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Two anniversaries today

on August 20, 2015

Today is a special day for two reasons – it is our lovely Dad’s birthday (77! Imagine!) and it marks two years since my friend Steph and I took our first steps on the Camino de Santiago. Both anniversaries include wonderful people, and bring back many fantastic memories of fun times and lots of laughter. With a few challenges along the way (if you were a blog reader two years ago, I am recovering well from The Insect Attack of 2013, thank you).

I reckon it’s always important to celebrate and remember on a day like today, so here are some snaps for today that make me smile.

All dressed up - LIttle Jim and Little Pat. (That's my Dad on the right, circa early 1940s, I guess.)

All dressed up – LIttle Jim and Little Pat. (That’s my Dad on the right, circa early 1940s, I guess. He still has good hair.)

Dad / Dadoo / Dooey. Or you can call him Pat. Our lovely Lauren's portrait (on an etch-a-sketch) from a few years ago.

Dad / Dadoo / Dooey. Or you can call him Pat. Our lovely Lauren’s portrait (on an etch-a-sketch) from a few years ago.

Steph on the Camino. I am available to photograph weddings, parties, etc on my iPhone.

August 2013. Steph on the Camino. And yes, I am available to photograph weddings, parties, etc on my iPhone.

Fields of smiling sunflowers along The Way. Sometimes cute, sometimes very creepy.

Fields of smiling sunflowers along The Way. Sometimes cute, sometimes very creepy.

Cruz de Ferro on the Camino, at sunrise. This should be on more bucket lists, I reckon.

Cruz de Ferro on the Camino, at sunrise. This should be on more bucket lists, I reckon.

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And we made it! After 800km, our arrival in Santiago de Compostela, September 2013. [Unfortunately, this pic is missing Shane and some of our other Camino family.]

So many good times. So many good people. Happy Birthday, Pat, and Buen Camino, Steph and our Camino family!

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4 responses to “Two anniversaries today

  1. Joanna says:

    I can’t believe it’s been two years since the Camino!

    Happy Birthday to Papa Sparks, too!

    • Cate says:

      I know, the time has flown, Jo! Thanks for the birthday greetings, was just on the phone to the birthday boy: true to form, Papa Sparks joked that he was so pleased and surprised to have actually woken up alive this morning. (PS, love your new blog and direction, but you’ll always be TSL to me!)

  2. Noela K says:

    Both certainly worth much celebration…….enjoyed the chubby, charming children, still chubby and charming??!!
    Having just seen the “walking the Camino” film…( delightful !!….)it was great to be reminded of your journey!

    Have enjoyed a few chuckles from your your new venture here…esp.the succulent lamb cubs intercepted with apricot juice..glad I’m vegetarian!! Keep us smiling!

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