Apr
2015

Being Spontaneous

  Getting out and where to go next.

 

Having spent several hours trying to delete robots from my list of contributors (not real people!) They sign in to my site to encourage me to click on their links with the intention that I will then click onto their sites and they get hits! Which helps them in the popularity stats!.To prove my commitment to all things WordPress and to my blog I attended a WordPress meeting on Tuesday evening at New Zealand House. I got some insights from that meeting and am currently exploring some ideas. In the meantime certain features may disappear, or appear, such as follows me on twitter or leave a comment.

 

I have been out and about quite a bit recently. Spring and good weather helps.I had decided to cycle to the South Bank on what promised to be an extremely polluted day! it was very warm and a grey mist hung over London. I cycled round the back streets and got to Waterloo for 11am and as I sat down I was greeted through a loud microphone (not me personally) but a great massive loud welcome to the festival which was followed by loud drumming and trumpets and people dressed in pink wigs dancing! I had a vague idea of doing some work on my Mac, but gave up on that, & walked over to Covent Garden to get myself a t-shirt, walked back  picked up my bike and cycled back to Brixton.

 

Blackheath/ Greenwich

Walked down to Greenwich Market where I picked up some great illustrated cards from THE DM Collection wwww.thedmcollection.com and had some lunch.

 

How mean is time?

How mean is time?

 

Then a ferry along the Thames down to the Embankment

view from Thames Clipper

view from Thames Clipper

taken from Ferry to Thames

Going home to Brixton from Embankment

Walking over bridge from Embankment heading to Brixton

 

As it was such a lovely day we carried on & walked back to Brixton from Embankement

The day after I joined up with the Finchley walking group from Highgate to Angel which was about 6 miles.Last Sunday I  walked with the south bank group on a 11 mile walk in the Guildford area.  I don’t write about every single walk. I try ot be a bit selevtive.

May looks to be a promising month, I’m working as a poll clerk in the General Election then  going to Berlin the day after. There is a choice of Walks and a couple of Bank Holidays and many events happening, so  I am going to be spoilt for choice.

 

This blog is dedicated to karen & thanks for the free drinks at The New Order exhibition atThe Proud Gallery Camden.

As promised I aim to get a blog out by the end of the month.

Until next time see you then

ps if you want to try and leave a comment there is a speech bubble at the topif you hover over it and click on it it should open a comment box. Or just scroll to the end of this blog.

Julie.

 

Mar
2015

Mad as the Mist and Snow- March 2015

Mad as the Mist and Snow..

When the white line has appeared this means it’s downloaded.  Play while reading. It helps.

An Appointment with Mr Yeats 

Mad as the Mist and Snow is an exciting song conjuring up excitement and delirium like Mad March winds whipping up Spring. W.B. Yeats poetry interpreted by Mike Scott, evolves into great music, great songs. What more could you want in life.? This track makes me want to run and dive into the Atlantic or something.! I Saw The Waterboys recently at The Roundhouse in Camden, they didn’t play any songs from this Album as they were promoting a new album more bluesy influenced. Mike Scott has a very distinctive voice and you could actually hear the lyrics which I have to say isn’t something that I have come across in a long while.

Music will always feature in my life as I have a strong musical background. Music & Walking can be great companions. Walking across NYC in the 80’s with my Sony Walkman was one of the most enjoyable experiences ever.

I have been getting about a bit recently, I also saw

The Unthanks at The Roundhouse a few weeks back an interesting set up. A folks influenced group from Newcastle. They cover Robert Wyatt with what is a brilliant version of The Sea.

 Unthank is an actual surname. strangely enough, in my job someone called me up with that surname, not so long after me discovering this group. (spooky)

Speaking of Newcastle- my home town. I discovered THE RAMONAS they played at The Think Tank Newcastle .An All female band, devoted to The Ramones! The singer looking strangely like Joey Ramone! Another night out on the town for me! http://www.ramonas.co.uk

Previously in a recent visit to my home town, I saw a  Ramones cover band  they all wore black wigs and were pretty good. But I have to say I saw The real Ramones who I saw in Queens New York, back in the early 80’s on the same bill as Meatloaf! The Ramones were all about the energy and are great to listen to for a pick me up. J

I know, I bet you’re wondering what’s happening to all the walking!

