Feb
2018

Brixton versus Clapham

Brixton v Clapham

There’s no comparison really Brixton is cool and edgy and Clapham, well Clapham, just isn’t cool and edgy. To be serious though, due to my lack of time to go out on walks, I have got to thinking why not write about places I know about. I have lived in Brixton since 1984 and have been on nodding terms with  Clapham, Brixton’s posh friend, for many years.

Ritzy Saturday Afternoon this cool looking couple got in the way of my camera! Watch out for protests outside for the living wage

 

Hang on a minute, I think I’m experiencing feelings for Clapham!

Until recently I rarely had much reason to visit Clapham.
On occasions, I have met up with friends to go to Eco, a Pizza place with a touch of class, it is spacious & runs a great service, I have never been disappointed in my many years of visiting them.  http://www.ecorestaurants.com

Just off the high street, I have also been known to make the odd visit to Clapham Manor Street to sample the beer.  http://www.thecraftbeerco.com

Sun shadow at side of The Clapham Tap

On my walks to Chelsea, I pass the bar heading towards the old Railway bridge across to Matrimony walk, leading to Wandsworth Road, straight on to Battersea Park, into  Chelsea. One of my favourite urban walks.

In-between Clapham & Brixton If you look there is always something to see

ONCE A PLACE FOR FILM SETS

REMAINS OF A FILM SET WAREHOUSE

An interesting looking poster outside a hair salon previously a corner pub

In NYC in September there were a lot of outside places to play chess, looks like it’s catching on in Clapham North

Clapham Old Town

MANY years ago I jammed in this place with ‘Those girls’ a  line up that didn’t last very long, but it was  a cool place to hang out

Once upon a time, many years ago, in Clapham Old town people lived in these and one of them was a rehearsal studio!

 

CLAPHAM does have the Common and the old town it is nothing if not quaint, with an authentic French Café situation on the corner of Bromwell St. Old town does have some lovely shops, and diverse cafes.

I have had the soup many times at Tart, but do check, as some soups like Tuscany bean soup sounds vegetarian, but when I had that it had bits of pork in it. Just ask, & they will serve without; they are nothing but nice. It is Clapham after all.

The old Clapham House Picture house on Venn St. A really nice area just off the high street.

Brixton still knocks the socks off Clapham

mural, rastafari man, wall outside Brixton Arcade

Massive Mural Brixton Market

Clapham is growing on me but there is something about Brixton that can’t be matched. I think it’s the sheer diversity, and in terms of trendy new places popping up all the time. Brixton has the lot. Brixton Academy, and a range of small clubs, lots of bars, a huge library a better high street, lots of markets, Brockwell park.

Atlantic Road near The Dogstar Club

 

Give me back my wig

 

CARLTON MANSIONS COLDHARBOUR LANE BRIXTON

Once a Housing Coop , cheap rent

On the corner of Atlantic Road/Coldharbour Lane Brixton

This building is about to be redeveloped or pulled down. I knew several people who lived here paying about £5 a week rent.

Considering the flats were so pokey and had toilets virtually in the living space, that was probably too much to pay anyway.

They were a  cooperative and as far as I know most people have been evicted, hopefully to a better place. Still, good parties and other shenanigans happened there.

CAMBERWELL THE GROVE

Up to the top of The Grove, cut up an alley, down a back lane, and back into Love Walk, a half hour walk. 

LOTS OF OLD ALLEYWAYS IN CAMBERWELL

My walk up and down The Grove is something I  try to fit into my lunch break;  I just love looking at the houses and gardens and breathing a bit of air.

While I walk back and forth to two working offices, not to mention my Sunday post at Pimlico. I consider my options and at the present have various options to consider  I think less work is the better option, but what to get rid of!

Next post will be the Easter Post more jiving and conniving to follow.

keep cool & keep walking, you know it’s good for you.

Check out my Up & Coming walks  Page for new walks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan
2018

January looking forwards 2018

walk this way

2018

I will be leading two major walks this year, the first one is Seaford to Eastbourne, which is about a 14-mile walk, with very steep ascents and descents, this is scheduled for the 13th of May, further details will be posted onto my Up and Coming Walks page nearer the time.

My second walk on the 1st of June is another long one, from Hastings to Rye, this is a walk I need to practice, and there are a few members interested in learning this with me. Previously I have walked starting from Rye to Hastings, and all of those occasions, I found it to be demanding; especially on a hot summers day. Let’s see how this one goes. I will be doing a practice run for this one for sure.!

 

Capital Walkers

A London-based group and usually of a younger age than The Ramblers. They are also calling out for walk leaders, and it’s something I may consider an Easter Walk, a favorite walk of mine is Brixton to Chelsea Physic Gardens then finishing at Victoria.

Watch my UP and Coming Walks Page for further details.

 

Meet Up Group Bloggers

I have eventually joined up with a Bloggers Meet Up Group in Euston, and intend to be a lot more group focused  OR even just getting to know other writers/bloggers.

Walking for Charity?

