Tag Archives: walks

Day out in Southend-On-Sea

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Given the proximity of Essex to London, it is surprising how the county is often overlooked by Londoners. Is it because of our biases and stereotypical images of the area and its residents? Londoners would rather visit Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, or Suffolk if they need a short getaway... Essex is quite low [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, seaside, Southend on sea


The last days of winter

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Although Londoners had to endure a cold winter this year, we have also had many sunny days. I don't mind the cold weather much as long as it is not consistently grey and wet. I am prone to winter blues if I am obliged to stay indoor for a long period of [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, walks, nature, parks


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


Charles Holden goes west

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Toothpicker

Sudbury Town understand station
 
Last year, I attended an architectural walk organised by London transport museum to explore English architect, Charles Holden's iconic art deco underground stations (click here to read the blog entry) on the north east end of the Piccadilly Line. This year, I attended another walk (which was also [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Hiking & walking, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, walks, British design, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain, British heritage and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats


Cheese night walk

Posted on December 22, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Borough market; Top middle: All Hallows by the Tower; Top right: The oldest street art 'The Two Mice Eating Cheese' on Philpot Lane; Main: St Paul's Cathedral
 
City Lit, the centre for adult education recently launched a new Dark London walks series, which sounded very interesting. I signed up for one [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, walks, cheese


All about Fungi

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I have always loved eating mushrooms, ( it's funny to say this but Campbell's mushroom soup was one of my favourite when I was a kid) years ago, I even bought a hardback cookbook on mushrooms only. About two years ago, I met a couple on a hike who like to [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature, Eco living, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, fungi


Caledonian Road & The Cally festival

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
 
When the weather was still fine last Sunday ( sadly it's no longer the case), I joined a free walking tour provided by the Footprints of London as part of the Clerkenwell and Islington Summer Free Walks Festival. I had previously joined their lunchtime walking tour in Clerkenwell, and so decided to sign [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Photography, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with London, architecture, walks, Caledonian road, street life


Last summer walk in the South Downs

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I never realised how 'addictive' country or hill walking can be, once you start, there is no turning back! Now that I have been doing it for a few years, I simply cannot stop doing it. This is also partly due to my keenness to explore the picturesque British countryside and my [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with walks, nature


Charles Holden's iconic underground stations

Posted on July 8, 2013 by Toothpicker

Arnos Grove station designed in 1929 and opened in 1932
 
Most Londoners have a love/ hate relationship with the Tube/ underground. While it can be efficient and convenient on some good days, it can also be crowded, hot, disruptive with long delays on many bad days and most of us seem to experience [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, walks, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


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