Oct
2017

Where Now?

 Where now? looking for inspiration and new walks.

 

Sometimes things happen fast and other times not so. In  a period of 3 months back in the late 80’s, 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.

So,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. 

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

Walking in New York City

Walking in New York City 

 I didn’t expect to be Walking in New York City in 2017, I mean it wasn’t really something I was dreaming up! After a walking weekend in Keswick; its, to n the Lake District, I was now considering walking in New York City!

I met an Australian woman on a walking weekend in the  Lake District, who told me about her recent visits to NYC. York.  She had told me how the Hudson River, area was being redeveloped. and how she had been walking in New York City, and how easy it was to walk along the Hudson River. Sh.e also recommended The Jane Hotel situated real near to the River Hudson

The Lake District

I felt inspired by her recommendations which alighted a flame I thought had long died, and a curiosity about the Big Apple awakened in me. My last visit had been around 2006. I have always loved my urban walks, and in recent years I was spending more time along the river.

 

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’ townhouses (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.

   

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. It was easy to really get to know the whole of the city in that time and further afield  & beyond from The Bronx to New Jersey, and Long Island.

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. 

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

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

 The room in the Jane Hotel, 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 covered in black meshing over 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 the 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, I had stayed in back in 1986-7.  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; although, it’s a fierce city and it was extremely hot every day and this was September. The subway stations were unbearable and it felt like being locked in a launderette, with the driers on full heat all day.

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 wandered 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 its edginess. Well, in fact, all of its edge. It had been cleaned up a lot. No ladies with snakes, or the tattooed man-eating fire and that sort of thing were on display. I had been entranced on my last visit there with the tattooed fire eating man ,

Cats for Sale in Union Square

The cats looked so well looked after and all the cages had little notes attached with stories written on them. The stories told were about where the cats were found; mainly in places like The Bronx, and poor areas of NYC. Some cats, had  missing feet, or legs. So sad, but very encouraging to see The New Yorker’s volunteering to help home the abandoned cats.

 

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

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 had thought about putting it onto a tee-shirt. 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, in which the South American Indian design that inspired me all those years ago, might be found. ! I  had lost the book somewhere along the line. It was probably when the basement of my flat got flooded out. The mask above had been in that particular book, so I was on the right tracks, it has to be out there somewhere.

I never did find it.

 

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

Aug
2017

I can’t explain my feet comes full circle!

I can’t explain my feet is 5 years old, and comes full circle

 I have been writing posts for I can’t explain my feet for five years now. I’m not always sure what I’m doing but I can’t explain my feet came about as a way of journaling my walks and places I visit when travelling about. it can be about anything really but in the main it is about getting out and about .

In June 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.

Let England Shake!

We had seen PJ Harvey play a fantastic gig at The Eden Project, her newly released album ‘Let England Shake’, seemed appropriate after the news about Brexit! We were on a rocky road, and I wasn’t happy but the gig really felt profound and beautiful.

 

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 Street. I’m not normally up for marching and protesting. Got some great pictures. I also visited The Wellcome Institute in Euston London and saw a fantastic exhibition.  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  Cornwall

I would like to dedicate this post to a very dear long time 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

 

https://www.edenproject.com/

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. You can read the full post in Let England Shake.

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.

Until then

keep on keeping on.

Jul
2017

I can’t explain my feet best walks of 2014-2015

I can’t explain my feet best walks of 20142015

I can’t explain my feet best walks of 2014 -2015, has been fun to collate. every year is different and it has been fun to look back and read my posts. How did I find the time to do all that?  I can’t explain my feet best walks of 2014-2015 shows some fabulous walks, photographs and  great posts.

I will continue collating favourite blogs from 2016-2017 in August and thereafter, all of my normal posts will resume. Please let me know if you enjoy reading I can’t explain my feet best walks of 2014-2015. 

February 2014 Westgate to Margate...

A familiar stroll along the coast – 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 favorite 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 a cliff top Dover

 

Photography is another tricky art form, depending on what camera you use will determine whether you can size your photographs on line . After a lot of experimenting with different cameras, I realised that I need One phone just for pictures & the other for maps, when out 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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Jun
2017

I can’t explain my feet 2012-2013

 

I cant explain my feet  2012-2013

Since starting writing and navigating, I can’t explain my feet, it has been a pleasure to have discovered new places and writing about them all.I can’t explain my feet 2012-2013 is a celebration of my best walks and posts, I have learnt about new walks, in areas outside of London; but near enough to be able to do in a day.

Looking back at I can’t explain my feet 2012-2013;rewriting and republishing gave me an opportunity to reflect on how far I have travelled; in more ways than one. It has been a joy to write about my travels.

I rediscovered my Love of London; as well my love of Newcastle, and the North East coast; and on top of that I have found new places on the south coast and Sussex. Below I have selected some of my BEST blogs in my first two years as a blogger! It has been great fun. I learnt about The pacific crest trail from reading Wild Cheryl Strayed, this led me to taking a new interest in the world. I have yet to manage such a journey but one day, I will do.

read more about Cheryl Strayed- Author https://pdxpeople.com/cheryl-strayed-author/

Shoes and Boots! my fist ever post

The Charleston House Experience

Rye- Hastings walk`

Thinking about walking -thinking about writing!

LONDON LIFE/MUSIC MACHINE

1979 you could smoke on tube- and travel, All night!!

Take a walk on the wild side- cover of Wild, an body and mind exploration of the Pacific Crest Trail.

 

2013

Anybody got the blues?

 Sharing Blogs, reading different blogs.

 

Learning to lead & the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

 

Northward bound

 

Wild Cheryl Strayed

 

Up next Best of 2014- 2015 Until next time, Keep on Keeping on.