walks, falling down.

13 Dec

london 12.54pm 13.1C cloudy tuesday 2016 1.31pm 14.2Csunny. rapidly rising temp.

i got an email from my friend in bournemouth, telling me of the walk he took with a gay walking club along the coast near where he lives. he mentioned that after the walk they all went for afternoon christmas tea. not sure if it was at one of the members’ house or a commercial tea house. that mention of afternoon tea afterwards makes me want to join in. haha.

 it is nice , the walk, judging from the pictures he sent me. here in london, there are gay walking groups too who do walks, usually about 9miles. i used to go on these walks myself , notably a naked group walking in the country during the week, but they do such long walks, 11miles or so, that it is really too much for me. and when i got really painful hips after one of them, it made me wary of going on any more.

 added. 5.04pm 13.7 dry . i have come back from meeting my friend. he called me and suggested we meet today. he is the one who is french but lived here a long time so much so that he tells me he has forgotten his french.

we went to a coffee/pasta restaurant that lies directly over the regent canal. rather nice view right down the stretch of water . as usual the pasta dishes are about £9. but we did not eat.  they allow us to order just coffee. cappuccino for me at £2.65.

my friend fell this morning. he said he stumbled on the uneven pavement and fell, hitting the upper corner of his left eye. there was a cut and a large bruise over his eye. hmm, i did warn him about concussion, but he seems ok, he says he has no headache. so hope he is allright. but it did bring to our attention what old people are always afraid of , falling down. i reminded him that maybe we should go to the gym and exercise the leg muscles because that seem to get weaker when we get old. exercising the legs would keep the muscles strong and stop us falling so much. it makes me wonder if i should get back to the gym habit again. actually practising tai chi would be just as good i think. it is getting into the habit of doing it. that is the crucial factor. that is where a tai chi class would come in useful. 

the boats look unoccupied. i wonder if the owners just stay in there over the summer, or whether there is even a clause that says they cannot stay there for longer than a certain number of days/months in a year. it is cold in a canal boat during winter that is for sure. there is no insulation in the boat bottom, so the cold from the water just permeates right in.  it is not really very comfortable to stay in a canal boat either. i have done it and i know it is not comfortable.

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