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walking for charity? walking for health, historical walks..

A lone swimmer braves the cold

There are two Challenging walks I am leading this year., Both walks are over 14 miles.

There are so many types of walks.The first walk I’m leading is from Seaford to Eastbourne,it is a walk I have done before and know it to be difficult. The total distance  is about 14-miles. Made all the more difficult because of having very steep ascents and descents. It includes the steep Beachy Head, as well as The Seven Sisters. This is scheduled for the 13th of May.

My second walk on the 1st of June is another long one, from Hastings to Rye, with a steep start through Hastings Country Park. This is a walk I need to practice, and there are a few members interested in learning this with me. .

trooping through the fields at Rye
Rye to Hastings

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.! There are some long flat stretches such as along the Military Canal.

Hastings Country Park, bigger than you think

 

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. there is no doubt about it walking has become a booming interest. I joined my group in 2011 and would never have guessed it would turn into such a passion. I’m not saying I hadn’t done a lot of walking previous to that, I always liked walking about looking at places . Planning long walks, and taking a group out, is a different kettle of fish, it takes time, as does understanding routes, train travel, working out distances. It is a challenge to learn and I am always up for learning new things.

 

Meet Up Group Bloggers

Meanwhile I continue ways to keep inspired to write my blog about walking

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. It might sound a bit dull to sit in a room with other people writing, usually there are discussions as well, as people generally like to enjoy talking about work they are doing. I find it interesting to meet other writers/bloggers. It is held in the week, so I can’t get to it as often as I would like to.

Walking for Charity?

 

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 would like to raise funds and do something for charity. There are many to choose from. I’m looking into War Child.

 

Historical walks in London

candles surrounding skeleton in Charterhouse

 

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.

 

A lone swimmer braves the cold
while you sit indoors, there’s always someone out there braving the cold.

 

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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, Greenwich. We strolled 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. 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

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

 

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Leaving the comfort zone

The View Eastbourne

 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 my leader training , I then was qualified to lead walks.  Since then I have been on many walks and led a few. My passion for writing and interest in leading walks, 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.

 

Being pulled in two directions.

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; as well, to review my employment possibilities!

One thing I knew for sure was I was going to walk; eventually I went for it and ran, Essential when your commute is two floors down!

 

Fantastic views,changing skylines 

This is the sort of place I could like to see myself living in, I think to  myself, a room with a view , open space and the sea air. I’m aware of the problem areas but all seaside resorts have that problem. In fact all UK, towns and cities have a lot worse problems. I love seaside resorts.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Where Now?

walking back from margate

 Sometime ago back in the eighties, I formed a band

After a month exploring NYC;I returned and 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. It always makes me happy to recall that story. I was full of hope and ambition. 

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. G

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

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

 

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New York City September 2017

Walking in New York City 

 I was away on a walking weekend in Keswick, up in the Lake District, where I met  an Australian woman, who inspired me, with tales of her recent visits to New York. She told me how the Hudson River, area had been redeveloped. and recommended the Jane Hotel. It sounded good, I can’t recall seeing much of the river on my first and only visit back in 86. I decided to revisit.

 The Jane Hotel 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 if you like history click on the link below to read more about the history of The Jane.

 

Reception area at The Jane.

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

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

 

THE JANE HOTEL is situated on the embankment of the Hudson River.

It is  near where the old meatpacking district used to be and borders on the Chelsea area. If I had to compare it with an area in London, it would be Belgravia around the back of Victoria. The area hosts neat ‘little’ town houses (at a Grand Price). As well as very good restaurants & cafe’s. The Mole restaurant was my favorite, a Mexican place with fantastic food & drinks.

We ordered a ridiculous amount of food, not knowing what things were. Drowned down with non alcoholic cocktails, it was fantastic. Probably about 5000 calories just in that sitting.

BACK in 1986,  I travelled alone to NYC on a budget. I was aged 25 with 700 dollars in my pocket.

   

 Back in those days it was  $3 a night for a room in a hostel in Harlem. I was young free and single with 4 weeks to explore. I really got to know the whole of the city  & beyond from The Bronx to New Jersey, and Long Island. I wanted to extend my visit, but as  I was running out of money. I enquired at ‘The Whitehouse'( what the locals named the hostel in Harlem) . I got a chance to work as a volunteer at a children’s camp in New Jersey. I felt out of my depth. After one night there, I jumped back on a coach to the city.

I had after all travelled to the city, with a vague aim of meeting musicians. Although I did meet a few musicians, and saw a lot of live music. The extended visit had to end. I tried to sell my ticket to go on a road trip to L.A but it wasn’t to be. End of trip.

I never get tired of seeing The statue of Liberty, one of many pictures taken from ferry crossing to Staten Island.

This trip to New York, felt very different to the my visit in 1986.  

 The room in the Jane, was tight. You could not move, for the two bunk beds, that took up most of the limited space.  It was stuffy and humid. We kept the air conditioning  on all night. With only a tiny window with black meshing covering the window, it made no odds . You could not open it and the view was a brick wall.  If you woke up it was difficult to tell if it was morning or night!

 

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

We walked about 10 miles every day. One of the walks was from Harlem to 5th Avenue Central park. I attempted to revisit the hostel in St Nicholas Avenue 345th street.  On this visit, I couldn’t quite place it. Still it was interesting to revisit the area.

 Like re- visiting your home town, nothing looks quite the same. Nothing is the same, nor ever will be! 

I really enjoyed seeing it all again, but I did find it hard  at times. It’s a fierce city and was extremely hot every day and this was September. The subway stations were unbearably hot.

 

 

We got to know the area of Williamsburg where we found a great little venue called the Union Pool. 

They had a great DJ, with a good sized dance hall. A music venue tucked inside, with a different entrance and  a large artificial garden outside, with more bars. The bar sold a beer with a shot of tequila for a few dollars. I can’ t remember how many of those I had or how we got back to the hotel.! We wondered off with a couple of guys we had made friends with. Sad to say I don’t recall much of our late night adventure, out on the town!

 

.http://www.union-pool.com/listing/  

 

Coney Island, The Freak Show is no longer there.

Generally the food was abundant and good everywhere we went.

We visited the Russian Brighton Beach area twice as it was hot enough to swim and sunbathe. In fact it was baking.

Juicy Melons
Brighton Beach Subway.

 

 We enjoyed a fantastic meal at Tatiana a Russian Restaurant, situated along the seafront. We were treated to a blast of  Russian singing; The service was fantastic and the food was great.

I felt the beach had lost some of it’s edginess. Well in fact, all of it’s edge. It had been cleaned up a lot. No ladies with snakes, or the tattooed man eating fire and that sort of thing

Cats for Sale in Union Square

 

The cats 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 volunteering to help home abandoned cats.

 

 

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

 

 

A mask from American Indian Art taken at The Met

American Indian Mask from the Met.

 

I revisited the Met in search of a lost item.

Every now and again, I see a design that inspires me and I think about putting it on a teeshirt. It’s one of those ambitions that pops up every now and again

 I was hoping on this visit I might be able to purchase the same book. I  had lost with a perfect image. the mask above had ben in the book, I was on the right tracks, it has to be out there somewhere.

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