Plans for Spring Walks

As Spring is in the air I have been actively arranging walks. Things are taking shape and it looks like my walking activities will pick up more in the Spring. At time of writing, I’m currently staying at South Shields a five-minute walk from the beach. On Friday evening  I walked along the beach with my old flat mate and dog.  The light was fantastic ( I came out without camera and phone) but it was fantastic to see ships and just a bit of space.

I was peeved I hadn’t taken the camera on that walk, but it wasn’t really planned, I was totally spaced out having arrived up North..

COULSDON CIRCULAR

 Pony with a lot of Bread on the menu

Just had to  stop to take a shot of this, spotted on a recent walk . How much bread can he eat?

Pony with a wide selection of bread

Until next time.

I will love you and leave you..x

Happy Easter

Feb
2015

Canal / Coast

Canal walk -Maida Vale to Limehouse

Walking along the London Canal starting at Maida Vale, wasn’t exactly what I had in mind  I was originally going to walk with The South Bank Walkers in the Dorking area covering some of the South Downs, but due to my neighbours deciding to hang out in their back garden all night I had a bad sleep and was too groggy in the morning to rush about. Sunday my mate & I headed off for a walk along the canal from Maida Vale to Limehouse.

 

 

 

Regemt Camal starting at Maida Vale, finishing at Limehouse

Regent Canal
starting at Maida Vale, finishing at Limehouse

 

We ended walking up over 9 miles , so not bad for a Sunday stroll and the sun was shining all day, it was great to feel the sun.

My impressions of this walk were  :

Firstly- Walking past Regents park we walked past a Bird Aviary where a very sad-looking Pelican/Stork/Heron type bird  (I”m not sure what type of bird exactly) but it had  very long legs, and a long beak, it stared out through the fence which was facing towards the canal  looking very sad.  It depresses me to see beautiful birds with clipped wings locked in.

I’m not in the habit of visiting zoos but when I visited Berlin a couple of years ago for the first time, we had a couple of hours to spare on a Sunday and visited the Zoo.It was so sad to see a massive Gorilla looking seriously sad and depressed, I’m a massive animal lover and only just getting over my beloved cats passing away just over a year ago. R.I.P Tinker and Squidgy 

Back to my observations about the Canal walk. I have to say it was too narrow and there were too many joggers/ too many cyclists/too many people generally; particularly as we got to what is now trendy Hackney.

Kings Cross is also having a make over and the joggers still jogged (thud -thud ) over a bouncy type bridge around kings Cross.This had the effect of us humble walkers hanging on to the rails for dear life. Why can’t the joggers just go to the park!? Annoying people.

 

Back Down the coast (Seasalter to Whitstable)

This last weekend we walked about 7 and a half mile walk from Sea Salter to Whitstable and back and a bit of walking around Whitstable, popped into a micro pub called  Handsome Sam where we had a half of blonde beer and very nice it was too.The town is charming and we were given flyers to a forthcoming play Anne Frank.

 I think it’s dooable to go down for an evening on a Saturday and get the last train back to London .Get down there late afternoon  for something to eat and a few beers, (loads of pubs) see a play and get a train back to Victoria and be back in time for midnight so thats something to possibly look forward to.

I gave the South Bank Walk a miss again this Saturday

Drizzly- Grey – and Cold with a load to catch up on at home,  so that’s it for now.

Not sure when the next ramble will be. There is one around the 21st of March which I might try and do and then going to Newcastle the Friday after that,where I will have a little walk along the coast at some point during my very short vist.

Adios. ramble on!

Julie

 

Jan
2015

I Can’t Explain 2015!

First walk of the year Wimbledon to Richmond

January sick and tired of you hanging round me – You make me sad with your eyes your telling me lies, Don’t go.Don’t go!” ( Pilot ) –

Anyone who was a teenager of the 70’s would remember that song. I never quite got it. He obviously hates January and January is also a deceitful woman.!  But he doesn’t want her/it to go!

