Sep
2013

Lumpy Bumpy road to who knows where..!

Hello All you lovely walkers

Summer is doing a good job of hanging about, I’m recuperating from an op but I need to get out and about still.The turmor has been taken out of my neck/jaw ouch ( yes it still hurts & still healing) but I can still walk. My ear and side of the face are still numb and the wound is leaking particularly when I eat, something to do with the saliva glands. I have been struggling to maintain the need to take it easy & to get out and get some exercise and fresh air.  It has been good to catch up with what other people are doing on-line, other bloggers and in particular the 365 project (photography) and Pinterest I love. Also reading Blog inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and WordPress to go by Sarah Mcharry to broaden my knowledge of blogging.

I decided to make the most of the late summer good weather and had a really interesting walk with the South Bank Group . A really good bunch of people.  We started at Bermondsey a linear 5 mile walk going through Southwark Park via Rotherhithe,  some of which is by the river onto The Thames Path,with fantastic views of London. Of course I didn’t have my camera, but I will go back.

Many “nooks an crannies” and historical reference points to the Docks; Russian Dock, Lavender Dock, good old Surrey Docks, to name a few. So many references and stories were told and someone had some old photos of the Docks from 1969 which was quite interesting. The leader Roger Aylward had an in-depth knowledge of the area and has lived in London 50 years and in Bermondsey the last 10 years. It was a large group and a really sunny day, so we meandered at a very slow pace stopping at frequent points for historical talks about the Docks &  just to admire the stunning city landscape. Continue reading

Aug
2013

Food for Thought

Food for thought.

 

AS this is a relatively new blog it’ s difficult to say exactly where I’m going with this. At present I’m making it up as I go along. I have an interest in walking but as well as that I’ am equally interested in writing, reading and music. I may write some reviews when not walking.  So just to summarise this is not a strictly walking blog.

Anyone know that little vegetarian cafe called Food for thought based in Covent Garden,serves,delicious vegetarian food. Not enough restaurants/cafe’s like that. Good prices and decent food. Food for Thought has survived and kept going strong but hasn’t branched out and turned into a chain. It has kept true to itself which is unusual in this day and age.

When I was told that I had a tumour in my jaw a month ago I walked from London Bridge into Central London about and around Covent Garden- The heat was on, the summer crowds were piling in and I was feeling stifled.  Not being able to decide on where to eat  having come straight from work, I was  too anxious to eat  anyway. I was also  disappointed that some of the reliable places  I knew were no longer running business, although Food for thought was still there it was a bit out-of-the-way and closes early in the evening.

You gotta find something positive in any situation .

This blog has been going a year and I’m looking for any contributors who would like to publish a blog about any walk they have done, no matter how small. Just email me julieconnelly@me.com any story you might have that I could possibly use. Maps and pictures also very good.

I’m going to carry on doing it but I will be exploring some other ideas I have about writing blogs. Catching up with some on-line research, reading and some writing exercises. I am trying to broaden my horizons still and find a way to get a bigger audience to read my blog and to network with other bloggers. I still got stuff to figure out about WordPress and options, but I’m taking my own sweet time.

 

Just to remind you.

I will be leading the Seven Sisters Walk on September 14th, it will be the first walk I have ever led.. just stay away from the cliffs edge…

seven sisters cliffs Sussex

All shall be fine.

 

 

 

 

 

until next time..

 

Hope all is well.

BW JULIE

Jul
2013

Northward bound

South Shields

my birthplace

SOUTH SHIELDS BEACH

We had a great 5-6 mile walk along the cliff tops. I guess we take  our heritage for granted, but having spent some of my childhood there & later teenage years, I spent little time walking along the beach.The coastal area is maintained by the National Trust and although the area has been damaged to some extent by previous recessions it is resilient.

Souter Lighthouse to South Shields walk graphic

Craster in Northumberland

Further up the coastline we visited Craster in Northumberland by which time it had started raining  fiercely and we got a bit frightened off by the massive herd of cows who seemed intent on blocking our path at the gate that led to Dunstanburgh Castle. The photo of the cows doesn’t quite do it justice, but it was funny They were grazing down by the rocks and when they saw us coming they all ran towards the gate! I didn’t have the nerve to just walk through them! City Dwellers at heart.
These cows were actually galloping!

GALLOPING TO GATE TO BLOCK OUR ENTRANCE.

You can just about make Dunstanburgh Castle in the background, but Being soaked through after walking about a half a mile we walked back and  sat under shelter and enjoyed the local craster kipper in a bun! I need to spend more time in Northumberland and make at least a week of it.

EMBLETON BAY

kippers at Craster

Craster fishing village in the rain

Craster fishing village in the rain

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Jun
2013

365 days a year! posting pictures

 

365 days a year

Lately I have doing a bit of background tidying up my work on line. I just wanted to say if anyone is interested in photography there is an online project that I have started doing . I was focusing on some of the technical aspects of writing a blog, publishing &posting, installing widgets, reading up about tags, SEO etc. In writing a blog there is a certain amount of technical work to do. As yet the photographs as yet have not been the main or a central feature of my blog. I have been enjoying going out walking finding new places and meeting people. Eventually I will become more expert at this.

https://365project.org

The basic idea is that you post a picture every day of the year . I don’t have a digital at the moment and am using film, so my contributions are a bit haphazard. I’m half way there and certainly don’t post a picture every day. Eventually though I will post a full 365 pictures. I have a few followers and I enjoy seeing other amateur photographers.

linear walk Hitching to  Letchworth

I recently joined up with a  new walking group based in North London, we went out a  couple of  Sundays ago which was the hottest day of the year at that point.

