SUNDAY – 6th October

Arrived at Auckland early afternoon. Long wait for my suitcase but then straight through customs/immigration. A nice walk in the warm sunshine over to the domestic terminal and waited for my flight to Christchurch. Very tired.

Arrived Christchurch about 4:30pm.


SATURDAY – 5th October

A good flight London – HongKong. Four hours at Hong Kong airport until my next flight to NZ.



FRIDAY – 4th October

Finished packing and took a few clothes to the charity shop on Wandsworth Bridge Road.  walked over to Emmaline’s and we went for lunch together at ‘222’ (222 North End Road).

Late afternoon walked over to the Chelsea stadium (with my suitcase) and met Em outside her work to say farewell for this trip.  The walk from Chelsea Stadium to Fulham Broadway was with mixed emotions. Caught the tube at Fulham Broadway to Earls Court where I changed to the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow. The train was crowded so stood all the way to Heathrow but that was good.

My flight departed at 10:35pm.


THURSDAY – 3rd October

Walked to Hammersmith via Greyhound Road.


WEDNESDAY – 2nd October

Camden again.  There was a trio of musicians on the street by the canal who were playing amazing gypsy jazz. Both of the guitarists were seriously good. I happily put a fiver in the hat.

Went to My Village cafe and had a bowl of My Grandma’s soup – today was a thick corn soup that was piping hot and nice and spicy. Two cups of coffee and a  slice of coffee cake.






TUESDAY – 1st October

My last session of Yoga with Annette Ross @ Synchronicity Studio at Stockwell/North Clapham. I’ve really enjoyed the yoga sessions and will carry on with it when I get back to NZ.

Synchronicity Studio

Synchronicity Studio


MONDAY – 30th September

Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, V&A, Hyde Park,, Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington.






SUNDAY – 29th September

Emmaline came over on her way to work with a suitcase of her books. Had a cuppa together.  Later in the morning I had breakfast in Fulham Broadway then took a bus into Central London. They’ve got the new 3 door buses on the #11 route now. Walked up though Covent Garden and around the small streets in Soho – Frith St, Wardour St, Greek St, etc.. Spent some time in Fopps, Sounds of the Universe and Foyles.



SATURDAY – 28th September

Up early to catch a tube over to East Ham. Furthest east I’ve been in London. A wonderful fun day building a cob oven at Grow Together Be Together Food Growing Project at Flanders Field Community Gardens, East Ham, London, UK.


FRIDAY – 27th September

Waited at home for Em’s kitset bookcase to arrive then assembled it. Went for a walk up North End Road.

Over to Em’s late afternoon and helped her bring a load of books over.  After shelving the books she sat on my bed just looking so incredibly happy. It was wonderful to see.

Again today no commercial aircraft flying over central London to land at Heathrow.

THURSDAY – 26th September

Took the tube to Ealing Broadway and then walked to West Ealing and back.  Bid my farewell to Ealing – a place I always enjoy. Tube back to Hammersmith and walked along the Thames Walk. Eventually walked back home via Thames Walk and through Fulham.    A beautiful warm sunny afternoon.

No commercial aircraft flying over central London today. Enjoyed the quiet but it was unusual.  Nothing in the news or on the internet about why.  Maybe a terrorism alert the authorities are keeping hush about – perhaps something to do with the ‘white widow’.


WEDNESDAY – 25th September

Another warm day.  Walked to High Street Kensington via Fulham Broadway, Brompton Cemetery, Earl’s Court Road.  Then decided to walk to Central London via Hyde Park and Marble Arch, Oxford Street,  Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, Waterloo Bridge, Southbank, Hungerford Bridge to catch a #11 bus home from The Strand in front of Charing Cross Station. Did not take too long at all and was quite painless.  Had a cuppa at home then walked over to meet Em at Fulham Broadway.  A thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying day.



TUESDAY – 24th September

A beautiful warm, sunny day and I’m feeling fine.    Another good Yoga session (12:15 – 2:00pm) with Annette.

Some photos of the Edible Bus Stop in Landor Road

MONDAY – 23rd September

Still totally lacking energy when I woke up.  Woke up during the night with lucid thoughts stirred up by the sound massage session – quite scary but I knew what it was all about and eventually fell back asleep .  In late morning I walked over to Hammersmith Road and caught the #27 bus to Camden.  Had lunch at My Village Cafe then an enjoyable walk along the Regent Canal.  Sat for a long time on a bench seat by the canal – a great tranquil spot for processing my thoughts. Felt a lot better as the afternoon progressed. A lovely warm and sunny day. I was very happy.



