" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

August 19, 2020

Snail Tales and Snail Trails?

A day or two after I had written a post about a town in Spain along the Camino -
Quentar: Sync or Swim?
Camino de Santiago
I was at a Shell petrol station (owned by Coles) putting some fuel into my car, while glancing out over the distant hills in the
Gold Coast Hinterland on the horizon that I spent many a day in my youth bush-walking in with mates from work on our weekends off.
I had just spent the last few days watching You Tubes of people walking the Camino and my old unfit bush-walking feet started getting itchy for those old walking days again.
As I'm filling my tank, wondering if I should think about ever doing the Camino I half jokingly ask God for a sign if I should.
I finish putting the petrol into my tank, then go inside to pay for my fuel and get some bread and a packet of potato chips.
The guy at the register pulls out a packet from under the counter and places it next to my groceries and tells me I've earned a free surprise book with my purchases, without even asking me whether or not I want it. 
I was about to tell him to keep the book and give it to the next customer when a "voice" in my head said, "no, this is your sign."       
So I took it home with me thinking I could always give it away to my niece's little girl later.
I hope that "Mr. Big Nose" isn't meant to be a Jewish publisher?
The premise of the book is that a group of snails trained in the Ninja arts are able to function outside of time, and deliver a book to a "big nosed" publisher in 5 minutes, which takes the snails over one hundred years (outside of normal time) to deliver for their trainers.
When I read about the snail's long journey I couldn't help thinking of a book I bought and read of Ailsa Piper's called
'Sinning Across Spain' and of Ailsa's love of the snail as a walking metaphor -
The Way To Byron Bay Via Spain
A Crow, Six Snails and an Ant
Snail trails
Wow, Treehouse Books are front page news it appears?-)
These 'Little Treehouse' books are the latest offer from one of Australia's top two supermarket chains in the battle of the pester-power wars, with Woolies about to bring out their Ooshie's once more -
Lion King Ooshies?
Woolworths to partner with Disney+ for new specially themed Ooshie range?
I don't know if those little black eyed children toys from Woolies are a good thing or not to collect -
I'm Sure That There's a Message Here Somewhere: Black Eyed Children/David WEATHERly/SKYMAN/Carl MerryWEATHER/Michael?
But that snail book might just be the sign I need to start learning Spanish and dusting off my walking books, for when the Covid clears and we can travel around the world once more.
Well, it gives me a goal, and if the Covid doesn't clear at least I'll be able to talk Spanish over a Zoom call to Quentar:-)
A Great Little Tiny Book

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