Although now we seem to be having a heat wave, an it seems  a good time  for me to do a bit of research as it’s been too hot to do a lot of walking.The linear walk Hitching to  Letchworth via the old town of Hitching then Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve led to a Lavender field. It was surprising to see such nice countryside and only about 30 miles outside of London A  train from Kings Cross took about 30 minutes.

I did a couple of country walks with my South Bank Group, on different occasions both around 8 mile walks. I’m starting to get to the point where I want to make up my own walks and do them when I feel like doing them , instead of having to follow a group. I’m now more interested in researching places and reading maps. A group can be good but I am also very independent minded and like to do things my own way. Still I would encourage anyone who wants to get out of the city to join a walking group. If like me you have spent more years than you care to remember living in London and as wonderful as it is . There is more to life. Anyone who knows London will know you can’t just get up and go for a walk , to really get anywhere scenic you need to travel at least 30 miles but more like 50 -6 0 for coastal walks which I prefer.

I have been catching up with a bit of reading and exploring places on line. looking at maps links etc.I’m also looking into the Saturday Walkers Club http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/they publish walks and maps. If you like to read a bit of history and view maps, you can also print out walks and download an audio programme outlining historical references to any area that you are interested in researching.

I haven’t been very successful with the phone application map my walk as I find it a bit fussy and difficult to read a map on a phone with the sunlight blaring on it. Far easier to have an idea first and then just amble along. I’m not too worried about getting lost really. It’s not like I’m going off into the Amazon Jungle.

 

Until next time please keep reading commenting sharing.

May
2013

200 flights cancelled at Heathrow 24/05/2013

Due to an aeroplane having to make an emergency landing. at Heathrow Airport, our flight to Berlin was cancelled as were about 200 other flights .We were told we would not get a flight that day &  sent away from the airport  in a state of disbelief, feeling dismal.Arriving back at Brixton in the pouring cold rain was a miserable way to begin our Bank Holiday Weekend,having looked forward  to going to Berlin for what  had promised to be an exciting Gig /Birthday Party. This had been booked six months ago and the hassle of having to get Management at work to agree to the date as other people had also booked it off and the general state of being micro managed at work, I was well ready for my trip.

After a wound up Friday night we decided that on Saturday and Sunday we would at least walk around London , the thought of having to try and get a flight the next day seemed pointless. We had missed the gig ,therefore, we weren’t going to pay again and hang about another airport with thousands of others trying to find an alternative route.

Surely British Airways could have shifted the plane and got some planes out to Europe! So close yet so far! It’s not like it was a major catastrophe just a fault in one of the planes engines.

I’ve never known anything like it. They could have shifted the said plane to a garage and got the other planes moving. Ok what do I know about policies and procedures but  accidents happen and they need to be dealt with. What to do in an Emergency by British Airways! Have they not  got a copy!!!!

I wont’ book with British Airways again..

The Cockney Mole and I walked 10 miles on Saturday, starting at  Aldgate in the East End, I had thought maybe we could meet up with the South Bank Walkers who were following Jack the Ripper’s trail through Victorian London’s sinister East End but somehow got off at the wrong station and it was too late. I will spare you the details , but we missed this walk by about five minutes. Feeling a bit jinxed at this point we wandered over to Petticoat Lane Market an area I hadn’t visited for years. Got a few goodies at the market there  then walked through the city of `London  which was really quiet ,then walked to London Bridge, where we stopped off and had a lovely pub lunch by the river. I spotted  a massive dead fish floating downward on a very a fast tide along the Thames It seemed strange just bobbing along being carried on the waves.

We carried on walking over southwark Bridge to Blackfriars  where we stopped for a drink. The sun was beaming at this point and nice breeze blew from Father Thames.We then carried on down the Embankment towards Vauxhall and  walked to Oval and to Brixton . The day out was nice due to the weather, but you know I would have preferred to have been to Berlin seeing things I hadn’t seen before.

A quiet place in the City of London – Bank Holiday when I was meant to be in Berlin (see last post as to why i didn’t get there)

On Sunday I took my book out with me  –Walking Haunted London.

I wanted to test out a short 3 mile walk around St James  & Green Park area. There’s some very interesting stories in the book with plenty of historical references and stop off points. a nice lunch was had at  Shepherds market Mayfair and then a walk back through Green Park, past Buckingham Palce to Victoria train station and back to Herne Hill. It was the best we could do under the circumstances. We tried to get away and just couldn’t , what a blow.

I want to try a few more of these walks and possibly lead one in the Autumn, when the dark evenings set the stage for a good Ghost Walk.

 

 

 

Until next time