SUNDAY – 22nd September

Emmaline came over to my house for breakfast then we went into South Bank and Central London. Had lunch at the Mexican street food vendor on SouthBank then walked over to St James Park.

Evening:  Sound Massage and Gong Bath @ 7:30 at the Light Studio, Victoria.  A good session – quite powerful.


SATURDAY – 21st September

Emmaline came over at 9:30am to bring some of her stuff.  I had planned to go to East Ham to visit Ola but was totally lacking in energy.  I just went for a casual stroll to Putney.

FRIDAY – 20th September

A warm and sunny day. Walked over to Ladbroke Grove and had a street lunch of Sea Bass, chips, rice, salad, olives, baguette and home-made tomato sauce.

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THURSDAY – 19th September

Camden & Central London

The first time I was in Camden the My Village Cafe caught my eye but I never ventured in.   At last……today, enjoyed a wonderful coffee and carrot cake in this funky, lovely cafe.


WEDNESDAY – 18th September

I was up early to catch the train to Cambridge. I was met at the station in Cambridge by my friend Sarah and we proceeded to Hot Numbers cafe for a very nice coffee.  Wandered along the Cam river into central Cambridge admiring the old buildings. Had a very nice lunch at Michaelhouse an old stone church converted into a restaurant. After lunch walked along the back of the colleges and on towards Grantchester Meadows with the intention of afternoon tea at The Orchard. It was very pleasant strolling along the banks of the Granta river. The sun came out for awhile for us while enjoying our afternoon tea.  Walked back into Cambridge and finished the visit off with a beer in the Flying Pig pub. A very enjoyable day.





On the train back to London I sat on the left side of the train which gave me a wonderful view of the full moon as it rose into the sky.   When I arrived home found that I have a place on the cob oven building workshop on the 28th at the Grow Together Be Together Food Growing Project at Flanders Field in East Ham.  Really happy about that as that was one thing I’ve been wanting to learn how-to-do.  I’m sure I could figure it out on my own but its always so much easier with some hands on guidance.

TUESDAY – 17th September

Yoga 12:30 – 2:15, Clapham North

MONDAY – 16th September



Just doodlin’ away on a cold Sunday morning……..






SATURDAY – 14th September

Met Em @ West Kensington station and took the train to Richmond then bus to Twickenham.  Walked down Lebanon Park to Riverside and along to the Thames by Eel Pie Island. Had a walk around the beautiful York House Gardens with the wonderful statues.  Walked over to Eel Pie Island but as its privately owned you can only access the main path from the footbridge. – no access to the river or to the nature reserves at each end of the island.  Walked up to Twickenham King Street  and had a nice coffee at Patisserie Valerie. Then walked back down to the river and along to Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery to see the Eelpiland exhibition about the Eel Pie Island Hotel and it’s R&B scene of the early 60’s.













FRIDAY – 13th September

Walked through Brompton Cemetery to High Street Kensington and up to Notting Hill Gate then back to High St Kensington for tea and cake at M&S. Then walked to South Kensington and called in to Em’s and both walked to my flat so Em could meet the landlady.


THURSDAY – 12th September

Walked to Hammersmith



WEDNESDAY – 11th September

Walked to Hammersmith road and caught the #27 to Camden. Camden Markets.  Central London



TUESDAY – 10th September

Started my first ever Yoga class today. 12:15 – 2:00pm.  Thoroughly enjoyed it and my teacher Annette said I did really well. I’m looking forward to next Tuesday’s class. The studio is in a beautiful old brick building with rough timbers.

the yoga studio

the yoga studio

Wonderful street side community gardens in Landor Street, Clapham North:

Went to see Texan singer/songwriter Sam Baker @ Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush with Carrie Elkin and Chip Dolan.  No support act – Sam played the entire gig.  Carrie Elkin has an amazing and powerful voice.

Sam Baker – Angels

Sam Baker, Carrie Elkin, Chip Dolan – Palestine

Sam Baker, Carrie Elkin, Chip Dolan – Odessa


MONDAY – 9th September

A lot cooler the past few days. Coming home late last evening I was feeling the chilliness in just a t-shirt with bare arms.  The last couple of nights I’ve woken up cold in the middle of the night with just a sheet covering me – time to get the duvet on.

