May
2017

MAY

 Seven Sisters Walk Done n Dusted.

A great group & really good weather .

I certainly feel like I have got to know this area of East Sussex pretty well. The  next walk I’m going to learn is the Rye to Hastings walk.  See next blog for more details, of future walks.

I walk therefore I am!

 

A days journey –LONDON TO MONTCUQ Friday 12/05/2017

I leave my building at 8.20am, walk down Railton Road to Brixton Tube, confronted by 2 queues being controlled at the top of the stairs. ‘crowd’ control! There are three staircases to the entrance at Brixton Tube Station,two going in and one for those coming out. There are considerably more want to go in than come out. Some deviants try to escape the cattle like situation & huddle into a small lift only big enough for about 4 people with suitcases. The scoundrels squeeze themselves in hoping to get to the platform without having to wait in line. I look back thinking to attempt it myself and discover the lift doors aren’t working. They won’t close and it’s going nowhere. I wait in line while the people in lift come to the same conclusion.

Is it better to travel than to arrive.?

Arriving at Victoria Station, somewhat flustered at being diverted to a different exit to usual I feel I’m getting lost, it’s incredibly crowded we are being led towards an exit that I don’t’ usually use. I start feeling panicky in the crowd trapped under ground. Further panic as I realised it wasn’t such a good idea trying to get on a peak time train to Gatwick with an off-peak train ticket. I managed to get away with it. I arrived at Gatwick, realised  in the nick of time Easy Jet who usually depart from South Terminal had changed to North Terminal. If they emailed me that information I overlooked it.

Panic at the airport.

Is it better to travel than to arrive.?
What is it with this part of the journey, you are at the gate with passport check/boarding pass & going on to the plane. Put your handbag in your bag! Now walk 100 yards from here to the plane and take your bag out of your bag- Oh for Christs sake I’m getting annoyed and flustered now. All said and done once I sat on the plane I was fine.

The Journey

French/English

Funny as soon as I got to France all office politics and tedious concerns had dissolved. There is no point caring about things you cannot change, but to focus on the things you can. Buying a return ticket for the airport bus to Toulouse. We have a bit of a situation. The guy could speak good English.I can sort of string a sentence in French with missing bits! It was a sort of polite battle of wills as to who was going to lead the conversation. I will make the effort but if the guy can speak fluent English and is keen to do so who am I to argue.? The journey to Toulouse was easy the roads not crowded and I was there in no time. My next hurdle is buying my aller simple  (Single ticket)to Cahors! I had it written down on a bit of paper but wanted to practice speaking.

There was some confusion the lady misunderstood my request for a simple aller Cahors with a simple Latour de Carol .. Although I might be able to ask for something in French, I can’t always understand what they are saying back. Unless they pronounce it clearly and speak slowly. She printed a ticket out and I asked if this was the Paris Train or the train that goes to Brive? Apparently not. This train was not going to either of those places.I knew something was wrong  Buried somewhere in my bag. I had this information written down, the exact time, price and train type.  I knew some facts. The price of the ticket and train and where it was heading to. She was printing the ticket and i knew it wasn’t right. Eventually she twigged she reimbursed me with the correct ticket. Not too much tutting or disapproval expressed no harm done.

Better to travel than arrive.?

RL Stevenson original quote

“Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.”It is ultimately expressing that to live in hope and anticipation is more exciting than arrival. Taoists also believed the journey is as important as arriving. Life is a journey. There’s a lot of talk these days about people being on journeys but usually people are waffling on about their careers or path to success, I doubt  this has much to do with any real journey of Taoist Wisdom, travelling far and wide.!  Modern travel these days has about as much romance in it as a Brussel Sprout, it feels more like being on a conveyer belt.


Arrived safely in Cahor in time for my lift to my destination Montcuq

SPICES AT THE MARKET MONTCUQ

 

The Poplar Tree

Once fertilised, female catkins develop into fluffy cotton-like seeds, which fall in late summer. It was unseasonably warm this weekend in May, so perhaps this is happening earlier than  usual. I had gone on a little walk out of the village and all this was streaming through the tree from a great height & sounded like gentle rain, it was quite magical, but I didn’t have my camera to make a video. Returning later in the day it had all settled.

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Magic wands and fairy dust

 

 

Sienna a keen budding photographer, as well as a great Hip Hop Dancer.

Sienna Taking pictures in the village

Lots of stray cats in village, this one didnt’ look too bad though. Probably been in a few scraps..

 

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