The adventure has begun. In London I am staying with my friend Freda who I met back in 1978, when working in a hunting and shooting lodge in Scotland. To stretch my legs after the 27 hour flight, we decided on a country walk of 12 kms at Box Hill, a good hour in morning traffic from Ealing, where Freda lives. I wasn't behind the wheel and could relax, spotting places of very familiar names. (Twickenham, Hampton Court, Sandown Racecourse, Epsom) We were passing through villages of the 'Stockbroker belt' so homes and gardens were constantly getting oohs and aahs from me. Once into the countryside, my cup of happiness was full.
Once coffee and the local flap jack cakehad been disposed of, we quickly found the starting point of the circuit and set off through the woods.
I'm feeling quite frustrated. I have come away with my husband's I-Pad and not my laptop. I've just tried to load photos and it appears I can only load from piccasa, mobile or URL, not direct from
Sorry folks the journey ends here for now.
And hello again. After a dreadful week trying to recover from jet lag and the return to normality, after 7 simply amazing weeks of travel, I've found some time and internet, to try and record my thrilling experiences.
The above hike was an excellent introduction for the terrain I was to travel in the following days of the Coast to Coast route - steep hills, narrow paths, steps, stiles, gates, panoramas.
Village churches. This one dating back to the 1100's.
Flowers growing wild that I've wasted too much money on trying to establish in a cottage garden in the tropics. These cyclamen never survive in Brisbane, although they are regularly on sale as potted colour.
The joy of picking juicy blackberries as you listen to birds chirping amongst the branches.
Two days later Freda and I met up Jocelyn, [who had arrived in London] to walk the 18km length of the Regent's Canal - Little Venice to the Thames.
A perfect temperature and sky for walking / ambling along this picturesque, fascinating and peaceful waterway.
With its:- reflections
Sometimes hard work
Ability to pick up a book to read
Have a sidewalk coffee
Visit Camden markets
Snatch views of the old and new
and admire the chimneys of days of old.
Now, down to The Narrows, Limehouse, to celebrate with a pint, watching the busy traffic on the Thames. Our hike, set in the middle of London, was such a contrast to the hustle and bustle of this buzzing city.
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed the strenuous exercise of Box Hill, followed by the tranquility of Regent's canal. I would love to read your comment.