broken bridges and a shattered dream – first published 30 June 2013

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Some days you start out full of brilliant plans but things conspire against you. At the end of June 2013 my plan was to walk the Itchen Navigation all the way to Winchester and then get the train home. That would give me a nice off road walk. There was even a little bit of research and a map downloaded in case I got lost (not that I’m well known for getting lost or anything) and I set out full of excitement for the walk ahead. Continue reading broken bridges and a shattered dream – first published 30 June 2013

many bridges to cross – first published 23 June 2013

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There are three main bridges across the Itchen but in June 2013, with a bit of creative thinking, I managed to fit seven into my seven mile walk. Numbers aren’t really my thing but some have a certain magic, seven is one of those.  Actually mathematicians such as Pythagoras believed that certain numbers were mystical or lucky as much as they did their mathematical theories. So, if I’m nuts, I’m in good company. Continue reading many bridges to cross – first published 23 June 2013

trapped but with a little perspective – first published 20 June 2013

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Claustrophobia is a fairly common thing and, like most people, I begin to feel a bit panicky if I get shut in somewhere. When I accidentally got locked in the stairwell of the ship during a fire drill I wasn’t exactly thrilled but I did have a little something to keep me occupied and stop me turning into a gibbering wreck. In fact, this particular something put the whole thing into perspective. Continue reading trapped but with a little perspective – first published 20 June 2013

Stumbling upon the Itchen Navigation – first published 15 June 2013

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During my Moonwalk Training I’d spotted a trail at Mansbridge called the Itchen Navigation. Once I’d even attempted walking the start of it but had given up after a short while because it was muddy, overgrown and I got a bit scared. In June 2013 I found myself in Bishopstoke looking at it from a different vantage point and, taking my courage in both hands, decided to have another crack at it. After all, what was the worst that could happen?
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A naming ceremony and a goodbye meal – first published 13 June 2013

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Mid June 2013 and there was high excitement in the office about the naming of the huge new Royal Princess ship by a real Royal princess, especially as our boss was going to be there. There was also sadness as this was the last day we’d be working with Gail. She’d decided to accept a job in the new office up in the frozen north rather than redundancy and this was her last day. All in all it was a strange roller coaster kind of day half lovely, half prickles a bit like the first thistle of the year on my lunchtime walk. Continue reading A naming ceremony and a goodbye meal – first published 13 June 2013

Bear Grylls as a new diet tool – first published 10 June 2013

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In early June 2013 CJ accidentally got a taste of homelessness and almost frightened me out of my wits. There was a worrying development on the river path and I seemed to have chocolate on the brain. The latter is probably quite normal. I also discovered that irritating survival expert and TV personality, Bear Grylls, has his uses. Continue reading Bear Grylls as a new diet tool – first published 10 June 2013

A princess, a queen and a sun lounger disaster – first published 8 June 2013(2)

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Yesterday I told you all about the Spitfire factory and the old Floating Bridges. My plan had been to walk down to the shore and have a look at the Royal Princess from the other side of the water, trying out a different route in the process. Passing the old Supermarine site and the remains of the Floating Bridges was purely incidental but, as so often happens, I got a bit distracted and it was an interesting diversion. It’s good to make plans but not if you stick to them too rigidly, I prefer to go with the flow. Next stop, Weston Shore to see if I could get a better view of the giant ship. Continue reading A princess, a queen and a sun lounger disaster – first published 8 June 2013(2)

two bridges and an iconic plane – first published 8 June 2013

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The two day weekends were playing havoc with my walking. At the beginning of June I’d planned a twelve or thirteen mile walk  but time was not on my side. Four day weekends made it easy to take one whole day out for walking now it was not so simple. Commando suggested I try a short walk instead. Although I will admit to being a little peeved not to be having the walk I wanted I had to agree his plan made sense. The decision was made and I set about finding an interesting shorter walk using Walkjogrun. Continue reading two bridges and an iconic plane – first published 8 June 2013

not the best of days, not the worst of days – first published 6 June 2013

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Working a five day week was turning out to be harder than I thought although I had plenty to keep me occupied. To make up for less walking at the weekend I was trying to get as much walking in during the working week as I could. The walk of the day was to Canute’s Palace to explore the old walls. Continue reading not the best of days, not the worst of days – first published 6 June 2013

A life on the ocean wave…nearly – first published 5 June 2013

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One of the best bits about my job was turning out to be the ship visits. Of course they  meant getting up really early and getting home late and somehow I usually got roped into carting around marketing boxes due to my previous marketing experience.  There was always a lot of running around and a few dramas but life on the ship was never dull. Continue reading A life on the ocean wave…nearly – first published 5 June 2013