What a wonderful day

Yesterday was the Spring Equinox, and today was forecast to be warm and sunny. For once the Met Office got it right. Spring has arrived.

Woke with the sunlight streaming in through a crack in the curtains, and on the spur of the moment I decided to take a trip into London for a change. Quickly made up some sandwiches and grabbed some breakfast. Packed my bag and got the bike. Up the hill and caught the tube in to town, out at Finchley Road and through Regent’s Park, then through Paddington to Hyde Park. All over town, Londoners were doing what Londoners do best. Sit in traffic jams.

Everyone was at it. As I dodged through the jams, people everywhere were carrying picnic lunches out to their cars, and joining the jams.

Once beyond the jams, Londoners were doing the other thing they do best; Enjoying their river and enjoying their open spaces.

Made my way south and across the river then turned east towards Kew. In two weeks time this area will be absolutely mobbed as the annual circus that is the University Boat Race comes to town. Hit the river around Hammersmith Bridge and then followed the riverside path down stream to Putney Bridge. I never realised just how much this area was given over to rowing. All around the Putney and Hammersmith Reaches the riverbank is lined by boathouses. Prime riverside development potential, these rowing clubs must be sitting on an absolute fortune. Continuing down the river, keeping as close to the river as possible until I reached Parliament. Embankment was blocked off from Parliament to Balckfriars for some charity event so I diverted up to St James’ Park to Hyde Park. Did a few laps then sat beside the Serpentine with a coffee and an ice cream. Back to Finchley Road and home.

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