Today a grey day with a bit of dampness again.


SUNDAY – 8th September

Tantric Energy Workshop with Ankur.

A very rewarding workshop that I very much enjoyed doing.  Due to Ankur injecting humour into the workshop the aspects that I was apprehensive about were actually easy and fun.


SATURDAY – 7th September

Portobello Road on a Saturday – not a good idea.







FRIDAY – 6th September

Started raining just after I woke up this morning. Had a relaxing morning @ home. Set off just before mid-day not sure where I was heading. Enjoyed walking through Brompton Cemetery – just me and the ravens. Ended up at V&A via Cromwell Road. I had a very rewarding bonding session with the large fresco painting “Arts of Industry as Applied to Peace” by Lord Leighton. I sat there opposite the painting for a very long time and kept seeing new things in the way it was painted. Came away with a huge appreciation of it.

yakshi (tree spirit)

yakshi (tree spirit)


By the time I got home in the late afternoon it was sunny again.


THURSDAY – 5th September

Another beautiful warm sunny morning. Emmaline is in Amsterdam now. Enjoyed some time at home then headed out just after 11:00am – very hot out by then. Walk down Lillie Road then Crabtree Lane to the Thames and walked along the Thames Path from Dorset Wharf to Hammersmith Bridge. After lunch in Furnivall Gardens continued on past the multi-million dollar properties – beautiful old brick mansions with lovely gardens. Walked as far as the end of Chiswick Eyot (island) then back to Furnivall Gardens for a sit in the shade before returning home..










WEDNESDAY – 4th September

Up and out early on a beautiful warm sunny morning. To Camden markets and Regent Canal. A beautiful walk along the Regents Canal – very tranquil. Walked just beyond London Zoo. I always love Camden and enjoy hanging about the Stables markets. On the way home stopped off in central London to buy the new Babyshambles album “Sequel to the Prequel” from Fopps – one of my favourite shops.
In the evening started work on writing content for my new website.




TUESDAY – 3rd September

Met Em for a coffee/tea at Cafe Labi. Em went to work and i took the bus into central London for the afternoon.


MONDAY – 2nd September

Walked over to High Street Kensington then through Hyde Park to South Kensington and home via Old Brompton Road.


SUNDAY – 1st September

We left Theydon Bois station at 1:00am and headed into the forest. No sense of time in the dark of the forest. After an hour or two of walking we stopped in a dense part of the forest for a series of 10 minute meditations. Had something to eat then continued walking through the forest. Rugged terrain in places and muddy in some. Before dawn we settled in a beautiful remote area of the forest and did an eyes open meditation as the dawn came. No idea how long that lasted. When it as light we continued walking listening to the birds and watching the deer. Got back out to the edge of the forest at 8:00am. Had a yummie breakfast at Belgique in Theydon Bois before catching the tube back to London.










SATURDAY – 31st August

In the morning I took a bus into Central London.

In the evening take the train to Theydon Bois and entered Epping Forest just after 1:00am to walk through the forest and meditate in a couple of special places including a dawn meditation.

FRIDAY – 30th August

Walked to Ladbroke Grove. Bought a really nice “as new” dark olive hoodie for 2 quid.  Had calamari for lunch from the moroccan street food stall on Golborne Road.  Yet another beautiful, sunny & hot day.


Some vintage buttons I bought (25p each) from the amazingly wonderful Wayward market stall. All manner of vintage haberdashery.


THURSDAY – 29th August

Walked to Hammersmith. A lovely hot and sunny day.



William Morris house, Hammersmith

In the evening to the Angel Olsen gig @ Bush Hall, Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush. Bush Hall has brand new carpet – its a  truly beautiful old venue.  The opening act was dire – Douglas Dare a young gay guy obviously in awe of Morrissey  who sang miserable songs that went on and on. Ah but……Angel Olsen was great. It was a very naked and demanding performance –  songs of broken love affairs and abusive relationships alone on stage accompanying herself very sparsely by strumming cords on her electric guitar. A beautiful plaintive, high lonesome voice and well written songs.


WEDNESDAY – 28th August

Out early. Met Em at her work. Then i took #211 into Waterloo and enjoyed the morning sun on the Southbank. Very peaceful and relaxing sitting watching the river traffic go by.  Then over the river to Covent Garden. Back to the Southbank, to BFI then home.



