Apr
2017

Counting steps- Getting there!

Revisiting  my home town is always good  for me. Seeing old faces as well as new developments, keeps me coming back to Newcastle Upon Tyne. I love this picture of the Sunset down at the Quayside looking down river.

Picture courtesy of Jan n Blue taken from their flat at Newcastle Quayside.

I had bought a pedometer & tested it out  walking from the lighthouse at Newhaven, South Shields to Marsden Rock, then back to South Shields Town Centre.

Big Clouds you can almost touch

Marsden South Shields

Then taking the  metro into town to Newcastle, just walking up and down the Quayside visiting the Baltic http://www.balticmill.com/visit (there’s always something new & interesting going on in there) followed by a walk in the city centre & a quick  visit to Tynemouth we clocked up about 12 miles.Its’ easy to clock up steps when out & about.

Looking at Newcastle from The Baltic

 

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Mar
2017

Cows, frogs, humans & others!

Exploring East Sussex

Looking through the window of closed pub in Glynde

No service today.

 

I had bought an OS LANDRANGER map 198 which covers Brighton and Lewes , it went as far as Firle  but not as far as Charleston House which is sort of where I wanted to go. Weather wise it was a bit grey and overcast. Last time I had visited a few weeks earlier it had been snowing so this was an improvement. I was recognising land marks and getting my bearings in the area. The village cafe was also closed until 17th of March. It would have been nice to have had a tea break and look at my map, but the best I could do was sit on a wall by the bus stop and rest my feet.

The answer is blowing in the Wind my friend

 

I got as far as the end of glynde village, uncertain as to how to get across the A27 without getting run over. It was another 5 miles to Charleston, so I figured I would get the train to Glynde next visit and walk to Charleston house from there. Or train to Charleston and walk back to Lewes which is about 8.5miles.

Frogs,cows and other friends of mine!

Near the start of my walk on The South Downs towards Glynde.

Frogs getting matey

I was on my own and not making any noise I just stuck my head over the railing and they swam towards me, there were quite a few of them swimming about. Real Cute.Confirmation that there is so much wildlife ‘out there’ not something we are aware of living in cities. Although a frog did manage to get into my garden at Railton road once and was living in a big glass jar I had left there! Not to mention the other frogs I had to kiss !

I was in a bit of a strange frame of mind having had a few dealings with some militant vegans on Face Book. Frankly the experience had left me feeling a bit disturbed. Being out in nature walking alone gives me time to unwind and let my thoughts run free. Returning from my walk heading towards the Golf club and just about to walk out of the downs back into Lewes, this old fellow waddled slowly towards me. He was really cool.

Animal Welfare

Earlier in the year I had  spent some months studying for a diploma in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutritional Therapy. I have been a vegetarian in the main since my early 20’s after watching a documentary about pig farming, it put me off eating meat. I was/am beginning to consider a more vegan lifestyle. Every little act of awareness can help to put a stop to unnecessary cruelty to innocent animals. The Body Shop & Neil’s Yard are two companies I know that have good ethics regarding quality and animal welfare. Testing products on animals is one thing I am totally against. I walked through the field looking at the cows wondering what sort of life they had, they seemed content from what I could sense. They were out in the fields grazing.

On returning home I eventually worked out how to redeem my code to download the ordinance survey map onto my phone . I  was about to buy my return ticket for the following week to Lewes to continue my walk, engineering works were scheduled for the next three weeks in the area.

Engineering Works

It just puts a spanner in the works. It makes the day too long. Lewes is near Brighton, getting to Lewes from Brixton is a two-hour journey each way. Add on engineering works, & any other diversions, makes for a tedious day.

Off to Newcastle 1st of April.