Mar
2013

Sharing Blogs

Sharing blogs

As those of you have been with me from the beginning will know, my blog is an excuse to write and I chose to write about walking and places I visit. It’s not exclusively about walking. I’m not writing for the Ramblers or any other organisation. This is more a journal. I want to mention other bloggers /writers, as that is really my passion. I went on a Yoga retreat a couple of years ago in Scotland and this yoga teacher who also writes interesting blogs about life itself. He is devoted to yoga and Buddhism in a way I am unlikely to ever be, but I do enjoy reading his blogs.

Here is his spring newsletter that I have copied to share and included a link to his website.

He is based in Manchester but does teach at the Buddhist Centre in Scotland.http://www.dhanakosa.com where I visited in 2011.

Some of my pictures from the retreat

quiet road

Manjuaga’s Spring Newsletter/Blog

On 29th May 1913,  when a new ballet was first premiered  at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the avant-garde nature of the music and the new modern form of choreography caused a riot as violence broke out in the audience. The music for the ballet was composed by a young unknown composer called Igor Stravinsky, with choreography by the famous Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.The ballet was called The Rite of Spring and had a pagan theme centring around a young maiden who was sacrificing herself by dancing until she died.  By the following morning the events surrounding the ballet’s opening night would become the stuff of myth and legend. furthermore, Stravinsky’s music for the ballet later became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

I have had the opportunity to hear the Rite of Spring performed and it does, I feel, have a violent, primordial beauty to it. The reason I share this story with you is because I think it illustrates when strongly held concepts or ideas we hold about a situation stop us from experiencing the naked, fresh awareness of the moment. So often we bring labels and concepts of what is happening to a situation rather than just being with the direct experience, as it is. When the Rite of Spring was first performed there would have been set ideas and assumptions about the forms and tradition that existed in classical ballet and music. When artists such as Stravinsky and Nijinsky broke away and explored new forms of music and dance then something new emerged, a new art form was created.

If we perceive life with very rigid concepts then we will find ourselves challenged by our direct experience, which is often offering us something very different. This is what the audience in Paris was struggling with when they first encountered The Rite of Spring. In my own life, I am trying to allow myself to hold onto more loosely fixed ideas I have about myself and my life, and learn to trust my direct experience more fully. All concepts are an overlaying of our direct experience and offer us an abstracted sense of the reality of any given situation. Maybe we could hold more lightly any ideas or thoughts about what we think will happen and just be open through our body and our senses to the mystery of the direct experience as it unfolds?”

“All the stability in our life is conceptual, all the change in our life is experiential”. – James LowBuddhist teacher

 

www.manjunaga.com

 

 


 

Feb
2013

Westgate to Margate

A nice little walk WALK THE PATH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting to the Kent coast from London can be a bit of a drag and we were held up on the M25 due to a car that had set alight on  the road coming into London. This caused massive hold ups but I was determined to get a bit of sea air. It had been a while and the weather was mild so off we went my  companion and I,  the Cockney Mole. We parked up at Westgate -on -Sea and then walked to Margate along the seafront, heading to the Turner gallery.

www.turnergallery.com

There are a lot of artists shops and galleries and it looks set to becoming very modern eventually.  We visited the (Winter Gardensl )to the right of Margate Town Centre and checked out the up and coming acts that are going to perform there. Simple minds are a band I wouldn’t have expected to see playing there; but reassuringly they had a psychic show, which is the sort of thing you expect at a Seaside Resort.I always associate fortune-tellers and psychics with sea-side towns; the towns usually being  a mixture of run down, majestic and fun.

The mole had his smart phone, which he used to map our walk,it can tell you exactly how far you have walked how many calories you have used and show you the exact map as you walk it. Clever stuff. After seeing this in action I have joined up with map this walk .

 

BLACK CAT-ALIVE AND WELL...

BLACK CAT-ALIVE AND WELL…

I just love this photo of the cat in the window in one of the old small city houses , The Mole was convinced the cat was stuffed, we stood looking at the window from the street, the cat was motionless with eyes closed, we stood there for what seemed like ages looking at it, a woman walking up the hill joined us ;the three of us were mesmerised -then the cat suddenly opened it’s eyes, it was spooky!  Don’t know what the cat thought of us all gawping at it while it’s waking up!! strange…

 

Easy walk along the sea-front

Easy walk along the sea-front

I must just add a thanks to Justin in Arizona who is a GO Daddy internet adviser who saved the day for me yesterday and rescued me from being without my dashboard! For some reason it was not available and this is the panel where I write my blogs, he assured me he could fix it and he did, I was so relieved .I have subscribed to Go Daddy to host my blog for another year and would totally recommend them as a host.

http://godaddy.com

I’m planning on learning how to lead walks, starting with an introduction to how to do that in March. I hope to step up the pace in March and get out on at least a couple of walks. All in all we clocked up about a 6 mile walk, on a really mild day in February, nice and easy does it..

Until next exciting episode.

keep it real….

BW

 

The Author!

 

©Ms Julie

 

 

 

Jan
2013

January , Anybody got the blues?

Anybody got the blues?

Me too.. Not had a walk in a while, in fact since NOVEMBER. I mean a proper walk somewhere nice. I did walk to work and back for a week, when I thought I had a slow puncture  & I couldn’t be bothered to sort it out.

Getting out into the wilderness? Who me? Not I.

A scheduled a walk  Sunday the 27th of January has beenwritten off due to snow all last week.

Although the snow has gone  it is still freezing cold, but at least the sky is clearing and the sun came out yesterday in London.

