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 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

 

 

 

Oct
2017

Where Now?

 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

 

Sep
2017

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.

Aug
2017

I can’t explain my feet comes full circle!

Let England Shake!

The title of PJ Harvey’s album seems apt. We were driving down to the West Country for some time out, and the news broke that Brexit had won the vote, n the referendum. A feeling of impending doom took over me. This year has been varied and interesting. I have posted some of my best blogs.

I decided to post the best blogs of 2016. Hope you enjoy.

FEBRUARY 2016 ‘STATES OF MIND-

Here I looked at Lack of social housing in particular in London, I joined an old friend walking from Kennington to Downing . I’m not normally up for marching and protesting. Got some great pictures. States of Mind

 

APRIL 2016 A WEEKEND with the UK Explorers’ taking time out to meet a new group. I have eventually joined another walking group and went off for a weekend . Peak District Weekend

JULY 2016

 The Eden Project  

I would like to dedicate this post to my friend from Cornwall.

the forver fantastic Cornishe coastline

On the way to Sennon Cove

Keith Richards who passed away unexpectedly w/end of July 28th 2017. The last time I saw him was at this gig. !

 PJ HARVEY at The Eden Project

The Eden Project

EDEN Project

 

I met Keith in London in the early 80’s both of us were on some Government Back to Work Scheme;  we became friends as we had a shared interest in bands like The Fall and The Damned!  He had a good sense of humour & an appreciation of the ‘Dark Side’, When he moved back to Cornwall he kindly put me up on my many visits. He gave me the opportunity to really get to know Cornwall. Keith was a real fun guy unfortunately Chron’s disease finally got him. RIP Keith.

Let England Shake After all the tension pre Brexit, we got a great polished performance from PJ Harvey.

 

 

 

WHERE NOW?

I’m going to NYC in September and haven’t visited there since 1986, at that time I stayed in Harlem for a month,the hostel cost me $3 a night, it was the best time ever I loved it.

This time I’m sharing the experience & staying at The Jane near the ‘meatpacking’ industry and I’m prepared to have my eyes opened again. I will be doing a lot of walking.

NYC should be a good jumping off point in terms of looking at the bigger picture and making long sought after changes.

Until then

keep on keeping on.

 

 

Jul
2017

I can’t explain my Feet -Best posts 2014-2015

Best Walks of 20142015

 It’s difficult to pick the best walks, or the best blogs;or even the best pictures, but did manage to select a few.  All walks and the blogs posted here are my personal favourites.

February 2014 Westgate to Margate…

A familiar stroll – See archives for more stories and pictures.Westgate to Margate revisited February 8th 2014

MARGATE BEACH FEBRUARY 2014

 

May 2014 Urban Landscape

Excel/ Docklands Trinity Buoy Wharf

One of my favourite off the cuff walks.

The entrance to the Wharf has a varied display of street art, sculpture & murals.

A musical tide chimer….

July 2014 Photography in Posts

Walking the cliffs of Dover.Photography in posts

Wild flowers on cliff top Dover

Photography is another tricky art form, depending on what camera you use will determine whether you can size them up all the same. After a lot of experimenting with different cameras, I realised the convenience of an I phone is sufficient but a portable recharger and an old I Phone is needed. One phone just for pictures the other for maps on very long walks. Occasionally I like to use a 35 mm camera. 

SEPTEMBER 2014 -Thorney Island! A strange hypnotic walk

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