What we Leave Behind

Adrienne Hodges, who intends to walk the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in April/May, has started a blog (The Merit of Walking) in which she will map her progress while on the walk. The other day she wrote about her father and pondered on what he had left behind after his death. His legacy for her specifically.

The most important legacy for me was that he introduced me to Buddhism. He would drive his motorbike to Nottingham from Newark to the group there, probably in the late 1960’s, early 70’s. He took me once, and someone in the group had just taken some sort of commitment to the order and was self-consciously wearing his robes (black, floor length and I am sure with a leather belt?). Dad talked about the basic premises of Buddhism and there were books in the house that I dipped in to – Zen Flesh, Zen Bones being the only one that I recall now. But the memory remained of meditation, of the sense that there was something worth exploring. This took me many years to follow up but here I am now, and very grateful I am too. Thanks dad.
There is a sense of freedom….from The Merit of Walking

Adrienne and her husband spent Easter here in Eastern Cumbria and it was a pleasure to see them both. We did two long, for me, walks on Saturday and Sunday and probably covered about 20 miles in all. Adrienne is fit and is in training for the coast path walk which involved carrying a full pack on our walks. While out I’d recorded a short video and I may yet manage to upload it and link to it here.

This post comes later than intended sorry to say. It has been a busy week-end one way and another.