Karuna Bhavan temple, Lesmahagow, Scotland
I've joined a group of pilgrims walking from London to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit. Yesterday we had a short walk from Douglas to Lesmahagow. We stayed in the Karuna Bhavan temple. The devotees have kindly let us stay here on their little eco-farm, thanks to several members of our group visiting them yesterday to ask them nicely. Previously, we've stayed in churches, community halls, and even a Days Inn at a motorway service station.
I first met the pilgrims on the 5th of September in a church in Kilburn, North London, on their first stop (I already knew two of them who were my coursemates Tom and Jelena, which is how I got involved with this). I played a show for them, accompanied by my last-minute band, Kerttu Sorumen (vocals), Michael Ekeghasi (vocals, cajon), Lewis Stagg (accordion) and Liam Lenohan (keys). It was a lovely show.
I next met them in Leek, Staffordshire, on September the 26th. My courseamtes and I, lead by Jelena, had arranged an event this weekend in Leek to coincide with the walkers passing through the town. I stayed with them for their rest day on the 27th, and played an evening show for them in the church where we were sleeping (I slept right up front near the altar). On Tuesday the 28th I walked with the pilgrims from Leek to Macclesfield. It was quite rainy. That evening I went to stay on Mathew & Kim's alpaca farm, and then I went back to my new houseshare in Machynlleth (I moved to Mach, I'll write about that in another post).
I rejoined the walk at Gretna on the 16th of October. I took the train up from London. I'm walking with them to Glasgow.
16/10/21 - Meeting the walkers in Gretna
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Liam Rickard is a musician & illustrator from North Wales performing multilingual, global-alt-pop, party music and comedy under the name Worldwide Welshman, and as one half of the Welsh folk-rock duo, Lo-Fi Jones.