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Welford Parkinson’s


Bluebell woods at Welford Park, Berkshire

Somwhat belatedly, here are some pictures from our walk in the Park in April. I carelessly allowed my camera batteries to go flat, although the camera in my smart phone was able to take reasonable images in the brilliant sunlight that we all enjoyed that day. The ink in my assorted fountain pens didn’t run out, though, and I made a fair few walking-sketches…


Jenni from Parkinson’s UK, the organiser of the walk, talking to the assembled walkers at the beginning of the walk


The official photographer. The incongruity of drawing photographers at work appeals to me…


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Assorted scenes from during and after the walk


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A walk in the Park

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Welford Park, a private estate near Newbury, is known for its snowdrops (the ones above were in Kingsclere) and – more recently – as the location for the television show Bake-Off. I’ve not been to see the snowdrops before (although I intend to every single year) and I don’t think I’ve seen the Bake-Off on television (there are no intentions in that direction). But I am going to be visiting Welford Park, with my family in tow, for another Parkinson’s UK sponsored walk.

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Walk Oxford


The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, sketched during the London Urban Sketchers’ Oxford Sketchcrawl

Oxford is a very attractive town. I last visited it on a “Sketchcrawl” organised by a friend for the London Urban Sketching group. I seem to recall doing quite a lot of walking that day, but it was interspersed by stopping to make¬† drawing or two.

My next visit to Oxford (which is about 40 miles away) will be in order to take part in another organised event: a sponsored walk in aid of Parkinson’s UK. This time my husband and children will be joining me. We’ve signed up to do the full eight miles. All of us.

The walk is on the 25th of October (not very long to go!).  Wish us luck Рand, if you would be so kind, please sponsor me:

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Newbury to Watership Down… and a few miles extra

Well, I walked the walk.

It turned out to be 11.4 miles. I toogooglemapk an option which reduced the road-walking miles but missed out Nuthanger Farm and the steep bit of Watership Down. This was partly down to me misreading the map, but was probably a good thing as far as my feet were concerned!

The map shown to the right is a link to the Google map that I plotted my route on to determine the distance.

One of my lovely friends gave me a lift to the far side of Sandleford Common in Newbury. The theoretical end of the walk was White Hill, at the end of Cannon Heath Down, where there is a road and a car park, but I walked a few miles more to get home.

During my walk, I texted brief progress reports to Facebook. I’ve copied them here (in italics) and added photographs and extra details. Continue reading


I got me ten fine toes / To wiggle in the sand…

My toes don’t always behave themselves. That dystonia that I mentioned once or twice makes them curl up and squash together. The curling up makes shoes a problem, as the toes rub on the uppers. But even without the friction, cured up feet are difficult to walk on, particularly (and here’s the weird bit) in confined spaces. Like indoors.

I am seeing the podiatrist again in just over a fortnight’s time.

But I also had an idea, and I’m trying it out.

Vibram Five Fingers

Strange shoes, with toes!

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