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Oct. 23rd, 2012

No 50 Various

Including turning 50 itself, visiting a festival of lights in Berlin (going round seeing animations and lights projected onto buildings), staying in an airport hotel, sitting and watching two hours of films in a gallery (more than spent on the gallery itself), using the audio guide at the classical museum in Berlin!!

A bit of a collection but I couldn't chose one - oh yes, and post 50 (by a few days) went mushroom picking and going up a high tower in the forest with a magnificent view over Berlin!!

So what conclusions over the past year? Some sadnesses, doing the genuinely different, slowing down (in a good way), improving the quality of what I do by taking longer over it, vlimbing mountains, doing more planned stuff with Beloved, more planned spirituality, ... reading this makes me think of a metaphor of less fast food and more slow cooking. Also less of some things!


Oct. 4th, 2012

No 49 Staying in a backpackers hostel

It may sound very similar to the last one but it's significant for me. I've managed 49 and never stayed in a backpackers' hostel. Before coming home we returned to Krakow and stayed in the Dizzy Daisy hostel. I am a bed and breakfast, self-catering , even a hotel person but my conservative side has meant, til know, I've never done the hostel thing - til now!!.   I sat around the communal area, was definitely the oldest person there but not too bad at all. Now what next?

12 days and 1 new thing to go! My daughter suggested sleeping on a park bench, but I think I'll leave that one!

No 47 Walking in the Tatras

Have thought about it and now actually done it - steep steep steep, loads of people, small chain sections, steep drops and nearly1900 m. After going for trips with each of daughters finally managed with the eldest to South Poland and climbed Mt Giewont http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giewont. A proper mountain and a sense of achievement for both of us

Sep. 26th, 2012

No 46 Making space

Instead of rushing around and merging everything into one I've been dividing things up. Busy at work, leave it there and not worry into the night. Enjoy what doing next, and with a few wobbles keeping it up!

No 45 Visiting a skansen

LAst of last Polish trip ones! For a few years I have wanted to visit one of these very Polish places and on this holiday I managed it! http://www.skansen.kudowa.pl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=47 Fairly quiet so we had chance to wander round older buildings and look at memorabilia. A sense of history, culture and the old. Felt a closer understanding of the people who lived in the area. A good new thing!

Aug. 16th, 2012

Long posting gap

What with Olympics (TV watching), busy at work, Talktalk internet misbehaving(haev to sit within 3 feet of router to get signal) etc very little reading and posting, for which apologies!!

Getting behind on new things as well...and time running out!

Jul. 30th, 2012

No 41: party on the top of a multi-story car park

Not our own I hasten to add. In Peckham, on the 10th floor of the multi-story car park, is Franks' http://www.frankscafe.org.uk/.

Someone had birthday drinks - they didn't even bother to search Beloved's bags, it was so evident we were carrying neither drugs nor concealed weapons.

It's dead trendy has table tennis tables and art installations - and also very windy when the sun goes down. And it's a new thing on the basis of trendy which is a very foreign country to me!!

PS i'd like to make No 42 attending an Olympic event but I don't want to attend either men's beach volleyball or women's wrestling and pay over £50 a ticket for the privilege!

Jul. 15th, 2012

No 39 A staycation - cont'd

Despite grey skies, which are pretty common at the moment, we explored a new place - Erith! It is did rain but my Beloved was able to try out her new charity shop waterproof trousers. 

We found some really beautiful spots. These walks just keep on surprising us, We've lived nearly 24 years in South East London and we keep on getting surprises.

Yesterday was the ruins of Lesnes Abbey and the woods around it.


Not many people around with the rain, older woodland and you could easily imagine monks going backwards and forwards in an earlier age.

And it did stop raining in the end. And today the sun mighrt even come out. For a bit.

Jul. 14th, 2012

No 39 A staycation

We're off this week but nothing - well nearly nothing planned. We've got a holiday planned at the end of August in Poland - well a flight there but nothing back yet - maybe we're not coming home!!! But this week is blank!

Magda has a birthday party on Monday evening, I've turned down a couple of life drawing invitations as we're meant to be doing stuff together, we paln to do some capital Ring walks, but apart from that OPEN SPACE.

Will report back!

Jul. 7th, 2012

No 38 Yodelling, going on a climbing wall, using an oxygen tent

A number in one! The Wide Open School again and alternative art! An afternoon of what we can learn from mountains at the Hayward Gallery.

It was run by a professor and students from a Munich art school. Yodelling after seeing a video made by one of the students, learning to fall, going on a climbing wall, using an oxygen tent...all in the Hayward gallery.

Now this is what I am talking about with new things, followed on Thursday by a lecture from the artist Marlene Dumas. One piece which struck me was "Measuring your Own Grave". L

I was looking back over our pictures so far from the Capital Ring and what struck me were the various memorials, especially the dedicated park benches in various places, where individuals and couples often sat and looked at the view, as though closer to true meaning in these beuatiful places.

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