Stinging in the rain!


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  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.





















This Monkey’s gone to Heaven! /Gone to Devon



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.


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.