Mar
2022

March Winds blow

“The March wind does blow -the door it closes!” 

March winds blow and create a storm or a change. Many songs and poems have been written about the element & the power of the wind, & it being a catalyst for change. The March winds -A time when nature whips up a fury and blows the air about

I’m in France, Margate & staines this month, in-between my life in Camberwell & Brixton /London. Here I am reflected in window, trying to decipher the French notice explaining why ‘my bookshop’ was closed. 

March so far has been a strange and difficult month

The war on Ukraine for a start. I don’t know what to say other than Putin needs to take the stand for War Crimes. End of.

One of the things keeping me going and writing a blog is looking back at some of the walks I have done and posts I have written. It is a bit like an on line diary. Although I don’t have thousands of followers I find it therapeutic and gives me something to focus on other than my work.

This month I have been to France from Toulouse to Cahors and Montcuq

The weather was fabulous for the end of February, to early March.

A bright blue winters day Feb 26th 2022 Toulouse Matabiau Train Station

 

In an hour and a half from Toulouse I’m in Cahors.

I managed to get a train ticket usually around £20 for £1 as I bought in advance on Trainline Wonderful and inspiring to be able to travel so cheaply. The sun being out made the long wait for my 3pm train enjoyable. A nice journey as well. At Mountaban I glanced out of the window and saw a couple of Camels grazing ! Were they there for some circus act? No idea. it’s nice to see something different anyway!

A door with the shadows of tree in winter sun, Toulouse.

 

The weather kept up for the whole 4 day visit. on the way back when for the first time in all my visits I actually managed to find myself on the Point Valentre.

I hadn’t realised there was a cute little underpass 10 mins walk from the station on the same side, to the bridge. I only ever saw the bridge driving past and it was to the right in the distance, while being driven down to Montcuq.

Walking across the bridge Post Valentra at dusk on the 1st March 2022.

 

Looking left from Post Valentre

 

It was my mum’s 81st birthday. Although I have come to terms with her Alzheimers it’s a happy /sad visit. There was a lot to take in. Visiting & seeing  all of the old people in the home is an eye opener. Those with Alzheimer’s and dementia need 24/7 care. I was sad to see one of the residents I had taken a shining to, look pale and sick since my last visit. All they need is extra love and care at this point in their lives.

Puy-l’ E´veque, Les Lavendes Home for the elderly & those with Alzheimers

 

We could  sit outside enjoying the February sun and that was nice. Afterwards I could get some steps in and have a think about life in general.

My 4 mile round walk just outside of the village Montcuq. Not a soul around. Good to walk & think

 

A group walk from Staines to Windsor

Sods law that I had come down with some sort of virus; flu/cold, I had been looking forward to this for some time. so I dragged myself along to this walk, and figured if I have worked all week then can manage a walk, but kept my distance at the back .

On the sunniest day of the year so far. The walking group gathered about 10 miles along the River Thames starting at Staines and ending in Windsor.

 

The hottest day of year. It was a very pleasant walk along the Thames alongside were attractive river houses many with boats. We had lunch at a National Trust Cafe the Magna Carta .

The magna carta

We arrived at Runnymede visiting the Magna Carta monument and the JF Kennedy memorial. I read the blurb and realised this was a significant humanitarian document .In relation to the current invasion of Ukraine in 2022, we seem to be losing the fight for human rights/ & freedom to dictators and criminals. It’s a scary place to be.

Watch the British Library explanation of the charter or at least how it came about. Not how it worked thereafter!

I ALMOST FORGOT to mention MARGATE

I decided to go down on a day return and visit the coffee hut and Turner Gallery then walk back to Westgate to take the train back into London. It wasn’t especially cold and the sun was out at least.

Margate from the sublime to the in your face graffiti it is grand, ugly, brash and bright.

what’s going on in Margate.?  Looks like some old boarding has been pulled down to expose these, or are they there for a new film? Answers on a post card.

Karl Marx Woz here!!!!

A sight for sore eyes, big skies, no skyscrapers… space.

 

I noticed they had a new Anthony Gormley statue in the sea which can be viewed from inside the Gallery.

WAYFINDER LARRY ACHIAMPONG

 

Everybody wants to be black until it’s time to be black!  The exhibiton explores alienation and migration. turnercontemporary.org

 

I trekked the Jurassic coast for War Child in 2019

It was to raise funds, & then I imagined the treacherous journey from war to safety. The only thing anyone can do is empathise, raising funds, and awareness are two things that can be done.Fleeing for safety is the only objective which is a horror in itself. Then, as is often the case running from war to an insecure /uncertain future with other possible dangers in stores.

The other side!

To arrive in a foreign country often faced with other dangers, :racist abuse, poverty, traffickers, loneliness,  & isolation are among a few possibilities people may have to face.  I cannot bear the thought of traffickers  coming In as they do looking to pick up strays for a life worse than any life imagined.

LONDON STANDS WITH UkRAINE

Hare Khrisna drumming & free vegetarian food, for any hungry people.

A packed Trafalgar Square welcomes speakers from London to declare their compassion and to declare they stand with Ukraine.

IMAGINE PEACE. If you’d like to make a donation to UNCERF, you can do so on their website. You can also buy a Yoko Ono print with all proceeds donated to UNCERF, I dug deep and found after a 3 month stretch alcohol free, I could manage to donate.

 

Well that’s it from me for now.

Next Month in April  my sometimes walking partner The Mole will be assisting me leading a walk in Essex. The walk is along The Stour Estuary to Grayson Perry’s House. Manningtree to Wrabness.

 

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