Jan
2018

January looking forwards 2018

walk this way

2018

I will be leading two major walks this year, the first one is Seaford to Eastbourne, which is about a 14-mile walk, with very steep ascents and descents, this is scheduled for the 13th of May, further details will be posted onto my Up and Coming Walks page nearer the time.

My second walk on the 1st of June is another long one, from Hastings to Rye, this is a walk I need to practice, and there are a few members interested in learning this with me. Previously I have walked starting from Rye to Hastings, and all of those occasions, I found it to be demanding; especially on a hot summers day. Let’s see how this one goes. I will be doing a practice run for this one for sure.!

 

Capital Walkers

A London-based group and usually of a younger age than The Ramblers. They are also calling out for walk leaders, and it’s something I may consider an Easter Walk, a favorite walk of mine is Brixton to Chelsea Physic Gardens then finishing at Victoria.

Watch my UP and Coming Walks Page for further details.

 

Meet Up Group Bloggers

I have eventually joined up with a Bloggers Meet Up Group in Euston, and intend to be a lot more group focused  OR even just getting to know other writers/bloggers.

Walking for Charity?

War Child has asked that I raise funds for them. When I’m  walking along the Seven Sisters in Sussex it seems everybody is fund-raising, these days, and I’m not sure I will have the time to organise this, but it is something I want to look into. I know it’s a good cause & I would like to raise funds, but it’s not something, I can manage right now.

 

Historical walks in London

LIGHTS IN Charterhouse Clerkenwell.

 

I did manage to visit Charterhouse and the Museum of the order of St John after returning to Clerkenwell a couple of weeks ago.The area deserves its own post, and I was there on a social/business venture, so it was a case of popping in briefly to both venues. A Post exclusive will beComing Soon.  See my post for December for details of last 2 city walks.

a well-preserved skeleton Charterhouse

 

SOUTH DOWN DARK SKY FESTIVAL 

Night sky & stargazing is something I have always wanted to do, where better than the South Downs, on a cold clear night. For more information on stargazing activities, this February see my PLACES TO VISIT PAGE  

I love walking out in the countryside in Winter and the nearest I can get to it at the moment is Winter Watch on BBC 2. This time last year, I was walking on The South Downs in Lewes, on a freezing cold winters day, followed by the Best Vegetarian Breakfast ever. Unfortunately, they have been forced to close down due to excessive competition. It is so sad, I was really looking forward to going to this cafe again.

picture of free range eggs, vegetarian sos, big breakfast

fantastic vegetarian breakfast

 

winter in Lewes http://icantexplainmyfeet.com/destinations-travel/

 

 

Until next time, keep on keeping on.

Please feel free to comment, contribute, suggest ideas, all welcome.

 

 

Dec
2017

Trains, cars, planes, & then some…..

GREENWICH & CLERKENWELL

This month I attended two London Led walks.The walk in Greenwich was a refreshing  5 mile circular walk through all the historic lanes & alleyways;in and around, then through the Royal Park taking in the stunning views of London, followed by christmas dinner at The Cafe Rouge.

Greenwich has always been a tourist destination and rightly so. I feel like I have missed out on so much, mainly due to the fact that I tend to go there on Sundays in the summer when it’s too crowded, and never really take the time to visit some of the museums. My to visit list features the Fan Museum.

https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

 A winters stroll through the paths and passageways of medieval and revolutionary Clerkenwell.

The following Friday I met the south bank group at Farringdon Station, the walk was led by Martin Fidler;Artist and walk leader. Martin knows his history and we covered about 700 years of history in our two hour walk,  starting at St Johns Gates, venturing into 3 churches and ending at the library where Karl Marx studied.I will have to go back and visit some places, a it was a bit of a whirlwind tour covering a lot of history; being  a freezing cold day, & fascinating as it all is, the need to keep moving, meant we covered a lot in a short time.

Executions in Farringdon were a regular spectacle in those days.

Back to 2017 & Street Art.

Street art is something I find interesting and have come across a lot of it lately. Anyone that lives in this day & age can’t fail to see the relevance of this Tesco basic brand and it’s reinterpretation of it. I was walking down Brick lane last week and discovered this sprayed on a wall.Penge is a place I visit every now & then. I often walk from Brixton to Penge via Crystal Palace Park.

I’m not too sure who the guy in the Top Hat is meant to be exactly, of course it’s Top Cat America’s favourite wise guy,begging for cash, note the Halifax symbol embedded into his coat.Montcuq at Christmas time

It was great to see this in the window of an apartment in the village. A tribute to the passing of JOHHNY HALLYDAY

I  have a French film on DVD, in which Johnny hallyday plays the part of an ex offender, he’s pretty cool. L’homme Du Train, a real sweet film, available on amazon.

