Hiking & walking

All about Fungi - foraging in Hampstead Heath

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 & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, fungi, Hampstead, workshop, foraging, wild foods, mushrooms


Autumn hike in Kent

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
Since my calligraphy classes resumed in September, I have not been able to get out of London for day hikes. Last weekend, my class was cancelled and so I was able to spend the day hiking along the Darent Valley Path in Kent.
Two days before the hike, the forecast looked very grim [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, walks, nature, autumn, walking, Kent


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, Britain and was tagged with walks, nature, walking, South Downs


Summer retreat in Scotland

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and right: Dhanakosa; Main: Loch voil
 
What is your ideal summer holiday? Sun and beach? Doing eurorail across Europe? Or adventures in South America? After spending three months traveling and working in Asia earlier in the year, I felt the need to give myself some 'me' time and space, and to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats


Summer walks: The new battle of Hastings

Posted on June 30, 2013 by Toothpicker

The historical town of Hastings and its rather quiet seaside fairground
 
I visited Hastings about 10 years ago to see the the historical site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. This time, I joined a walking group and visited the town for the first time. Like many other British seaside towns, the glory [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Social issues, Hiking & walking, Inequality & poverty, Britain and was tagged with hiking, nature, Hastings


A day out in snowy London on foot

Posted on January 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
Snow can be beautiful to look at but also a nightmare for commuters. The best time to enjoy the beauty of snow is during the first few days when it settles and before it turns muddy or dirty.
Yesterday, I attended a lunchtime talk on the fourth plinth and public art (see my previous [...]

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


Last country walk of 2012

Posted on December 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

A lovely December day in the Chilterns
 
It has been a few months since I last did a country walk, I have been so busy with work that I have not had the chance to get out of London. Finally, on a sunny ( and slightly warmer) winter day, I was able to [...]

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


The last days of autumn

Posted on November 1, 2012 by Toothpicker

I love British summers but my favourite time of the year is still autumn. Although we don't have spectacular autumn foliage like Canada, United States, Japan and Korea, where people would travel annually to specific spots to watch fall colours; we can still take some time to appreciate the beauty of the [...]

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


Adventure in the Cotswolds

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Toothpicker

Our starting point: Stratford-upon-Avon
 
My friend from abroad is in town and I suggested a long walking weekend in the Cotswolds to get away from London and the Olympics. It started off pretty well in Stratford-upon-Avon, but little did we know, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong once we left town [...]

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


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