TUESDAY – 27th August

Camden. Walked along the Regent canal to Regent’s Park.  Forgot to put the battery back in the camera after recharging it.

MONDAY – 26th August (Bank Holiday)

Notting Hill Carnival








Sunday – 25th August


I always love walking about the small streets of Soho on a Sunday.  Always start off with a pot of tea and slice of carrot cake at M&S on Oxford Street.


SATURDAY – 24th August

Met up with Emmaline and we took the bus to Brixton. Had a look around the market and had a very nice brunch.

In the evening i attended the Hawkwind gig @ Shepherds Bush Empire. About 95% male audience, the majority of them older than me and all wearing a black Hawkwind t-shirts of various vintages. It was a wonderful gig – one of the best I’ve been to. Hawkwind was in good form after 44 years on the road.. It was the ‘Warrior on the Edge of Time’ tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of that album – they played all the songs from the album in sequence. Two female dancers wearing a variety of amazing alien and space warrior costumes.





FRIDAY – 23rd August

Ladbroke Grove

THURSDAY – 22nd August

Fulham, Parsons Green

WEDNESDAY – 21st August

Another hot day. Relaxed at home until 11:00 then walked through Brompton Cemetery and along Old Brompton Road to South Kensington.  Had lunch at the V&A, sat for a while in the sun in the courtyard then walked to the Serpentine in Hyde Park.  Walked barefoot through Hyde Park to High Street Kensington and home via Earl’s Court and Fulham Broadway.   THis evening off to see/hear  John Renbourne & Wizz Jones @ the Half Moon, Putney.







TUESDAY – 20th August




MONDAY – 19th August

South Kensington, High Street Kensington, Fulham Broadway




SUNDAY – 18th August

Southbank, Tate Modern, Covent Garden




SATURDAY – 17th August

Met Em at Fulham Broadway and took the bus to Clapham Junction. Then took an overground train to Crystal Palace. The station was right beside Crystal Palace Park.  Its a big park and formerly the site of the Crystal Palace. First made our way down to the Victorian dinosaurs. Walked right around the park taking in the Maze and the Italian terraces and visiting the wee museum.  Em successfully found her way through the maze but I had to cheat and take the escape route.





Lunch @ brown & green cafe, Crystal Palace Station


Coffee @ Cafe Labi, Fulham Broadway

Cafe Labi

Cafe Labi

FRIDAY – 16th August

Brighton with Emmaline






THURSDAY – 15th August


WEDNESDAY – 14th August





Regent's Canal, Camden

Regent’s Canal, Camden










I rode on this new bus with the hop-on/hop-off open rear like the old Routemaster buses


Thousands of drunken Scots men in Trafalgar Square.  England vs Scotland soccer match this evening.


TUESDAY – 13th August

Just a very chilled day. Walked to the V&A and sat in the courtyard for an hour or so then walked home.  I love the V&A courtyard – a very relaxed place.

Neptune and Titon

Neptune and Titon




MONDAY – 12th August

SUNDAY – 11th August


SATURDAY – 10th August 

FRIDAY – 9th August

THURSDAY  8th August

Walked over to Em’s and then we walked together to Lord Leighton’s house on Holland Park Road. It is a beautiful area with big red brick houses. We walked past Jimmy Page’s house (The Tower House) on Melbury Road. Leighton House from the outside looked pretty much like all the other big red brick mansions in the area but once inside, wow, it is truly something else. The interior of the house is in Orientalism style. The main downstairs room is lined with tiles and has a fountain in the middle of the room. It has a high ceiling and in the middle is a circular domed turret with stained lead light windows all around it. All the windows in the room have intricate fret-worked wooden screens. The foyer with the stairs is lined with glazed tiles – one wall they are hand painted and the other wall they are a deep turquoise blue. Unfortunately it was not permitted to take photos inside the house.  Em and I sat outside in the large garden for awhile……very tranquil.

