Dec
2016

Building Bridges/Burning Bridges?

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My blogs are changing all the time some are full of stories- others are brief and to the point. Well- It’s the end of the year, and as tempting as it is to do a re-run/replay, I think the verdict is still out.  What direction I’m taking? Who knows.

Life may appear to be steady, but in reality is far from it. A big change is well overdue. I have plans in motion and circumstances will change, but unlikely to be at the strike of Midnight on New Years Eve. Oh, if only Cinderella!

I have been writing this blog since 2011 and those of you who know me may understand, that I have a lot of creative ideas I want to explore. Having made a start with various studies and projects, it is a  matter of keeping at it & finding the enthusiasm to carry on. Walking is a big help, it’s a great way to think, unwind and get out in the fresh air.

There are still hundreds of new walks to be discovered and further adventures to be had in 2017. I will be sending out a little Newsletter to some old friends, new acquaintances and others inviting you all to subscribe/comment on my blog. Plans to create a new website in 2017 with different types of writing is on the cards, so let’s see how it all pans out.

In the meantime,  here are a couple of walks done in December.

 

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Jan
2015

I Can’t Explain 2015!

First walk of the year Wimbledon to Richmond

January sick and tired of you hanging round me January 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!

richmond walk in januaryDEAR READERS. 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?

 

Bird House Cannizaro Park Wimbledon

Bird House Cannizaro Park Wimbledon

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.

Houseboat Richmond

Houseboat Richmond

My first group walk of 2015 Wimbledon to Richmond. approx 8 miles.

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.

The last time I inserted a page break when i was working on another website my blog went askew, so if you don’t get any further than this I apologise. This blog is a work in progress. ALWAYS! If you do get further then great, that problem has been fixed.

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Nov
2014

Ammendment is my middle name!

Taking a Break

I was working hard towards designing a new website for a friend, organising a meet up group for other Word Press /website developers and having to deal with a lot of technical problems that were a bit over my head. I was backtracking, going over and over the same problems, thinking I have sorted them out only to find out I haven’t.

There was a lot to explore and some of it suddenly seemed too much, without much site of a reward for the amount of work I was going to be doing.  I originally published this on 1st of November 2014 but due to technical problems I’m doing it again. Time (lack of it) and decision-making seems to have been another theme of October. Having had a late summer holiday in Palma and so busy since coming back, I haven’t had the time to go on a proper walk. This blog was started with the intention of me writing about walks I was going on.

When all else fails, take a break

Beach in Mallorca

palm trees

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Si, Si Cate Blanchet Advert in Palma

Si, Si
Cate Blanchet Advert in Palma

 

Back to Camberwell &  office politics.

Making Changes of any kind takes perserverance, patience and hard work. 

So Until next episode- keep on Keeping on. 

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.