Oct
2016

New Ventures

 

Navigating a 8 mile walk somewhere around Berwick Sussex & The Devils Punch Bowl

 

 

Devils PUnch Bowl

Devils Punch Bowl

 

last blog I mentioned I was going to try & learn some new walks. True to my words, I went off armed with some printed instructions & headed towards Berwick Station East Sussex to meet a walking ‘buddy’

Spanner in the works

Arriving at Victoria early was fine, but I missed my connection from Brighton to Berwick. I had a vague memory in which I had taken a train from Berwick on my first ever ramble, that was the extent to my knowledge of the area. Next time I will make sure to check that before leaving.

Consequently I was late & the pouring rain looked set to continue for the rest of the day. Luckily there was a café/pub right next to the station at Berwick, so we could have a coffee & plan what to do.

Like a lot of new ventures you have to try more than once to make it a success.

My walking companion had a good grasp of reading a map so I happily let her take the lead. I had taken the initiative to organise the walk, but the rain and me being late meant we had to cut it short. I was grateful to her having an ordnance survey map and being able to read it. Miraculously the rain stopped within five minutes of us starting the walk and then poured down again about five minutes before we finished.

Despite the fact we only clocked up just under five miles, we walked over dry hard fields, lumpy  ground and such. My legs the following day, My ankles, feet &  calf’s in particular were painful. My feet are usually the problem and they were throbbing like mad having worn the boots from 8am- 8pm . I haven’t worn them since. I’m obviously going to have to wear them in.

Devils Punch Bowl and Gibbet Hill  10 mile Hike.

Into the trees

Into the trees

                                                                               

 

MAGIC MUSHROOM

MAGIC MUSHROOM

 

Meet up group Explorers UK 

http://www.meetup.com/Explorer-UK/ organise regular walking Day trips and weekends. You can where you can book online for a small charge the leader Tom will purchase your tickets and lead the walk. It’s a good way to get to know areas and meet people.  40 minutes outside of London from Waterloo we were in Haslemere. It was a perfect Autumn day for a ten-mile hike along the Greensand Way to The Devil’s Punch Bowl on the borders of the South Downs National Park.

MAGIC MUSHROOM

MAGIC MUSHROOM

Caterpillar.

Caterpillar.

We enjoyed beautiful views across the Bowl’s natural amphitheatre before climbing out the other side to see even further from the second highest point in Surrey. Along the way  visiting the Sailor’s Stone and discover its gruesome history, before finishing the walk at a lovely pub a few minutes from the train station.

 

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I finished reading Bill Bryson comical journal about travelling today in the UK, and felt inspired to keep on writing about my days out and walking adventures. I’m off to the Lake District this week Monday to Friday for a walking holiday, taking a few books; Mac Airbook, notebooks, camera, film and I phones. So as well as having days out walking I can also be updating my blogs and working on my writing projects, & reading. Can’t wait.

 

 

Until next time. If you would like to check out my up & coming walk page you might find a walk that suites you.They are all led by The South Bank Group who are all members of The Ramblers and all walks are led by experienced walkers .You don’t have to be a member to come along for a walk, if you would like to try it out a couple of times I’m sure you will realise the benefits and join up

If you are new to my blog & like what you read, please subscribe and you will recieve it in you email. I genearlly publish once a month at the end of the month and try to write about at least 1 or 2 walks a month.

I stand corrected, My Uncle Neil has sent me this!

The Magic Mushroom pics on your blog look like Fly I Agaric. For MM pics see: http://http://www.magic-mushrooms.net/gallery.html#.WBXvZxmnwj0

 

I knew they weren’t literally magic mushrooms that get you high,but they sort of look Magic. The colour of them.

 

Avoir Farewell.

 

Nov
2015

Meet up groups

Meet up Groups

I have been to a  couple of Meet Up groups lately.

    *  WordPress *

Without WordPress I would not have this Blog. I joined their User Group in New Zealand House Haymarket, where they have hired rooms The group Westminster Hub,is provided by sponsors WP Engine.

I had suggested we do a sort of speed dating session, with the aim to find out what people want to get from the group.  Eugene was hosting his final night, so this was a good as time as any. It went very well and I felt I had made a contribution to the group. I made my pitch which is that I’m at a crossroads regarding where I’m going with the blog/writing Web Design ideas. I learned a lot about my aims as well as WordPress and Web Developing than I have in a very long time. A good session was had by all, but where now?

I do still want to go out on  walks but the writing about walking can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore and I have other ambitions to pursue.  It is a personal choice as to how to migrate my blog to a free platform and have little control over the layout or to continue paying for a hosting service. After a lot of churning and thinking I settled at keeping my site hosted by SITE GROUND It’s convenient. A good outcome from that group.

Black White background or White Background ?

Thinking about design

At the WordPress Meet Up group I had some constructive criticism from one of the Web Developers who seemed to think the black background wasn’t good!   I have since changed my theme so that is no longer an issue. I chose a design that wasn’t black or white.!

Back to my walking, my latest trip was with the Explorer Uk Group.

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