 

MORE ART

Furthermore this was an interesting sight, posted in the window of the corner gallery-a pop art print of the iconic Marylin Monroe next to the iconic image of Jesus and the cruxificion. 

After a heavy bout of flu & being bed bound, I eventually managed to get out to take a couple of short walks to clear the nasals it was lovely to be able to walk & not see anyone!

As I have mentiond in previous posts, this is an area where many pilgrims pass through on their long walks. A family friend  runs this hostel for the pilgrims so if any of you walkers are interested see my Up and Coming Walks Page; throughout the year I will be adding more information about different walking groups.http://icantexplainmyfeet.com/up-and-coming-event/

NEW YEARS’ EVE IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

I’m spending the remaining two days of the year in Sleeperz Hotel  Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. I can’t belive I went to school in Westgate Road and am now staying in a hotel here.

Out of all my visits, this place rocks like no other and I will never abandon my roots. 

From days when shipping and trading were busy on The Tyne.

 

Here’s to the Best city in the World.

 

Cheers to 2018 & Happy New Year

 

Nov
2017

Leaving the comfort zone

 Walking in Eastbourne

I created I can’t explain my feet following a period of being stuck in a rut. I joined a walking group and started going out of London on walks to places I hadn’t really heard of. After a while I did a days training to become an accredited leader and have since been on many walks and led a few. As I always had an interest in writing, this served two purposes, one was having something current to write about and secondly finding walks & getting out there

The View Eastbourne

Room with a view Eastbourne

 

I’m a blogger not a jogger!

At a recent Unite Womens Week in Eastbourne, I had the privilege of staying at The View Hotel for a week overlooking the sea. The course was full on and we had daily workshops running from 9am-5pm, I was aware that this opportunity had come at a time when I was just starting a Social Media Diploma course and had taken unpaid leave to do the course.

I felt like I was being pulled in two directions. One thing I knew for sure was I was going to have to get out and walk. I don’t feel good if I don’t manage at least 4 miles a day; on average I would say I’m managing 4-5 miles a day but if I can’t manage that, the following day, I try to make up for it.

I have to spend a lot of time reading from a PC.  I realised today as my eyes glazed over that I had to get up and have a jog in the park, I ran 1 & a half miles, which for me is something!; I like to think I can increase that and get to the point where I can maybe run five miles, eventually.

Beachy Head Eastbourne

 

early morning walk towards Beachy Head

Walking towards Beachy Head

I jogged the mile to the start of Beachy Head every morning before breakfast then another walk into town before lunch. I also managed to get a little climb up to Cliffs Edge which overlooks the sea heading towards Beachy Head.

Eastbourne heading to Pevensy Bay

WALKING TOWARDS PEVENSY BAY EARLY EVENING

I came across this which is situated walking from Eastbourne View towards Pevensy Bay.

Sculputure inspired by ship Wreck

I  found a place on the sea front that did Pilates and Yoga, so  I joined in with an easy yoga/mediation class, before the UNITE final night disco.!

Coming Up

I’m off on  a short walk on the 8/12 round Greenwich area then xmas lunch with the Rambler South east group.  

My Blog

This journal is my own personal blog and I do not write or work for the Ramblers Organisation, but I do have a page & upload some of their up and coming walks. Please have a look at it and if you want to join the Ramblers to find groups in your area. Check out www.ramblers.org.uk

Lastly I would just like to recommend a cafe in Eastbourne Terminus place. The hotel was very good but on arrival there was no lunch, so i found this place and had to go back a couple of more times for their delicious soup.

The Taste Bud Cafe on the corner of Terminus Road

 

 

 

Oct
2017

Where Now?

 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.

Where now?

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.

MARGATE BEACH

 

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.

 

 

WALKING BACK TO WESTGATE ON SEA TO THE MICROBREWERY

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.

 

WALKING BACK, LOOKING AT ROCKS , ALL GONE VERY QUIET

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.

Winter Gardens Avery Hill Park Eltham,


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

 

Sep
2017

New York City September 2017

Walking in New York City 

 I decided I would go to N.Y.C again as I had been inspired by an Australian women I met on a walking weekend in Keswick. She had told me how you could now walk miles along the Hudson River, as the area has been redeveloped. She recommended The Jane Hotel  which has quite a history. In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed at the hotel until the end of the American Inquiry into the ship’s sinking.

I tend to write about the here & now, but click on the link below to read more about the history of The Jane.

 

Reception area The Jane.

http://www.thejanenyc.com/history/

Really love this pic looking out towards Ellis Island from the Hudson river near The Jane.

