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Westgate to Margate

A nice little walk WALK THE PATH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting to the Kent coast from London can be a bit of a drag and we were held up on the M25 due to a car that had set alight on  the road coming into London. This caused massive hold ups but I was determined to get a bit of sea air. It had been a while and the weather was mild so off we went my  companion and I,  the Cockney Mole. We parked up at Westgate -on -Sea and then walked to Margate along the seafront, heading to the Turner gallery.

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There are a lot of artists shops and galleries and it looks set to becoming very modern eventually.  We visited the (Winter Gardensl )to the right of Margate Town Centre and checked out the up and coming acts that are going to perform there. Simple minds are a band I wouldn’t have expected to see playing there; but reassuringly they had a psychic show, which is the sort of thing you expect at a Seaside Resort.I always associate fortune-tellers and psychics with sea-side towns; the towns usually being  a mixture of run down, majestic and fun.

The mole had his smart phone, which he used to map our walk,it can tell you exactly how far you have walked how many calories you have used and show you the exact map as you walk it. Clever stuff. After seeing this in action I have joined up with map this walk .

 

BLACK CAT-ALIVE AND WELL...
BLACK CAT-ALIVE AND WELL…

I just love this photo of the cat in the window in one of the old small city houses , The Mole was convinced the cat was stuffed, we stood looking at the window from the street, the cat was motionless with eyes closed, we stood there for what seemed like ages looking at it, a woman walking up the hill joined us ;the three of us were mesmerised -then the cat suddenly opened it’s eyes, it was spooky!  Don’t know what the cat thought of us all gawping at it while it’s waking up!! strange…

 

Easy walk along the sea-front
Easy walk along the sea-front

I must just add a thanks to Justin in Arizona who is a GO Daddy internet adviser who saved the day for me yesterday and rescued me from being without my dashboard! For some reason it was not available and this is the panel where I write my blogs, he assured me he could fix it and he did, I was so relieved .I have subscribed to Go Daddy to host my blog for another year and would totally recommend them as a host.

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I’m planning on learning how to lead walks, starting with an introduction to how to do that in March. I hope to step up the pace in March and get out on at least a couple of walks. All in all we clocked up about a 6 mile walk, on a really mild day in February, nice and easy does it..

Until next exciting episode.

keep it real….

BW

 

The Author!

 

©Ms Julie

 

 

 

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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. That kind of sums up the bleak feeling. I realise I can’t be ‘on it’ all of the time. I need down time. 

Getting out into the wilderness? Who me? Not I.

A scheduled  walk  Sunday the 27th of January has been written 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

Built in 1910, the cinema finally opened in 1912 as The East Finchley Picturedrome, part of the first wave of cinema building happening across the UK in the early 1900s.

 

One of my favourite old art deco cinemas, which to me is the height of sophistication .Instead, I went to the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley to see a ballet broadcast live from Moscow. It’s 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 Theatre

 

 

 

 

A scene from the ballet La Bayadere. Stunning costumes and sublime coordination.

 

                    I really must get out more.

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.

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. 

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

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LONDON LIFE/MUSIC MACHINE

To Quote Bob Dylan

NO- Direction Back Home. 

 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 likely end up in a pub.  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 . Less crowds, more space. My last canal walk, seemed like a busy highway, and we ended up dodging cyclists, joggers and prams. Such is London life.

Looking back at life in London

I have lived in London since about 1982 starting off in South Kensington, some time in North London, then to New Cross eventually settling into Brixton. I spent the years 1978-1982 going backwards and forwards from Newcastle to London, In those days I took off at a moments notice and had  sudden pangs of homesickness where I would hitch up the M1. For some years this was my mode of travel. I wouldn’t dream of it now.  That was to be young careless and free. I hasten to add, and skint! and skinny!.

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 would like to see the artificial reality crew dealing with that lifestyle.!

