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What to do with scallops?

Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Of course, in addition to putting them on one's pack.
I don't know about anyone else, but since first walking the Camino, these shells have become a 'thing' for me - not only do I notice them everywhere but they begin to accumulate.
I'm sure I'm not alone in this: are scallops invading your living spaces, too?

Fortunately life prevents me from being too acquisitive. But recently an old (non-camino) friend in NZ introduced me to a lovely way to show off the beauty of our favorite symbol (see my new avatar).
Lots of possible metaphors there, besides being gorgeous. The Camino contains multitudes, and all levels of being.
 
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2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
I just wear a necklace and earrings with the shell design. I don't want to add any more weight to my backpack!
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
2011 Camino de Santiago
2012 via Francigena
Of course, in addition to putting them on one's pack.
I don't know about anyone else, but since first walking the Camino, these shells have become a 'thing' for me - not only do I notice them everywhere but they begin to accumulate.
I'm sure I'm not alone in this: are scallops invading your living spaces, too?

Fortunately life prevents me from being too acquisitive. But recently an old (non-camino) friend in NZ introduced me to a lovely way to show off the beauty of our favorite symbol (see my new avatar).
Lots of possible metaphors there, besides being gorgeous. The Camino contains multitudes, and all levels of being.
Lovely
 

mspath

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
2004 when nervously beginning my first camino a kindly volunteer of the Amis du Chemin de Saint Jacques in SJPdP offered me a pilgrim shell; I wore it then with pride.

Today that first precious shell hangs at the door of our farmhouse continuing the timeless tradition of marking a pilgrim place.

For me it is the camino and priceless.
 

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino de Santiago de compestella 2018
I will (all being well ) nervously begin my first Camino in 2018. I have so many questions, those of great brevity and the more mundane, but one thing I’ve been wondering is where do these scallop shells come from? Do peregrinos bring their own shells with them sourced from home or are they readily available at the start points?
 
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Frances starting SJPdP Sept/Oct 2015, April/May 2017
I will (all being well ) nervously begin my first Camino in 2018. I have so many questions, those of great brevity and the more mundane, but one thing I’ve been wondering is where do these scallop shells come from? Do peregrinos bring their own shells with them sourced from home or are they readily available at the start points?
Available from the pilgrim office at St Jean Pied de Port (SJPdP) and all along the Camino Frances.
Buen camino
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I've dangled the same shell on my backpack on each Camino, and come June it will be with me a fourth time. I too, love seeing the scallop shell and my awareness of them has been heightened ever since my first Camino. I've noticed huge ones fashioned to hold the holy water upon entering Catholic churches and various other ones occassionally "here and there". As you can see by my avatar I really do love the scallops!
Here's a photo of a large scallop style wooden bowl I purchased at a resale shop last year.
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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
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@VNwalking, I just checked out your new avatar...awesome! You really DO love the scallop shells! :)
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2016; Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre/Muxia 2017; Aragones 2018; Suso/Yuso, Meseta 2019
My mother had a lifelong collection of spoons, souvenirs from world travels and some lovely antiques. After her passing I was looking into her spoon chest, right on top of the spoons inside was a beautiful scallop shell. That told me that I must walk the Camino. Her shell has hung on my backpack for both of my pilgrimages.
 

DeansFamily

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Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
Our three shells will be the centrepiece of a macrame/shell wall hanging that I intend to create once we are finally back home. As we live next to the ocean collecting shells and displaying them is what we do and I intend something great for our most special shells :)
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
You really DO love the scallop shells! :)
Well, that was my friend who did that - I just took the photo. She lives on an island surrounded bu a healthy ocean, and loves shells. Her beautiful nest was an acknowledgement that even the very young die, as well as we who are older and bigger...
You could write a message on it and nail it to your wall or roof beams. Add one for each camino and eventually it will end up like this :)
Where is that, @Bradypus ? Wow.
Christmas tree ornaments?
Great idea.
And I love the thought of everyone's shells hanging in the Jacobus church, @Peter Fransiscus!
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
Drill a hole in the shells. Paint red Santiago crosses on the outside of the shells. Place a sticker with the URL of your favorite camino website or YouTube video on the inside of the shells. Tie a hanging loop of yarn onto the shells. Leave them scattered around town. See your shells again next year on the packs of your neighbors when you are all trying to find an albergue that isn't completo.
 

Bradypus

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Year of past OR future Camino
Too many and too often!
Where is that, @Bradypus ? Wow.

It is a bar in Albergueria on the Camino Sanabres. The owner asks every pilgrim who visits to write their name and a message on a scallop shell then hangs it somewhere. A bizarre sight :) One of them is mine. I couldn't find the photos I took there so I linked to someone else's.
 

