Sunday, August 31, 2014

Let's go down town.

This is the walk I do 3 or 4 times a week - and back up the hill  which is why I don't bother with gyms.

 Out of the drive and turn right down Western Lane.
 There is an alternate ginnel on the left but I usually stick to the lane
 Down past the two houses that were built in our grounds - before us
On down hoping no large vans come down the lane.

 You can just see the main road at the bottom but main roads and traffic are to be avoided at all costs
 So we turn left at the lamp post down Park's Lane

 At the end we turn Right down Watery Lane
 Through the ginnel to the Queen's Head
Go between the Queen's Head and the Italian restaurant 

Past the old laundry which no longer does dry cleaning

I have yet to discover what the tall pillar at the end is for.

 Along Market House Lane with its floral display
 at the end of which is the main thoroughfare - the Parade.
 a busy Saturday morning
 Now the Parade morphs into The Avenue.
Can you smell the sea?  We are getting closer.

 This part requires concentration - the pavement is positively wavy - near the sea of course.
 Not much further
 There's Gail's my hairdresser next to the Wheel House

Here is my good friend Gail helpfully giving my coat to another customer. That's Laura in the centre- my taxi driver's daughter.
Hair done - walk all the way back for a bite of lunch then next door but one for Jackie's 90th Birthday Party.  Sadly I was the only one of our original quartet able to be there but there were loads of friends and neighbours - some I hadn't seen for a few years.  The food was non stop and delicious and Jackie seemed really happy.

Jackie second from the left with old members of Townswomen's Guild.  It was good to see them again

Jackie doing the honours with her fantastic daughter Jane who works in our local hospital,  cares for her mother and an invalid husband and does endless work for charities.
Happy birthday darling Jackie.  and the cake was scrummy:)


Kim Ayres said...

Could almost follow your journey on Google Street View, except it doesn't go down the ginnel :)

Pat said...

Kim: you have been down the Ginnel when we went to the Chinese.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, Pat!! Such a lovely place! xx

Pat said...

John: thanks:) Have you ever been?

kenju said...

I had to look up the definition of ginnel. We would call it an alleyway or passageway. Your word is more to the point, I think.

Nice pics! Your scenery is so charming. I don't walk that far in a week. LOL

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a BEAUTIFUL walk! It is all so magical, my dear Pat...So very "English", and I absolutely LOVE live in a very special place, my dear. And Good For You, that you can do this walk so many times a week!
A Happy 90th to your dear Jackie....
Not sure I will make that, myself, but I applaud her for getting there!
YUM YUM YUM, on that Cake!

angryparsnip said...

Who needs a gym when you have such a beautiful walk, except when it snows.
With my walker I could make it down but maybe not up ?
The cake looks wonderful.

cheers, parsnip

Pat said...

Judy: re walking - you would if you didn't have your car.

Naomi: it's funny how it looks so deserted but it often is.
I'm not sure I want to make 90 - but then when I'm wandering around town - on a good day I don't believe my age.

Parsnip: ice is what scares me and would keep me indoors.

Granny Annie said...

Why was she giving someone else your coat?

Love the walk and wish I would take that kind 3 or 4 times a week. Maybe after this shot in my hip on Tuesday I will be able to.

Pat said...

Granny Annie: I wanted her to look natural for the photo and probably said action and she got confused. It worked.
Good luck with the shot on Tuesday.

sablonneuse said...

What a good idea to show us your walk with photos. How long does it take and how far is it?
Nice to know you're keeping fit.

Anonymous said...

I am sure we have drove down that road to play on the beach, I could be wrong though :D


Exile on Pain Street said...

What a beautiful walk. I'd never grow tired of that. Thanks for the tour. Happy birthday!

Ms Scarlet said...

I will probably spend the rest of the afternoon trying to find out the reason for that pillar - looks like some sort of memorial, but in a strange place!

Pat said...

Sablonneuse: the temptation is to exaggerate so I won't. Probably 3/4 of a mile and with a following wind 21 minutes. The speed does rely greatly on wind and weather.

Helen: The Avenue and Parade - certainly.

Exile: the variety, peace and quiet are good. Back up the hill can be tiring.

Scarlet: hats off to you if you are successful:)

rashbre said...

Great fun to see the walk, you've some interesting sights very close by.

I guessed what a ginnel was, but didn't know the word. I will have to try using it somewhere soon.

Pat said...

All; I'd like to make it absolutely clear that Gail's place is NOT a shop but a salon and she is a stylist NOT a hairdresser. Sorry Gail.xox

Rashbre: well guessed and feel free to use it any time - in your next book:)

Anonymous said...

Pat, i've shut my blog down. Got bored. I shall continue to follow your blog and will still be on F/B! xx

Pat said...

john: we'll always have Scrabble:)
Don't be a stranger.

Anonymous said...

I wont! xx :-)

Guyana-Gyal said...

What a delightful walk. I hope you walked slowly, it's too pretty to rush through.

I love to walk, I look at everything.

90! Jackie's going great, and she looks lovely too. Please tell her happy birthday for me.

Mage said...

What an amazing walk....beautiful and charming. I hope you took the taxi home. :)

Pat said...

GG: I will. walking speed:
I try not to hurtle when I am late. If I am going to the doc's for BP measuring I glide -breathing deeply - it worked.

Mage: taxi only when I'm bushed.

Nea said...

Is it possible the pillar is an old stone cross?
According to your town's chronological history online, in
"1461 Market established with at least 9 stalls near the Cross" and this is in Market House Lane?
Just a thought, also in 1877 Charles Pooley published a book on old crosses in your area, so they're not unknown, unfortunately I don't have a copy of said book, so I can't check it but will you take your hat off if I'm right too?

Pat said...

Nea: that's good enough for me. Well done! Hats off and head bowed in supplication:)
Perhaps veneration would be better.