BRITISHFOOTPATHS By Fred and Donna Austin
Fred and Donna Austin, after 50 years of marriage and hundreds of backpacking and mountain climbing trips into the Cascade Mountains, want to share their experiences of walking the footpaths of Britain. They continue expanding the series of British Footpath guide books (covering England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland), started by their friend Richard Hayward, who stumbled upon his first waymarked British footpath in 1974, and continued happily following these paths to the end of his life. His love for these gentle pathways have helped many discover their own serendipitous journeys through his walking classes and his walking guidebooks.
Unlike our majestic wilderness, which demands carrying heavy packs up steep mountains, beyond the abilities of many, British footpaths only require a 10 lb pack for independent walking holidays, allowing you to joyfully meander between B&Bs.
Walking English countryside paths connects you with locals who do not treat you like tourists; after all you’re walking like everyone else in Britain.
In a single day you might pause to reflect beside a 2,500 year-old Celtic burial mound, feel the wind of time caressing your face on exploring an 1,800 year-old Roman wall, stride across a 1,000 year-old stone clapper bridge, breath-in the romantic memories of a 500 year-old medieval castle, or meander along the gentle curves of an 18th-century canal towards your next friendly village pub and B&B.
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Fred and Donna Austin New Walking Class Winter 2013
British Footpaths – Forth & Clyde Canal Walk
 Classes will be 6:30 -8:30 pm March 7, 14, 21, 2013 at N Seattle Community College (go to the school website)
British Footpaths – Forth & Clyde Canal Walk
British Footpaths – Forth & Clyde Canal Walk across the narrowest part of Scotland, linking Linlithgow (Mary Queen of Scots birth place) to Glasgow (start of West Highland Way).  Discover the Roman Antonine Wall (142 AD) northern cousin of Hadrian Wall, and the Falkirk Wheel (unique Scottish Engineering).  Learn how to pack and carry a 10 lb pack, find friendly B&Bs, select good walking guides that work, all while ambling at your own pace – at such reasonable costs you will be able to return to the beautiful countryside of Scotland time and time again.

 

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This year 2012, Donna and I started with the Isle of Wight where we walk a few short paths as we recovered from our Jet-Lag.

Next we headed for Cornwall to walk the Saint’s Way.  This is only a short path (~30 miles) but there are many churches, crosses, holy wells and sites dedicated to a number of saint going way back far before the medieval period.

Off to Penzance to see Saint Micheal’s Mount and we caught site of the Olympic torch as it passed through the town.

We revisited the Broughton Grounds Farm B&B where we finished our latest new walking guide called the Three Shires Way.

Next we headed for the Lakes District where we walked eastward (backward) along the Dales Way.  We visited the Crook of Lune Bridge which is the inspiration for Richard Hayward’s logo.

We stayed in Leeds for several days as we partially recovered from our intense chest colds.

Finally, we re-walked several sections of the Fife Coast Path which we will be teaching this fall at North Seattle Community College.  We will be adding some new B&B information and the status of some new sections to our latest edition of our Fife Coast guide.

 

Photoshop

February 4, 2009

Finally, I have signed to take a fullPhotoshop course.

I’ve used Elements for a couple years and after taking InDesign, I can see I need to learn how to use the curves for editing Richard’s pictures, especially for the book covers.

I have a new book press to squeeze the newly stapled, folded and cut books so they will be flat.

I also purchased a new digital projector to show our walking path pictures and possibly to do seminars on walking in Britain.  This projector allows several ways to feed signals into the unit, (lap-top, USB Flash Drive, direct computer link, and wireless).

We have just bought our tickets for the UK for most of May and most of June.  We are now working on our itinerary for walking various paths and updating the B&B list for our little guide books.

The Handbook is essentially done and is now being reviewed and edited for publication.

Please give me a call @ (206) 525-2466 USA if you are interested in walking in Britian.

Fred

InDesign

October 29, 2008

I have now started my InDesign class.  This graphics art class will help me tweak my 19 book covers.

Here is a list of the items I need to use InDesign to change or modify the covers.

1.  As I near re-publication of all the modified books I have been working on for several months I will  assign new ISBN’s to them from those I received from Bowker.

2.  The second issue is to use the bar code generator for these new ISBN’s and place them as a white rectangle on the bottom of the back cover (look at most books).

3.  Currently the old original “physical” paste up master covers for making the 19 books include a short descriptive statement by Richard Hayward.  This I have modified to include the fact that Donna and me are continuing to walk and add our experience to edit, modify, correct and adjust the body of the text.

4.  I continue to search the many thousands of slides, negatives, and prints for the “best” pictures and for those Richard had chosen for his cover photos.  These I digitize with my new Epson scanner which makes very nice digital pictures available for pasting into the cover files.

5.  The logo needs to be slightly adjusted to be the correct size.  This logo designed by Richard was hand drawn and hand colored.  Richard would hand color each logo on each information page he handed out in his seminars.  He didn’t have a color printer or copier and his images were not digitized.  Richard would also hand color his business cards.  Under close examination you can see the strokes of his colored pencils.   The current logo used throughout the books and business cards, all faithfully capture Richard’s color scheme and his subtle colored pencil strokes he used.

6.  As I plow through the work of Richard and uncover the pictures and the various copyright editions I have discovered Richard was gradually changing his original theme on his back cover pictures.  Originally every back cover picture centered on him walking along the path in a picturesque setting.  In his later books and republished books he made some changes possible coinciding with his cancer, where he started changing the back cover picture to center on a clear distinctive path picture without him being centered.  He would add a small insert picture in a corner of the cover picture.  I have located the original of this small insert picture and I have carefully scanned to be added to the cover picture.  There is a neat story that I will flesh out and add inside to help people understand the underlying meaning behind the pictures.