War Child has asked that I raise funds for them. When I’m  walking along the Seven Sisters in Sussex it seems everybody is fund-raising, these days, and I’m not sure I will have the time to organise this, but it is something I want to look into. I know it’s a good cause & I would like to raise funds, but it’s not something, I can manage right now.

 

Historical walks in London

LIGHTS IN Charterhouse Clerkenwell.

 

I did manage to visit Charterhouse and the Museum of the order of St John after returning to Clerkenwell a couple of weeks ago.The area deserves its own post, and I was there on a social/business venture, so it was a case of popping in briefly to both venues. A Post exclusive will beComing Soon.  See my post for December for details of last 2 city walks.

a well-preserved skeleton Charterhouse

 

SOUTH DOWN DARK SKY FESTIVAL 

Night sky & stargazing is something I have always wanted to do, where better than the South Downs, on a cold clear night. For more information on stargazing activities, this February see my PLACES TO VISIT PAGE  

I love walking out in the countryside in Winter and the nearest I can get to it at the moment is Winter Watch on BBC 2. This time last year, I was walking on The South Downs in Lewes, on a freezing cold winters day, followed by the Best Vegetarian Breakfast ever. Unfortunately, they have been forced to close down due to excessive competition. It is so sad, I was really looking forward to going to this cafe again.

picture of free range eggs, vegetarian sos, big breakfast

fantastic vegetarian breakfast

 

winter in Lewes http://icantexplainmyfeet.com/destinations-travel/

 

 

Until next time, keep on keeping on.

Please feel free to comment, contribute, suggest ideas, all welcome.

 

 

Dec
2017

Trains, cars, planes, & then some…..

GREENWICH & CLERKENWELL

This month I attended two London Led walks.The walk in Greenwich was a refreshing  5 mile circular walk through all the historic lanes & alleyways;in and around, then through the Royal Park taking in the stunning views of London, followed by christmas dinner at The Cafe Rouge.

Greenwich has always been a tourist destination and rightly so. I feel like I have missed out on so much, mainly due to the fact that I tend to go there on Sundays in the summer when it’s too crowded, and never really take the time to visit some of the museums. My to visit list features the Fan Museum.

https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

 A winters stroll through the paths and passageways of medieval and revolutionary Clerkenwell.

The following Friday I met the south bank group at Farringdon Station, the walk was led by Martin Fidler;Artist and walk leader. Martin knows his history and we covered about 700 years of history in our two hour walk,  starting at St Johns Gates, venturing into 3 churches and ending at the library where Karl Marx studied.I will have to go back and visit some places, a it was a bit of a whirlwind tour covering a lot of history; being  a freezing cold day, & fascinating as it all is, the need to keep moving, meant we covered a lot in a short time.

Executions in Farringdon were a regular spectacle in those days.

Back to 2017 & Street Art.

Street art is something I find interesting and have come across a lot of it lately. Anyone that lives in this day & age can’t fail to see the relevance of this Tesco basic brand and it’s reinterpretation of it. I was walking down Brick lane last week and discovered this sprayed on a wall.Penge is a place I visit every now & then. I often walk from Brixton to Penge via Crystal Palace Park.

I’m not too sure who the guy in the Top Hat is meant to be exactly, of course it’s Top Cat America’s favourite wise guy,begging for cash, note the Halifax symbol embedded into his coat.Montcuq at Christmas time

It was great to see this in the window of an apartment in the village. A tribute to the passing of JOHHNY HALLYDAY

I  have a French film on DVD, in which Johnny hallyday plays the part of an ex offender, he’s pretty cool. L’homme Du Train, a real sweet film, available on amazon.

 

MORE ART

Furthermore this was an interesting sight, posted in the window of the corner gallery-a pop art print of the iconic Marylin Monroe next to the iconic image of Jesus and the cruxificion. 

After a heavy bout of flu & being bed bound, I eventually managed to get out to take a couple of short walks to clear the nasals it was lovely to be able to walk & not see anyone!

As I have mentiond in previous posts, this is an area where many pilgrims pass through on their long walks. A family friend  runs this hostel for the pilgrims so if any of you walkers are interested see my Up and Coming Walks Page; throughout the year I will be adding more information about different walking groups.http://icantexplainmyfeet.com/up-and-coming-event/

NEW YEARS’ EVE IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

I’m spending the remaining two days of the year in Sleeperz Hotel  Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. I can’t belive I went to school in Westgate Road and am now staying in a hotel here.

Out of all my visits, this place rocks like no other and I will never abandon my roots. 

From days when shipping and trading were busy on The Tyne.

 

Here’s to the Best city in the World.

 

Cheers to 2018 & Happy New Year

 

Nov
2017

Leaving the comfort zone

 Walking in Eastbourne

I created I can’t explain my feet following a period of being stuck in a rut. I joined a walking group and started going out of London on walks to places I hadn’t really heard of. After a while I did a days training to become an accredited leader and have since been on many walks and led a few. As I always had an interest in writing, this served two purposes, one was having something current to write about and secondly finding walks & getting out there

The View Eastbourne

Room with a view Eastbourne

 

I’m a blogger not a jogger!

