This is the first day I’ve felt up to anything more than a token walk but finally I’m feeling more myself - except that it was massively windy and pouring with rain - real stair rod stuff! So I sulked around at home and cleared away a lot of things ‘out of harm’s way’ meaning that my grandchildren are coming to stay this weekend. My reward was that the sun came out and I was enticed. It's co-oo-old but a really beautiful bright day for a walk so I thought I’d take you with me.
Out of the front door of the building where my flat is and into the green square.
Down towards one of the views that persuaded us to move here
Round the curves on the crescent below our square
Down the steps to street level
Across the road to the sea onto the lawns with their ubiquitous dogwalkers. There was a white standard poodle with outrageous pom-poms and a pink diamante bow on her forehead but the owner forbad me to take her picture so you’ll have to imagine that very formidable sight!
Further along the promenade there is the first of two cafes - this one. with no inside space, generally has a seagull waiting for any scraps left by customers.
Too cold for a coffee here today although there are various intrepid coffee drinkers enjoying the view of the sea but let's plod on . . .
. . past the Peace Statue
. . past our poor burnt out pier, the victim of arson, which has a beauty all of its own
It's alright - we're nearly there!
And here it is - our final destination!
A beautifully restored Victorian bandstand. Musicians used to play here regularly but now the upper part has tables and chairs in the summer or on balmy evenings there are tango nights or live music of one sort or another. The downstairs used to be the dressing room and instrument storage room, when needed, but now it has been converted into a very quaint little bistro with extremely good coffee. Definitely a good thing because I’m running out of energy and need to top up for my return home.
Hope you enjoyed the walk - come with me again soon
. . . for last week.
Last week was not the best. I succumbed to a bug kindly donated by my grandsons.
Today I count myself lucky to be left with a heavy cold. Not pleasant but far, far better than the run up which was fluey, achey and extremely unpleasant. Consequently I did the minimum last week – domestically and Sparkwise. However – this is a new week and I intend to start it well – catch up on a few chores and then off for a walk by the sea. Breathe in some of that Brighton ozone – considered to be curative in the eighteenth century. Hope it’s stood the test of time – am in definite need of a final ‘cure’!
OK - so after promising myself - and anyone else here who would listen, that I was going for a walk in the rain on the 'JUST DO IT' PRINCIPLE - I went out walking - and very wet it was too
However at least I went, passing damp seagulls, damp dogwalkers and even damper dogs. I avoided the sea because it was practically invisible in the mist and rain and the wind was blowing straight off it into my face, but I'm lucky to be in an area of grassy green squares so I walked around them instead.
Past dripping bushes and some interesting tree trunks gleaming in the rain. Some rather quirky reflections in puddles too. Did take photos but stupidly had left my camera on the wrong setting and they are too big to upload.
Anyway - photos not withstanding - it was a very interesting experience and with a better waterproof jacket than I have at the moment there is now one less excuse on my list of reasons not to take a walk.
As it’s raining I’m sunk on the sofa in the process of preparing a blog with pics about my visit to the Day of the Dead celebrations in Brighton (UK) at the weekend but have had to interrupt myself thanks to a blog from JACKSGRAN.
First of all I loved:
*Regardless of feelings or circumstances or motivation – JUST DO IT!*
Second of all I had to take notice of:
*I don't mind walking in the rian. (spelling left as it stands on her principle of forgiving one’s own/others’ imperfections!) In fact I quite enjoy it.*
WHAT!!?? Quite enjoy it?!!! Actually I guess, on reflection, that I could too. In fact I really enjoy walking – BUT . . . I always have an excuse for NOT getting going. I’m a terminal procrastinator and so easily diverted. My motivation is never good – I feel miserable OR I have too much to do at home OR it's too wet OR I’ve been brought down by . . . whatever.
OR – OR – OR . . .
Neatly back to the first quote from JACKSGRAN's blog – *JUST DO IT*
SO – I’m going to stop diverting myself on Spark – put on my waterproof – and go walking. NOW.
Thanks JACKSGRAN – you did me a lot of good today.
Quite remarkable day again so off I went to the Downs again this afternoon for a walk in the sunshine. SO many people had the same idea of course and it was packed up there with people and paragliders enjoying the late afternoon sun.
I count myself very lucky to have somewhere so beautiful to take my Sparkercise.