7.  The background color of the current digitized covers all have a strong light green tint that needs correcting to a background of gray with a very light green tint.  I also need to capture the embedded colored thread pattern in the Beckett Cambric Marble cover paper stock. I will carefully scan a correctly colored patterned paper and use as the wallpaper to build the covers.

8. One final thing is to add my name as author with Richard Hayward on the newly published books I have prepared. I am thinking of “Richard Hayward & Fred Austin” because of the great deal of work I have done to convert to digital format and the additional information I have added from walking these path myself.

I continue to work on the Handbook for British Footpaths guide books.  This has turned out to be significantly more work than I originally anticipated.  Mostly I am adding and converting the book so there are as many website addresses as possible so things can be researched better.

I am adding information on sewing your own and to get linked to good sources.  I have modified the Photography section for digital cameras.  I have adjusted the costs for travel to reflect current prices.  I have reworked the packing list to include a spread sheet for Donna myself and the one used by Richard Hayward.  Like everything else I have incorporated websites for maps and guide books and added some wisdom on selecting a path for “you”.  I will eventually consolidate all the websites and place on my website and here in this Blog so people can copy and paste addresses easily.

Because of Donna’s and my special diets I have tried to craft some information that we have gleaned from our walks in Britain.

We will see if I can add information about Northern Ireland and Ireland.  This would help because of the published “Dingle Way” and the yet to be published “Giant’s Causeway”. This may have to wait until I get a chance to walk these areas first.

Good walking to all you folks.

Fred Austin

Starting to Convert Handbook

September 22, 2008

With the new conversion program I have been able to convert the old British Footpaths Handbook much easier and faster now.

This is the most important book in the series of 19 walking guides books authored by Richard Hayward.  It shows how to handle money, locate B&B’s, find pubs, and spend as little money as possible on your walking trip along the English waymarked pathways.

Richard was not able to switch to digital cameras due to the momentum of his large volume of pictures he had accumulated on film and due mostly to his advanced cancer.  The number of good pictures he took between 1985 and 2006 might exceed 5000.  I have just now started to review the prints from the film packages.  I am mostly looking for the original negatives he shoot of the pictures on the back of each of his guide books.  With my new high quality scanner I am able to scan his negatives, and photoshop them for and paste in the digitized covers I now have from Applied Digital Imaging in Bellingham.  When done I am able to make a much better cover picture than he originally had.

At this time I have also nearly rewritten the PHOTOGRAPHY chapter.

The next chapter in the Handbook I need to focus on is PACKING and how to keep your small pack as light as possible.  Richard was able to hold his pack weight to below 8 to 9 pounds and at times less then 8 pounds.  I will lay out our packing list and why we take certain items and how we use them.

A New Conversion Program

September 9, 2008

I have been manually converting and reformatting each of Richard 19 books in preparation for re-issuing new publications.  He typed each chapter (Sometimes each page) as a new page in a new folder so there are many files for each book.  My goal is to convert his walking guide books to all electronic format so as new information is added (such as different B&B’s, changes in the path, corrections Richard may have made in a path description) it would be easy to change the “Masters” for our desk-top publishing of these books.  Also the covers are being digitized and modified to add flexibility for changing the cover and to allow uploading images to the website.

I purchased a conversion program and tried it out.  So far I have learned how to install it and have tried it out converting “A Pilgrim’s Way” and “The British Footpath Handbook”.

In the past, it has been taking me 3 to 4 weeks to convert each book.  So far after 2 days of work I have been able to convert about 80%-90% of theses two books.  In a couple more days I should have these two books essentially finished.

To date I have converted 7 books in about a year.  These two books look like it will take about 4 to 5 days.  At this rate I should have all 19 books converted by the end of the year.  I would like to re-issue them as new editions with a 2009 copyright.

My next goal is to get back to the website and finish installing and activating the PAYPAL buttons.

Pilgram’s Way

September 3, 2008

9/2/2008

Now that I have nearly finished with the Cornwall Coast Path, I have desided to start the conversion of the Pilgram’s Way.

Although I have not walked this path, it is one of the older books of Richard’s and it has not been republished since he last walked it in 1997-1998.  There is a long process of converting each section from Richard’s old 1996 MAC into a WORD document.  Each of these separate sections are then combined into one file.  I have scanned all of Richard’s working master pages.  These files give me the drawings and the maps saved as finals as JPG files for insertion into the WORD document.  As I have said before it takes about 3-4 weeks for the conversion.

I am starting to slowly develop my skills at Photoshopping and have nearly matched Richard’s cover for the Cornwall Coast Path.  In fact I must say mine is a significantly crisper picture for the back cover.  As with the later books Richard published or re-published he started to place a small insert of the photo from his Bibliography into the back cover picture (rather than a picture of him enjoying the path).  With this spirit I may use one of his very pretty coastal pictures and insert his small picture.  I think he would approved.

Cornwall Coast Path

September 2, 2008

I have been working on transmographying Richard’s old hard copy (physical) paste up masters to complete WORD documents.  This sound easy but I have not found an easy way to do this.  It takes about 3-4 weeks to do this conversion.  I am about ready to print the new cover with the sheets in “bookfold”.  Part of the reason it takes me so long to convert Richard’s old 1995 MAC files is because he originally wrote all chapters and sections and in some cases almost every new page to separate files.  The other reason it takes me so long is of course that I am not too computer savvy myself and I need do so much manually that possibly could be done directly by a hot computer geek.

The Cornwall Coast Path guide was published as a second edition in 2000.  This will be the third edition and it looks like it will have a 2009 publication date.

I will try to upload a draft picture of this book as soon as I can.

Fred Austin (9/1/08)