Looking through the window of closed pub in Glynde
I had bought an OS LANDRANGER map 198 which covers some of Brighton and some of Lewes it went as far as Firle; but not as far as Charleston House -which is sort of where I wanted to go. You might understand I am still getting the hang of maps.
Weather wise it was a bit grey and looking bleakly overcast. I had visited a few weeks earlier; it had been snowing so this climate was an improvement. I was recognising land marks and getting my bearings in the area. The village cafe was also closed until 17th of March. It would have been nice to have had a tea break and look at my map, but the best I could do was sit on a wall by the bus stop and rest my feet.
Since a young age, I have got up and explored, the areas I lived in without a definite destination. (maybe it’s called drifting) I was good at that! Usually this was city life. I still have the basic instinct to get up and go. I had a vague plan to day. This was as good as it got.
I got as far as the end of glynde village, uncertain as to how to get across the A27 without getting run over. It was another 5 miles to Charleston, so I figured I would get the train to Glynde next visit and walk to Charleston house from there. Or train to Charleston and walk back to Lewes which is about 8.5miles.
Frogs, cows and other friends of mine!
I was on my own and not making any noise I just stuck my head over the railing and they swam towards me, there were quite a few of them swimming about. Real Cute.Confirmation that there is so much wildlife ‘out there’ not something we are aware of living in cities. Although a frog did manage to get into my garden at Railton road once and was living in a big glass jar I had left there! Not to mention the other frogs I had to kiss !
I was in a bit of a strange frame of mind having had a few dealings with some militant vegans on Face Book. Frankly the experience had left me feeling a bit disturbed. Being out in nature walking alone gives me time to unwind and let my thoughts run free. Returning from my walk heading towards the Golf club and just about to walk out of the downs back into Lewes, this old fellow waddled slowly towards me. He was really cool.
Earlier in the year I had spent some months studying for a diploma in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutritional Therapy. I have been a vegetarian in the main since my early 20’s after watching a documentary about pig farming, it put me off eating meat.
I was/am beginning to consider a more vegan lifestyle. Every little act of awareness can help to put a stop to unnecessary cruelty to innocent animals. The Body Shop & Neil’s Yard are two companies I know that have good ethics regarding quality and animal welfare.
Testing products on animals is one thing I am totally against. I walked through the field looking at the cows wondering what sort of life they had, they seemed content from what I could sense. They were out in the fields grazing.
On returning home I eventually worked out how to redeem my code to download the ordinance survey map onto my phone . I was about to buy my return ticket for the following week to Lewes to continue my walk, engineering works were scheduled for the next three weeks in the area.
It just puts a spanner in the works. It makes the day too long. Lewes is near Brighton, getting to Lewes from Brixton is a two-hour journey each way. Add on engineering works, & any other diversions, makes for a tedious day.
Off to Newcastle 1st of April.