I hope that all reading this are fit and well and have enjoyed a jolly Christmas and will experience a healthy and active year in 2020.
Since my last post back in October the work on my cottage back in the UK continued at a very slow pace and I finally have a shiny new kitchen and a beautiful parquet floor in my lounge. It all took so much longer than I anticipated, but I guess that is par for the course.
I also have a new love in my life – meet Lily my border terrier pup – quite the cutest canine, who has been my constant companion since the end of November. She is great with my grandchildren and loves every dog she meets whatever the size – she wasn’t even fazed by a St Bernard. But she is hindering rather than helping my walking activities at the moment as young pups should not be walked for more than five minutes for each month of their life until they have stopped growing. I’ve always had dogs and never heard this before, and they all survived without joint issues so I’m following this advice with a small pinch of salt. So when Lily has walked her allotted 20-30 minutes she is indignantly hoisted into the doggy pack for the remainder of the walk – she already weighs five kilos, so at least I am getting some weight bearing exercise.
I do get occasional pangs of envy when I see friends’ fb posts of mountain walks under a stunningly blue Spanish sky. Although it has not been cold thus far this winter in the UK, it has most definitely been grey and very, very wet. Which makes it all the more wonderful when we get a beautiful day like today. A crisp ground frost and thick ice on my garden pond, under the bluest sky without a cloud in sight. Lily and I made the most of it as did every other dog owner and family in the area. Everyone with a cheerful smile on such a beautiful day.
2020 camino plans are forming. I have no desire to return to the Lana to complete the few stages I missed after my hip let me down last year. But I would like to walk the two caminos that I had planned to follow the Lana. So the intention is to walk the camino Olvidado (forgotten way) from Bilbao to Ponferrada and then the Invierno (winter camino) from Ponferrada to Santiago.
The date is set for late April. Later would be better as there is a lot of elevation on the route (up to 1,700 metres) which may still have snow at such altitude.
We will be four walking – two best camigas from previous years and a walking pal from Spain – a camino virgin. Plus another I have walked a few stages with previously who is a bit of a speedy Gonzales and probably won’t hang around for long.
With luck my hip will carry me the 30+ stages without letting me down again. I’ve recently had another revision with the osteo consultant. Unfortunately, I have deteriorating osteoarthritis and loss of cartilage around the femoral head of my right hip. I’m likely to need a hip replacement in the not too distant future, but in the meantime the consultant saw no reason why I shouldn’t tackle another camino. So I need to take lots of weight-bearing exercise to strengthen the muscles surrounding my hips, plus some pilates at home – you might have heard of goat yoga – well I’m currently practising puppy pilates!