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.

Oct
2012

Thinking about walking- thinking about writing!

Seaford to Glynde

GIANT MUSHROOM

 

I really didn’t fancy going on a walk this weekend I had things on my mind and wanted to write. I persisted  and reasoned that I  could use up a black and white  film to use up. I had bought  that at the airport going to Berlin this summer  hadn’t used it and only taken a few shots in Newcastle. I wasn’t sure how Rural Sussex would photograph especially it being Autumn and the colours being so vivid,but I quite like the effect. I know you can use effects on most smart phones to Black & White, but I vouch that film is very different to digital, and has a different outcome.

Seaford to Glynde

Walking  takes a certain amount of stamina, this was a 11 mile walk in Sussex starting at Seaford to Glynde all in the countryside. We walked up Northwards inland over vast open spaces and quite hilly in parts. A few of us fell over including myself, as parts of the walk was chalky and damp down hill and we kept skidding.The weather had been glorious autumn weather that day but there were still residues of rain from the previous nights of rain. Sometimes I ‘m not really in the mood to walk with a group as groups can split up and this one split into two; slow walkers, and fast walkers.

My legs were hurting and I was too hot , covered in mud! preoccupied about not having the right walking gear and  annoyed that I had burned my only pair of  walking trousers in a rare ironing frenzy!

Such is life.

The walk started at Seaford over the downs to Berwick Church, I had mentioned the church on my first blog, as we walked there from Charleston House.After a pub lunch, the group seemed to split into the Fast and Slow Walkers, I assigned myself to the fast group but we had to keep stopping to wait for the others incase they got lost. I’m sorry to say, but that got very tedious after a while.

Church Yard at Berwick 16th Century Church in Autumn Sunshine

 

Romantic Berwick Church Autumn 2012

Cotswold Outdoor Clothing

Feet and other issues.. as you will gather are an important part of these posts.

I spent too much time the following  day in Cotswold Picadilly trying on totally unsuitable walking boots; designed for climbing Mount Everest and the guy was trying to convince me I needed a size 7 shoe which was ridiculous. No way are my feet that big..!Clarks Shoes measured my feet the following Saturday and confirmed the correct size -one foot was five and half the other 6.! I later went for a reflexology session, which was like a psychological foot reading followed by a foot massage.(not for the faint hearted)

Check out if you want more info on that. it is quite interesting and therapeutic.

www.felicityreflexology.co.uk

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Without a doubt it is the best city in the UK

I am from there but have lived in London now longer than I lived in Newcastle.. Still it was my old stomping ground and I still truly love the centre of Newcastle with its magnificent bridges.

It’s been voted as one of the best nightclub areas in Europe. Although we weren’t there for that. Preferring a bit of live music.

We eventually found the Cluny situated in an industrial part near the Tyne, at Blaydon www.thecluny.com it is a great location away from all the hyped up city centre with its gangs of lads and lasses getting legless! CHECK  it out if you are ever in town.

We tried to walk there on the Friday night we arrived and it was such a lovely romantic walk along the Tyne, however we were on the wrong side of the Tyne going in the wrong direction! I think my London head was a bit disoriented, so we opted for seeing a Ramones cover band on the Westgate Road, who were almost as good as the real Ramones who I saw in New York in 1986! The support band were a raucous punk band, and getting a bit bored waiting for the main band we slipped in to the arts centre next door where they were having Tango lessons! so we had a beer and watched that while waiting to see the Ramones cover band. Some contrast!

 

We did get to the Cluny  the following night in a cab!! It is situated in a valley on the Tyne under a massive old bridge. It is my idea of romance! On the sunday there is a big market on the Tyne and we strolled along there and then visited the Baltic.

I’m off to France next week so I might take some of my unfinished writing there and start planning some other writing that I am interested in exploring.
Until next time.
Best Wishes
Julie
Sep
2012

Rye- Hastings walk

Rye to  Hastings 13 miles

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A brisk walk through a wonderful section of the Kent Coast, following parts of the Saxon Shore Way. Thus- described by walk leader Margaret Wasdell.

 

 An early start from Charing Cross we took the Hastings train then changed to a local network train to  Rye.  We walked through the picturesque village of  Rye,  and down hill across a small bridge over a river  at  Brede; then up a steep hill , catching a glimpse of the sea as we walked  towards an ancient village called Winchelsea.

There we had a picnic under the sun in the churchyard of St Thomas the Martyr; incidentally Spike Milligan was buried there.

 After half an hour lunch we walked on and over some fields towards a 16th century castle  built by Henry the  V111. We then followed a path alongside the royal Military Canal & walked briskly  for 30- 40 minutes. Then arriving at an open road towards the seafront of Pett Level & further on until approaching The Fairlight National Trust Reserve.
We then walked up into some woodland taking us up to Fairlight  Cliffs .
The walk provided us with a stunning view out into sea and led into Hastings Country Park from there on the walk consisted of many steep ascents and descents eventually arriving at Hastings.
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 PETT LEVEL SEA FRONT
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A VIEW FROM FAIRLIGHT CLIFFS

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Up and down and Up, and—Down, and ….

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It was an invigorating walk and well worth the effort to get there.

It’s worth joining up with a walking group as they have experienced guides which without I would have given up. I’m not much of a map reader, but eventually as I get out more I will start to learn

Until next time.

Enjoy the views

Julie