At a recent Unite Womens Week in Eastbourne, I had the privilege of staying at The View Hotel for a week overlooking the sea. The course was full on and we had daily workshops running from 9am-5pm, I was aware that this opportunity had come at a time when I was just starting a Social Media Diploma course and had taken unpaid leave to do the course.

I felt like I was being pulled in two directions. One thing I knew for sure was I was going to have to get out and walk. I don’t feel good if I don’t manage at least 4 miles a day; on average I would say I’m managing 4-5 miles a day but if I can’t manage that, the following day, I try to make up for it.

I have to spend a lot of time reading from a PC.  I realised today as my eyes glazed over that I had to get up and have a jog in the park, I ran 1 & a half miles, which for me is something!; I like to think I can increase that and get to the point where I can maybe run five miles, eventually.

Beachy Head Eastbourne

 

early morning walk towards Beachy Head

Walking towards Beachy Head

I jogged the mile to the start of Beachy Head every morning before breakfast then another walk into town before lunch. I also managed to get a little climb up to Cliffs Edge which overlooks the sea heading towards Beachy Head.

Eastbourne heading to Pevensy Bay

WALKING TOWARDS PEVENSY BAY EARLY EVENING

I came across this which is situated walking from Eastbourne View towards Pevensy Bay.

Sculputure inspired by ship Wreck

I  found a place on the sea front that did Pilates and Yoga, so  I joined in with an easy yoga/mediation class, before the UNITE final night disco.!

Coming Up

I’m off on  a short walk on the 8/12 round Greenwich area then xmas lunch with the Rambler South east group.  

My Blog

This journal is my own personal blog and I do not write or work for the Ramblers Organisation, but I do have a page & upload some of their up and coming walks. Please have a look at it and if you want to join the Ramblers to find groups in your area. Check out www.ramblers.org.uk

Lastly I would just like to recommend a cafe in Eastbourne Terminus place. The hotel was very good but on arrival there was no lunch, so i found this place and had to go back a couple of more times for their delicious soup.

The Taste Bud Cafe on the corner of Terminus Road

 

 

 

Oct
2017

Where Now?

 Some time ago back in the eighties, I formed a band after having been inspired by staying a month in NYC;I promptly placed an ad in The Melody Maker, stating ‘female bass player seeks band.’

 I had been playing the bass some years, but just jamming with friends. I got call from a drummer; Yes we had a land line, in the squat. We also had a hose pipe running from the kitchen to the bathroom, which provided us with hot water, but that’s another story!

So I met a fantastic drummer who for some reason liked the fact that I had written in my ad that I was  seeking a band not looking for a band!  I’m not too sure what that was all about; but I sought and I found.

It was a short-lived affair but good fun, in a period of 3 months we had written a set;created a rehearsal studio/recorded a demo, & Where Now was one of the songs I came up with. A friend of the drummer organised a video shoot for a live gig but due to illness couldn’t do the gig so we stepped in,  I still have the video, now transcribed to DVD.

Where now?

Is still the question, & as always the future is uncertain. So what is happening with the walking?

I’m making plans. It’s Autumn and the weather has been  good.

MARGATE BEACH

 

As a starter I have renewed my My Network Rail Card, so that’s a 1/3 off all journeys a good deal. Got down to Birchington -on -Sea & walked to Margate, a blustery day with the weather changing every five minutes.

Seeing the dramatic effect of the colour of the sea and sky it’s easy to imagine why Turner loved painting the view . The Turner Gallery itself was under construction, but a couple of new exhibitions are opening soon so planning on returning before the end of this year.

 

 

WALKING BACK TO WESTGATE ON SEA TO THE MICROBREWERY

We clocked up over 10 miles on this walk. Enjoyed a nice lunch at Margate Harbour, and a beer in a bar over looking the sea. Then walked back to Westgate -on Sea and had a couple of beers in the micro pub.

 

WALKING BACK, LOOKING AT ROCKS , ALL GONE VERY QUIET

I’m taking a career break, starting November. I will have my own time table & be able to join up with some of the planned walks with The South Bank Group .

Day to Day Walking

It just takes a bit of effort to walk daily. My general walking day-to-day has increased, partly as I have been spending time in Eltham in October and commuting during the week to Denmark Hill; a 25 minute walk each way to and from the station. If I  add a little walk at lunch time,then if going anywhere after work, I find I’m easily walking 4- 5 miles a day.

I did cycle last week to work from Brixton and have found I really don’t enjoy it anymore, I think doing the same thing too long is murder for the soul. 12 years is enough. When I start my career break, I can easily cycle, walk, or roller-skate should the fancy take me. Not having to go to Denmark Hill for 3 months will be thanks enough.

Winter Gardens Avery Hill Park Eltham,


Part of the Green Chain Walk cuts through this park linking to other boroughs.

In the meantime I’m looking forward to a weekend in Torquay to visit my brother and nephews, then back to London to get cracking on the various projects that have been on the back burner for far too long.

Watch this space for more talks about walks among other things.

 

 

love and peace