Some time ago back in the eighties, I formed a band after having been inspired by staying a month in NYC;I promptly placed an ad in The Melody Maker, stating ‘female bass player seeks band.’
I had been playing the bass some years, but just jamming with friends. I got call from a drummer; Yes we had a land line, in the squat. We also had a hose pipe running from the kitchen to the bathroom, which provided us with hot water, but that’s another story!
So I met a fantastic drummer who for some reason liked the fact that I had written in my ad that I was seeking a band not looking for a band! I’m not too sure what that was all about; but I sought and I found.
It was a short-lived affair but good fun, in a period of 3 months we had written a set;created a rehearsal studio/recorded a demo, & Where Now was one of the songs I came up with. A friend of the drummer organised a video shoot for a live gig but due to illness couldn’t do the gig so we stepped in, I still have the video, now transcribed to DVD.
Is still the question, & as always the future is uncertain. So what is happening with the walking?
I’m making plans. It’s Autumn and the weather has been good.
As a starter I have renewed my My Network Rail Card, so that’s a 1/3 off all journeys a good deal. Got down to Birchington -on -Sea & walked to Margate, a blustery day with the weather changing every five minutes.
Seeing the dramatic effect of the colour of the sea and sky it’s easy to imagine why Turner loved painting the view . The Turner Gallery itself was under construction, but a couple of new exhibitions are opening soon so planning on returning before the end of this year.
We clocked up over 10 miles on this walk. Enjoyed a nice lunch at Margate Harbour, and a beer in a bar over looking the sea. Then walked back to Westgate -on Sea and had a couple of beers in the micro pub.
I’m taking a career break, starting November. I will have my own time table & be able to join up with some of the planned walks with The South Bank Group .
Day to Day Walking
It just takes a bit of effort to walk daily. My general walking day-to-day has increased, partly as I have been spending time in Eltham in October and commuting during the week to Denmark Hill; a 25 minute walk each way to and from the station. If I add a little walk at lunch time,then if going anywhere after work, I find I’m easily walking 4- 5 miles a day.
I did cycle last week to work from Brixton and have found I really don’t enjoy it anymore, I think doing the same thing too long is murder for the soul. 12 years is enough. When I start my career break, I can easily cycle, walk, or roller-skate should the fancy take me. Not having to go to Denmark Hill for 3 months will be thanks enough.
Part of the Green Chain Walk cuts through this park linking to other boroughs.
In the meantime I’m looking forward to a weekend in Torquay to visit my brother and nephews, then back to London to get cracking on the various projects that have been on the back burner for far too long.
Watch this space for more talks about walks among other things.
love and peace