A Walk in London – Don’t forget to look down! #MyFlooringNightmare

By Jonathan Howe November 15th, 2016 Posted in Europe, Travel Blog No comments

The surface we walk on is a very important and yet often overlooked aspect of our lives. As we travel, our feet pass over so many different surfaces, and we’re usually so focused on looking up, side to side and all around, that we forget to look down and what’s right underneath our feet. Luxury Flooring asked us to take part in their #MyFlooringNightmare campaign by taking photos of a different floor surface every day, which we would hate to have in our home. We decided to take a slightly different slant on this great idea, by taking the time to look down and pay attention what passed under our feet as we walked around London, outside! The idea being that I would probably hate to have any of these floor surfaces in our home, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy them when we go for a walk outside!

Most people take for granted the amount of thought that goes into deciding what surfaces they walk on and why, but if you start to pay attention, you realise your floor is telling you something new with every step. Still, I wouldn’t want this is my house!

Red brick is a sign of London’s heritage and the city’s industrial past. Here they are more than just a floor; they lead us along a winding path designed to take us where someone wanted us to go, to see what they wanted us to see. And they definitely belong outside!

The floor you walk on can do a lot more than you think. These rounded boulders in a Japanese garden in the heart of London take you out of the busy city and into another world, where you have to focus more on which rock to step on to get to the waterfall than your emails or the stress of work. In my house, though, I’d rather have some planks of warm, solid oak leading me from the front door to my sofa!

There’s something very satisfying about walking across a path of river-washed gravel stones. I think it’s the slight crunching noise it makes and the knowledge that you’ve left an impression on you! Still, it’ snots something you would want getting rattled around in your Hoover is it!

Autumn is a time of year when the world around you makes a series of dramatic changes that hit all of your senses at once. This is something that we’ve come to miss as we travel through other parts of the world. It’s also a great time to walk around kicking up the leaves all around you. It’d make a real mess of your carpet, though, wouldn’t it!

The golden leaves and reflective water in the puddle are actually really pleasing when you take the time to look at it, and in the puddle is where they can stay – Not in my house, thanks!

It’s amazing what taking a slightly different perspective can do! More classic London red brick, this time on a wall, which could just as easily make a beautiful floor surface!

Next time you travel anywhere, even if it’s only a short walk though the park, don’t forget to look down at what’s under your feet!

This article story is posted in collaboration with Luxury Flooring for their #MyFlooringNightmare campaign!

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Written by Jonathan Howe

Jon is the Old White Monkey. Born in the south of England, Jon spent much of his early childhood in Kenya and Malawi, before moving to the Lake District in North West England aged 13 where he acquired a northern accent and a love for lakes, mountains, waterfalls, black pudding and gravy! After 14 years of studying and working in various (very various!) jobs, he too felt the need to get out and see the rest of the world. He loves tropical beaches, surfing, hiking, the outdoors, yoga, adventure sports and motorbikes!

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