It is finally 31.01.2015 and at the very last moment I have managed to get my 1st blog of the year together. I’m not saying there weren’t any lessons to be learnt in January, unfortunately most of them were a bit harsh and difficult. So here goes to the rest of 2015 -Dare I say improving?

Birdhouse
Wimbledon Park

 

A brisk Winter Walk, I did spot a group of Deers but they were so well hidden among the fauna they cannot be detected in the photograph, so it wasn’t worth publishing. It’s tricky getting good photographs in the winter light.

Houseboats Richmond

 

Nice enough I thought  but decided to carry on alone a  bit further, I left the group  at Richmond and walked keenly towards Kew Gardens.  Forgetting that the sign post that said a quarter of a mile was not to Kew Bridge, but a smaller bridge, Kew Harbour. Another 2 miles to go it was getting dark and very cold. I needed the cold walk to blow the cobwebs away.  I got to Kew Bridge at dusk and spotted the sign for Kew Gardens railway station &, walking into what looked like a bit of a cul de- sac, I asked directions, having spotted a local with a wheelbarrow, who told me ,I wouldn’t be the first to be asking the same question! Yes you could get there but it certainly was not a direct route . At this point I wanted to get home, just to emphasize dear readers, know your limits when walking… if you do deviate try and remember especially in winter. It gets dark and cold even in London and that means hanging about waiting for buses and trains. It goes without saying that in the winter you aim to finish the walk and get to somewhere before dusk where you can get a nice drink and something to eat.

ed.

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Dec
2014

Stinging in the rain!

GUILDFORD TO SHERE

A moderate walk over Pewley Down and St Martha’s Hill, then Pilgrims Way. Pub/picnic lunch at the Drummond Arms in Albury, fantastic pub lunch……then ascent Walking through woods Albury Heath and down to Shere  a pretty village, taking a bus to either Guildford or Dorking.Woke up the morning  after with a lovely ache in my legs, my eyes were slightly stinging from the soft drizzle of rain on yesterdays walk, but I felt so good, better than I have felt in a long time.

I hooked up with my walking group and an old friend from North London who I wanted to catch up with and set off to Guildford which is only half an hour on the train from London.

Part of the walk was on,The  North Downs, I don’t know it especially well , but it reinforces my belief that it is good to go out with a walking group, even if only once in a while. You can do it anyway you please; as a social thing or exercise and choose the groups that suits. It is nice to have a 7 mile walk in the fresh air.  I would like to aim to be a bit fitter (as always) in the New year and go on longer walks and perhaps next year a walking holiday or two with a group /alone/friends whatever.

Just get out and about.

The weekend before at the coast   

Beach huts

Walking from Whitstable to Seasalter as the sky starts to cloud over

It was lovely to have my first Autumn stroll of the year along the coast,a very straight walk from Seasalter to Whitstable h we come across a real cute cafe in Whitstable. I noticed a great range of gins and beers produced by local suppliers.at  Waltshaws’Kentish Pantry 19 Harbour Street Whitstable Kent.

 

 

old relic 

 

Gin made by Anno Distillers a small artisanal spirits producers. I’m not really a Gin drinker but was sold on the design of the bottle.  It’s not usual to see Beer and spirits sold in cafe’s but there was a great range of locally produced drinks. A few of the brewers include.:Nip from the Hip, Mad cat Brewery & Canterbury Brewers. Then we ambled down to the harbour where we had fantastic fish and chips. Last but not least .

Torquay on Saturday evening

A short walk from Torquay centre..truly beatiful coastal views.

Beautiful Devon

In time to attend my nephews friends birthday party and then Sunday a little stroll along the beach at Paignton, Having sat on a coach the day before for a very long time I was desperate to stretch my legs, so manged to have a lovely little walk just at the edge of Torquay a few miles just out of the town centre up the hill for fantastic sea views and a bit of peace and quiet.

 

My first visit to Ansteys cove 

Not a bad end to the year. As always there is a lot of things in the air still and I will need the help of a professional next Year to help me with my online goals.This will be the last blog of the year and I hope I can get all my glitches sorted out for next year so I can carry on with my blogging and other adventures .

Until then Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Julie.