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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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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.