Stats for Leg 8: Total miles since Cheltenham (walking and leading), 270; Average miles per day, 8.66; Accumulated miles, 838.
Sunday, Monday, 9th, 10th August, going nowhere, writing a letter to HRH, the Princess Royal, and basking in Michael’s healing balm.
This is a very special rest stop. Apart from the fact that it is a former chapel, this place has a wonderful atmosphere. Not surprisingly, the Michael /Mary energy line from the Brentor chapel on the hill runs right through the chapel here and its attached school room. It’s healing vibes are palpable. Enhanced of course by Sophy who took it on as a project, restoring it back to life. A former alternative dentist (she says putting mercury in your mouth is not a good idea), Sophy changed career mid-stream and became an artist. (Sophy White). The chapel now houses her studio, so I feel honoured to be staying at a time when Sophy is preparing for an upcoming exhibition. I plan not to get in her way and distract her from her work but it is inevitable that I do!
For instance, she has taken the story of my failure to get help raising funds for my cause to heart and is suddenly galvanised into action. You see, Sophy has herself undergone a long distance ride when she took her young horse, Oscar, on a pilgrimage from St Michael’s Mount back to her home at Brentor a couple of years ago. So, not only does she absolutely understand just what an epic venture we have undertaken but also, on her ride, she gave herself the extra task of completing a drawing every day along the way which was published in a catalogue (which you can see here) as part of a Devon Arts Project at the time. I am full of admiration for what she managed to achieve. Here are her two adorable dogs.
We spend the morning I had planned to catch up with blogging into one of flurried activity calling RDA people and local press. She is awesome, won’t speak to anyone but the top dog and I am set to writing a letter to Buckingham Palace, addressed to HRH, the Princess Royal, who is the president of the RDA, asking for her support on a piece of Sophy’s beautiful transparent orange paper.
This is the reply that I receive when I get home, more than two weeks later. Disappointing.
However, so very grateful to Sophy for all her dynamic efforts on my behalf.
This is also an appropriate time and opportunity to thank the sterling efforts of Annie Vickerstaff, who has also been extremely helpful after contacting me out of the blue:
Hello Caro,I’ve been following your amazing journey since you began, and really look forward to reading your blogs as they come in. In one of them you mentioned that you didn’t have time to contact a local reporter. I do publicity for a campaign group here in Somerset so I have some media contacts. Would you like me to try to drum up some publicity for you and your impressive fundraising cause? If so, can you let me know where you are right now, and where you expect to be in the next few days?Blessings,AnnieAnnie Vickerstaff