So, in what can only be described as a habit, I now have another weekly date in the diary to phone a friend. Stationery Adjacent is born and available in your podcatcher or at its very swish online home.

15. Burgos to Hontanas

The top of the Alto Meseta is the highest point of the plain, giving views of field after field after field. The land resembled a blanket, with villages and hamlets built into folds.

Working Tools 60. The Heykey-Cakey

MS Outlook. Good grief. Next time you have a moment, take a look at Outlook on Mac or Windows. A quick glance at it almost provokes an anxiety attack.

14. Camino 3. 2018.

Northern Spanish markets are overflowing with fish and seafood, with only the faintest whiff of fishy aroma. Everything is bright-eyed, jewel-skinned and fresh. If you’re fond of the treasures of the sea and a sharp Albariño then you’re in for a terrific lunch. I am, and I was.

Living the Dream 96. Backed into a corner

What have we learned? What’s coming? The Great Depression or the Roaring Twenties? I haven’t a clue. I’m determined to think about it. Preferably on a golf course, or eating a kebab.

13. The Fleshpots of Burgos.

“Who knows? It’s the meseta - “ze micro-climate...” “...you could die up there” I joined the chorus. Laurent had explained to us at length, the challenge of the Meseta. “Ah you know...blazing 'ot in ze summer, but sometimes freezing too...It’s ze real stuff...”

Working Tools 58. I think.

I found this exercise a crushing epiphany. An epiphany because it quickly became apparent that the why is THE important question, actually, the only question. Crushing, because I’ve been noodling about in this area for 6 years or more, and it’s never occurred to me to think about the why.

12. Burgos

Somebody had dropped an airport onto the camino, complete with perimeter fences. The John presented us with an option; to the right we could take a main road straight to the heart of Burgos, or we could follow the main route left, following the fence line. We went left.
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