London Underground

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. 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. 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  generally walk and cycle if I can. I understand other cities aren’t so bad. Living in London for all the fun I have had, it always had an other side to it. Driven by a power, I don’t relate to. I have mainly lived on the sidelines. Seeking out pleasure and fun, while juggling making some kind of a living. It is great to reconnect with my creative self, while still having a job to pay the bills.

 

 

Until next time keep on keeping on.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Monkey’s gone to Heaven! /Gone to Devon

 

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The Pixies –

“This monkey’s gone to heaven!”  –   Eh I mean, this writers gone to Devon. Oh well at least it rhymes .

Visiting Devon…

It can be a heavenly place and I have visited some beautiful spots. Unfortunately I don’t get the time to go off when visiting m y brother and young nephews. Perhaps when there older, we can go a bit further afield. I did try to find a walk with a group based in Devon, via the Ramblers website, but there was nothing near to Torquay on my recent visit. My brother had told me of a 13 mile walk from Brixham to – Kingswear. I would be happy for a 3- 5 mile walk on this occasion. there is a walk i can do from his house i have posted on previous occasions . I will consider this one next time I get the chance to stay a bit longer.

https://www.explorethesouthwestcoastpath.co.uk/brixham2kingswear.

MY FEET

Also, getting back to the feet, I haven’t walked any great distance in these walking shoes I bought recently from Clarks, size 6 and a half.  It is a weird one, the floppy toe syndrome! I can’t explain it I really can’t. The podiatrist offered a sort of explanation, which went a bit over my head.   There was some kind of operation that I could have but if it was anything like the surgical procedure to remove a verruca I don’t think I will bother. I have yet to get into the habit of strapping my toes together to support them, but the podiatrist did show me how that was done! I will be  taking my ASIC running shoes as a back up, as they give me no problems at all, they are great but being white not suitable for muddy paths etc.

Pictures from Devon and blog about walk will be on its way too you soon.

The Pixies This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

keeping it short, keeping it real.

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Thinking about walking- thinking about writing!

Seaford to Glynde

GIANT MUSHROOM

 

I wasn’t sure how Rural Sussex would photograph especially it being Autumn and the colours being so vivid, but I quite like the effect. I know you can use effects on most smartphones to Black & White, but I vouch that film is very different to digital and has a different outcome. Well at least in printed format,

Seaford to Glynde

Walking takes a certain amount of stamina, this was an 11-mile walk in Sussex starting at Seaford to Glynde all in the countryside. We walked up Northwards inland over vast open spaces and quite hilly in parts.We had glorious autumn weather that day but still, the earth was damp with residues of rain from the previous nights of heavy rain. 

A few of us fell over including myself, as parts of the walk were chalky and damp downhill and we kept skidding.

My legs were hurting and I was too hot, covered in mud! preoccupied about not having the right walking gear and annoyed that I had burned my only pair of walking trousers in a rare ironing frenzy!

Such is life.

The walk started at Seaford over the downs, walking in the countryside to Berwick Church, I had mentioned the church on my first blog, as we walked there from Charleston House.

After a pub lunch, the group seemed to split into the Fast and Slow Walkers, I assigned myself to the fast group but we had to keep stopping to wait for the others in case they got lost. I’m sorry to say, but that got very tedious after a while.

Romantic Berwick Church Autumn 2012

I have to walk everywhere now

I am from Newcastle but have lived in London now longer than I lived in Newcastle.. Still, it was my old stomping ground and I still truly love the centre of Newcastle with its magnificent bridges. I have been revisiting in the last few years.


 

We tried to walk to the now famous Cluny music venue on the Friday night we arrived, it seemed such a lovely romantic walk along the Tyne, however, we were on the wrong side of the river, going in the wrong direction!

We backtracked & opted for a gig in the Westgate Road Newcastle, near my old primary school; A Ramones cover band was due to play.

We slipped into the Art Centre next door where they were having Tango lessons! We had a beer and watched that while waiting to see the Ramones cover band. Some contrast!

 

Best Wishes
Julie