I have now started visiting the second half of the underground stations in my 'Above the Underground' challenge. This was a challenge I set myself in 2014 as I wanted to know more about the places I travelled through on the Underground where I was familiar with the names of the stations but no idea what was above ground. There are 270 different stations and my latest one is the 136th I have visited. Stamford Brook is perhaps one of the most surprising, as I used to travel through the area on my way to work in the seventies but I had no idea about some of the gems just a short walk away from the station. If you want to find out more check out my other blog: 62andthenext10pathways
Thursday, 3 June 2021
The idea of a blog occurred to me when I decided to write a bucket list prior to retirement in 2011. A photographic record and a description of places I might visit seemed a much better idea than shelves of photo albums. Little did I realise how much the blog would mean to me. Looking back at my posts, it is an accurate and detailed record of my retirement with many things I would have forgotten had I not written about them. I didn't really think I would continue it for ten years, but here I am now writing two blogs and thinking about the next ten years. I wrote that bucket list thinking that some things were beyond reality such as walking in Darwin's footsteps or snorkelling above The Great Barrier Reef. More were physical challenges like walking the Thames Path or walking from one side of England to the other. Putting them in writing was the motivation I needed to work out a way to make them a possibility. Here are just a few of the places I have visited this past decade.
Migration of the Monarch butterfly in Mexico
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Last week I celebrated a significant birthday.
Fortunately, lockdown restrictions were eased a few days before and myself, daughter, son, Dil and grandchildren were able to meet up and spend a few days together to celebrate.
Last Summer I booked a lodge at CentreParcs thinking the restrictions of the pandemic would be in the past! It then became a nail biting time wondering if I would be able to celebrate at all. However, just four days before my birthday the rules were changed and I would be able to celebrate the day with my closest family.
My daughter baked this fabulous cake which was delicious. She also made a video of messages from friends and relatives which was emotional, funny and full of special memories for me.
My son and Dil arranged the activities for the weekend which involved rock climbing, Segway, crazy golf, ten pin bowling, badminton, table tennis, swimming and more! We had such a good time that few photos were taken.
Monday, 17 May 2021
Erith station was just a few minutes walk from Erith Riverside where I finished my last walk along the Thames path. I am following the Thames downstream from the Thames Barrier. Today I have travelled by train to Erith so I don't have to retrace my steps back to the car. I have an ordnance survey map of the area so should be able to sort out how to get home after a few miles walking. This area is totally new to me so I am looking forward to hopefully finding places of interest. Once back on the path I saw Erith Pier.
This is the first time I have seen a pier like this on a river. This type of long pier is common by the seaside but not riversides.
I now had a clear view of the QE2 bridge (Dartford crossing) - the last bridge over the Thames.