Wiebmer

Ning Wiebmer
Year of past OR future Camino
2015 Frances, 500 miles. 2016 Via Francigena, 200 miles. 2018 Frances Burgos to Sarria.
I will (all being well ) nervously begin my first Camino in 2018. I have so many questions, those of great brevity and the more mundane, but one thing I’ve been wondering is where do these scallop shells come from? Do peregrinos bring their own shells with them sourced from home or are they readily available at the start points?

We got our shells at the Pilgrim Office in St Jean...along with our first stamp.

Ivar sells some lovely camino shells right here in the Forum Store, too!
 

Sailor

Donante Vitalicio
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Infinito
. . . are scallops invading your living spaces, too? . . .
Well, let me count . . . 1,2,3,4,5 . . . five of them hanging on the wall to the left of my computer desk. Note, where I grew up it was considered bad luck to have sea shells inside your home, so, wish me good luck! Thanks for reading, y que la luz de Dios alumbre su camino.
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
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C3 to Camino

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Year of past OR future Camino
(Sept 2018 planned)
I hope to be able to walk the Camino Ingles next summer, and hopefully on to Finisterre and Muxia afterwards. I have been wondering what I would do with the scallop shell, hang it outside by the front door to welcome people, or inside where I will see it more often.

My mother had a lifelong collection of spoons, souvenirs from world travels and some lovely antiques. After her passing I was looking into her spoon chest, right on top of the spoons inside was a beautiful scallop shell. That told me that I must walk the Camino. Her shell has hung on my backpack for both of my pilgrimages.

Sparrow, my husband recently bought me a silver spoon ring with a shell on it, a reminder to care for my health (or "manage my spoons" if you know the Spoon Theory) and to not give up on my dream of doing the Camino.

My avatar is a photo I took at the museum in Santiago in 2015.
 
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HeidiL

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2004-), Portugués, Madrid, 4/5 Plata, 1/8 Levante, 1/8 Lana, Augusta, hospitalera Grado.
Recipes, you say?

Well, fried very lightly in Spanish olive oil with minced garlic and red chili, swiftly stirred into a risotto made with shrimp stock, green asparagus and white wine...
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2016; Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre/Muxia 2017; Aragones 2018; Suso/Yuso, Meseta 2019
C3 to Camino, I had not heard of "measuring one's spoons" but after a little research, the metaphor seems to also fit walking the Camino, to be mindful in measuring and caring for not only one's own physical and spiritual energy, but for that of other's.

Hanging your shell by your front door would be a superb reminder of some of the wonderful hospitality we, and you will too, experience on our pilgrimage.

Buen Camino!
 

JanedS

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances May 2016
Finisterre & Muxia Sept 2016
Mosel Camino May 2018
I had my shell framed - it’s a lovely reminder of my walk...
 

Paladina

old woman of the roads
Year of past OR future Camino
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles etc (2018), Mozarabe etc (2019), tbc (2020)
You could write a message on it and nail it to your wall or roof beams. /QUOTE]

The previous owner of my house left 17 St Brigid's crosses nailed to a beam. Apart from the desire to reuse my original shell, I doubt that there are enough active years remaining to me to accumulate such a collection!
 

Bradypus

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Year of past OR future Camino
Too many and too often!
I don't know about anyone else, but since first walking the Camino, these shells have become a 'thing' for me - not only do I notice them everywhere but they begin to accumulate.

I sympathise 100%. A supermarket near me reopened a couple of days ago after a big refit. I dragged myself away from my laptop and my Camino obsession for an hour to drop in, look around and buy a few odds and ends. Then I spotted these and my mind was right back on the Caminos again. At least I can point out another local source for anyone looking for a shell for their pack :)
 

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Catahoula19

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances - 2014
Portuguese - 2016
Chemin St Jacques - TBD
Via Francigena - TBD
Of course, in addition to putting them on one's pack.
I don't know about anyone else, but since first walking the Camino, these shells have become a 'thing' for me - not only do I notice them everywhere but they begin to accumulate.
I'm sure I'm not alone in this: are scallops invading your living spaces, too?

Fortunately life prevents me from being too acquisitive. But recently an old (non-camino) friend in NZ introduced me to a lovely way to show off the beauty of our favorite symbol (see my new avatar).
Lots of possible metaphors there, besides being gorgeous. The Camino contains multitudes, and all levels of being.
Save them for the next Camino
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
I had chorizo and shrimp earlier this year and have been meaning to try cooking some myself. I may as well try chorizo with scallops at the same time and try out the chorizo, shrimp and scallop combination. Serve on the shell for an appetizer.
 

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