Meet up groups

Meet up Groups

I have been to a  couple of Meet Up groups lately.

    *  WordPress *

Without WordPress I would not have this Blog. I joined their User Group in New Zealand House Haymarket, where they have hired rooms The group Westminster Hub,is provided by sponsors WP Engine.

I had suggested we do a sort of speed dating session, with the aim to find out what people want to get from the group.  Eugene was hosting his final night, so this was a good as time as any. It went very well and I felt I had made a contribution to the group. I made my pitch which is that I’m at a crossroads regarding where I’m going with the blog/writing Web Design ideas. I learned a lot about my aims as well as WordPress and Web Developing than I have in a very long time. A good session was had by all, but where now?

I do still want to go out on  walks but the writing about walking can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore and I have other ambitions to pursue.  It is a personal choice as to how to migrate my blog to a free platform and have little control over the layout or to continue paying for a hosting service. After a lot of churning and thinking I settled at keeping my site hosted by SITE GROUND It’s convenient. A good outcome from that group.

Black White background or White Background ?

Thinking about design

At the WordPress Meet Up group I had some constructive criticism from one of the Web Developers who seemed to think the black background wasn’t good!   I have since changed my theme so that is no longer an issue. I chose a design that wasn’t black or white.!

Back to my walking, my latest trip was with the Explorer Uk Group.


Explore Uk Meet Up Walking day trips and days away *click to open*

Into the woods

Into the trees


I tried my first day out with this crew and am planning some more walks with them next year.

IMG_0381We headed to the Chilterns and along the Ridgeway to Ivinghoe Beacon. Our nine mile hike took in fine open views along the tops before heading through ancient woodland to the Bridgewater Monument. The walk ended at a  pretty village, apparently it was the village in the film Briget Jones’s Diary, supposedly her family home.

Yesterday I was off to meet my South Bank Group but missed my stop at  Woldingham station so got off the station after at Oxted where I met a different walking group from Croydon. They saw the funny side as they approached me and ask if I was one of their group. They kindly let me join their walk which was an Eight mile walk from Oxted to Woldingham. We bumped into the group I was meant to be walking with at Hanging wood!

It was extremely muddy and we had a few steep climbs, but overall a good walk over some of the North Downs and I really enjoyed the wooded parts.


The last post I write and publish for the year will be Dec 31st so happy Xmas.

until then—-

see ya !