Virtual tour of the Leighton House

Golden Brown by The Stranglers filmed in the Moroccan Room at Leighton House

We had a pot of tea each at Marks and Spencer, High Street Kensington then walked back to Em’s. She had to get ready for work so I walked to Hammersmith. Ethnic food markets in the market square today.  I decided to find William Morris’s house by the Thames – Kelmscott House.  It is on the Thames Walk only 5 minutes from the Riverside Theatre so was easy to find.  The William Morris Society owns the house and has the coachroom and basement as a museum. The rest of the house is leased out long term. It is only a small museum but well worth visiting. The ladies doing the stewarding were very friendly, knowledgable and helpful. There is a lot to see. In the coachroom was an exhibition of reduction printing done by a pupils of a local school. Downstairs were examples of Morris’s wallpapers, fabric, printing, plus a small shop.  There were good videos to watch about Morris and about his printing process. One woman took me outside and talked to me about the house and the area.  I was there for a long time. They are doing a fantastic job of keeping alive awareness of Morris so I will return one day with Emmaline.

After visiting Kelmscott House I walked along the Thames Walk as far as Dorset Wharf then back to North End Road via Lillie Road.  It was a very long walk but very enjoyable. And……the weather was fantastic.




Lower Mall (Thames Walk)


WEDNESDAY – 7th August

Almost a reprise of yesterday















TUESDAY – 6th August

A beautiful sunny morning. Walked to North End Road with the thought of walking to High Street Kensington but when I got to Lillie road I decided to walk to South Kensington. I always love walking along Old Brompton Road. Went to the V&A Museum and after a bit of a look around I relaxed in the courtyard for a hour or so enjoying the sun.  decided I’d walk to High St Kensington via Hyde Park. Walking past the Royal Geographic Society I noticed they had a free photographic exhibition so went inside. Some amazing travel photographs on display. Bought some beautiful postcards of some of the photos that were on display.  Relaxed in Hyde Park – went to the Serpentine Gallery to peruse the art books in the gallery shop. Walked over the Serpentine to Henry Moore’s Arch sculpture then walked barefoot through the park to HSK. Afternoon tea at M&S.







MONDAY – 5th August

Went into central London. An enjoyable relaxing day wandering around the small streets of Covent Garden and Soho. Lunch @ Govendas.  Sheltered successfully from a brief shower but when I was in the National Gallery it started to rain steadily so got a tad wet walking to Embankment station.  The train was packed – really packed!



SUNDAY – 4th August

Sound massage @ La Spirale this evening.  A combined group gong bath and one-on-one sound massage.  Amazing experience in a beautiful tranquil room across from Victoria station.


Saturday – 3rd August

A quiet morning at home doing laundry, etc.

Em came over to mine then we went for dinner @ Labi Cafe/Deli in Fulham Broadway.

Friday – 2nd August

An enjoyable day with Emmaline – Ladbroke Grove, Portobello Road markets, High St Kensington, South Kensington,  Southbank, BFI.  On Portobello Rd near the Westway we had awesome falafels for lunch – very spicy!  A lot of enjoyable walking and a great time together.

Heaven’s Gate at the BFI.  216 minute restored version. Despite the length it did not drag at all and I did not fall asleep.  A very beautiful film with amazing set pieces. Excellent acting from Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges and Isabelle Huppert. This movie almost bankrupted United Artists studio and ended the directing career of Michael Cimino and the serious acting career of Kris Kristofferson. In this restored full length version it is a great movie. Very violent and downbeat though with all of the characters doomed.

Got home about 11:30 and thunder storm started 15 minutes later. Great timing!












Thursday – 1st August

Central London 34degrees. Govinda’s. Fopps.


Wednesday – 31st July

Ealing Broadway and West Ealing

Tuesday – 30th July



Monday – 29th July

Walked to Hammersmith. Just got there as a sudden downpour of heavy rain arrived. Fortunately found shelter in time and it was short-lived.


North End Rd, Fulham

Sunday 28th July

Enjoyed a nice quiet day at home giving the old legs a rest after walking long distances every day since I’ve been here.

Tír na nÓg at the Half Moon in Putney @ 8:00pm.  Tír na nÓg was amazing far beyond anything i expected. I only knew them from their first album from 1970.  They played a few songs from their first couple of albums and a lot of songs from Sonny and Leo’s solo albums.  Great guitar interplay and beautiful harmonies. They played two sets but had to call it quits at 11:00pm due to the dreaded music curfew. An extended Nick Drake’s “Easy Ride” as an encore.  The Half Moon is an excellent venue.


Leo – Tír na nÓg
(not my photo)

Sonny - Tir na nOg (not my photo)

Sonny – Tír na nÓg
(not my photo)