie
This month we are featuring the Camino Photo's of Kerrie Girdo. Kerrie completed the Camino Frances is September/October/November 2019. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela on the 3rd of November 2019.
MORE MEMORIES OF ARRIVING AT THE
CATHEDRAL IN SANTIAGO
Carlene's arrival in September 2017. Johann and Tony arrive in Santiago de Compostela in October 2019.
Camino Cafe Interview with Dan Mullins
Leigh Brennan recently interviewed Dan Mullins on her Camino Cafe series. Dan usually interviews others in his weekly My Camino podcasts. It's wonderful to hear his story and especially how he came to write his now famous song - Somewhere along the way. He even plays it live at the end! PS Do you know he's played it for the Australian Prime Minister 3 times already!!
SAVE these dates for 2021 Camino gatherings ~
28 August - Virtual Camino Trivia via Zoom
25 September - Blackheath, walk + meetup
30 October - Blackheath, walk + meetup
23-27 November - BM 5-Day Camino Walk (FULLY BOOKED)
27 November - Blackheath, walk + meetup
All our events are subject to current Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
if we cannot gather together, we will host virtual events where we can.
We hope you will join us in 2021.
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Badge
Our Blue Mountains Camino Supporters cloth badges are available to order or purchase from Margaret or one of the admin team at Camino Meetups and save on postage! The badge measures 8cm in diameter. The cost is $10 per badge + $2 postage for up to 4 badges in an envelope.
Please EMAIL US once you have made your payment. Remember to put your name in the details field. Thank you.
Money can be deposited directly into our new Bendigo Bank account:
Name: Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Once you have attached your cloth badge (with glue or stitched) onto your backpack or hat, etc why not take a photo and email it or post a comment on our Facebook page or Facebook group.
Acknowledging the badge design concept by Jill Day with final design by Chris Osborne for Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Can you help?
We could always use your help! Can you assist in some small way such as leading or sweeping a monthly Saturday morning walk or with the Camino Meetup, baking a Santiago Tart? Or perhaps you have a suggestion for an event or training walk? Have you read a great book about the Camino or perhaps seen an inspiring movie or listened to a podcast about the Camino then please EMAIL US and let us know.
About Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters is a community group run by volunteers, we aim to support those planning to start a Camino and Pilgrims who have returned from their Camino. By coming together regularly we hope to enable & encourage the Camino Spirit here in the Blue Mountains. We hold monthly Camino Training Walks and Meetups on the last Saturday of the month except December usually at Glenella in Blackheath, hosted by Margaret & Rowan Bouttell. Sharise Watson and Carlene Martin produce this Newsletter and manage the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Facebook Page. Kerrie Girdo and Carlene manage our Blue Mountains Camino Community forum on Facebook. Bob Girdo is our video recorder and editor. Diane Cousins hosts the Camino Swap Table. Tony & Ce Jacques co-ordinate and host the Tapas dinners & Camino movie events. Jerard & Enda Barry host an annual Feast of Saint James Dinner and host Pilgrims at their Pop-Up Albergue in Wentworth Falls by arrangement. Our website is managed by Johann Saure and Carlene. There is a dedicated team of volunteers who plan and organise the Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walks, monthly Training Walks and events.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters was founded in 2015 by Tony & Ce Jacques and Margaret & Rowan Bouttell.
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters recognises that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.