Reidski has been in Scotland this past week so when I went to his on Friday we hadn't seen each other for a week...too long!
Anyway, when we finally managed to get out of his flat (so much to talk about and stuff ;-) )what could be nicer in the lovely bank holiday sunshine than a walk by the beautiful river Thames? We decided to head up Greenwich way.
Oh, lovely historic Greenwich. What wonderful riverside vistas awaited us! How delightful it would be.....
umm, if you are particularly fond of the sight of a sugar refinery:
Or you are a fan of modern art:
Or someone who is enthralled by the natural world:
There has been so much development along the Thames in the past 20 or so years. I think it was quite nice that we managed to walk for an hour along the one part that has completely escaped a make over - if you don't count the part played by graffiti 'artists' ( I use that term in the loosest possible sense), and anyway, some of the way the litter had been arranged by the wind in the various shrubs (mainly buddleia which will grow any old where) did have a kind of arty look all of its own.
Oh and the scent! What a memorable scent was given off by the sugar refinery. Although for scent read stink.
A well deserved drink here made the walk well worth while. And what was quite amazing was the thought that not so very many years ago, miles and miles of the riverside in London were in just the same state of dereliction and neglect as the part we walked along on Friday. Now most of it is built up with luxury apartments. Well, at least where we walked is still accessible to the likes of us!
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