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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!



Sunday, 26 April 2015

Coastal Walk

With my long distance walk fast approaching and fabulous weather I decided my last training walk should be by the sea. I parked the car just outside the fishing village of Whitstable and set off for Herne Bay which would be a round trip of about 10 miles.


Lots of beach huts looking out to sea.









This group were set up for a day's fishing.


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You find lots of empty oyster shells amongst the pebbles

I wonder how long it took the culprit to scratch off the word.
Mobile homes with a sea view.









A wind farm in the distance providing some renewable energy but not great views.

Jet skiers are only allowed in this one small area.








Herne Bay is very different to Whitstable with its amusement arcades, ice cream shops and fun fair.

















I was enjoying the walk and weather so much I decided to continue walking to the next small village of Reculver.






It was a fabulous walk but a big mistake not to stick to my original plan. I was not wearing the correct footwear for a long walk. It was 8 miles to Reculver but of course I needed to walk back to get to my car. By the time I had walked the 16 miles my feet were blistered with some very big blisters (too big for the blister plasters I carry!). I just hope my feet heal in time before I begin the walk next week. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Reflections at Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place, East Sussex is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew. It is a mixture of natural woodland, lakes and formal gardens.


 At the heart of the gardens is an Elizabethan house and the 21st century Millennium seed bank.























 In the Himalayan Glen the rhododendrons are in full flower.



Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

Friday, 17 April 2015

Cathedral reflection

 Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City reflected in the glass panels outside the church.














Inside the Cathedral is a pendulum which records  how much the building is moving. Reduction of the water table,caused by the pumping of water for use by Mexico City's increasing population, means that the ground is continuously settling and causing the building to sink.























                          

haring with James at Weekend Reflections