TAST continues but The Pintangle Shop is closed

TAST continues but The Pintangle Shop is closed

We are currently away. We are walking the Camino de Santiago across Spain, which is 800 km or 500 miles. After that we will visit some of the regional areas of Spain. For those doing TAST, don’t worry, I have it pre-written the series, and each Tuesday the stitch of week will be published. The Facebook groups will run too.  Since we can not fill orders while away we have closed the shop.

So what is this Camino thing?

The camino is a 1200 year old pilgrimage. The route is world heritage listed by UNESCO. The  Camino Frances starts at a small French village, St Jean Pied de Port which is nestled at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. The Frances route is not the only walk you can take as there are medieval Christian pilgrimage routes all over Europe and are still walked. No matter where you start the Camino route ends in Galicia, at Santiago de Compostela – which translates as Saint James of the Field of Stars. It is believed to be the final resting place of Saint James the Apostle. For me, it does not matter if the actual relics are there or not. The tradition, the stories, the value system associated with the pilgrimage, and the journey you take, make you reach for something greater than yourself, you have to dig a little deeper in order to complete the walk. The camino for me is a retreat. Walking clears the cobwebs out of my head and heals the heart particularly after that last 2 years. For this reason, it is worth doing.

We are very grateful to have walked the route twice before Jerry wrote about our adventures here.

If you want to find out more about the Camino you can google Camino de Santiago Frances. If tour companies come up just ignore them we will not be taking a tour. In the spirit of pilgrims that have walked this route for hundreds of years, we head out up the mountain with what we need in a back pack, and staying in alburgues and casa rurals.

If you like videos check out Beyond the Way Season 1 by Aussie filmmaker Andrew Suzuki. He touches on some of the complexities of the experience which I think some of my readers will enjoy. Beyond the Way – Season 01 is on Youtube here. You can find out more of Andrew Suzuki’s work at Beyondtheway.net


  1. Someone from another meme suggested I check out your site and join Tast. Enjoy the Camino, the parents of my son in law walked it a few years ago, had a wonderful time and made some amazing friends.

    1. Enjoy the tour Cythia – I am not taking a tour we do it on our own, walking 800 kms, organising it ourselves ie carrying our bags and walking the route. I gather since it is 12 days you are walking the last 100 kms from Sarria. It is a very nice part of the camino have fun as it is special.
      Edit – just adding that this sounds snooty – I did not mean it that way at all. I just wanted to explain why I was taking so long! As a couple of months is very different from 12 days!

          1. The Meseta can be hot and dry and many people think the landscape between Burgos and Leon uninteresting. If people are short of time its the bit of the camino they skip.So I was surprised. I did find this article on it. https://www.walkyourcamino.com/meseta.html Have you discovered the camino forum and the facebook groups if you are on facebook? I can send you links if you want them.

          2. I have just googled the tour you are with- Are you on a coach? Walking bits and getting on and off the bus if you want/need too? If so you should be fine.They will pick the best bits of the camino for you. I think we are talking at cross purposes as I am walking the whole way. Carrying a back pack and staying in hostels. I am not doing a bus tour and I forgot there were buses that did this.

  2. God Bless you on your travels. What a wonderful trip to undertake, just thinking of the many who have trod those steps before you over the centuries. We are such a young country when compared with the ages of Europe and the buildings and the worn footpaths and roads. I wish you all the very best adventures and shared conversations. The colours you will see! Not just actual but experienced. vicariously and with best regards. Gail.

    Gail Blume
    1. Yes loved the I’ll push you guys. They organsise group trips ( of the last 100 kms) for people in wheelchairs. We looked into volunteering to help push but the timing was wrong.

  3. Wow! I am in awe of your past accomplishments and the excitement of this year’s. 500 miles – I need to process that, lol. Very best wishes for a successful journey, and we’ll be waiting to hear from you!

  4. Good luck for your second experience on the Camino in Spain.
    I’m still hoping that one day you’ll do the part between le Puy en Velay and St Jean Pied de Port in France and pass in front of my house where you’re expected to stop and rest as long as needed. I’m not giving up this invitation!
    If at the end of your Spanish stay, you feel for a detour here for some days , just know I would be frilled to be your hostess.
    On my side, I’ll be in the U SA from 27 April to 19 May this year, probably my last big trip as I ´my turning 80 in summer!!!
    Best wishes for your pilgrimage .
    Maryel Janson

    Janson Maryel
  5. Happy trails and Godspeed, Sharon and Jerry! I have received your excellent CQ stitch templates set #3 and included idea book, as well your fabulous thread twisties; so I am all set. Your floral CQ stitch templates set # 3 are my absolute favorites! So versatile.

    Marianne Squire-Maszer
  6. Oh, how exciting! Camino de Santiago has been on my to do list for a while but I haven’t yet managed to get myself sorted.
    Are you doing the whole thing, or a portion now and more at another time?
    Very Envious!

  7. Recently we watched a lovely series on TV over here about a group walking the Camino de Santiago and how it affected them individually. It looked stunning and some amazing places to stay. I hope you have a wonderful time

    A Newbury
  8. Sharon how lucky you are to do this walk again; I completed the walk in 2015 and its effects are still with me. I liked the walking so much I have since undertaken several of the national trails in the UK, and the Portuguese Way to Santiago in 2019. Relish the time away. We shouldn’t have needed the last two years to remind us things change, and can change quickly, however we seem to. Go well and safely. Burn Camino.

    Susan Hunt
    1. HI Susan we thought about doing the Portuguese Way, but Dad died in 2020, 10 days off turning 90 so I want to leave a stone for him at the Cruz de Ferro.It is one of the reasons I want to walk the Frances again.

  9. Oh I’m so jealous. I lived in Spain 22 years and it was always on my list to walk El Camino de Santiago…. just never had the time. I’ll be thinking of you literally every step of the way. ❤️

    Christine Caine
  10. I hope both of you enjoy your time on the Camino. I imagine it is both uplifting and grounding at the same time and connects you to the people who have traveled along it over the centuries. That must be one of the best ways to refocus and get proper perspective in all the current turmoil and upheaval.

    1. Yes it is a great way to destress and ground yourself. We will be walking for at least 6 weeks and something happens to your head after about 3 weeks. It really is a good experience.


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