the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

The joy of an itinerant life

on September 16, 2022

I’m back in Dorchester after five and a half months away. Although the weather is autumnal, I’m still feeling the buzz of summer. We had a splendid time in London, renting a room from friends and travelling into town for visits to theatres and other venues. I enjoyed Witness for the Prosecution based on an Agatha Christie short story and staged in County Hall. My grandpa worked for the London County Council until retirement and it was great to be in a grand committee room and imagine he was once there.

The one musical I saw was Dear Evan Hansen about a young man who sells his soul to Facebook. I enjoyed the show where meaningful songs and ideas around redemption provide counterbalance to tragedy. Twice we went to Holland Park Opera where free shows were offered on the steps outside the building. Here’s a photo of two performers from the opera Little Women.

Our niece sang and played during Piano Friday nights at the Tabard Inn in Chiswick.

We also did a lot of walking in preparation for our trip from Porto to Santiago de Compostela at the beginning of September. It wasn’t a proper camino as we didn’t have enough time to cover the distance but with friends we walked 15 miles each day for one week (and took three train journeys). Here are some highlights.

It’s great coming home after an extended period away to see Dorset in a new light. I’m looking forward to what the autumn has to offer.


6 responses to “The joy of an itinerant life

  1. Kathy MacLean says:

    You’ve had quite and adventure and opportunities to gather material for your writing.It was good to see you in London. I’m doing some talks in London libraries for Black History Month and have written an article on my research process for Black History Month magazine.

  2. Jim Bates says:

    Hi Gail! It’s great to hear from you. I love seeing these beautiful photos and really appreciate you letting us live vicariously with you through your amazing and fun journeys. LOL!! Here’s wishing you a fabulous autumn 🙂

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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