Hello! It's been ten years since I started this blog, with my friend's help. It kept me company for a few years. Then I nearly forgot about it. It's popped up in front of me now so I thought I'll add the list of upcoming walks. Click here: Talking and Exploring to join the next one and find out about the others. For testimonials, check out here please: Google Maps.
Tuesday 8 November 2022
Thursday 16 September 2021
It's been a long time since I last posted here and I still haven't got a website. However, I've just been asked about one so I thought this blog has to do again. So much has changed since I wrote something here, for all of us...
My walks are now advertised on Eventbrite and I still post on Facebook. Our Ealing Walking, Talking and Exploring Group has well over 800 members!
It was wonderful to meet West Twyford Primary School and Children's Centre parents in my conversation class for the first time since you know what!
Unfortunately, my Google account got full so I don't even know if I will manage to add this post.
(The picture is from a year ago. Today we were by the canal i n Perivale and it was sunny!)
Monday 23 March 2020
Corona-virus-19 has attacked us and and put everything upside down. I am not amused. Need to stay in isolation for two weeks now as I had some cough this morning. It may be because I choked on some food yesterday while enjoying togetherness over a Chinese take-way from the excellent nearby North China Restaurant in Uxbridge Road.
It was Mothering Sunday but despite the cloudless blue sky, people cannot go out and need to observe social distancing to avoid spreading the nasty virus.
The three of us in the flat have been extra cautious and self-isolating for a week because each of us qualifies as a vulnerable person due to underlying health conditions and/or age. Shopping is a problem now. We need to ask people to do it for us as the online deliveries are fully booked. Luckily, there are good people. They formed mutual support groups and we communicate via social media. It works great for us. A neighbour did some serious shopping for us last week. Not only that. We were treated to some homemade curry and her birthday cake! A few other people have been helping us as well.
It's especially hard on sunny days when it would be great to be out and about on my bicycle.
|Chiswick House and Gardens|
Friday 26 July 2019
Thursday 28 February 2019
I wrote the above sentence a few days ago. Today I came back from work in the rain but at the same time the sun was shining. The heatwave is over. Never mind, it's the last day of February, after all.
I cycled to class on a borrowed bicycle. Mine needs a new inner tube. Hopefully, it will get repaired today. I am very happy after today's English conversation class. A new student joined my group, a lady from Brazil, so it was an intercontinental class. There were students from Japan, China, Africa and Brazil! It had to be fun! We had a new student today and she wrote us a very touching letter which I may share if and when I figure out how. I have already posted it on English Lesson Online and Offline on Facebook if you are curious to see it.
I've spent the afternoon working on the tour of Walthamstow which is taking place this Saturday, March 2nd. Our meeting place is Shelborne Road entrance from the Walthamstow Central Station and it is at noon we are meeting there. It's going to be fun!
Summary of the day - Good things that happened:
We all enjoyed my lesson!
The new student gave me a wonderful written feedback!
My bicycle got repaired!
Lovely neighbours treated us to some angel wings!
Unexpectedly, we had some Polish doughnuts given by complete strangers on Fat Thursday!
I spoke to my family scattered around the globe!
Life is good!
Saturday 16 February 2019
|Mount Ararat in the distance|
|Yerevan Cascade, you can climb the stairs outside or use the elevators inside.|
|Yerevan and Mount Ararat from The Cascade, on the way to the top|
|Still a long way to go to the obelisk Monument to 50 Years of Soviet Armenia|
|Monument to 50 Years of Soviet Armenia|
The Cascade houses The Cafesjian Center for the Art and is well worth a visit. Its founder, businessman, philantropist and art collector, Gerard Cafesjian, was not an ordinary man. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Armenian parents who escaped the Armenian Genocide in 1915, he achieved a lot in his life and helped others, especially his nation, a great deal.
|Inside The Cascade renovated by Gerard Cafesjian|
|Fernand Botero's 'Smoking Woman' under the tree in Yerevan.|
When I was a schoolgirl, I collected sets of postcards, especially those of famous paintings. One of my favourite sets was that of Ivan Aivazovsky's works. I am not sure if 'Descent from Noah from Ararat' was among them.
|The Dove, historicThames-side pub like no other|
|At God's Own Junkyard|