 

Situated right on the embankment of the Hudson river. It is  near where the old meatpacking district used to be and borders on the Chelsea area. Now a trendy area full of bars and shops. If I had to compare it with an area in London, it would be Belgravia around the back of Victoria. Neat little town houses (at a Grand Price) and very good restaurants & cafe’s. The Mole restaurant was my favourite, a Mexican place with fantastic food & drinks.

BACK in 1986 As I have mentioned in previous blogs I travelled alone to NYC on a budget. I was 25 with 700 dollars and  stayed for a month in a hostel in Harlem which the locals nicknamed the Whitehouse!  

In 1986 it cost $3 a night.This gave me ample opportunity to explore the city from The Bronx to New Jersey I got around, and even spent a night in a children’s summer camp as a volunteer, at the time my ambitions were more rock & roll than saving the world, I decided against the job they were offering me as a secretary and  towards the end of the month I tried to sell my ticket to go on a road trip to L.A but it wasn’t to be. End of trip.

Taken from boat going to Staten Island.

 

Visiting in September 2017  On a 7 night stay I could have done with more comfort . The rooms were functional two bunk beds with draws underneath. So hot you had to have the air con on all night. A tiny window with black meshing on, so when you wake up  you don’t know if it’s day or night! Cabin Fever indeed. Not somewhere to spend more time than necessary. Of course if I were richer, the Captain’s Cabin may have suited. See the website for further details.

https://www.thejanenyc.com/rooms/captains-cabin/

Looking out of Subway window as we go overground to Coney Island Brooklyn

 

We walked 70 miles over 7 days walking on average 10 miles a day. We walked from Harlem to 5th Avenue Central park one day, as I attempted to revisit the hostel in St Nicholas Avenue 345th street. Just curiosity. Like re- visiting your home town, nothing looks quite the same. Nothing is the same, nor ever will be! 

I really enjoyed visiting and seeing it all again, but I did find it hard work at times. It’s a fierce city and was extremely hot every day and this was September. Underground was unbearable. I’m not mad about travelling underground at the best of times, but they don’t seem to have air conditioning in the stations. Madness,I say…

I’m more of an Autumn girl at heart and find the intense heat doesn’t agree with me.. On a pure vanity note, I wilt and my skin and hair cannot deal with it.. I’m not a summer flower that’s a fact.

Fresh water melon at at shop under Brighton Beach Subway.

Cops at Diner Williamsburg

We got to know the area of Williamsburg finding a little venue there called the Union Pool,that had a great DJ and a music venue tucked inside for live bands.http://www.union-pool.com/listing/

As well the area had a couple of small craft bars one of which we visited aptly name Beer Bar. Craft Beer is everywhere in NYC, slightly ahead of the UK where it is just taking off.

Coney Island, Freak Show no longer there.

 

We visited the Russian Brighton Beach area twice as it was hot enough to swim sunbathe and enjoyed Tatiana’ a Russian Restaurant & at times a bit of a blast of  Russian singing;Great food & service. Generally the food was great everywhere we went.

CATS FOR SALE

Abandoned cats for sale in Union Square all with a story to tell.

 

We came across these cats in Union Square 14th Street, it was sort of nearish to where we were staying so we were getting off from a trip to Coney Island, from there to 14th /Jane Street. They looked so well looked after and all the cages had little notes attached with stories written of where the cats were found, mainly in places like The Bronx, some with missing feet, or legs. So sad, but very encouraging to see The New Yorker’s getting organised and raising the cats.

We had noticed previously in the area we were staying we didn’t see any cats. Everybody had dogs, and every morning the residents walked the dogs round the blocks, often having 2-3 or more dogs. I can’t imagine the dogs really get enough exercise living in N.Y.C, apart from Central Park they don’t really have many proper parks, only tiny garden/squares. Not really a place for animals.

MASK from American Indian Art taken at The Met

American Indian Mask from the Met.

 

The American Indian art at the MET NYC was something I wanted to see again. I had bought a book from there when I first visited years ago and there was a print /design I wanted to screen print onto a tee-shirt to sell. My original copy got damaged in a flood, My basement was 3 foot high in water and a lot of my personal belongings, such as photographs, books etc, were stored in a trunk & were too damaged to keep.

I was hoping to pick up another copy. Unfortunately it was not available at The MET shop but as I recognise this exact mask image shown above from my original book, which was in the MET shop, I have a hunch it’s out there somewhere.

Home and thinking about my next walks

My next walk is going to be next Saturday down the coast possibly Rye to Hastings. Down the coast at least. I have sort of dropped out of my walking group a bit but intend to pick up with them again in The Autumn.

PLEASE see my UP & COMING WALK PAGE for a selection of walks.

Until Next time, Keep on Keeping on. It’s all you can do.