Nov
2013

Wild

The Wild years

I haven’t been on any significant walks lately but have been walking a lot.

I have got a load of pictures that I am currently sorting out in I photo and will be posting a lot on the 365 project.

I mentioned in the previous blog that I was reading  the story of Cheryl Strayed. In her book Wild she describes herself  asThe woman with the hole in her heart”  A 1100 mile journey on foot from Mexico Border to the Canadian Border alongside California known as the Pacific Crest Trail .

I will be doing a lot of non wild walking next month when I start walking around Victoria and Belgravia, knocking at the doors of the rich & famous, collecting data for the Electoral Register of Westminster Council. I’m also working on a piece of writing for The Ramblers Organisation which should feature as a guest blog on their site.

AFTER THE RAIN comes the sun.

SUN COMING THROUGH CLOUD

 

A different type of Wild

I feel like my wild years are behind me now but there is still something of the rebel in me that wants to steer off into the wilderness. My wild years were pretty much from about aged 16  -29, (although I think once a rebel always a rebel) running to London where I was obsessed with music and lived in people’s spare rooms/working and living in hotels as a Chamber Maid and Waitress then ‘progressing’ to squats spending most of my time out at Gigs and playing the bass trying to get a band together.

There was an innocence to it all and I remember giving up a  job in the library to go to New York for a month in the hope that I would find a new life over there.

When there I advertised my plane ticket for sale in the hope of having enough money to go to L.A but it was not to be.   I took a volunteer job in New Jersey in a campsite for abused children ran by what I considered at the time to be Religious Weirdos.

I just found the whole thing scary, it was not really something that I was anywhere near prepared to deal with. I had to get out of there and go back to NYC .

I met loads of people and had a great time it had such a powerful feeling of impermanence about it.The only thing to do was to keep on moving. When back at my London squat I put an ad in The Melody Maker (no longer in print)& formed a band which lasted all of 3 months then I decided to do a degree as a mature student. Another story altogether.

The thing is though, even now when I read Cheryl Strayed’s story I can’t help feeling envious of her out in the Wild . I wouldn’t want to live my wild days again. (as if!!)  But-it seems to me that I am running to stand still these days. I’ve been working 10 years in the same job and am no better off as the cost of living has gone up so much but the pay hasn’t. It’s difficult to know what course of action to take. What sort of changes to make.

Some people may think I should be grateful to have a job (I am) but somewhere a long the line I like to think there will be some adventures again.

Well that’s about it from me . Happy October, and keep on walking.

Had a good 5 mile walk today from Brixton to Chelsea.

I may well lead some London walks next year, lets see how it goes. Will keep you posted.

 

Next episode coming soon.

Oct
2013

People you can’t live with them you can’t live without them

PeopleYou can’t live with them you can’t live without them.

Take a walk on the wild side

 

Carrying on with the review of Cherly Strayed the author of Wild, I like to  share some of her trials and errors while hiking and walking the PCT trail.

You either pay or you leave.

Whilst hitching a lift on a slight detour from The PCT route a campsite  exists, she reckons a free nights camping is on the cards, before getting back on track. It is dark late at night, & she hasn’t any money her much longed for  parcel hadn’t arrived at the last drop off post.

At times like this you can only hope for human kindness. Unfortunately she comes across a mean couple who were monitoring the grounds  and wouldn’t let her have a free pitch up for the  night – despite it being a virtually empty campsite.

Now this would not have made one ounce of difference to them, would it? if a woman alone is hiking you would think they would have at least  some comprehension of her plight.  They could have made some sort of deal, – you know, wash the dishes! . send us a cheque later on etc etc. There you go, even in these type of places you get Mr and Mrs Jobsworth, where a rule is a rule is a rule mam, and don’t you forget it.

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Sep
2013

Cherlyl Strayed Wild

Cheryl Strayed -Wild

PCT ROUTE

PCT ROUTE

A daunting ordeal

Cheryl Strayed’s book is a great read for anyone interested in travel.

A continuous wilderness trail stretching from the Mexican Border in California to just beyond the Canadian Border along the crest of Nine Mountain range. Turning her idea into a reality She Started at a Motel a dozen mile from the start of Pacific Crest Trial trial with a newly required rucksack with everything in it apart from the kitchen sink, naming it Monster which is aptly described.A sizable burden far outweighing that of her contemporary males she met up with at various stop of points.

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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