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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Return of the boots

It is well over a year since I have been hiking. I had a slight tear in a tendon in my leg which has taken a long time to heal and then lots of physio and acupuncture. Walking on flat ground presented no problems. Walking on uneven ground was unbelievably painful but  I am now well on the road to recovery and am back in the gym as well as increasing the distance I walk. No real hiking yet but I am working towards that soon.  So on a beautiful frosty morning I decided to put the boots on and go for a gentle 6 mile walk.

This is a newly built estate in Kidbrooke about a 15 min walk from where I live. They have landscaped the area really well but the apartment blocks are still built very close together.

A short distance from Kidbrooke is the Cator estate. It is a large 282 acre site laid out in the 1820s with the building of private roads. The houses are a mixture of detached mansions to these blocks of flats.

These blocks have the advantage of being surrounded by greenery and space. Not something you see nowadays.

Once through the Cator estate you enter Blackheath village which  overlooks the open space of the Heath

At the other side of the Heath is Greenwich Park which is about 3 miles from where I live. It was beautiful in the park.

The pond was frozen in places

 but enough water for the ducks to enjoy.

I love the contrast of the deciduous trees and the evergreens in the park.

This fallen tree is known as Queen Elizabeth's Oak. This ancient tree is thought to have been planted in the 12th cent and to have strong links with King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. It died in the late 19th cent but a strong growth of ivy supported it until it collapsed in June 1991.

Winter time is the perfect time to spot the hundreds of parakeets that live in the park.

From the top of the hill you have views over London.

I decided to leave the park and have a wander around Greenwich village. The market was very busy with lots of people looking for Christmas gifts.

Closer to the River Thames and the Cutty Sark was ready for visitors.

I wandered round the town for a little while and then decided it was time to make my way home. The walking boots were just as comfortable as ever so next time the walk needs to be on more challenging terrain. Kent here I come.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

December is here

Mistletoe and baubles are the theme for Covent Garden 's Christmas decorations this year.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Roman London

London's life began with the invasion of the Romans in 43AD. Invading from Kent the Romans' advance was stopped by the River Thames. A bridge was built and with it a network of roads. North of the river the Roman settlement was known as Londinium and quickly established itself as a trading centre for goods brought up the Thames by boat and unloaded at wooden docks by the bridge.

About 200AD the Romans built a defensive wall  around the city.

This wall defined the shape and size of London for over a 1000 years. The area within the wall is now 'the City', the financial sector of London.

Parts of the wall can still be seen

These remains are next to the Tower of London

This is one of the most impressive surviving sections of the wall  and can be seen to the Southeast of Tower Hill Underground station.

Other parts of the wall can be seen on Noble Street near the Museum of London.

The Great Fire of London in 1666 was stopped by the wall preventing further destruction north of the wall. Later on parts of the wall were demolished or incorporated into new buildings but bomb damage in the 1940s revealed more of the City Wall which is now protected by English Heritage.

Roman discoveries are still being made as archaeologists must excavate an area before any new construction within the City of London can begin. In 1988 Museum of London archaeologists discovered the site of an amphitheatre beneath the Guildhall Yard. It was built in 70AD as a wooden structure  but was restructured in the 2nd century to accommodate 6000 spectators. After the Romans left Britain in the 4th Century the amphitheatre was dismantled and the stone used for building materials elsewhere,

The remains can be seen below the Guildhall Art Gallery.

 Clever light projections help you to imagine what it would have looked like.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

All that jazz

I visited the Fashion and Textile Museum  recently to see an exhibition on 1920s Jazz Age Fashion. After WW1 women's fashion reflected a more active lifestyle. Hemlines began to rise, tiny waist lines disappeared and women were more active. The 1920s allowed for all shapes and sizes in a multitude of styles., some of which have stood the test of time and are still around today.

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