Phoenix Cinema

Instead, I went to the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley to see a ballet broadcast live from Moscow, not normally something I would do, and I enjoyed it much more than I could have imagined, it was in three parts  with  decent 25 minute intervals .The sets costumes and coordination were beautiful, it was truly sublime. It has been years since I have seen anything so beautiful,.

INTERIOR OF BOSHOI BALLET

INTERIOR OF BOSHOI BALLET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A scene from the ballet La Bayadere. Stunning costumes and sublime coordination.

A scene from the ballet La Bayadere. Stunning costumes and sublime coordination.

 

 

 

Travelling back on the rail replacement service to Kings Cross wasn’t too bad after an afternoon at the cinema; the full moon was shining and I had forgotten how high up it was around HIGHGATE!.

I really must get out more.

Been down in the valley of Brixton far too long, and doing the cycle from Brixton to Camberwell South East London (work) way too long.

Walking through St Pancras International just made me want to get away more , I longed to jump on the Euro Star and drift away.

 

So I guess it’s time to start really digging out some routes to walk, and planning ahead. January is always the longest hardest month of all. Everybody (or a lot of people) are off sick from work and there seems to be more and  more to do.

Trudging around in the snow to get to work is a drag and those that travel on trains  have to endure an extremely bad journey, if there is a train at all.!  The Railways in the South England, seem incapable of delivering a service when we get a bit of snow, it just adds stress to the whole month.

I’m personally ready to say goodbye to January and start looking forward to February and planning some days and weekends away.

 

Until then Happy readers

Adios &  farewell.

©julie

Dec
2012

LONDON LIFE/MUSIC MACHINE

To Quote Bob Dylan-NO- Direction Back Home. 

Well I had promised myself that I will do the Regents Canal walk before Xmas this year-but and let’s face it, the canal walk would end up in a pub somewhere around North London; nothing wrong with that as such, apart from getting caught up with shoppers en route back home. I  am going to leave any walking trips until the proper bleak mid winter, when the air is crisp and clean and the majority or tucked under their duvet! So this is my last blog of 2012 .

I have lived in London since about 1982 starting off in South Kensington, some time in North London, then moving to South London to New Cross eventually settling into Brixton. I spent the years 1978-1982 going backwards and forwards from Newcastle to London with long stays in London, then sudden trips back up the M1 often hitchhiking. Brixton was a vibrant place back then and there were lots of squats and coops. Perfect for the time. It was easy to find somewhere a bit run down and do a bit of work in it and live there rent free. A bit of a shambles but when your young you don’t care about things like that , or at least our generation didn’t we thought it was great. I ould see the towi/reality show starts generation dealing with having a hose pipe from the kitchen sink to the bathroom to have a bath….!

Looking back at how I used to live.

London is a massive place and I probably spent over 20 years going to gigs/trying to get bands together and music generally ruled my life .Using London Underground to go most places. I’m old enough to remember when you could sit on the circle line ran all night and you could smoke and drink.! I have since become accustomed to avoiding the tube if /when possible, but it is convenient,.

1979 In these days you could smoke on the tube and the circle line went around and around all night!

1979 In these days you could smoke on the tube and the circle line went around and around all night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much to talk about through the night! This was always welcome after a night in the MUSIC MACHINE .

I saw many bands at the Music Machine, The Psychedelic Furs in 1979 being a memorable one.
Typical flyer for the Music Machine.. zoom in and check the prices!! you get to see 3 bands for less than £3!

 The last two years have seen me looking for adventures close to home. The world has gradually become a smaller and more expensive place to live and I don’t enjoy travelling in the way I used to. It’s a toss-up as to what’s worse- sitting in traffic in a car, or being held up in a train because of engineering works.I cycle to work and generally walk and cycle if I can.

 

Anyway the point of my waffle is to illustrate that I haven’t spent a lot of time walking along the canals!.  

I was planning on a walk along the canal before xmas but with so much going on it just hasn’t happened. Not sure where the next walk will be. I fancy a little stroll down in Margate and want to start planning  a weekend away some time soon.

Dec 31st 2012..

It will soon be finished, I always like the end of the year as it gives me hope that the next year will be better. In the current grim climate, there is no guarantee but you have to find your fun where you can and create your own reality somehow.

 

Nov
2012

This Monkey’s gone to Heaven! /Gone to Devon

 

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The Pixies –

“This monkey’s gone to heaven!”  –   Eh I mean, this writers gone to Devon. Oh well at least it rhymes .

Visiting Devon…

It can be a heavenly place and I have visited some beautiful spots. Unfortunately I don’t get the time to go off when visiting m y brother and young nephews. Perhaps when there older, we can go a bit further afield. I did try to find a walk with a group based in Devon, via the Ramblers website, but there was nothing near to Torquay on my recent visit. My brother had told me of a 13 mile walk from Brixham to – Kingswear. I would be happy for a 3- 5 mile walk on this occasion. there is a walk i can do from his house i have posted on previous occasions . I will consider this one next time I get the chance to stay a bit longer.

https://www.explorethesouthwestcoastpath.co.uk/brixham2kingswear.

MY FEET

Also, getting back to the feet, I haven’t walked any great distance in these walking shoes I bought recently from Clarks, size 6 and a half.  It is a weird one, the floppy toe syndrome! I can’t explain it I really can’t. The podiatrist offered a sort of explanation, which went a bit over my head.   There was some kind of operation that I could have but if it was anything like the surgical procedure to remove a verruca I don’t think I will bother. I have yet to get into the habit of strapping my toes together to support them, but the podiatrist did show me how that was done! I will be  taking my ASIC running shoes as a back up, as they give me no problems at all, they are great but being white not suitable for muddy paths etc.

Pictures from Devon and blog about walk will be on its way too you soon.

The Pixies This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

keeping it short, keeping it real.