On the 19th November 2011, three young people called Steve, Lisa and Jo chanced upon a poster I'd put up in a bike shop / cafe in east London which alerted them to the fact that someone had decided to start doing walking tours in London. The poster looked like this ...
... although, you probably can't read that. Fortunately, Steve, Lisa and Jo could. It had been put there by myself and the walks were called 'Bowl Of Chalk'. They sent me an email and the very next morning they met me for a walk around Old Street, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Columbia Road and Spitalfields. One of the first things they said was 'So, how long have you been doing these walks?' I told them that seeing as they'd mentioned it ... it was the very first walk, and they were the first people to come on one. They were very good about it, and I guess realised that everyone's got to start somewhere. It means however, that today is officially Bowl Of Chalk's 1st birthday. Here they are at the end of the walk a year ago.
A year later, I've done loads more walks, and aside from my regular weekend walks have done lots of week day walks for people from all over the world and explored all over London with them. I've met some brilliant people and had great fun along the way and over the year have done walks for hen parties, school trips, work outings, for one person (on numerous occasions) for forty German school kids (on one occasion), birthday surprises, people on holiday, Londoners wanting to find out more about their own city, big groups, small groups, a few hours to three entire days, and even a group of international liver specialists.
I have tried to take a photo of each group that has come on a walk, but quite often forget, so here are a few of the people that have made this last year so memorable.
So ... I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has come on a walk over the last year and for the lovely feedback I've had either by email or on the facebook page, or the reviews people have left on Trip Advisor. I realise that as the saying goes 'you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time' or something like that, but hopefully most people have enjoyed their wander around London with me and I look forward to seeing if I can continue well in to 2013 and discovering who I will meet next.
On that note, someone just contacted me this evening about doing a walk next August, and even with my limited maths prowess, know that's 9 months away.
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.